While an elopement requires significantly less planning than a traditional wedding, there is still some planning involved. For starters you have to plan where and when. If you wanted to leave the planning at that, you could, but it’s still an important day you want to remember, so here’s what we recommend. 




The must have vendors for any elopement: a killer photographer (we got you here!), gorgeous attire and someone to marry you, of course!


Depending on your elopement plans, you may need to enlist help from a few other professionals, like a planner, florist, invitation designer, venue, rentals, baker, beauty team, catering or videographer.


Well, never say never, but it is unlikely you would need these vendors for an elopement: DJ or band, photobooth or childcare.



Just because you elope, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be picture worthy. Whether that means choosing a spot for pictures that has a beautiful backdrop or setting up your own backdrop with rentals and décor, you can still choose to make your elopement more. Here are some design ideas you could consider including:

  • Soft seating for pictures
  • Signature benches for your guests at the ceremony
  • Bouquet and/or boutonniere
  • Specialty cake
  • Champagne and toasting flutes
  • Over the top ceremony backdrop



Want to keep your elopement completely private? That doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with loved ones later. You can throw a reception later that same day or even days or weeks later. This could be anything from drinks or dinner after the ceremony to a full-blown celebration months later. Either way, think about sharing an elopement announcement after the event to all your loved ones!


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Photo Credit [vetted] Samantha Laffoon Photography