Planning Your Dream Elopement :: Jenna Wren Photography

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April 16, 2020


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With the Covid-19 pandemic covering the globe, so many weddings and events have been forced to cancel or postpone. Never before might an elopement be the most beautiful and special options available depending on how long this pandemic exists. Here’s how to go about planning your elopement: 

1. Finding your dream location

Searching for a location is one of the biggest parts of planning your elopement.  We love the idea of shooting in a National Park , but there are so many beautiful locations across the nation and the globe.  Take sometime researching your location on Pinterest, Instagram, and blogs like Wandering Weddings to find a spot that speaks to you! 

Planning dream elopement location ideas

2. Fees, Permits, and License

Depending on where you plan to elope, the location or venue may have certain fees or permit requirements that need to be obtained before your date.  I am here to help find all the details of those permit requirements, and many of the fees required for certain locations are included in our elopement packages.  Do a little bit of research on your marriage license depending on where you planned to get married and where your residence exists.  A few states including Colorado have the option to self-solemnize, which means you can say your vows to each other without an officiant present.  

3. Vows

We highly, highly recommend writing your own vows! If you can, then purchase a set of vow books to write your commitment to each other and to hold onto as a keepsake.  


4. Photography

As a part of capturing your beautiful elopement, I think it is an awesome idea to think about how you want your ceremony and other details for your elopement captured.  If you want to have a first look, a first dance, or certain details photographed then come up with a list of must have photos.  Selecting your dream location with the perfect backdrop is one of the key elements in capturing your elopement.  If you’d like to get a jump on planning your elopement, then download our wedding and elopement guide here

Photography for Destination Elopement

5. Timeline 

If you can create a timeline for how you’d like for your elopement to flow then it will help you decide how long you’d like to have for portraits and the ceremony.  You may even want to consider booking an Airbnb to have a spot to get ready and then to come back to after your ceremony.  We can take photos of you getting ready with your hair and make up artist if you use one, or we can even plan to shoot the morning after your elopement to capture your first morning together over coffee and brunch.  The day is yours to create how ever you’d like it! 

6. Season

The season you choose to elope is a very important factor in selecting where you’d like your elopement to take place.  I’m always game for a winter snowy elopement, but if you’re dreaming of greenery then we need to make sure to plan accordingly!  

Couple posing for their elopement

7. Book Your Travel

Getting the jump on the best pricing for airlines, venues, or places to stay may require the help of a travel agent.  You can always hire a creative event or wedding planner to help scope out some of the details, especially if you plan to have a few people in attendance during your ceremony.

8. Elopement Attire

One thing I love about planning your elopement is the possibility of creating a beautiful look all your own by selecting a gown that suits your location, budget, and mood.  I love Rue De Seine gowns for their eclectic and free-spirited vibe, and several of my brides have selected gowns from their line.  I’d highly recommend looking at BHLDN‘s line of gowns as well!  

9. Vendors

If you’d like to add a few extra people to your planning team, then consider hiring a florist to create a bouquet for you, a wedding planner to help carve out all the details you’d rather not think about, or even a caterer to create a special meal for just you two.  The beauty of an elopement truly is in creating a unique experience that is perfect for you two!  Check out our list of recommended vendors for a few ideas! 

10. After We say “I Do”

The sky truly is the limit when it comes to what you and your brand new spouse decide to do after your elopement!  If you’d prefer a quieter celebration of your marriage, then consider booking an Airbnb somewhere close and staying a few days in solitude.  Some couples find that they saved money by having a smaller celebration, and they were able to plan an incredible honeymoon.  If you can’t wait to get back with your loved ones and celebrate, then find a spot to throw a big reception!

So let’s start planning your dream elopement right away! Send me a message here to talk about all the details! You can also email me directly at! Happy planning!



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