a couple eloping in winter between the snowy mountains of Colorado

5 Mistakes Couples Make When Planning To Elope

So you have decided to elope? How exciting! You’ve made the awesome decision to keep your day simple and just enjoy a romantic day between the two of you to say I do.Now it might seem like without all the stress of wedding planning, you don’t have much to do but just because eloping is the easier choice, doesn’t mean you have to leave it all to chance.

Here are 5 things you might be forgetting about when choosing to elope

A bride and groom in front of the Brainard Lake reading their vows on their elopement day. The bride is happy and smiling as she holds her vows in her hand
  1. Create a timeline to match your vision. While an elopement is still much easier to plan than an actual wedding, it’s still so important that you think about the details that will make this day so special. Would you like to have a celebratory dinner just the two of you? Maybe a small wedding cake to share? Your first dance? Creating a timeline to add these activities avoids added stress and allows you to enjoy all of the benefits of eloping! 

2. Marriage Legalities. Don’t leave the legal stuff at the last minute! Make sure that you have all the necessary paperwork to apply for your marriage license in the state you wish to marry. Sometimes legal paperwork can get complicated, so make sure you’re taking care of your legalities with plenty of time! 

Bride and groom reading their vows in front of a beautiful green lake in Buena Vista, Colorado.

3. Hire your photographer. Now this ones a big one. Hiring a photographer to capture your special day is just as important, if not more, than a regular wedding. Make sure you’re choosing a photographer you vibe with! Remember that they might be the only other person present at your ceremony so you want to feel comfortable. This means making sure to look and hire your photographer early on in your planning process. It breaks my heart to say that I have had to turn away so many couples because they wait until the last minute to reach out. Don’t let your favorite photographer slip away and book your date in as soon as you can!

Bride and groom share a kiss in front of the snowy Loveland Pass mountains in Colorado on their elopement day

4. Transportation! As a Colorado elopement photographer, many of my couples choose the most gorgeous place to elope. The only problem is that most of these places are hard to get to without proper transportation. As soon as you decide where you want to elope, figure out what transportation you will use. If special transportation is required do as much research as you can and find the proper transportation to get you there.

5. Your announcement. Announcing your elopement to your close friends and family might be scary and even a little intimidating, especially if you have decided not to have any family involved. I recommend sending a cute elopement announcement in the mail as a special detail to your close friends and family. Those small yet special details always go a long way!

If you’ve chosen to elope and are looking to have gorgeous photos of your special day,  reach out! I’d love to hash out the details of your elopement and help guide you through it all. All my couples get an extensive elopement guide filled with location ideas, timelines and personalized vendor recommendations to make your special day that much easier!

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