If you just got engaged and have decided to elope to an EPIC destination, then, first of all, FREAKING CONGRATS! THIS IS SO EXCITING! Also, elopements and traveling are two of my favorite things in the world, so you came to the right place. I know one of the FIRST things you need to do when wedding planning is choosing your destination. And to help you narrow down your choice, here are 5 different things to think about. Is there a specific location that has meaning to you? If you and your fiancé already have a sentimental location that you both absolutely love, then look no further – elope there! A personal meaning or connection to a place can make for some of the best weddings. If you don’t have a location in mind that is meaningful, then maybe you should choose a location that is brand new to both of you. That way, you and your wedding will create a special meaning for that new place. What type of landscape do you want? This will quickly help narrow down your search. Want the beach, mountains, a lake, snow, or vast stretches of the desert? Wherever you elope will be epic but think about the vibe and experience you want on your wedding day. Do you want to hike to your destination or simply walk down to a beach? If there is a specific style you’re looking for, that’ll narrow down your options. You can also talk to your photographer. Explain what you’re looking for and, chances are, they will have some perfect options to match your dreams. Keep in mind how accessible the location is. There are tons of epic places in the world, but they aren’t all easy to get to. If you’ll have guests during the ceremony, their needs and whether some will have difficulty walking will dictate how much of a hike you should have. If you are getting ready before the hike, keep in mind how far you want to hike in your wedding dress and makeup or plan to change once you get to your elopement location. Keep in mind the amount of time it will take from your wedding day to get the location and allow enough time when planning. (Remember to check if pets are allowed at your location if you want to bring your fur baby!)
Consider the season you’re getting married in. When looking at locations, make sure to keep weather and changing seasons in mind. If you already have a wedding date, look for locations that will be in season for that date. For example, Utah is covered in snow during winter and usually doesn’t melt until the end of March, so if you’re looking to get married in Utah and want the red rocks in your photos, you might need to change your date or consider another location. Based on the style you’re wanting, the seasons may help you choose a location. If you want to wear a strapless dress and want your location to be warm, that will obviously narrow your search.
Do you want your family to be a part of your day? Deciding who you want to be there on your big day will help you decide what type of location you want and how far you’re willing to travel. When I was choosing my destination, we focused on areas closer to Texas because we wanted people to be able to drive if needed.
What REALLY matters is that you are getting married!! No matter where it is, who is there, or what it looks like, the day is about YOU. You could get married in your own backyard and it would still be the most important and special day in the entire world because you are marrying the love of your life. THAT is what matters.
I hope these tips help narrow down your location search, but if you need more help, I 100% suggest booking your photographer and using them as a guide. Chances are, they are STOKED to help you choose a location and will be able to offer great options for you.