Adventure Elopement Planning

How to Plan a Perfect Adventure Elopement Ceremony | Top 17+ Things to Consider | What to do + [Bonus] Script

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Howdy πŸ€ πŸ‘‹, we’re Samuel & Karly, your adventure elopement photo video planning Jedi, and this article is about how to plan and what to do for the perfect adventure elopement ceremony.

There’s also a bonus timeline and ceremony script at the end.

Planning the best elopement ceremony is actually a lot like planning a traditional wedding ceremony.

Many of the main elements often still apply, things like a first look, vows, rings, an officiant, wedding party, guests, friends and family, music, and a first kiss.

These can all still be enjoyed if you so desire.

We’re going to break down the 3 main types of elopement ceremonies, the “just us” ceremony, the legal marriage ceremony, and the commitment ceremony.

We’ll also be diving deep into basically everything that could possibly relate to an elopement ceremony as a whole.

We’ll answer questions like…

  • What is an adventure elopement?
  • What happens at an elopement ceremony?
  • What do you do at an elopement ceremony?
  • How do you plan an elopement ceremony?

And many more.

Our goal is to provide you with planning resources for every stage of your adventure elopement journey. We’ve created the following guides for you;

⭐️ Where to Elope – 217 best places to elope in the US (and world)

⭐️ How to Elope – 17 steps to plan your dream adventure elopement wedding

⭐️ Elopement Dresses – 17 point guide to adventure elopement wedding dresses

⭐️ Eloping with Family – 17 ways to include family in your adventure elopement


TABLE OF CONTENTS TELEPORTER

  1. FIRST LOOK BEFORE ELOPEMENT CEREMONY
  2. ELOPEMENT CEREMONY TYPES
  3. ELOPEMENT CEREMONY OFFICIANT / CELEBRANT
  4. FRIENDS & FAMILY AT YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY
  5. ELOPEMENT CEREMONY WEDDING PARTY
  6. ELOPEMENT CEREMONY WEDDING ARBOR / ARCH
  7. ELOPEMENT CEREMONY FLOWERS & DECOR
  8. WALKING DOWN THE AISLE AT AN ELOPEMENT CEREMONY
  9. ELOPEMENT CEREMONY VOWS
  10. HAND FASTING ELOPEMENT CEREMONY
  11. RING EXCHANGE ELOPEMENT CEREMONY
  12. ELOPEMENT CEREMONY RELIGIOUS / OTHER TRADITIONS
  13. ELOPEMENT CEREMONY FIRST KISS
  14. ELOPEMENT CEREMONY MUSIC
  15. PERFORMING A UNIQUE TALENT AT YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY
  16. A CHAMPAGNE TOAST AT THE ELOPEMENT CEREMONY
  17. FIRST DANCE AFTER YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY
  18. RECORD OR LIVESTREAM YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY
  19. ECO-FRIENDLY CONFETTI FOR YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY
  20. CHOOSING THE BEST ELOPEMENT CEREMONY LOCATION
  21. HAVING MULTIPLE ELOPEMENT CEREMONIES
  22. LEAVE NO TRACE AND ELOPEMENT CEREMONIES
  23. KIDS IN YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY
  24. PETS IN YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY
  25. ELOPEMENT CEREMONY TIMELINE EXAMPLE
  26. ELOPEMENT CEREMONY SCRIPT EXAMPLE
  27. ADDITIONAL ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT GUIDES

FIRST OFF, JUST TO GET ON THE SAME PAGE, LET’S ANSWER THE QUESTION, WHAT IS AN ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT?

An adventure elopement is an experience-focused and intimate alternative to traditional weddings that involves only the very closest family and friends (sometimes it’s a “just us” experience) and enjoyed outdoors at an epic location like a National Park.

And an adventure elopement ceremony will usually be held at a beautiful scenic overlook as opposed to a normal elopement that often has its’ ceremony at a local courthouse or chapel.

QUESTIONS LIKE, WHAT DO YOU DO AT AN ELOPEMENT CEREMONY? AND HOW TO PLAN ONE? WILL BE ANSWERED IN-DEPTH BELOW. ENJOY.


