How to keep your elopement from feeling like an all day photoshoot
Couple’s choose to elope for all kinds of reasons, but a big reoccurring one is that they prefer not to be the center of attention and want a day that truly feels like them. An elopement day is still a wedding day and deserves to be celebrated like one!
Especially if the plan is to elope just the two of you, it can seem a bit daunting to have a photographer with you the entire day. After all, who wants to take photos for 6+ hours? That sounds exhausting! But your elopement day is not going to be an all day photoshoot- just like with a traditional wedding, it is going to be a documentation of what’s happening during the day. Eloping really allows you to tailor the day to your own interests and preferences, rather than being limited by a traditional wedding timeline, and that means you can do so many things!
The first step in ensuring your elopement day doesn’t feel like a non-stop photoshoot is to plan activities! This part is important for so many reasons. Incorporating activities into an elopement day can help make the celebration feel more personal and meaningful to you and your partner. Activities can also add variety and interest to the day, focusing on interaction and real moments rather than tons of more directed couple photos.
Some ideas for activities during an elopement day might include:
- A hike or walk to a beautiful or meaningful location, or even visiting multiple locations
- A visit to a local attraction or destination
- An adventurous non hiking activity like kayaking or off-roading or enjoying a hot spring
- Making a meal together
- Having a private chef cook for you
- A leisurely picnic or outdoor meal
- Cutting your cake
- A wine tasting or brewery tour
- A cooking or baking class
- A recreational activity, such as golfing or horseback riding
Your wedding day is one of those days you never want to end. Imagine all the lead up and excitement, only to have it end after exchanging vows. Doing something you already love doing together, or experiencing something for the first time is a really special way to celebrate your day. Activities can also be a great opportunity for the two of you (and any included guests) to relax and enjoy each other’s company, rather than feeling aimless or like you need to rush on to the next thing.
Ultimately, the importance of activities on an elopement day will depend on the preferences and needs of of you and your significant other. Some couples may prefer a more laid-back, leisurely celebration, while others may want a more action-packed and adventurous day. There is no right answer! Elopements are for everyone and should be enjoyed however you want. Take into account your own priorities and preferences and plan activities that add joy and significance to your elopement day. Including activities is not the only way to make your day feel special, for more ideas check out this list here.