Elopement Checklist

At first thinking about planning an elopement might seem like a complete breeze, and while elopements are definitely more stress-free and laid back than a traditional wedding there are some details that you definitely don’t want to forget! The best part about deciding how to elope is that you can keep your elopement day as simple as you want or you could include as many details and activites as you wish! So, to help make your elopement planning easier I’ve created the best Elopement Checklist for you!

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Planning out all the Elopement Logistics

In order to get started with planning your dream elopement there are a few questions you should be asking yourself. By starting to think about these things you’ll be well on your way to planning the elopement your dreaming of!

-What’s our budget?

-Are we inviting anybody along?

-What time of year do we want to elope? Is there a specific date?

-Where do we want to elope? International or domestic?

Hire an Elopement Photographer and/or Find your elopement location

The first step to planning your elopement will either be to figure out where you want to get married or to hire your dream photographer (uhm, that would be me!).  I say this because as an elopement photographer part of what I do for my couples is personalized location scouting. Not every photographer does this so it depends on who you want to have as your photographer! Some couples come to me with an exact location, others come with a general idea like a specific state or country, and others have absolutely no idea.

So, if you already know where you want to elope that’s awesome and if you don’t even better! I absolutely love helping my couples find the perfect location for them and I love providing spots that you wouldn’t have thought or known about! So, no matter what stage you’re at in planning your elopement I would love to chat with you to help guide you through planning your dream elopement. You can contact me HERE and I can’t wait to chat with you!

Check out some location recommendations here!

Washington Elopements: A Complete Guide to Eloping in Washington State

Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement Guide

Best Places to Elope in Oregon

The Best Places to Elope in Utah

10 Amazing Iceland Elopement Locations

10 Incredible Places You Want to Elope

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Booking Your Travel for your elopement

No matter if you are staying local, domestic or international be sure to nail out your travel plans! If you are traveling internationally make sure you don’t forget about any train, taxi or bus fees that might come up.

-Book your flights!

-Book your lodging whether that be an AirBnb, hotel, or resort

-Car Rental

Get Your Marriage License

Once you have decided where you want to elope you can start your process of getting legal. This should, of course, be a priority on your elopement checklist! If you are eloping in another country there can be some hurdles to jump over, but if you want to avoid the hassle get married legally in another country, you can always get legally married where you live at your local county clerks office and have your ceremony on your elopement day be symbolical. I have seen couple’s do it both ways and they are equally as special!

-Do you need an appointment in order to pick up your marriage license?

-Do I need an officiant? Most places require you have an officiant, but the states Colorado, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin, District of Columbia, California, Maine, Nevada, and Kansas allow you to self-solemnize your marriage-meaning you don’t need an officiant! In Montana, anybody can marry the two of you-like, literally anybody! You don’t need to be ordained to marry a couple in Montana! How cool?!

-What’s the waiting period? Some states require up to a week between when you file for a marriage license and when you can legally get married!

-Do I need any witness?

-Are there any other legal document or problems that might come up? You never know, so keep birth certificates, divorce papers from previous marriages, and all other important documents on hand.

Be sure you have your rings!

All I can say is don’t forget these! You don’t have to go crazy with a super expensive ring if you don’t want to. A few alternative options are silicon rings or you can find some nice and cheap rings on Etsy!

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Put any Additional vendors down on your elopement checklist

-Do I want a bouquet? A boutonniere? A bouquet can be a great way to add a touch of personalization to your elopement day if you desire!

-Do I need an elopement planner? If you are eloping abroad this would be a great thing to consider. They will know the legal side, help set up other local vendors and make your life so much easier with all the little details!

-Do I want a videographer?

-Do I need a caterer? Mainly if you are planning a more intimate elopement with friends and family!

Pick out your Elopement outfits

The choice is yours! You can do and wear whatever you want so if a big fancy dress isn’t your think that’s totally OK!

-Do I want to wear my dream dress? Or not. You don’t have to wear a dress if you don’t want to.

-Should he wear a suit, tux or something else?

-What’s the weather going to be like? Do I need a jacket?

-Am I going to do my own hair and make up or should I hire a makeup artist?

-What shoes are we going to wear?

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What should I do after I elope?

Every couple is different and like to announce their elopement or celebrate in some way! You can check out this article I wrote on What to Do After Eloping for more insight!

-Should I send out elopement announcements?

-Should I have a backyard BBQ or go out to dinner with friends/family?

 

If you’re searching for an elopement photographer I would love to guide you through planning your dream elopement! You can contact me HERE and I can’t wait to chat with you!

Check out these related blog posts!

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  1. This is such great information!!! The tones and emotions in your photos are giving me the feels!!! <3

  2. Kailee says:

    Love this quick & easy elopement list! Covers everything! And your photos are stunning!

  3. Jessika Hill says:

    Your elopement checklist is so helpful! Also your photos are gorgeous. They look like they belong in an elopement magazine!

  4. First, these photos are amazing! I love the tone and the emotion! And you really have some important and super helpful information on here for elopements! Awesome post!

  5. Kara says:

    What great information for couples eloping! And the tones on these are gorgeous!

  6. THIS IS SO VALUABLE! Thank you for the educational post on eloping. So many will find this helpful!

  7. Sienna says:

    Ooh I love helpful blog posts like this! Wonderful job making elopements accessible for all!

