Last week, I put together a blog on some tips for photographers to help prepare for an elopement and what I do to prepare. (You can view that blog HERE). And now I’m so excited to share my Couple’s Guide to Preparing for your Elopement! Here’s the thing… I’m preparing for my own elopement, too! So although I’m an elopement and intimate wedding photographer, I’m still deep in the midst of planning to elope with my soon-to-be husband. (CLICK HERE to check out our engagement story. ) So whether you’re traveling to a land far, far away, or you’re eloping closer to home, let’s dive into preparing for your elopement.
I’m sure you’ve heard it all before. “Eloping is way easier.” “Eloping is stress-free compared to planning a traditional wedding.” Yada-yada-yada. Believe me, I’ve heard my fair share of these sentiments! But can I let you in on the best part of preparing for your elopement?! It can be as big or small, stress-free or stressful, affordable or expensive as you want. I know that my biggest goal as an elopement photographer is to make my couples’ big day as special and stress-free as possible, no matter the logistics of it.
Preparing for your elopement begins once the bottles have been popped! (But please, continue to celebrate the heck out of your engagement.) Here are a few things you can do to prepare for your elopement when you’re months out from your big day:
This one is a little bit tricky, but like any traditional wedding, you need to apply for your marriage license. Some states allow you to apply months in advance, others only allow 30 days in advance. Some states have a waiting period, others allow you to get married right after you obtain the license. This is a really important step to verify – so make sure to do your due diligence so you can tie the knot!
It’s almost go-time, friends! The week of your elopement might just feel a little chaotic, and that’s okay. My fiancé and my elopement is still a ways off, but I take comfort in knowing that I’ll be prepared come the week (and day-of) our big day. Here’s how you can prepare for yours the week-of:
You’ve spent so much time preparing for the best day ever, and now it’s finally here!! 🎉 The day of your elopement (much like planning for it) can look however you want it to. But here’s some tips:
Now that you’re up to speed on the Couple’s Guide to Preparing for your Elopement, do the dang thing! There’s nothing better than finally having your big day in sight, especially if it’s stress-free. Especially with the holiday season upon us, I urge you to continue to soak up being engaged and planning your special day.
Looking for more elopement planning tips or inspiration? CLICK TO BINGE THE BLOG🤩 As always, I’d love to be friends over on Instagram (@sydneybreannphoto). And if you’re still searching for your elopement photographer… LET’S CONNECT! Are you ready to wander?