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How to plan a Full Day Adventure Elopement

How to plan a Full Day Adventure Elopement

How to plan a Full Day Adventure Elopement

What is an Adventure Elopement?

There are quite a few definitions of what the term ‘Elopement’ means. However, the truth is that Elopements are for couples who value experiences over things. Eloping use to mean running away and getting married without parental consent, but the modern-day meaning of Elopement has become a lot more focussed on the intentionality of the experience more than actually doing it without anyone knowing about it.

“An elopement is an intentionally small, intimate, meaningful, and authentic wedding experience that is a true reflection of your relationship, where the focus of the day is really about the two of you.”

~ maddie mae

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Eloping is not purely about saving money on your wedding day. (Although this is what most people think and some even try to achieve this) It’s more about investing your money in a different way. 
Elopements are stripping away every traditional wedding standard to leave you with the carcass of what really matters – you are your partner. The budget has nothing to do with that. Even though some might think that it is the “out” of not spending as much money as you would on a big wedding day.
It’s also about taking the stress out of planning a huge wedding with the inputs and opinions from all sides, to do something that is more meaningful and stress-free with the person you love the most. So you’ve been pondering the idea of eloping but you don’t know how or where to start? keep reading.

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How to plan a Full Day Adventure Elopement:

What makes an Elopement different from a big wedding day?

Photographing Elopements are just as important as normal wedding days – it ÍS your wedding day and yòur wedding experience. It is NOT just a photoshoot. You deserve the same as any couple having a big wedding day. The experience of getting married, that adventure, is meaningful and is important, no matter how you’re doing it. Most people think that photographing an elopement is just a normal photoshoot where in actual reality it definitely is not – we as photographers put just as much effort into our client experiences, if not more. We sometimes end up being the planner, the bridal party and even the chauffeur most of the time.
Documenting your elopement will be the sole memory that you will have of this experience since there will be no other guests or very few at least, with phones/cameras to take pictures.
The amount of planning is the same as with a big wedding day, the difference is, that
it’s stress-free and about what you and your partner want!

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Myths about Elopements:

/ Elopements are cheaper than weddings and people elope because they don’t want to spend money on a big wedding day

  • Elopements can be cheaper than a big wedding but it does not mean that it’s less important. A lot of couples spend more on their elopement than on a big wedding because the experience is what’s important to them. Keep reading to see an example.

/ Elopements are only for the two of you

  • Yes, but no, your elopement can include guests if you want to include them. Couples choose to spend the day just with each other, others choose to spend it with their best friends, and some include their closest family members too. It does not have to be just the two of you! Include your dogs or other pets! But if it ends up being just the two of you, it’s even more intimate and authentic and no you don’t owe anyone an explanation on why you’re doing this way!

/ Elopements are super quick and shouldn’t take more than 2-4 hours

  • Most people have this idea that an Elopement is just the ceremony and maybe a couple shoot. This is a huge misunderstanding about elopements and I’m going to explain why in the rest of this post. I’ll tell you why you would want to have a full day elopement and what would that can include. Keep reading to find out.

/ Elopements are always last-minute and not planned very well.

  • Very false! Elopements can be planned 9-18 months in advance and when you see what it can truly be then you’ll understand why so much planning goes into it. Sometimes, yes – it can be thought of as a last-minute thing but it’s not necessarily the case with modern-day elopements. Today, elopements are more intentional and they focus on the wedding experience just between you and your partner.

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How to plan a Full Day Adventure Elopement:

Why would you want a Full Day Elopement?

Let’s talk about all day elopements – they are valuable and you deserve it! Don’t sell yourself short by thinking you only deserve an hour or two. It’s called a wedding ‘day’ for a reason. I know that most photographers only offer a ceremony and a portrait session but honestly, what kind of wedding day is that? How is that really celebrating you? Go out, make a whole day of it – do something special. Have fun and have your photographer there to document the whole thing just as you would for a big wedding. 

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It’s about creating an adventure for just the two of you –

so let’s reframe the idea of what an elopement could be:

Find a quiet moment to sit down with your partner and look into each other’s eyes, just think about this – if the two of you throw all the logistics in the background out the window just for a second, and go back to the beginning. If you could craft one single day together – from the time you get up, to the time you go to bed, you could go anywhere, do anything, see anything and experience anything, what would that day look like? What would you see, what would you do, what would you eat, what would you drink, what type of activities would you do? Is this starting to make sense?

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What would a Full Day Elopement look like?

Our beautiful country has so many exceptional places to see, whether you are a forest nymph or a beach bum, feeling like soaking up the desert sun or sipping wine in the gorgeous wine country. On top of the beautiful locations we have amazing adventure experiences that cater to everyone’s interests. Do you like yachting, kloofing, hiking, horseback riding, 4x4ing, bungee jumping? What are the activities that you like to do together as a couple and if you had to put together a list of things to do to create the picture-perfect day of adventuring, what would that look like?
Your Full Day Elopement experience can be anything and everything you want it to be. And it could be the most unforgettable experience of your lives. 

To see an example of a Full Day Adventure Elopement Timeline: Click here

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How to plan a Full Day Adventure Elopement:

General questions about Elopements answered:

Do we have to be Adventurous for a Full Day Elopement?

Absolutely not. If you are more of a ‘stay in and cuddle’ type of couple then do that! Order pizza, play board games, get tattoos, go plant shopping, make art. WHATEVER is true to you and your partner – do that!

Does eloping have to be a Destination wedding?

No, you can elope anywhere that your heart is set on. If you have the means to do an overseas Elopement then go for it, but your elopement can be an unforgettable experience in your own backyard!

Is Eloping a legal marriage?

YES! You will be married by an officiant and sign the legal documents as you would on a normal wedding day.


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Choose to do what speaks to you as a couple. Create an unforgettable experience that you will cherish forever and highlight the fact that it is as important as anyone else’s wedding experience!

Let me help you put together your dream-day full of experiences that you will never forget.

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