You’ve take the time to decide on the perfect location for you two to have your elopement ceremony and adventure, but now you might have the lingering question, “What do we do during our elopement ceremony?!” I totally understand that it might seem daunting, and maybe overwhelming, but I assure you it’s the easiest thing ever!
I’ve seen couples get married with and without an officiant and they are both just as special. It just comes down to how you want your ceremony to go and if you want another person to be involved or not! This also comes down where you decide to elope and if you want your ceremony to be legally binding that day or have it be symbolical.
Whatever the two of you decide to do for your elopement ceremony, it’s going to be perfect and so special, because you’re getting married in the way that matters to you. You can just say your vows during your elopement ceremony or you could have a more traditional outline that your follow. You could also say your vows and exchange rings. The options are endless!
You also might be wondering if it’s okay if you include some of your favorite wedding traditions during your elopement ceremony and throughout the day–ABSOLUTELY!! This is your day and you can keep, create or throw out whatever traditions you want. Your elopement is about creating a day that the two of you love and celebrating how you want. There are truly no rules to eloping!
So, without further ado here some elopement ceremony ideas for you to check out and get all the inspiration for your elopement!
Elopement Ceremony Ideas
Elopement Ceremony Vows
Marriage vows are such a special and important part of getting married. It’s the moment in time where the two of you commit your lives together and tell each other that you’ll stick by their side. No matter if you decide to do traditional vows or write your own it’s going to be an impactful part of your elopement ceremony.
You don’t have to do the exact script that you found online, but you can make each and every part custom to you. Vise versa to that if you want to keep it more simple and use a script that you found and love then go for it! Just remember that it’s your day and whatever you want to do goes!
Hand fasting ceremonies are a symbolic ritual where a couple stands facing each other with their hands tied to each other. It symbolizes that now that your hands are bound together so are you two as your lives become one. It is a part of a traditional Irish ceremony!
I’ve seen it where the officiant will bring multiple colors of strings and binds your hands and recites what each other means or you can recite your vows as your hands are bound. There really aren’t any ‘strict’ rules on how to do it and can be a fun thing to add to your ceremony!
Exchange Wedding Rings
Most of the couples I’ve worked with have exchanged rings during their elopement ceremony. Wedding rings are a fantastic symbol of marriage as there is no end and symbolizes infinite love.
You could even make this a fun part of there ceremony if you wanted to surprise each other with rings, but even if you keep traditional is such an amazing part of the ceremony as an act of committing to each other!
Share a First Kiss
After you say those vows and exchange rings (if that’s something you want to do!) then it’s time for you to share your first kiss as spouses!! WHOO-HOO! It’s such a simple and classic tradition to include in your day. Plus, who wouldn’t want to kiss their new husband or wife!!
Bridal Bouquets can add a nice personalized touch to your elopement day! Even if you want to hike to your elopement ceremony location you can have a bouquet. There are plenty of tricks to cinching it up in your backpack!
You could go all out with a big bouquet or you could keep it small and more on the simple side. Either way it’s a fantastic way to add some color and infuse your personality into your day!
No matter if you’re on the top of a mountain, on a sand dune in the middle of the desert or surrounded by trees in a forest you can take a moment to share dance with each other. It’s very simple to take along a small bluetooth speak to blast your favorite song to have a sweet romantic dance or even break it down to some tunes if that’s more your style!
Sharing a first dance is a great way to slow down and take a minute to reflect on your day and enjoy the moment that you’re in!
No matter if you say your vows at the top of a mountain, in the desert or in a forest it’s always a good time and place to pop a champagne bottle to celebrate!
Have a Wedding Cake
Who says you have to have a room full of guests to have a cake?! You can have a cute small cake that’s the perfect size for the two of you or for the few guests you decide to take along. All you need to do is find your favorite bakery and ask them to make a small version of your favorite cake or even a custom one!
Elopement Ceremony Ideas
First looks are so incredibly special! I’ve had couples get mostly ready together and then when it comes time for the bride to put on her dress they’ll separate and have the big finale be the surprise! I’ve also had couples get ready completely separate so that they don’t see each other at all on their elopement day till they share a first look. A fun side about getting ready totally separate is that when you receive your images you get to see part of your day that you didn’t get see before! Both ways are so fun and they’re always amazing moments! So, no matter which direction you decide to go in–it’ll be perfect!
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue
This can be such a special part of your day and a great way to include family in your elopement even if they aren’t physically there with you on your day! This tradition has been going on for a long, long time and for a good reason. It’s also such a great way to get creative and add personal touches throughout your elopement ceremony and day.
One of my couples had a dog named Blue, so she made a little pin with his picture on it and pinned onto the inside hem of her dress! It was so special and added a unique and personal touch!
There are so many ways to add personal touches to your elopement ceremony and throughout your day. I hope this has help to inspire you and give you some ideas for your elopement ceremony!
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