Many couples wonder, “what can we actually do for 8 hours on our elopement day?!” or “how are we going to fill our time with our photographer?”. As a full-time intimate wedding and elopement photographer based out of Montana, my role on your elopement day reaches far beyond telling your love story and capturing your love. In case nobody has told you yet… your elopement (or wedding) day can be WHATEVER you want it to be. Which means… you can do whatever you want. Down below, I’ve put together a list of 50 Activities to Do on Your Elopement Day.
Before we jump in, truly let it sink in that your elopement day is only about you + your love. If you want to include a whole slew of activities, go for it! If you would rather sit along a lake and gaze into each other’s eyes, do it!! My best piece of advice is to do something meaningful to you as a couple. Do something that you love doing to help commemorate your marriage. While my list of 50 Activities to Do on Your Elopement Day varies from colder climates to the desert, you’ll be sure to find something to do. But please, let me know if I forgot any 😉 I’ve also included a little sample Elopement Day Timeline below!
Curious how these activities fit into an elopement day? Check out the sample timelines below! Keep in mind, these are examples- your own timeline can look and feel any way you want it to!
Activities- hiking, family lunch, read letters, and gifts
5:00 am – Meet at Airbnb, getting ready photos, details
6:15 am – Leave Airbnb, head to trailhead
7:00 am – Meet at trailhead, sunrise first look & portraits
7:30 am – Sunrise
8:30 am – Meet family at __________ and get ready for ceremony
9:00 am – Ceremony at ___________
9:30 am – Ceremony wraps up, wedding party & family photos
10:30 am – Formal Photos finished, head back to Airbnb
11:15 pm – Family Lunch at airbnb
1:00 pm – Photo coverage wraps up
Break in coverage
5:00 pm – Meet at trailhead for sunset photos
5:30 pm- Read letters and give gifts
6:15pm – Sunset
7:00 pm – Photo coverage wraps up
Activities- hiking, kayaking, letter reading, private chef
8:00 am – Meet at Airbnb, getting ready photos, details
9:15 am – Leave Airbnb, head to trailhead
9:45 am – Meet at trailhead, portraits and hike, ceremony somewhere on hike
11:00 am- Picnic with a view, read letters from family
2:00 pm- Return to trailhead, head to river to kayak
4:00 pm – Drive back to airbnb
5:00 pm- Private chef arrives
7:00 pm- Sunset portraits
8:00 pm – Photo coverage wraps up
After seeing all of these ideas, are you able to imagine your own elopement day? No need to worry about filling time with your photographer; your elopement day will fly by. Soak up every second with your partner. Head over to @sydneybreannphoto on Instagram to be the first to know when other elopement planning tips drop! As always, read up on my latest blogs in the meantime. Are you ready to wander?