1. IF YOU’RE INVITING GUESTS, CONSIDER A FIRST LOOK BEFORE YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

If you’re inviting family and friends, a first look can be a great way to experience seeing each other for the first time on wedding day in a very intimate way.

It can also be a great way to have some photos done with just the two of you before your ceremony begins.

And you get to take advantage of a totally separate scenic location for the first look, followed by your second epic location for the ceremony.

A first look also offers an opportunity for pictures during the walk down the aisle together, which is something that would only happen if you already had been seen by guests at some point in time.

If it’s just going to be between you and your partner plus one or two close friends as witnesses then having a first look might not make much sense.

While adventure elopements do usually involve the bride and groom being with each other all of their wedding day it’s not always the case. If you’ve got a larger adventure wedding planned then it’s reasonable to consider staying in different airbnbs or other lodging the night before and actually seeing each other for the first time at a first look or ceremony.

2. A “JUST US” CEREMONY VS. LEGAL MARRIAGE CEREMONY VS. A COMMITMENT CEREMONY

A truly “just us” ceremony could be enjoyed in places like Colorado and California (and several others) where you can do what’s called self-solemnizing. This means you don’t need any officiant or witness to legally elope or marry. Now of course Karly and I could still be present at your “just us” ceremony too.

A legal marriage ceremony would include an officiant or celebrant as well as witness(es) and a marriage license to be signed by all parties. You would then submit the marriage license to be issued an official marriage certificate by the county clerks office. It will also include specific magical words spoken by you, your partner, and the officiant marrying you.

These wizardly words are called a Declaration of Intent, and a Proclamation. Some states will require an exact match to their script while others allow you to personalize it. Check with your state beforehand.

Declaration of Intent [example]:

β€œDo you [your name] take [partner’s name] to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband/partner?”

Proclamation [example]:

β€œI do.”

Now, a legal marriage isn’t necessarily the answer for all couples. In fact, Karly and I have no plans to legally marry. There’s really no right or wrong way to celebrate and declare your union to one another. This brings us to the commitment ceremony.

The commitment ceremony can still have all the fun aspects of a traditional marriage ceremony, like family and friends, dances, vows, ring exchanges, a first kiss, and so on. You can even still have someone like an officiant! You simply wouldn’t have the marriage license.

You can even still change your last name to join your partner if you want, without legally marrying. To be honest, I don’t really understand the benefits of a legal marriage. Maybe there’s some insurance, social security or tax benefits?

3. DO YOU NEED OR WANT AN OFFICIANT / CELEBRANT OR WITNESS AT YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY?

You may need an officiant and or witnesses to have a legally binding marriage or for other legal reasons, such as changing your name after the wedding. If not, they are optional and up to bride or groom’s preference.

An officiant is usually required by law at ceremonies that take place within most states in the U.S. (Colorado and California or two of the states that don’t).

The same applies for witnesses: two witnesses must sign off on any paperwork necessary so it’s important that they know what their role will entail ahead of time.

I think an officiant can be great because it makes things feel, well, official. Incorporating many of the same elements as traditional weddings can really check all those emotional and expectational boxes we have about the significance of getting married.

Choosing the right officiant makes a really big impact on your big day. Each person you hand select to be present on elopement day will play a large roll in the overall vibe of the experience. Choose wisely! We can certainly help you make the best decisions possible. Same goes for photographers.

4. INVITE FRIENDS OR FAMILY (OR MAYBE NOT) TO YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

There’s a lot of ways to include family and friends in an elopement ceremony, and some don’t even involve them being there on the wedding day. We’ve got an entire article writing about how to include family in your elopement here.

Friends can be an entirely different experience than family. Family we’re born with (mostly), friends we choose. Sometimes it’s just not the best fit to have family at the actual elopement ceremony. This doesn’t mean they can’t be represented there or play a role.

You can read letters from them, include them in a blessing, make space for them or even record or livestream the ceremony. These are just a few of the ways. There’s more in the previously linked article.

If you know for sure that there will be at least some family members at your adventure destination, you’ve still got a lot of options. You could include them in a pre or post ceremony activity, or even in a second ceremony all together, after you’ve had your first initial intimate ceremony with just you and your partner.

