How to add personal touches to your elopement day

Elopement days are super personal in and of themselves- they are so much about the couple and the couple’s love story. The location, the dress, and the activities of the day make every elopement unique, there’s a couple places where you can really allow your personalities to shine. While elopements might not have all the frills of a traditional wedding day (think centerpieces, décor, even bridal party) there are still so many ways to add extra personal touches to your wedding day.

Write your own vows or private letters

No seriously- do it. Even if you have an officiant, writing your own vows is such a personal, romantic way to express your love for your partner. They don’t have to be super serious- they can totally have funny things in them. But who better to write about how much you love your partner besides you? If you’re not super comfortable with having anyone overhear your vows or speaking out loud, write each other personal letters that you exchange at some point during the day. The emotions that written words bring out are so beautifully true and raw. You can even make writing the vows and/or letters part of your elopement day and just let the emotions flow. There are so many gorgeous personalized vow books out there that makes this detail extra beautiful.


You might not think of this, but bouquets are deeply personal and show off so much personality. They can be whimsical, structured, romantic, boho, and anything in between (plus more!). They can be such a unique piece of your elopement day. Even if you’re hiking to your elopement destination, its super easy to  bring the bouquet along either carefully in a backpack, or using wiring to attach it to the outside of a pack.

Personalized gifts

Surprise your new spouse with a personal gift! This could be anything from a tangible item to an experience. Magically make their favorite beer or appear, give them a special touch to add to their wedding day attire (like cuff links or jewelry), or even an item that they loved from childhood. Even a poem or a song is amazing if that’s your thing! (ps did you know there’s amazing people on Instagram that will help you custom write things like this?!)

Sam’s cufflinks were a gift from his now wife, Lexi. They have penguins on them because penguins mate for life!


Jewelry and accessories

Jewelry and accessories that mean something are a super easy way to add to your elopement day. There are so many options here- fun socks, charms with photos added to a bouquet, custom cuff links, jewelry with a  loved ones hand writing are all things you can do to add extra meaning and, in a way, include people that might not be able to physically be a part of your day. You can also have custom jackets (leather or jean jackets are so cool) that add a pop of personality!

Marie had her something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue, with a lucky sixpence in her shoe. Crystal had her grandmother’s bracelet.

Lexi had a bracelet that said “love dad” in her father’s handwriting. Madison had a picture of her and and her grandmother added to her bouquet.

The veil

Not every bride chooses to have a veil, and that’s totally okay! If you do opt to have a veil you can do things like add lace from a loved ones dress or decals that hold personal meaning for you.

Lexi added unicorn decals to her veil to represent her journey to her dream job. Diana made her own veil and added the lace!



Signs, champagne glasses, cute banners are all fun ways to commemorate your day! Add your wedding date or your new last name for a custom touch!





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