Eloping requires you to be on the move, literally. You might end up in the mountains. You might end up at the ocean. You might end up in the middle of nowhere with no one but me and my camera (well, that’s my dream at least). But, regardless of how you plan your day, there are some things you will need to bring on the day. This blog post goes over those eloping essentials.
#1: A Backpack or Bag
Bring a backpack or a bag with all of the things you need to elope on your day. If you are hiking, I recommend bringing a hiking backpack so that you can carry all of the things while hands-free.
#2: Seasonal Items
Eloping in the winter? You will likely need a coat, gloves, hat and scarves.
Eloping near the ocean? Bring a bathing suit.
Hiking? Wear your hiking shoes and bring your eloping shoes, if they aren’t the same pair of shoes.
#3: Emergency Kit
Bring an “In Case of Emergencies” Kit. This could include makeup, hairbrush, Advil or pain medicine, mirror, hairspray, bandaids, floss, tampons, pads, bobby pins, etc! I always carry one in my camera bag and I know it has come in handy a number of times.
Pack some snacks. And make sure you bring water, as it is essential. If you are going somewhere more rural, you may not be able to find food quickly or close by. So bring some snacks as you never know when you may get thirsty or hungry! Plus, I always recommend bringing a mini bottle of champagne, and maybe some cheese and crackers for a makeshift charcuterie board for after the ceremony. Who doesn’t love a good toast? I know I do, and it makes for the best pictures ever.
#5: Ring Boxes
If you are planning an adventure elopement, it is crucial you keep your rings safe. Keep them in a box in the most secure pocket of your backpack until you arrive at your destination! Here are some pretty ring boxes from Her Beautiful Mess. They look great in photos as well!
Don’t forget these! Arguably the most important part of your elopement day.
#7: A Rockstar Elopement Photographer (hey, that’s ME!)
It is crucial that you have an elopement photographer who can document your day for you, first and foremost, but also for family and friends who weren’t able to make it to your big day. I am here to tell the true story of your day and be someone who deeply cares about documenting the little (and big) moments that made your day so special.
If you’re ready to elope, contact me to start planning! If you’re looking for more ideas or resources for your elopement, check out the rest of my blog here.