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How Much Does It Cost to Elope?

Now, I know you’re wondering how much does it cost to elope, but this is a question that I can’t directly answer as every couple I’ve worked with spends a different amount on their elopement. It depends on what you value for your elopement day, where you decide to elope and what details you want to include on your day.

Elopements are all about crafting a day the reflects the two of you and your relationship. It’s still your wedding day and you don’t deserve any less than someone who is having a traditional wedding. It’s the day that you two are going to look back on for the rest of your lives and celebrate. You deserve to celebrate in an epic way and in a way that you truly want to celebrate. If you want to learn more about what eloping is all about you can check out these articles below.

What Does Eloping Mean?

3 Reasons Eloping is Better Than a Traditional Wedding

Why You Should Elope

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So, really though, how much does it cost to elope?

The answer, it really just depends. Let me elaborate.

First things first you should figure out what your budget it and how much you want to spend on your elopement day in total. Maybe you’re open and you don’t really know how much it costs to elope or what you should even be looking at to spend in your budget.

Here are a few questions you should be asking yourself when deciding how much you want to spend on your elopement.

1. Where do we want to elope? Do we want to elope in our state or out of state? Do we want to have a destination elopement in another country?

These questions will help you to start talking about travel costs which include flights, car rental, Airbnb/hotel, etc.

2. What vendors do we need?

Couples who elope tend to value experiences over things and being able to remember those experiences, so a decent amount of couple’s budget tends to be spent on a photographer. You can also decide if you want a videographer, officiant, florist and hair/makeup artist.

3. What do we want to wear?

You can go all out and buy an epic dress from Rue de Seine or Daci. You can also get an gorgeous dress from a much cheaper place like Lulus. I wrote an article on 5 Best Wedding Dress Styles for Eloping 

4. What activities Do I want to Include on my Elopement day?

An elopement is so much more than just pretty pictures and saying your vows–although very important! Ultimately, it’s about the entire experience that you have on your elopement day and you can’t put a value on that. Think about what you two love to do or something that you’ve always do to create a memorable and incredible experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Do you want to take a helicopter tour? Do you want go hiking? Do you want to go skiing or snowboarding? Do you want to go jeeping? The options are endless and if you can dream it up, then you can include it on your elopement day!how much does it cost to elope

How much does it cost to elope?

Once you know your budget and start to think about the questions above you need to figure out what means the most to you and what you value the most. If you don’t know, sit down and figure it out. The easiest way to do this is to write a list! Allocate the biggest portions of your budget to your top priorities!

Once you’ve decided what your priorities are you can start looking for your vendors and start booking them  Lock those important pieces in! As I mentioned above photography tends to be important to couples eloping, because if you’re having a two person elopement the only way to document your elopement, to be able to remember all the details and to look back on your day and relive it is through your images. So, make sure you find a photographer that you love and one whom you click and connect with!


I know that no answer I could give you is simple, but I hope this helps! If you’re searching for an elopement photographer I would be so stoked to chat with you about your elopement! You can contact me >HERE< and I can’t wait to hear from you!!

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You probably have a million thoughts running through your head making you a bit overwhelmed.

How does this work? What can I do during my elopement? How do I choose my location? Is the ceremony legal? Can I elope with family?

One of the reasons you're probably eloping is because you want to have a stress-free day, but with so much uncertainty on how to plan an elopement how is it even possible?!

No need to stress, you're in the right place! This is where I come in and do the heavy lifting for you.

I'm Courtney, and I specialize in documenting adventurous elopements for couples who love the outdoors, but role is so much more than just an elopement photographer.

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"When my now husband and I started planning our elopement, we were confused to the max. We didn’t know where to start or how to go about planning anything. 

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She helped us plan EVERYTHING! Even down to the little details! She helped us narrow down where, giving us her informative opinions on each of our options! She gave us cool ideas that we could incorporate into our special day. No idea was too big! When the day came, we had the absolute best time exploring and getting married!

Our elopement was an absolute DREAM COME TRUE! I will never be able to thank Courtney enough for making our dream day happen. 

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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.

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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.

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Courtney is not only a talented photographer, but she makes you feel so comfortable even though being in front of the camera can be nerve-wracking! She did such an amazing job with our day and if I had to pick my favorite photo it would take FOREVER, because I love so many! Definitely consider her if you want adventurous and beautiful photos coupled with an amazing experience!

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Let’s toss that’s confusion out the window and focus on how you want to get married!

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