  8. Sara says:

    These are all such helpful ideas and info and your shots are stunning to boot. If I wasn’t already married I would totally elope with you haha.

  9. Shea McGrath says:

    The lighting is absolutely gorgeous in these photos! I love this blog post, too – very informative for couples looking to elope!!

  10. Henry Tieu says:

    These info are so useful. I love that you are sharing this so couples can learn more about you and what you do

  11. These photos are stunning and great tips for couples eloping.

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I'm here to make your life SO much easier and I'm so excited to do so!! I'm here to keep your day as stress-free as possible. I'm not about stressing out and I especially don't want you losing your mind on your elopement day! I've created location guides and many helpful articles regarding tips and advice for planning your elopement. Like what you see?! Let's chat!!


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"Planning for our day and the day itself would have been completely different without Courtney. We only knew that we wanted to share our vows in the Tuscan countryside and have beautiful photos, and Courtney planned the perfect agenda for that to happen. She coordinated our timing around sunset, and not only were the photos breathtaking, but the actual evening was too. I remember looking out over the vineyards as the sun set, the view becoming more and more stunning by the minute. There were no moments that felt forced or posed, every shot was comfortable and fun and full of love. Courtney is such a sweet, kind, fun person and we truly enjoyed spending the day with her. Courtney helped us to turn our dreams into reality, and we hardly had to do a thing. She allowed us to be in control of our day but gently took all of our wants and needs into consideration while making everything happen. Lastly, our pictures are just magical. Courtney is an incredibly talented photographer, and I feel so lucky that we were able to work with her. I would recommend her over and over again to anyone eloping."

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"Let. Me. Tell. You. It's not the technical aspects of photography that are the most difficult. It's the human aspect. Remembering that as a Photographer, you may be behind the lens but you are still a human, in front of other humans, in some of the most raw and intimate of moments. Courtney balances both of these necessities (but rarities) with poise, great direction, and an overall kind calmness that just makes you breathe a sigh of relief. If you've come across Courtney's page and see what you like already, BOOK HER NOW. Don't spend another second looking for another Photographer that doesn't bring anywhere near the amazing light and spirit that this girl brings right here. Thank you again Courtney for allowing my husband and I to marry each other all over again! The images are stunning and I can't wait to blow them up and hang them in our home."

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Shannon & Brandon

"Let. Me. Tell. You. It's not the technical aspects of photography that are the most difficult. It's the human aspect. Remembering that as a Photographer, you may be behind the lens but you are still a human, in front of other humans, in some of the most raw and intimate of moments. Courtney balances both of these necessities (but rarities) with poise, great direction, and an overall kind calmness that just makes you breathe a sigh of relief. If you've come across Courtney's page and see what you like already, BOOK HER NOW. Don't spend another second looking for another Photographer that doesn't bring anywhere near the amazing light and spirit that this girl brings right here. Thank you again Courtney for allowing my husband and I to marry each other all over again! The images are stunning and I can't wait to blow them up and hang them in our home."

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Shannon & Brandon

"Working with Courtney was an extremely easy experience, seamless, positive and obviously fun. My wife and I went on our honeymoon and wanted to surprise her with a surprise honeymoon adventure session. Courtney worked with me to make that dream gift for my wife a reality. Meeting and posing for a photographer for the first time can be intimidating, but with Courtney it was anything but that. Courtney is extremely positive and helpful and made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera. She played some of our favorite songs and before we knew we were just having fun and she was catching them every second. Perhaps the best part of our session was that Courtney knew all the characteristic and peaceful places of where we were, which made our photos even more extraordinary. She kept the focus was on my wife and me. When we shared our images with friends and relatives, everyone complimented on Courtney's aesthetics and the emotion she was able to capture. I can't thank Courtney enough for exceeding all our expectations with this photo shoot!!"

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Nina & Jason

"Working with Courtney was an extremely easy experience, seamless, positive and obviously fun. My wife and I went on our honeymoon and wanted to surprise her with a surprise honeymoon adventure session. Courtney worked with me to make that dream gift for my wife a reality. Meeting and posing for a photographer for the first time can be intimidating, but with Courtney it was anything but that. Courtney is extremely positive and helpful and made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera. She played some of our favorite songs and before we knew we were just having fun and she was catching them every second. Perhaps the best part of our session was that Courtney knew all the characteristic and peaceful places of where we were, which made our photos even more extraordinary. She kept the focus was on my wife and me. When we shared our images with friends and relatives, everyone complimented on Courtney's aesthetics and the emotion she was able to capture. I can't thank Courtney enough for exceeding all our expectations with this photo shoot!!"

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NINA & JASON

"Pick her -- she's the best! Courtney is amazing! Seriously! If you're thinking about eloping you should snatch her up to capture your day. She makes the entire experience fun and relaxed plus the pictures just blew us away. I will never forget our magical time in Venice and I'm obsessed with the gorgeous photos Courtney took of us. She's so so good!"

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Jami & Tim

"Pick her -- she's the best! Courtney is amazing! Seriously! If you're thinking about eloping you should snatch her up to capture your day. She makes the entire experience fun and relaxed plus the pictures just blew us away. I will never forget our magical time in Venice and I'm obsessed with the gorgeous photos Courtney took of us. She's so so good!"

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