Nichole photographs elopements all over the state of Colorado and loves to shoot in and around the mountains. Thanks for stopping by to check out our portfolio of elopement photography. Interested in seeing more information on suggestions for where to elope and other things to think about?
Colorado is a self-solemnization state. Which means you don't need an officiant in this state to get married. You can just married yourselves if you would like. You just have to sign the paper work and turn it back into the County Clerk's office to make it official.
Planning an elopement is much easier than planning a full wedding, but there are still things to think about and plan for your day. Like planning any big project, the easiest way to go about it, is to do it in small stages. Here are some things to think about as you’re beginning to plan your dream elopement adventure:
Beginning Stage: What do you want your day to be like? If you could go anywhere where would you go and at what time of year? Are there any fun activities you want to make sure to incorporate? How much do you want to budget for with your elopement?
Will some close family and friends be joining you? As an elopement photographer in Denver CO I've photographed elopements with just couples by themselves and also couples with small groups of 10-20 close family and friends. If you do want others to join you, think about accessibility to certain areas as your dreaming about locations and if your group would be comfortable getting there.
How would you like to tell others? Telling people beforehand can be a great way to include people who might not be able to share the day with you. Also, if you're planning on eloping and than doing a party with others later on, you might want to start thinking about announcements. BeSpoke Bride has a great article about how to tell people you're eloping without offending anyone. Click on the link below to check it out.
Middle Stage: Logistics - Permits and Reservations Once you have an idea of where and when you'll be going, you can work on setting up some logistics. Make sure to take care of any permits and/or reservations that you'll need first. Each location will have different rules of what's required. If you need help with this, your photographer or planner can be of assistance.
Middle Stage: Logistics - Making Your Day Unique This day is going to be amazing! What all do you want to include in it to make it yours? Here are some things to consider: rings, flowers, attire, shoes, layers to keep you warm, jewelry and accessories, hair and makeup, vows, officiant if you desire, music, photo and/or video.
Backup plan for bad weather? Braving a little bit of weather can sometimes come along with an outdoor elopement, but we also want everyone to stay safe. If the weather is really bad, where might you go as a plan b? If you end up using your plan b, it will be a memory you'll never forget and the most important thing about getting married is the two of you.
Final Stage: Timing and Prep Think about timing for your day and how things will flow. Chat with any of the vendors you'll be working with to make sure you're all on the same page. Make sure you give yourself some buffer time so you're not rushed and can relax and enjoy your wedding adventure.
Prep and Pickup Make sure to pick up your marriage license. Other things you might need to coordinate would be: Do you need to pick up flowers, if so when and where? When will you be starting hair and makeup? Make a quick list of things you need to bring with you and check them off as you go.
Surprises Do you want to include any special surprises for your fiance? This could be a special gift, letter or anything that you think would bring a smile to their face. If you'll be doing so, make sure to let your photographer and/or videographer know so they're prepared and can capture that moment.
Relaxation Make sure to get lots of sleep and relax before your big day. That way you'll be able to take on your wedding elopement adventure and enjoy it fully.