The Ultimate Elopement Planning Checklist

May 29, 2019 | juliette

photo by From the Daisies

When it comes to elopement planning, there are far fewer details you have to worry about than traditional wedding planning. But, there are still a few significant things you’ll need to figure out before your big day! From location and accommodation to attire to all the stuff that actually makes your marriage legal, we’ve put together this ultimate elopement planning checklist to help you through it all. If you’re planning a destination elopement, we also highly recommend you take a look at these tips that no one tells you about planning a destination wedding.

And, if your elopement will be focused more on an adventure, we’ve created the ultimate guide to planning your adventure elopement. Happy planning!

photo by Zakas Photography

Travel & Accommodation



  • Hire a wedding photographer who specializes in elopements — we’ve got a list of curated photographers in our member directory
  • Hire a wedding planner, especially if you’re having a destination elopement
  • Consider hiring a videographer — it’s a great way to share your day with your loved ones
  • Look into any other vendors you might want, such as a florist to create your bouquet, a cake baker, or musicians to play for the ceremony


photo by The Kitcheners

Attire & Beauty




photo by Dallin and Cienna Hassard Photography


  • Get your marriage license within the specified window of time for your wedding location
  • Determine whether you need a witness
  • Ensure your officiant is legally authorized to perform the ceremony
  • Collect all other legal documents you might need, such as birth certificates, affidavits, and blood tests



  • Plan a sweetheart celebration (intimate picnic, anyone?!) or a post-elopement party with your nearest and dearest
  • If you’re not planning a party, call your parents and closest family and friends to tell them personally
  • Send announcements to share the good news with everyone else


Feeling a bit overwhelmed? No worries; we’ve got you! Just take a deep breath and look through these 18 incredible elopements to reaffirm how incredible your elopement can be once all the planning is over!

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  1. thanks for such a beautiful post

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