Elopement Timeline Guide: Dream Bigger For Your Wedding Day

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an elopement timeline allowed this couple to have an epic day at the sanddunes

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Why Do You Need A Timeline?

Having a timeline can help you envision everything you want out of your elopement. Your timeline should include the things you want to do the most, a few places you want to adventure in, and plenty of time to take it all in.

Your day may look like an alpine start hike into the mountains. Your sunrise first look is followed by a ceremony as the alpenglow grows behind you. You explore around a lake after your ceremony and read letters from family and friends. After coffee and breakfast, you take a break so that we can adventure at sunset later in the day.

Your day can also look like a slow morning where the two of you get ready at your Airbnb. You go for a hike and say private vows. Later you meet up with family and go on a Jeep tour among epic sandstone sculptures. You end the day with dinner, seated on the red sand, and dance until the sun goes down.

There are many ways to elope. I’m here to help you dream bigger.

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What Is Important To You On Your Day?

The biggest thing you can do for yourself when planning your elopement is decide what is most important for you to do on your day. Is it going for a hike with epic views? Is it trying a new adventure like canyoneering or a helicopter ride? Is it spending time with loved ones?

Asking yourself questions like these can help you narrow down what it is you want to do most and help you make that the priority.

What Can You Do With Your Day?

From ceremony to celebration, there are many ways that you can make your elopement memorable. Here is some inspiration!

Wedding Elements

There are a lot of elements that can make up your wedding day. Here are a few to give your inspiration!

  • Get ready together
  • Have a first look
  • Have a ceremony
    • Say vows
    • Include a unity ritual
    • Burn sage
    • Include religious rituals
  • Include time with guests
    • Have guests be part of the ceremony
  • Include loved ones when you elope just to two of you
    • Have friends and family write you letters
    • Video chat with loved ones
    • Have loved ones make a celebration video to watch

Adventures To Be Had

Adventures for your elopement are endless. I recommend choosing something you and your partner love to do, or something you both have always wanted to do. Here are some examples

  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Climbing
  • Helicopter ride
  • Canyoneering
  • Skydiving
  • Paddleboarding
  • Offroading
  • Boating

The list goes on! Just make it you.

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Sunrise, Midday, and Sunset

Be sure to factor in the time of day in which you want to be photographed. Sunrise and sunset are great for ceremonies as they allow your vows to be captured in soft, dreamy light. This softer light makes for great photos and beautiful colors. Midday is great for adventures and hanging out in the shade.

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Expert Advice: Keep It Simple, Fun, and Flexible

Crowding your day with a bunch of activities and adventures will make it go by in a flash. Keep your day simple. Do just a few things that you love. Give yourself time to enjoy it, and be flexible about it. Things may get delayed, drive times take longer than expected, or weather causes an unexpected break. Embrace it. Imagine the stories you get to tell.

Give Yourself Time To Take It All In

The greatest thing you can do for yourself is to slow down and take it all in. Who cares if you hike a mile an hour. Your wedding day should be felt fully. Don’t rush it, or it will go by way to quick. Memories are best made when give ourselves time!

Elopement Timeline Examples

Envision what each of my elopement packages can look like in action.

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Hey there, I’m Halie! Your elopement photographer and guide!

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