Maybe you’ve officially decided to elope and you’ve been crushing the planning so far. Yet as your elopement draws near, you’re starting to realize you are unsure of what to pack. Figuring out the packing list for your elopement can feel so daunting. You want to make sure you’re covering all of the essentials. But you also want to be sure you’re not overpacking.
Well, you’ve landed in the right place – here is the Ultimate List of Adventure Elopement Essentials!
1. A Hiking Backpack
This will definitely be the MVP of the day. You’ll stuff many of the items below into it! A hiking backpack will allow you to carry all the elopement essentials with the most comfort! Check out your local outdoor stores like REI or Backcountry!
2. Seasonal Items
If you’re planning your elopement during a month or time of day that can be more on the cool side, be sure to pack any seasonal essentials! Maybe a hat, scarf, rain jacket, or mittens will help keep you comfortable during your hike!
3. Hiking Boots
Hear me out here! If you’re planning to hike to your ceremony location, hiking boots, or at least shoes with tread are an absolute must. Hiking to your location will be made so much easier by good solid shoes with tread. If you’re not into the look of hiking boots or shoes in your wedding photos, no problem! You can bring a change of shoes in your backpack for the ceremony.
This is crucial for an adventure elopement! It will help ensure you stay on course and will help you find your way back if you’re lost! It’s never the plan and has personally never happened, but safety is of utmost importance! Other items like a headlamp if you’re hiking before sunrise or after sunset will make sure you’re able to see the trail on the way.
5. Vanity Items
Things like makeup, hairbrush, a mirror, or maybe some hair spray or gel. Things that you’ll find necessary to ‘freshen up’ after the hike to the ceremony location. These items will help make sure you feel your best before the ceremony!
6. Food & Drink
You’ll definitely want to make sure you have water, and snacks in your backpack. If you’re hiking to your elopement destination you never know when you may get thirsty or hungry! Plus, you could pack a mini bottle of champagne, and maybe chocolate-covered strawberries or a charcuterie board for after the ceremony. An intimate toast to your marriage and a little treat to top it off always makes for a lasting memory. (And great photos!)
7. Marriage License (and pens to sign it!)
You’ll want to check the local laws of your state to see if your elopement will be a legal ceremony or a ceremonial ceremony. If the ceremony will be a legal ceremony, you’ll want to make sure you bring your marriage license with you, and a pen so that you can get it signed by your witnesses! Oftentimes, your ‘minister’ and your photographer (me!) will be the ones signing your marriage certificate if your ceremony is a legal ceremony!
8. Ring Boxes
Storing your rings in a safe place is crucial! Especially if you are planning an adventure elopement where you’ll likely be hiking to your ceremony location. You’ll want to make sure you keep your rings in a safe spot, in a secure pocket of your hiking backpack!
You won’t want to forget these! Keep your vows in a secret spot to make sure your boo doesn’t read them before the ceremony! Still haven’t written yours? No problem! Check out my blog for a step-by-step guide on how to write your elopement wedding vows.
10. A Dynamite Adventure Elopement Photographer (THAT’S ME! ;))
Something that will be helpful for your family and friends who weren’t able to make it to your big day will be the photos you can show them of your special day afterward. It’s important to ensure that you hire a photographer that is dedicated to telling the true story of your day, someone who cares about documenting the little moments that made your elopement day so special. Lucky for you, you’ve landed here and found me! >> Contact Me Today To Start Planning Your Adventure Elopement! <<
Ensuring you have these 10 things on your Elopement day, the day is sure to go off without a hitch.
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