Are you and your partner sick of the dull, traditional wedding scene? Are you ready to break free from the constraints of convention and celebrate your love in a way that genuinely reflects who you are as individuals and as a couple? Then it’s time to elope, my fellow rebels!

A couple wearing Stormtrooper helmets

Understanding Your Preferences: Outdoor Elopement vs. Urban/City Elopement

When it comes to choosing the perfect elopement location, you have two main options: outdoors or urban/city. If you and your partner love the great outdoors, there are so many beautiful outdoor locations to choose from. A scenic beach with crystal-clear water and soft white sand, a picturesque mountain or forest location with stunning views and fresh air, or even a secluded cabin in the woods with a cozy fireplace and a comfortable bed – the options are endless. Or maybe you want something completely out-of-the-box – how about eloping at a music festival, a vegan food festival, or a yoga retreat? The possibilities are endless! And if you’re feeling particularly morbid, you could even plan your elopement at a cemetery for a truly unique and darkly humorous twist.

On the other hand, an urban elopement might be the perfect choice if you’re more of a city slicker. Choose an iconic urban landmark or a trendy neighborhood for your elopement, and plan activities that reflect your personal style and interests.

A couple holding hands in the foggy mountains in Ireland on their elopement day. He's gently dragging her. Her dress is blowing in the wind.
A gay couple in the town hall of Copenhagen right before their elopement ceremony. They're standing on top of a stairway. The scenery could be taken from a Wes Anderson movie.
A couple in the desert in Mexico.

Finding the Right Location for Your Elopement

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, evaluating each potential location based on your preferences and needs is essential. Consider factors such as accessibility, amenities, weather, and seasonality. And, most importantly, make sure the location feels special and meaningful to you and your partner.

Ultimately, choosing a location that reflects your personalities and makes you happy is the most important thing. So go ahead and start researching and exploring – and remember the endless possibilities!

Activities on your wedding day

Once you’ve chosen your elopement location, it’s time to start planning the activities for your special day. If you’re planning an outdoor elopement, there are plenty of exciting activities to choose from. Go for a hike or a nature walk and explore the beautiful surroundings, have a picnic and enjoy some yummy vegan snacks, or even go for a swim if the location allows it. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could try kayaking, horseback riding, or a glacier tour. Or, if you’re both into cycling, you could plan a bikepacking adventure and spend the day exploring the area on two wheels.

If you’re planning an urban elopement, the activities will depend on your chosen location. Visit some of the iconic landmarks, take memorable photos, or even go for a scenic ride on the city’s public transportation and explore the city like a local. You could also plan a special meal at a vegan burger joint or café, or go for a night out and paint the town red.

A couple kissing on a surfboard in the ocean at the Northern beaches of Sydney, Australia right before their elopement ceremony.
A couple walking on a cliff in Iceland on the morning of their outdoor elopment.
A couple facing the sea on a cliff in Sifnos, Greecde

Choosing the Right Time of Year for Your Elopement

Once you’ve chosen the perfect elopement location, it’s time to start thinking about when to tie the knot. The season and weather can significantly impact your elopement experience, so it’s crucial to choose a time of year that is conducive to the activities and amenities you want to enjoy at your desired location.

If you’re planning an outdoor elopement, you’ll want to choose a time of year with pleasant weather that will allow you to enjoy the great outdoors. But don’t let the weather dictate your plans – if you’re feeling rebellious and want to elope in the middle of a snowstorm, go for it! Just make sure to pack some warm clothing and accessories.

It’s also important to plan around special events or holidays, as these can impact the availability and accessibility of your chosen location. For example, suppose you’re planning an outdoor elopement at a popular national park. You’ll want to avoid peak tourist season and plan around major holidays or events. But if you want to add an extra layer of rebelliousness to your elopement, why not plan your special day on a major holiday or event? Just imagine eloping on Valentine’s Day, Halloween, or even Christmas – the possibilities are endless!

In the end, the most important thing is to choose a time of year that is conducive to the activities and amenities you want to enjoy at your chosen location. So start planning and consider all the factors impacting your elopement experience – and remember, the possibilities are endless!

A couple in front of the Millerntorstadion of FC St. Pauli in Hamburg on their elopement wedding day. He's holding some pyrotechnics. They're both wearing winterjackets on top of their wedding attire as it's Winter.
A couple lying in the sand dunes of Maspalomas on the Canary Islands. They're holding hands.

Deciding on What to Wear for Your Elopement Day

Once you’ve chosen the perfect elopement location and time of year, it’s time to start thinking about what to wear. The right clothing and accessories can enhance your elopement experience and help you feel comfortable and confident on your special day.

When choosing the right outfit, it’s important to consider the location and activities you have planned. If you’re planning an outdoor elopement, you’ll want to choose clothing and accessories that are practical and comfortable yet stylish and reflect your personal style. Consider factors such as the weather, the season, and the type of activities you have planned. For example, suppose you’re planning a hike through the mountains. In that case, you’ll want to choose clothing and accessories suitable for the terrain and the weather, such as a pair of sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof jacket, and a hat or a beanie.

An eloping couple sitting in the sand, kissing. He's wearing a suit and a beanie, she's wearing a short designer's wedding dress, Vans sneakers and high skater's socks.

If you’re planning an urban elopement, you’ll want to choose clothing and accessories that reflect your personal style and the location’s aesthetic. Consider factors such as the weather, the season, and the type of activities you have planned. For example, if you’re planning an elopement at an iconic urban landmark, you’ll want to choose an outfit that is elegant and sophisticated and consider accessories such as a hat, a scarf, or a pair of gloves.

But don’t be afraid to be rebellious and break the rules! Go for it if you want to elope in a tutu and a pair of Converse sneakers! Or, if you’re going to add a touch of badassery to your elopement, why not throw on a leather jacket or a pair of combat boots? The most important thing is choosing clothing and accessories that make you feel comfortable and confident, reflecting your personal style and the location’s aesthetic. So go ahead and start planning your elopement outfit – and remember, the possibilities are endless!

So, you’re ready to break free from the constraints of convention and celebrate your love in a truly unique way? Then it’s time to elope, my fellow rebels! If you’re looking for a unique and edgy wedding photographer to capture the memories of your special day, look no further. Let’s plan your perfect elopement together – contact me today!

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