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The Elopement Timeline

An elopement guide on what to expect...

So, you’ve decided to elope! Congratulations! This is an exciting time, but can also feel overwhelming. What do you need to do to make sure your elopement goes smoothly? Here is a timeline of what to do and when to do it before writing those elopement vows.


Plan your budget. How much are you willing to spend on your elopement? This will help determine what type of elopement you can have.

Eloping couples start planning anywhere between 1 week to 2 years in advance, yes, 2 YEARS in advance. As soon as you decide an elopement is for you, you should start planning immediately. Dates fill up extremely fast, and not just for elopement venues. Officiants, elopement photographers, restaurants and accommodations as well. Hair and Makeup is another that will book up rather quickly. Start researching vendors, and if you have specific vendors in mind, start contacting them and securing your spots as soon as possible.

Decide on a date and location. Narrow down your options and make a decision. Adventurous couples may choose a helicopter ride to a mountain top in a far off land with a ring exchange on the edge of a volcano, followed by a celebration breakfast with champagne and miniature giraffe in tuxedos. Trust us, there are plenty of elopement examples out there to use for inspiration if adventure is your thing. Most couples will choose elopements that are meaningful and beautiful while still including some of the traditions of a big white wedding.


Buy your dress (or suits). If you’re buying a dress, start shopping around and trying on dresses. If you’re buying suits, go to the tailor and get fitted.

The day of has arrived!

  • The bride is up and getting ready for her big day.

  • Off to the salon where girlfriends are taking some getting ready photos of the incredible hair and makeup while sipping on mimosas.

  • The groom is at the hotel, pacing back and forth in his room, trying to calm his nerves.

  • The party meets up to do a quick first look and head to the venue.

  • The officiant and photographers are waiting to meet the bride and groom at the venue and they do a quick walk-through of the ceremony.

  • The couple have a few minutes together before the ceremony starts.

  • The ceremony begins and is over in a matter of minutes.

  • The photographers take the newlyweds outside for some incredible photos and then it's off to celebrate!

  • Many couples choose a nice restaurant, and some even reserve a private space to host a small reception complete with cake and first dance!