Let's Talk Elopement: Adventures for Your Big Day!

Hey there, lovebirds! So, you're thinking about eloping, huh? Well, buckle up because you're in for a wild ride! Elopements are like a secret pact between two people crazy about each other, and the best part? Your day, your rules. It's like a choose-your-own-adventure book, but with way more romance and way fewer dragons. Seriously, the options are endless, and it's all about what makes your hearts sing. Here you can find some inspiration for your big day to help you choose from the endless possibilites. So, let's dive into some epic elopement ideas that'll make your special day truly unforgettable!

1. Go Hiking

Alright, picture this: you and your most favorite person, hand in hand, trekking through nature's wonderland. Whether you're into towering pines, desert dunes, or lush forests, there's a trail out there with your name on it. It's all about soaking up that fresh air, feeling the earth beneath your feet, and maybe stealing a kiss or two along the way. Plus, saying your vows with a backdrop of majestic views? Talk about a fairy tale moment!

Things to Consider:

  • Physical fitness: Make sure the trail is suitable for both of you (as well as your guests), considering your fitness levels and any mobility issues.
  • Weather: Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly, especially if you're hiking in mountainous regions. But no worries if the forecast says a bit of rain or fog, this makes for some beautiful moody scenery and pictures. If possible, plan some days prior and after your chosen elopement day to have a back-up day if it's pouring cats and dogs.
  • Choosing your trail: The great thing about choosing a hiking elopement: You can get to really intimate and private settings to say "I do" in and have a stunning natural background for photos and your vows. Of course there are also places that are already quite touristy and insta-famous, but there are more secluded hiking trails everywhere in the world. When choosing your hiking trail, also think about the potential of encountering wildlife and to respect the nature (we're big advocates of the Leave-No-Trace Policy, so that we can enjoy all those epic places even longer).
Elopement Couple hiking at Cadini di Misurina in the Dolomites
Elopement Couple while hiking in the Dolomites, Italy
Elopement Couple hiking to private hut in the Dolomites

2. Do a Helicopter Flight:

Feeling a bit daring? Why not take your love to new heights—literally! A helicopter ride is like the ultimate thrill ride for your love story. Picture yourselves soaring over breathtaking landscapes, feeling the wind in your hair, and your hearts racing with excitement. It's like your own private adventure in the sky, with nothing but endless possibilities ahead.

Things to Consider:

  • Unique Experience: We can tell you first-hand, doing a helicopter flight is really a breathtaking and unique experience. Seeing your elopement location from above is just stunning. Most helicopter pilots also have some very secluded locations in mind, where you can stop and have a private elopement ceremony.
  • Budget: Helicopter flights can be pricey, so consider this when planning your elopement budget. (But to be honest: This is your wedding day, so enjoy it to the fullest!)
  • Safety: Choose a reputable helicopter tour company with experienced pilots and well-maintained aircraft.
  • Weather: Helicopter flights may be weather-dependent, so have a backup plan in case of inclement weather.
  • Motion sickness: There is some potential to have motion sickness, so be prepared if you're prone to it
Elopement Couple at their Winter Elopement in the Dolomites in front of Helicopter
Views from Helicopter Flight at Elopement in the Dolomites

3. Have a Picnic in an Epic Place:

Who says romance is dead? Not you guys! Grab a blanket, pack some goodies, and head to the most jaw-dropping spot you can find. Think mountaintops in the Alps, lavender fields in France, or even vineyards in Tuscany. Pop open some bubbly, nibble on delicious snacks, and let the scenery do the talking. Trust me; it's a recipe for pure magic.

Things to Consider:

  • Meal prep: Consider whether you'd like to prepare the picnic yourself or if your hotel offers a service to arrange it for you. Elopement planners or your photographer can help you with that as well. The great thing about choosing a picnic is the flexibility to customize the menu with your favorite foods and drinks.
  • Accessibility & Transportation: When you're doing a longer hike to your picnic spot, try to pack all your picnic supplies in a backpack instead of a basket for easier transportation. Choosing a location that's easily accessible and not too remote can also be more stress-free for you.
  • Intimacy & Enjoying the moment: Choosing to have a picnic on your elopement day makes up for a really intimate and romantic setting, an opportunity to relax and to enjoy each other's company amidst stunning scenery.
  • Weather: Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly, bringing along sunscreen, hats, and layers for warmth or to sit on.
  • Permits: Some scenic locations may require permits for picnicking, so be sure to research and obtain any necessary permissions.
Elopement Picnic in the Italian Alps, Dolomites
Elopement picnic in Lavender field

