While big traditional weddings have a pretty set plan of events they tend to follow, when you elope, the activities you can do during your day aren’t limited to just a ceremony and a reception. Open your mind to your wedding day being a lot more than saying vows and taking a few portraits—this is your chance to craft an entire day together, from start to finish, that is as much fun as and representative of who you two actually are as possible.
The best place to start this process? With a few questions. Ask yourselves things like:
—What are our favorite activities to do together?
—What do we do for fun on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis?
—How could we incorporate what we love to do on our elopement day?
—Is there a new activity that we want to try together on our elopement day?
Think outside the box! Get creative and don’t be afraid to splurge—it’s your wedding day, after all!
From a 2-mile hike to a 2-day trek, nothing says badass elopement like a hiking adventure to your ceremony spot. Whether you love a casual jaunt in the woods to connect with nature or absolutely love tackling a tough hike together, there are so many trails out there I’d be happy to show you!
If your ideal spot is on a 4×4 road, consider renting a jeep or hiring a driver so you can access it (and relax and enjoy the ride). You can also access 4×4 locations by renting ATV or UTV vehicles.
Not a hiking fan? You don’t have to be. Easily access amazing places in the backcountry with total privacy by helicopter or plane! Get dropped off on a mountain, a glacier, a remote island—this is basically a cheat code for seeing multiple landscapes without hiking or driving. Taking a hot air balloon ride is another magical transportation experience where you can see the world from above.
Unless you’re a certified professional, you’re going to want to hire a guide for some of these activities!
Hiking a Via Ferrata
Rock Climbing or Bouldering
Slacklining or Highlining
Canyoneering or Caving
Sandboarding or Sandsledding
Looking for a relaxing day that still full of high vibes while being low key?
Laying or walking on a beach
Going on a safari
Taking a motorcycle ride
Soaking in a hot tub
Relaxing in a hammock together
Doing yoga together
Drawing or painting
Hanging out in a treehouse
Having a picnic
Drink tea or coffee
Feel alive on the water? There are so many water activities you can do on your elopement day!
White water rafting
Soaking in hot springs
Scuba diving or snorkeling
Eloping in the winter or late spring in the mountains? There are so many snow activities you could consider for your elopement day!
Skiing (downhill or cross-country)
Just because the sun sets doesn’t mean the fun is over. There are so many night activities you can include in your day!
Cozying up next to a campfire
Making s’mores & cooking a campfire dinner
First dance by firelight
Want to involve your friends, family, kiddoes, or fur babies in some activities on your day? Here’s a few ideas!
Go on a walk with your dog
Play yard games
Play card games
Have a dance party
Photo or video booth
If you think it would be fun to camp the night before or after your elopement, you can pitch a tent yourself or rent a glamping experience. You could take a few days to backpack on a trail you’ve always wanted to explore—or book a guided overnight where your stuff is carried for you and camp is all set up (glampacking!).
Some of these ideas don’t require a lot of planning to incorporate them into your wedding day, while others you’re going to want to book in advance or hiring a professional guide. Make sure you schedule enough time for these in your day (or days) so that you can enjoy them fully without feeling rushed.