Planning an Elopement | Checklist

Planning an Elopement

If you’re planning an elopement but don’t know where to start, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I’ve created a checklist below to help you plan the day of your dreams. Whether you’re an experienced traveler or you just got bit by the travel bug, creating an extraordinary elopement involves a little in-depth planning. I’ll walk you through it all so you can relax on the day you say your vows.

I’m all about being spontaneous, however, I’ve learned from experience that a little bit of planning makes things go a whole lot smoother. At times, being spontaneous results in stress, picked-over options, and higher prices.

On the other hand, if you’re a big planner, my advice is to be prepared but be flexible. An adventurous elopement sometimes means changing plans last-minute due to weather or other uncontrollable circumstances. So have a back up plan, or a few, that you’ll be just as happy with. Above all, remember that planning should be exciting, so have fun with it!

My recommended process is to first create a vision with your partner about what kind of day you want. That will affect location, style, etc. Then work out the logistics from there. I have plenty of resources that will help you create the day of your dreams. So let’s get into it!

Planning an adventurous elopement

Ultimate Elopement Checklist

Planning an Elopement

3-4 months

Create a vision for what your perfect day looks like

☐ Choose a date

Pick a wedding location

Book vendors

Look up legal requirements of eloping in the chosen destination (permits, legal marriage requirements)

Set a budget

Pick a honeymoon location (if different than wedding)

☐ Research travel requirements (passport/visa, shots, etc.)

☐ Buy wedding attire

Planning an elopement

2 Months

Write vows

Choose who you want to be a part of your day (witnesses/friends/family)

Buy groom wedding attire

Get marriage license

Book accommodation + transport

Planning an elopement abroad

1 Month

Order/exchange foreign currency

Get wedding dress fitted and altered if needed

Buy shoes + accessories

Confirm all vendors

Make restaurant reservations ahead of time (you’ll probably want a nice meal to celebrate after!)

Create day of timeline

Arrange care for pets/plants

Request time off work

Confirm all bookings (accommodation, flights, etc.)

Ultimate elopement planning checklist

1 Week

☐ Check weather


Get nails done

Buy adapters for plugs/electronics if needed, and any other travel necessities

Planning an elopement


Announce your elopement

Plan a celebration with loved ones if you want

Planning an elopement - a checklist to guide you through elopement planning

Planning an Elopement

I’m a Spain based wedding photographer. Above all, my goal is to capture the authenticity of your relationship + the essence of the experience. I help my couples create unique adventures.

I’ve traveled to 25+ countries, documenting destination weddings and elopements internationally. So whether you’re looking for a photographer in Scotland or Morocco, I’m always down to meet you for an incredible journey.

My couples are the daring ones who aren’t afraid to go after what they want + live in the moment. Reach out for more info, and let’s create something extraordinary!


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