4. Explore a City:

Loving skyscrapers and urban jungle views in big cities like New York? Or fancy coffee & croissant in a cute historical Italian city? No problem! Embrace the urban adventures and hit the streets for a day (or some hours) of exploration. Wander through hidden alleys, check out local markets, and soak up the vibrant energy all around you. Whether you're into charming cobblestone streets or glittering skyscrapers, the city is your playground, and love is your compass.

Things to Consider:

  • Transportation: Plan your transportation options within the city, whether it's walking, public transit, or rideshare services.
  • Attractions & Atmosphere: Research and prioritize the city's must-see attractions and landmarks for your elopement day itinerary. In cities you have endless opportunities for sightseeing, exploring and dining and a diverse range of cultural experiences and attractions to suit your interests. The vibrant energy and atmosphere is perfect for capturing candid moments and urban backdrops for photos
  • Timing: Consider the time of day for exploring the city, taking into account factors like crowds and traffic. Weekdays are normally not as crowded as weekends in most cities, and exploring cities early in the morning is also beneficial to avoid crowds.
  • Privacy limitations: Eloping in a city, whether it's a big city like New York or a small town like Pienza in Italy often means there will me more or less people nearby, strolling around and living life. Therefore privacy can be limited in those public spaces. Pro-tip: When you also want to incorporate some quieter locations for intimate moments during your city elopement consider renting a venue with a rooftop or balcony to have an intimate ceremony.
Barcelona Elopement Couple at Arc de Triomf
Venice Italy Elopement Couple
New York City Elopement

5. Rent a Vintage Car or Vespa and Drive Around:

Time to channel your inner James Bond or Audrey Hepburn! Rent a vintage ride and hit the open road in style. Cruise through scenic landscapes, quaint villages, or along the coast with the wind in your hair and your honey by your side. It's like stepping back in time with a dash of modern romance thrown in for good measure.

Things to Consider:

  • Rental Options & Driving Routes: Research vintage car or Vespa rental companies in your area and book in advance to secure your preferred vehicle. Plan your driving route in advance, considering scenic roads, points of interest, and photo opportunities along the way. Your experienced destination elopement photographer can help you with that.
  • Freedom in Style: Driving around in a vintage car makes up for an incomparable freedom to explore at your own pace and stop wherever your heart desires - and all that while taking picture-perfect and memorable elopement experiences with retro charm and style.
  • Safety: Familiarize yourself with the vintage vehicle's controls and driving characteristics before hitting the road.
Elopement Couple in red Vintage Car with Popcorn and Sunglasses
Elopement couple kissing in vintage wedding car

6. Go Skiing:

Snow bunnies, rejoice! If you're all about that winter wonderland vibe, why not hit the slopes for your big day? Whether you're carving fresh tracks or cuddling up on a chairlift, it's all about embracing the chill and having a blast together. Plus, is there anything more romantic than snuggling up by the fire after a day on the mountain?

Things to Consider:

  • Adventure Ahead: Skiing or snowboarding together adds an element of excitement and adventure to your elopement day, creating unforgettable memories. You can enjoy breathtaking views of snow-covered mountains and landscapes as you glide down the slopes, providing stunning backdrops for photos. After a day on the mountain, relax and unwind together with après-ski activities like hot cocoa by the fire or a soak in a hot tub.
  • Skill Level: Choose a ski resort and trails that match your skiing or snowboarding abilities, whether you're beginners or seasoned pros. Skiing or snowboarding requires physical exertion and can be tiring, so pace yourselves and take breaks as needed to avoid fatigue or injury.
  • Equipment Rental: Rent skiing or snowboarding equipment if you don't own your gear, and ensure it fits properly and is in good condition.
  • Weather Conditions: Winter weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for changing conditions such as snowstorms, wind, or icy slopes. Sometimes it's beneficial to plan a back-up day prior or after your chosen elopement day to be a bit flexible with weather conditions. When choosing your elopement vendors, ask for the possibility of a reschedule due to weather (especially for winter elopements, we're keeping a few days reserved for you to ensure that we can capture your elopement like planned).

