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ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT GUIDE
How to plan for an elopement full of energy, adventure, and fun!
THE ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT GUIDE FOR WANDERERS
WHAT IS AN ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT?
According to Brides Magazine..."An adventure elopement is one that takes a traditional elopement to the next level, as couples travel to say "I do" in far-flung destinations that are, you guessed it, an adventure to get to."
Let's dive in to our adventure elopement guide and find out how to make your day personal, intimate, full of adventure, most importantly stress free.
Travel. It's the number one consideration when talking about an elopement somewhere other than where you live.
Make these plans first!
You will need a place to stay, and AirBnB's are nearly everywhere! They are the best choice for an adventure such as this. Hotels are ok, but you're going to want a place to yourselves (that doesn't share walls with anyone!) Check with your host about local cuisine and things to do while you're staying. Generally they will have fantastic recommendations.
Next you will either need a rental car or public transportation (which in some places isn't an option) to get around.
This can be quite touchy. Family and friends may not understand why you would want to go somewhere that they are unable to attend your wedding. This gets to more of the moral dilemma...
..."whose wedding is this, anyway?"
It's your elopement, and you shouldn't forget that.
If this is what you want, do it. You don't need anyone's permission! Hell, do it totally naked if that's what you want! (keep in mind that we will keep photographing!) If people just can't understand, maybe they aren't as important as you thought they were. If hurting feelings among your crew is something you'd like to avoid, you should totally have a huge reception when you get home. It's really what most attendees look forward to anyway!
Aside from travel prep, you also need to understand the logistics of where you are going. Say, for instance, Iceland is where you've chosen to elope. There are many, many places just off the road that are great for photos, but the real gems are a few miles into the interior. Are you ready to hike that far?
Here in the mountains of Estes Park and RMNP, it is at about 7500 feet of elevation. Can you handle thin air? One thing to mitigate the headaches, nausea, and tiredness is to arrive two or three days early and take the first day just to hang out. Advice like this is what you want to hear before you start to plan your trip so you know what you'll be up against.
CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE
Let's retype that...choose YOUR adventure, not someone else's you want to recreate for yourselves. This is, again, your day. It should be a fantastic representation of the adventure that you want to have for your elopement.
The list of amazing places to elope are nearly endless. Pick one that is special to you so that it's yours. It would be a good idea to create a file in your computer of great photos that you love, or save them on IG, or Pinterest, so that you have a general idea of what photos you would like.
The location you choose will be with you forever, make it worth it. It doesn't have to be expensive, it has to be meaningful.