The Elopement Guide

What does it mean to Elope? A Modern Perspective:

Elopement has evolved from its historical connotations of tying the knot without parental approval. Today, couples choose elopements to embrace intimate settings, cost-effectiveness, and a sense of adventure.

Elopement Costs vs. Traditional Wedding Expenses

The cost of an average wedding in the United States is around $30,000. In contrast, elopements do not have a fixed national average, but most couples statistically spend between $5,000 and $15,000.

Can other people come?

Of course! My micro wedding pricing is consistent with my eloping pricing allowing an audience of 25 to attend!

The process:

I. Dream Big!

If you had the freedom to choose any wedding destination, where would you envision tying the knot? This step in the planning process is designed to inspire your imagination and help you craft a complete vision for your special day.

II. Plan the logistics.

This is where the excitement begins! Turning your dreams into a tangible reality. Numerous vendors are eager to assist you, including photographers, wedding planners, local guides, and more. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? I'd be delighted to lend a hand!

III. Booking.

Select your preferred date and venue. Does either the date or location bear special significance for you and your loved one? Have you checked for available accommodations? Is your favorite photographer open on that date?

The process:

IV. Book the date.

Things to book include nearby lodging, transportation, a permit, an officiant, and your photographer.

V. Finalize Your Plans.

Do you have your dress or suit? Shoes? What is the climate like where you are eloping? Do you have layers prepared? Did you book a hair or make-up stylist? A wedding officiant? Does your location require permits?

VI. Elopement Day!

After all that meticulous planning, it's time to fully immerse yourself in your wedding day and truly feel the moment. Treasure every precious moment with your beloved and savor what is undoubtedly one of the most significant days of your life.

Should I tell my family?

The choice is yours to make! If your family won't be present, you can decide whether to inform them in advance or keep it as a surprise! Some common surprise announcement methods include sending a postcard or hosting a dinner party for the revelation. If you wish to involve your family and friends in the planning, consider asking for their assistance.

Dreaming Big

Did you know you, the options are endless when it comes to eloping? When I say, dream big, I am not kidding! Listed below are some ideas to consider when planning your wedding day.

A bucket list Item

Did you ever want to go on a hot air ballon ride? Get married in a hot air ballon. Want to go sailing? Get married on a sailboat at the Napali coast in Kaua'i. Want to go on a helicopter ride? Elope on a helicopter tour.

Favorite Activity

Do you and your loved one share a favorite hobby? You can include that in your wedding day! Whether that is going for a morning skate, surf, skiing, ceramics, or making breakfast together.


Celebrating your marriage is important! Some ideas include a champagne or confetti pop, or sparklers. Be sure to check fire codes before committing to sparklers.


Ashley and Keale eloped in Kaua'i, Hawai'i. They craved an intimate setting and beautiful surroundings. This location provided just that with red slopes across the horizon as far as the eye could see.

"Our elopement with Bailey was magical! She made us feel free and comfortable by providing natural poses, which came out so beautifully! My husband and I will cherish these photos forever! Thank you!"

-Ashley and Keale