7. Hot Air Balloon Ride

Imagine this: you and your loved one rising into the sky as the sun paints the world in shades of gold and pink. That's the magic of a hot air balloon ride, and it's the perfect way to celebrate your love on your elopement day! A hot air balloon ride for your elopement is like something out of a fairy tale. You'll start your day bright and early, heading to the launch site where colorful balloons fill the sky. Once you're up there, it's just you, your partner, and a skilled pilot, floating high above the world below.

As you drift gently through the air, you'll be treated to the most incredible views imaginable. Picture rolling hills, Sri Lankan jungles, breathtaking Cappadoccien skies, endless vineyards, or maybe even a majestic coastline—all from the best seat in the house. And as you soak in the beauty of it all, you'll have the chance to exchange vows and share sweet moments together, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Things to Consider:

Weather Watch: Keep an eye on the weather forecast, because hot air balloon rides are a no-go if it's too windy or rainy. It's all about safety first! Mother Nature can be unpredictable, so there's always a chance your flight could get canceled or postponed. It's a bummer, but safety comes first!

  • Safety Matters: Make sure you choose a reputable balloon company with experienced pilots and all the necessary safety measures in place. You want to feel safe and secure while you're up there.
  • Lack of Control: Unlike a traditional wedding venue, you don't have much control over where the balloon goes or how long the ride lasts. Flexibility is key!
  • Timing Is Everything: Plan your ride for the early morning, when the weather is usually just right and the lighting is perfect for those dreamy photos.
  • Views for Days: Seriously, the views from a hot air balloon are unbeatable. It's like you're floating in a postcard! There's something so romantic about being up there with your love, surrounded by nothing but sky and clouds. It's the perfect setting for saying "I do." And let's be real—how many people can say they got married in a hot air balloon? It's a story you'll be telling for years to come!

All in all, a hot air balloon ride elopement is a magical and unforgettable way to start your married life together. With stunning views, romantic moments, and memories to last a lifetime, it's a journey you'll never forget!

Hot Air Ballooning during an Elopement in Sri Lanka

7. Have a Bonfire:

What's better than cozying up by the fire with your favorite person? How about doing it under the stars on your elopement night? Gather some wood, spark up a fire, and let the crackling flames set the mood. Roast marshmallows, share stories, and watch as the night sky comes alive above you. It's simple, it's romantic, and it's oh-so-perfect.

Things to Consider:

  • Enjoy the Experience: Cozying up by the fire creates a warm and intimate atmosphere, perfect for sharing stories and creating memories. You can connect with nature and enjoy the simplicity and beauty of the experience as you watch the flames dance under the stars. Roasting marshmallows and sharing laughter around the fire adds a special touch to your elopement day.
  • Location & Safety : Choose a safe and suitable location for your bonfire, ensuring it complies with local regulations and is away from any fire hazards. Practice proper fire safety protocols, including extinguishing the fire completely before leaving and keeping a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Supplies: Gather firewood, kindling, and matches or a lighter for starting the fire. You can also ask your hotel to prepare something for you. Consider bringing along blankets or camping chairs for added comfort.
Elopement Couple enjoying drinks and snacks at bonfire on a beach in Sri Lanka

8. Read Your Vows During Golden Hour:

Golden hour, aka the most magical time of day. Picture yourselves bathed in that warm, golden light as you pour your hearts out to each other. It's like something out of a movie, with the sky painted in shades of pink and orange just for you. So go ahead, speak from the heart, and let the beauty of the moment take your breath away.

Things to Consider:

  • Timing: Plan your vow exchange to coincide with golden hour, typically the hour before sunset or after sunrise, for the most stunning lighting. The biggest benefit of doing a sunrise elopement is, that (depending on your location) there are not as many people around and you can have a very private ceremony. You would also have your whole day ahead of you adventuring around and celebrating that you just said "I do" to your most favorite human being. The biggest benefits of choosing sunset for your elopement is of course that you don't have to get up crazy early and that the best still comes at last. The blue hour, the hour after sunset (or the hour before sunrise) also makes up for perfect light and amazing colors on the sky.
  • Location: Choose a picturesque outdoor setting with unobstructed views of the horizon to fully enjoy the golden hour experience.
  • THE perfect light: Golden hour provides natural, flattering lighting for stunning photographs and videos that capture the essence of your love. The soft, golden light of golden hour creates a dreamy and romantic ambiance for exchanging heartfelt vows. Sharing your vows during golden hour adds an extra layer of intimacy and significance to your commitment to each other.
  • Weather Conditions: Unpredictable weather can affect the visibility and lighting during golden hour, so have a backup plan in case of inclement weather.
Couple exchanging rings during elopement in Styrian Tuscany

