What To Do After Eloping

Elopements are such an incredible way to get married! You and your fiance have decided to elope and get married exactly how and where you want and I think that is SO awesome. I believe that your elopement day matters and that it’s just as important as someone who has a traditional wedding.

Some couples want to have a ‘just us’ experience on their elopement day while others decide to have their absolute closest friends or family celebrate with them on their elopement day. Honestly, both are just as special and intimate! Whether you’re a couple who wants to have a two-person elopement or a 10 person elopement but want to find a way to celebrate with you additional friends and family, this is for you!

If you’re wondering what to do after eloping then I got some awesome tips on how you can celebrate after your elopement!bride and groom plan party after eloping

What to Do After Eloping

1. Send an Elopement Announcement Card

Now, there are a few ways to celebrate your elopement afterward and by no means is this something that you HAVE to do.

If you want to celebrate with friends and family afterward that is totally up to you and if you don’t feel the need or desire to, but want to let your friends and family know that you’re now married you can send an elopement announcement card in the mail. You can include a few of your epic images from your day and write a small note about how you two got married!what to do after you elope


2. You don’t need to splurge to celebrate your elopement | What to do after eloping

Couples choose to elope for many reasons. A few of them being that they don’t like to be the center of attention and they want to spend their money on what matters to them. So, don’t feel any pressure to put on a crazy party or reception! You can put together a casual backyard BBQ to celebrate with lawn games or you could even just invite everyone out to dinner to celebrate.

A few other ideas for places to hold a party or reception would be a park or even a space in a nearby national or state park! When you get outside you can use nature as your decor and you get to enjoy being outdoors while celebrating. Even better if you ask me!

You could also rent an Airbnb and hold a celebration there if you need a larger place! You could easily get friends or family to pitch in to spend the evening there after a day of celebrating.

When you invite your guests, feel free to keep the invites as simple as creating a Facebook event, or even buy cards where you just have to fill in dates and locations! You’re already married so there really isn’t a need or any pressure to go crazy!what to do after you elope

3. Wear whatever you want to your party

No matter how you decide to celebrate don’t feel like you have to wear a white dress. If you want to get another use out of the gorgeous dress you eloped in then go for it!! But, if you’d rather be more casual or wear something else then do that. It’s all about celebrating your marriage in a way that you want!

4. Don’t feel the need to invite everyone

You dodged the big wedding because trying to figure out who to invite and who not to invite sounded stressful right? So, keep it casual, and don’t worry about trying to include every single person.

It’s about you two so invite those who actually matter to you and you’d enjoy spending time and celebrating your marriage with!

You could send out announcements to some people letting them know that you’re now married while inviting others to a party to celebrate with you, too!what to do after you elope


Elope and have a party later!

5. You can wait to have a party

Don’t feel the need to have a party or reception right away after eloping. You can wait as long or as little as you want!

If you go the route of having a larger celebration then you can always push it out to save up whatever money you need to put it on. If you go the route of having a potluck or BBQ in the backyard or a park then very little money would be needed and you could celebrate sooner if you wanted to!how to plan a reception after eloping


What to Do After You Elope – Ideas for the Family

No matter how you decide to celebrate remember to not feel any pressure to put on a big celebration because you’re already married and you eloped because you wanted to avoid that! If you don’t want to have a party afterward that is totally okay, too!!

If you want some alternative ways to include family without having them at your elopement or throwing a party check out this other post on How to Keep Family Involved During Your Elopement! This article goes in-depth on ways to include them on your day and ways to include them without them being physically there, too.

Check out these related blog posts!

How to Plan the Epic Elopement Timeline of Your Dreams

5 Best Wedding Dress Styles for Eloping

7 Signs You May Want to Elope

Ultimate How to Elope Guide

Are you looking for an Elopement Photographer to document your day and help you plan out your adventurous elopement?! I’d love to hear from you!

You can contact me >HERE< and I can’t wait to chat!


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Courtney made the process SO easy! She does more than just photograph your day. She cares about you having the BEST elopement experience possible! I'll never be able to thank Courtney enough for making our dream day happen!

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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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Courtney has a very warm and bubbly personality that shows through her work! She made my husband and I feel SO comfortable throughout the whole day.

We were very confused on how to start planning our adventure and she was there to answer a lot of our questions in the beginning and honestly with a very short time frame! We planned and got married in 6 weeks, because we knew we really wanted her there for our day and that is what she had available! It was a challenge well accepted for all three of us.

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Courtney was so helpful during the whole process! She helped put together a wonderful day!  She really wanted to make sure our wedding was just right for us. She made our elopement perfectly formulated for us, and I can't think of a more beautiful day!

One of our concerns going into an elopement was wanting to have pictures that let us remember the entire day. Courtney was there from start to finish and captured the whole day! Because of her outstanding work, we can share it with our loved ones, and they can experience the event almost as if they were there. We also really appreciated that she captured genuine moments between us instead of making it a photoshoot.

It felt like we were hanging out with a friend, and we think that helped us enjoy our day to the fullest.
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We are SO happy we decided to go with Courtney for our wedding photos! Originally we were supposed to elope in Italy, and she helped a TON with planning things like travel and what our day was going to look like.

Then the pandemic hit and we realized we probably weren't going to be able to go to Italy. So, we decided to change locations to Glacier!

She made it super easy and stress free, and helped plan what our new day in Glacier was going to look like!

Courtney was super easy to spend the entire day with, very friendly and fun to talk to! Even though our day didn't go exactly how we planned due to the weather, we all just went with the flow of it and it still turned out to be an amazing day!

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robbie & Aryton

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. We knew we wanted to get married in Ireland, but had too many options on exactly where. After doing some research of elopements, I was scrolling on Pinterest and came across some BEAUTIFUL photos taken by Courtney!

Courtney  made the process so easy! She is organized, professional, sweet, and so so funny!! Courtney does more than just photograph your day, she cares about you having the BEST day! She helped us plan EVERYTHING! Even down to the little details, like what type of shoes to wear! 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! After we exchanged our vows, we went to celebrate at a local pub (Courtney’s idea ;) ). It was a blast!!

Our elopement was an absolute DREAM COME TRUE! I will never be able to thank Courtney enough for making it happen. So for anyone on the fence, swaying back and forth about whether or not work with Courtney on your big day, SWAY NO MORE! You’ve found your person!! My day couldn’t have been any better and my pictures are beautiful and capture the fun we had!!! I can’t wait to work with her again!

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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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"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 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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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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