Unique elopement ideas from a Washington elopement photographer to make your wedding day unique.
It’s the word on everybody’s lips when talking about a fun and intentional wedding–elopements!
What was once viewed as a cheap teenage runaway story to Vegas has become a popular path couples take on their wedding day. Elopements allow you to focus more on the experience of getting married than on the details of a big traditional ceremony. They invite couples to be more intimate and meaningful on their wedding day which has a lot to do with their increased popularity.
The main purpose of an elopement is to make your day personal and unique to you both. You want your day to reflect both your personality and values to celebrate your love! That’s important for making lasting memories on your elopement day. But how do you do that?
Don’t worry, I got you!
Keep scrolling for 10 unique elopement ideas to make your day feel like you.
Has the ocean been calling to both of you?
A beach elopement is always so stunning with the sounds of the waves crashing and the sun sparkling over the ocean. You and your partner can enjoy a romantic picnic with your favorite foods and drinks while watching the sunset come out. Don’t shy away from decorating your picnic area with candles, flowers, and other personal touches to make it truly special. This is the perfect way to start your journey together as a married couple as you answer the ocean’s call.
Food is a common bond and interest for us all. If you are both foodies, why not make your wedding stand out by having your elopement at a favorite local restaurant or food truck?!
This could be a great way to celebrate your love in a unique and intimate setting over a burger, taco truck, you name it. Imagine the joy of sharing your favorite meal with your person! You could even try to reach out to personalize the menu to include your favorite dishes and drinks, making the experience even more special. Don’t be afraid to get creative and think outside the box with food options–your wedding day should be a reflection of your personalities and your love for each other!
Strap on the hiking gear and let’s hike the mountain of your dreams!
Trust me when I say that you are dreaming of a romantic, intimate elopement with breathtaking views. Do it. A mountain-top elopement with stunning vistas is such a unique experience for you and your partner. By the time you reach the top and say ‘I do’, you will feel like you’re on top of the world!
It’s important to plan this elopement timeline well if you want to catch sunrise or sunset. You both will enjoy your hike through the crisp mountain air, surrounded by nature’s beauty. The views can be incredible and make for the BEST backdrops in photos.
Are you also feeling that passion for an adventure?!
An adventure elopement is a truly unforgettable experience–even more so if you rock climb or skydive. An incredible adrenaline-pumping activity such as rock climbing or skydiving is one for the books. Imagine saying your vows right before you leap from a plane at 10,000 feet with the love of your life by your side…these are the kinds of experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime!
Your adventure elopement can be the perfect opportunity to create these memories as you take on the next chapter of your lives together. If the adventurous spirit is inside both of you, why not take the plunge and turn your elopement into an unforgettable event?
A road trip elopement is so special and intimate because you can plan various meaningful locations along the way.
It’s such a great way to explore new places together while also making special memories at those stops. Some possible locations to stop at could include the place where you both first met, a beautiful natural landscape, or national parks/monuments that you both love. Don’t forget snacks you both enjoy!
Being in the van, car, or RV gives you both the opportunity to create a special playlist to listen to on the road and document the journey through photos or a journal. A road trip elopement can be a unique and meaningful way to celebrate your love.
Some people see winter as a time to avoid weddings, but you know what I see?
A romantic snowy winter wonderland! A winter elopement is a wonderful idea for couples who love the season. Picture it: ice skating together on a frozen lake surrounded by the beauty of snow-covered trees and the crisp winter air. Afterward, you both cozy up with some delicious hot cocoa by a warm fire! Now that is something out of a movie.
With a winter elopement, you can create unforgettable memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Don’t forget to dress warm and maybe bring some blankets for extra coziness!
Listen, that feeling of being born in the “wrong” era is real!
Your passion for the glamor of the past decades doesn’t have to stay inside you, incorporate them within your elopement day! It’s a unique and classic way to tie the knot with a vintage-themed elopement. No vintage-style elopement is complete without a retro car and outfit to compliment it.
Transport yourselves back in time on your elopement day. You can arrive at your location in style in a classic car. The possibilities are endless, from a 1920s speakeasy theme to a 1950s rockabilly vibe. Whatever your preference, a vintage-themed elopement is sure to be a memorable and personal experience for you and your partner.
The question isn’t why consider a bohemian elopement, it’s why not do a bohemian elopement?!
It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase both your unique and carefree styles. Just the thought of exchanging your vows under a naturally-arched tree, with the warm sun shining down on you and your partner sounds fantastic! To complement the day, you could wear a flower crown and have a relaxed outdoor yoga session afterward saying ‘I do’.
Remember: don’t limit your imagination, let your bohemian soul guide the way.
Chances are if you’re both into major fantasy you already considered this. Well here is the sign to do it that you were looking for!
A fantasy-themed elopement makes for an unforgettable wedding that represents your favorite myths, fantasies, and legends! You can exchange your vows in a mystical forest or land you re-create. To make it even more special, you and your partner can dress up in cosplay and use props to add to the fantasy!
Creating an immersive experience that is unique and personal for you and your partner is part of the endless possibilities with a fantasy-themed elopement. So let your imaginations run wild!
While the concept of eloping with pets may sound like a hassle, it’s so special and fun to have your furry friends celebrate your day with you both!
You create such a memorable experience when you include your pets as participants in your elopement, either being the “ring bearers” or “flower girls”. If you’re planning on an adventure wedding with a hike, I’ve even seen pets carrying the “Just Married” signs that are the cutest!
Celebrate your love as a complete family with your furry babies by their side!
ELEVEN | Pop-up Wedding with Surprise Guests and Performances
Don’t settle for the boring courthouse wedding–do a pop-up elopement instead!
Although an elopement already sounds more fun, including surprise guests and performances is a way to make your day epic! Imagine exchanging vows in a secret location, surrounded by your closest loved ones, followed by surprise performances. I encourage incorporating as much as the things you love into your day.
Make your special day truly unforgettable with a pop-up elopement!
Overall, your elopement day should reflect both of your love in a meaningful and personal way.
Based on your mutual shared interest you can choose many activities based on location, activity, style, or alternative ideas. They are each unique to help you create the elopement wedding that you will remember forever! Now you see why elopements have become so popular and the word on everyone’s lips.
Don’t feel limited to these 10 unique elopement ideas to make your big day feel like you. I encourage you to take these starting point ideas to create something so special. Think outside the box to make your day memorable! An elopement that will keep you and your partner smiling about forever.
Don’t forget to get it photographed! (;
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