9. Explore a Lake by Boat:

Ah, the serenity of the open water. Rent a boat, pack a picnic, and set sail on a lake adventure for two. Feel the gentle breeze on your skin, listen to the soothing sounds of the water, and bask in each other's company as you explore hidden coves and secret shores. It's like your own private paradise on the water.

Things to Consider:

  • Boat Rental: Research boat rental options and book in advance to ensure availability, especially during peak seasons.
  • Safety: Familiarize yourself with the boat's safety features and regulations, including life jackets and emergency procedures. Wind, waves, and inclement weather can impact boating conditions and safety, so be prepared for changes in weather.
  • Scenic Views & Adventure: Exploring a lake by boat offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape from a unique perspective. Discover hidden coves, secluded beaches, and wildlife encounters as you navigate the lake together.
  • Privacy: Enjoy the serenity and seclusion of being on the water, away from crowds and distractions.
Lake Elopement, Couple in a Boat
Elopement on a Lake in the Dolomites
Elopement couple kissing in Boat during Elopement at Lago di Braies in the Dolomites, Italy

10. Do a Sailing Tour and Get Married on a Boat:

Okay, this one's for the true adventurers out there. Say "I do" with the wind in your sails and the ocean as your witness. Charter a boat, gather your nearest and dearest, and set sail for a day of love and laughter on the high seas. It's like a wedding and a vacation all rolled into one—what's not to love?

Things to Consider:

  • Charter Options: Research sailing tour companies and choose a reputable charter that offers wedding packages or customized experiences. Another important thing is that you connect on a personal level with your skipper and sailing team, as you'll most likely spend a lot of time with them as well.
  • Guests: If you're not just eloping with the two of you, determine the size of your elopement party and ensure the boat can accommodate your guests comfortably. Depending on the size of the boat, space may be limited for your wedding ceremony and reception, so consider the comfort of your guests as well as the possibility of motion sickness.
  • Romantic & Unique Setting: Saying "I do" on a sailing boat surrounded by the sea creates a romantic and unforgettable backdrop for your wedding ceremony. A sailing wedding combines adventure, romance, and celebration, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Decoration of a Wedding on a Boat

11. Go for a Walk with Alpacas:

Yes, you read that right. Alpacas! Because why not add a little furry fun to your elopement day? Take a leisurely stroll with these adorable creatures by your side and let the giggles ensue. It's unexpected, it's quirky, and it's guaranteed to make your day even more memorable.

Things to Consider:

  • Alpaca Farm: Research local alpaca farms or tour operators that offer alpaca walking experiences and book in advance. Choose a guided alpaca walking tour led by experienced handlers who can provide information about the alpacas and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
  • Unique Experience: Walking with alpacas offers a one-of-a-kind and memorable experience that adds a touch of whimsy and fun to your elopement day. Interacting with gentle and friendly alpacas provides opportunities for laughter, relaxation, and connection with nature. Alpacas also make for adorable and photogenic companions, creating memorable moments during your walk together.
  • Animal Care: Be respectful of the alpacas' welfare and follow any instructions provided by the handlers to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals.

12. Do a Wildlife Safari Elopement

If you're dreaming of a wedding day that's totally out of the ordinary, why not say "I do" surrounded by lions, elephants, and giraffes? Yep, you heard me right—picture yourself exchanging vows in the heart of the wild on a wildlife safari elopement!

Imagine cruising through the African savannah or winding your way through lush jungles, hand in hand with your love, as you hunt for epic wildlife sightings. Think lions lounging in the sun, elephants playing in the water, and maybe even a cheeky giraffe or two poking their heads out from the trees. And when it's time to tie the knot, you'll find the perfect spot amidst nature's grandeur—whether it's under the shade of a towering acacia tree or beside a sparkling river. With the sounds of the wild as your soundtrack and the stars as your witnesses, it's a wedding ceremony you'll never forget. But it's not just about the big moments—every second of your safari elopement is filled with magic. Picture cozying up in a safari lodge, swapping stories around the campfire, and falling asleep to the symphony of the night.

