Planning an elopement and overwhelmed with where to begin? Use this resource as your guide!
Choosing to forego a traditional wedding does not necessarily mean you eliminate the stresses of planning entirely. Big tasks are often more manageable when they are broken down into smaller steps. Strategize how you will tackle planning your elopement by outlining what you will accomplish during the months and the weeks leading up to your big day.
3+ Months Away
Set a budget and establish a timeline for how you will save that amount
Choose where you will say “I do”
Set a date – be conscious of local events if traveling abroad
Decide how involved you would like to be in the planning:
- Hire a planner?
- Purchase an elopement package?
- Book a day-of coordinator?
Shop for your elopement attire
Research legal requirements for marriage at your destination
Hire a photographer and do an engagement shoot to break the ice
Book your elopement accommodations
Make travel arrangements to and from your elopement destination
Make day-of travel arrangements (e.g., how will you get to and from your elopement ceremony location?)
Decide where you will honeymoon
Confirm your shots and travel documents are up to date (e.g., passports if traveling abroad)
2 Months Away
Book your honeymoon accommodations and make travel arrangements
Choose your witness(es)
Book all other vendors
- Day-of coordinator?
- Hair/makeup stylist?
- Baker for a one-tier cake?
Purchase wedding rings
Purchase all wedding attire (e.g., gown, accessories, undergarments, shoes, suit, etc.)
Obtain your marriage license
Purchase a wedding present for your fiancé
1 Month Away
Purchase all hair and makeup supplies
Do a styling trial run
Select wedding music (if applicable)
Confirm all vendors
- Other (day-of coordinator, hair/makeup stylist, florist, etc.)
Confirm travel plans with your witness(es)
Have your hair cut and/or colored
Schedule final fittings for all apparel
Break in new shoes
Obtain foreign currency if traveling abroad
Make reservations for celebratory meal
Create a timeline for the day-of (click HERE for an example)
Make arrangements for pet sitters, house sitters, mail, etc.
1 Week Away
Write your wedding vows
Get a manicure and pedicure
Check the forecast and make arrangements for a backup plan (as necessary)
Write a note to your fiancé (to be exchanged the day-of with your gift)
DIY: purchase flowers, champagne, download music
Pack for your elopement (click HERE for a packing list)
Pack for your honeymoon (if applicable)
Announce your elopement (click HERE for announcement ideas)
Plan a reception to celebrate with friends and family
Send thank you notes for all wedding presents