ELOPING SOUNDS INCREDIBLE.
BUT HOW EXACTLY DO WE DO IT?
If you’ve ever looked through adventurous elopement photos and thought to yourself “now that’s my kind of wedding” —know that you’re not alone. But, if you’ve also looked at elopement sessions and wondered “how on earth do you elope, anyway?—you’re not alone there either.
We think elopements are beautiful, intimate adventures that allow couples to uniquely create the wedding day of their dreams. Actually, we even have our own definition of what an elopement truly is:
Even though we’ve been professionally photographing elopements for years, we totally get how the concept of eloping can be confusing—but we’re here to help. On this page, you’ll find all the how to elope FAQs you’ve ever wanted, advice on how to pick your perfect elopement ceremony spot, and some of the must-know facts about how to elope. The best part about figuring out how to elope? There are no rules! Your elopement day is all about you, your love, and how you want to create your magical day.
HOW TO ELOPE
The Top 5 FAQs
all the how to elope questions you’ve been asking, answered by us
We believe that choosing to elope means choosing your love (and your day) over any and every obligation, expectation, and pressure you might be feeling. Elopements are for the brave adventurers who want to create a magical, once-in-a-lifetime day that’s true to who they are, what they want, and is the best reflection of their love.
That doesn’t mean you won’t have questions. Listen, we get it. We know that eloping might seem confusing, especially the logistics and legalities surrounding elopements.
Embrace those questions! We’ve laid out a few the most commonly asked inquiries we get from couples when dealing with elopement legalities and logistics.
Remember, no amount of paperwork or logistics should ever complicate your elopement—at the end of the day, it’s just paperwork. Have the day you want, no matter what that looks like
is eloping a legal way to get married?
Yes! An elopement is totally recognized as legal as long as you’re abiding by the rules and regulations of the state or country you’re choosing to get married in. Don’t vibe with the rules of where you want to get married? Save the paperwork for when you’re back home (or get married before!)
DO WE NEED A WEDDING OFFICIANT OR WITNESSES?
The short answer? Sometimes! It totally depends on where you want to get married and if you want your elopement ceremony to be the moment you’re legally recognized as married. Some states and countries will require a witness (which we can find on your adventure if you want!) and an officiant. In other places, you can self-solemnize. It’s totally up to you! (PS. All three of us are ordained—in most cases, we can be your officiants!)
What if we don’t get legally married on our elopement day?
More power to you! Never let the legalities, logistics, or paperwork dictate your day! Have your day where and when you want it and don’t sweat the small stuff. Your elopement day isn’t your wedding because you’re signing papers, it’s your wedding because you’re choosing each other forever—over and over again—in a place that’s unique and meaningful to the both of you.
but what if we want to be legally married when we elope?
Do that! Just be aware that—depending on where you want to elope—you may have to jump through a few hoops (especially if you’re planning to elope in another country). Every location will have different requirements, so let’s make sure that if you want to be legally married during your elopement we’re abiding by all of those rules!
is it hard to elope in another country?
It’s not hard to elope in another country, but if you want to be legally married in another country, it has the potential to be a little complex. It all depends on where you want to elope and if you want your elopement to be a legally recognized ceremony on that specific day.
Want to read up on some more elopement FAQs? Didn’t see your elopement question on our list? Check out our post here with even more FAQs and—more importantly—all the answers you need to answer your how to elope questions.
PRO TIP: DON’T LET PAPERWORK RULE YOUR DAY! fOR A LOT OF COUPLES, THE DAY THEY SAY THEIR VOWS AND COMMIT TO EACHOTHER IS THEIR WEDDING DAY. cHOOSING TO FORGO LEGALITIES FOR ANOTHER DAY DOESN’T MAKE YOUR ELOPEMENT ANY LESS THAN A WEDDING DAY WHERE YOU SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE.
who can come to our elopement?
it’s your elopement day—who you invite is entirely up to you
Whether your perfect elopement day means an entire adventure for just you and your partner or your ideal elopement means having the people you love most surrounding you, you can do it! Elopements are epic because of one simple fact—there are no rules! Invite who you want, whether that’s your entire family, just your sister, your dog, your grandmother, your best friend, or even just the two of you. It’s your magical, amazing day—you get to decide every perfect detail of it.
An elopement is for the people who want nothing more than to spend, a day, two days— however long—basking in the intimate, meaningful moment where they choose to commit their lives to each other. There’s no rule on who can and can’t be there to support you during that amazing experience.
What happens during an elopement ceremony?
Remember earlier when we said elopements don’t have rules? We meant it. That means your elopement ceremony can be anything you want it to be—you can (and should) do everything exactly the way you want to. It’s your special day and everything is entirely up to the two of you.
But, if its inspo you want, we’ve got you covered—your elopement ceremony could include:
sweet & sentimental vows that are unique & meaningful to the two of you
exchanging rings, trinkets, or any other symbol of your love
first kisses, first dances, first “We’re finally married” shouts from a mountaintop
Sage Smudging, handfasting, or any religious or cultural ceremonies
unity ceremonies, custom ceremonies
time for unique talents, exciting surprises
You’re already considering throwing tradition to the wind and creating a magical elopement day that’s wholly unique to both of you—why not keep that going? Have the elopement ceremony you’ve always wanted by including any type of unique mooment, celebration, or bits and pieces that make you the happiest.
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How do we choose where to elope?
This is—in our opinion—one of the greatest benefits of choosing to elope—you can go anywhere in the world you want. There’s so much beautiful freedom in that possibility, but we as elopement photographers who have explored the globe time and again, we also know how overwhelming that can be. How can you possibly pick the perfect place to elope?
Don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve combined our years of travel and experience to create the ultimate guide for picking the best elopement locations in the world. We cover all the bases for picking your elopement location—seasonality, scenery, activities & adventures, seclusion, views and so much more.
For just a moment, forget logistics, forget complications, forget parameters—ask yourself the most important question: if you could elope anywhere in the world, where would it be? Run with it. Embrace it. Explore it. Pick the location that speaks to you, where you and your love will come alive, where you’ll be the happiest you’d ever imagine. That’s how you choose to where to elope