Sure, it's a bit unconventional, but that's what makes it so special. It's a wedding day that's as wild and untamed as your love—an adventure you'll cherish forever.

So, if you're ready to ditch the traditional wedding bells for the roar of lions and the trumpeting of elephants, then a wildlife safari elopement might just be the perfect choice for you. After all, why settle for ordinary when you can have extraordinary?

Things to consider:

  • Choosing your safari destination: If you're considering a wildlife safari for your elopement, there are a few things to keep in mind. First off, you'll want to research different safari destinations to find the perfect spot for your big day. Think about the type of wildlife you want to see, the time of year that's best for sightings, and the level of luxury you're after in terms of accommodations.
  • Logistics: Once you've picked your safari spot, it's time to think about logistics. You'll need to book your safari well in advance, as popular destinations can fill up quickly. You'll also want to consider travel arrangements, permits, and any special requirements for your ceremony, like hiring a photographer or officiant and the different possibilities of doing a ceremony in your desired location.
  • Now, let's talk pros and cons. On the plus side, a wildlife safari elopement offers a truly unique and unforgettable experience. You'll have the chance to exchange vows in some of the world's most breathtaking landscapes, surrounded by incredible wildlife. It's a wedding day you'll never forget, filled with adventure, romance, and plenty of photo ops. But there are some downsides to consider too. Safari travel can be expensive, especially if you're splurging on luxury accommodations or private tours. And while seeing animals in their natural habitat is amazing, it's not always guaranteed—you might have to work a little harder for those epic wildlife sightings. Plus, you'll need to be prepared for the elements, whether it's scorching sun, torrential rain, or pesky mosquitoes. Overall, a wildlife safari elopement is definitely not your run-of-the-mill wedding day. But if you're a couple who loves adventure and wants to make memories that will last a lifetime, it could be the perfect choice for you. Just remember to plan ahead, pack your sense of adventure, and get ready for the wildest wedding day of your dreams.
Wedding Couple encountering Zebras during their Safari Elopement in Cape Town, South Africa
Mixed Couple cuddling up in their jeep at their Safari wedding elopement
Wedding Couple posing during their safari elopement in South Africa

South African Safari Elopement

12. Have a Private Lunch or Dinner with a View:

Eating good food with a view? Sign us up! Treat yourselves to a gourmet meal in the most picturesque setting you can find. Whether it's a mountaintop feast, a private beach or a vineyard dinner, let the scenery take center stage as you wine and dine your way through your special day. Because let's be real, the way to a person's heart is through his/her/theirs stomach and love tastes even better with a side of epic views.

Things to Consider:

  • Location: Choose a scenic location with panoramic views and privacy for your private lunch or dinner, such as a mountaintop, vineyard, or secluded beach.
  • Breathtaking, intimate & personal: Dining with a view provides a stunning backdrop of natural beauty, creating an unforgettable and romantic atmosphere for your meal. Enjoy a private and exclusive dining experience with your partner, free from distractions and surrounded by the beauty of nature. Choose a customized menu featuring your favorite dishes and flavors, tailored to your tastes and dietary preferences.
  • Catering Options: Research local catering companies or restaurants that offer private dining experiences and customizable menus to suit your preferences. Coordinate transportation, seating arrangements, and any necessary permits or reservations for your private dining experience.
Private Beach BBQ Dinner at Elopement Sri Lanka

So there you have it, lovebirds — your ultimate guide to elopement adventures! Whether you're hiking through the wilderness, sailing the high seas, or simply snuggling up by the fire, the most important thing is that you're together, celebrating your love in your own unique way. So go ahead, embrace the adventure, follow your hearts, and make some memories that'll last a lifetime. After all, this is your day, your moment, your forever. If you need help on finding your perfect elopement location, on planning your day or capturing your moving day with moving pictures and videos, we're here for you!

Austrian Elopement photographer and videographer couple sitting together in mountain field

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Jungle Elopement in Sri Lanka
Elopement bride holding her summer flower bouquet in front of picturesque mountain view
Elopement Couple during Safari Elopement in South Africa