Also keep in mind that ceremonies are usually really short, like really short. 5-10 minutes max on average. It may just be best to include family in the actual ceremony, and then enjoy time alone for all the rest of the day. Seems like a win win to be honest. Literally everything but the ceremony takes hours on average. Getting ready, hiking, driving, eating, all of it takes at least 30 minutes to an hour usually. I’d probably say to include family in the ceremony and live your wild and romantic self before and afterwards.

Everyone’s experience will differ though, and we’ll be here ready to help you through a completely personalized experience based solely on your desires and family dynamics.

5. IF YOU’RE INVITING FRIENDS & FAMILY, WILL YOU HAVE A WEDDING PARTY (AT LEAST MAID OF HONOR AND/OR BEST MAN) AT YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY?

If you decide to have several family and friends at your elopement ceremony then a wedding party (at least Maid of Honor and Best Man) can be an awesome way to make things feel like a traditional wedding. Especially if you’ve got 1 or 2 really close friends or family that are fun to be around and adventure with.

Involving people close to you emotionally really supercharges the power of the experience. Just make sure to let them know how much you appreciate their being there and the role they play in your ceremony and experience as a whole. Also, make sure to bring them in early on the planning for the big day including the timeline and everything they will be responsible for, as well as anything they might need to bring.

thirdeyesamuel adventure elopement photo video couple at national park during ceremony underneath of a massive epic natural wedding arbor made of giant boulders

6. YOU CAN RENT A WEDDING ARBOR / ARCH FOR THE ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

There are a lot of epic places you can include a wedding arbor that don’t require hiking it up a mountain. Some National Parks or other scenic areas will have a space (albeit usually the most popular) that is basically a park and enter meaning little to no hiking. Amphitheaters can also sometimes accommodate a wedding arbor.

Also consider in your planning that many of these National Parks have EPIC natural wedding arches. We’re really into making this a big part of adventure elopements. There’s a to of unique experiences and exploration that can occur around this concept, and we’re excited about it.

An example would be Balanced Rock at Big Bend National Park or one of the many epic rock arches at Arches National Park in Utah.

If you insist on having a crafted wedding arch present for the ceremony, while this does limit the actual ceremony location, you can still go adventure the rest of the day before or after to get all of the most iconic epic photos and video.

A lot of couples choose this style, especially if they are inviting friends and family. This way you have an easy to access place for all guests attending the ceremony yet you still get to go on your epic adventures in helicopters, on the coolest trails and to the most scenic overlooks.

thirdeyesamuel adventure elopement ceremony bride with long white dress flowing in wind as she stands next to wooden wedding arbor decorated with eco friendly leave no trace faux floral arrangement

7. USE FLOWERS OR OTHER DECOR AT YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

We love this idea of using flowers or other decor as something to set out at the altar. Flowers will make your day feel even more special and add a beautiful floral aroma that surely enhance the overall vibe. Feel free to let your imagination run wild here. You could set out a dozen different sized disco balls, or multiple runs of string lights and whatever else your mind can conceive of.

Just keep in mind the principles of leave no trace when considering what to include as your ceremony decorations. For the most part you will only want to use what’s hyper local to an area, especially in a National Park, and sometimes it won’t be possible at all to use floral arrangements because there just isn’t anything available that matches the park.

There is always the option of wooden, metal or other material flowers though. These can really create a unique aesthetic and are also low impact on the environment.

8. WALK DOWN AN AISLE FOR YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

An adventure elopement ceremony can start with a walk down the aisle. This can take place on any number of different locations, whether it’s an outdoor trail in your favorite national park, at a really rad airbnb nearby, or even a chapel or venue on-site at the park.

Walking down an aisle is very symbolic and adds a powerful emotional element to the elopement ceremony experience. This is made most impactful if you haven’t seen your lover all day and this will be the first time you see each other. That first walk down the aisle, whatever the isle may be, can really unleash the highest levels of emotion within us.

One of our favorites is definitely walking down the trail to a scenic ceremony overlook.

9. RECITE OR READ VOWS DURING YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

Reading or reciting your vows to each other is a great way to add something truly sacred to your elopement ceremony. When spoken aloud you call into being the powers of word. “In the beginning was the word, and the word was your vows.” Or something to that affect anyway. There is something magical about speaking things into existence. Consider wizards, always speaking their spells. Well vows are basically spells, love spells, binding spells, commitment spells. Vows are probably our favorite part of any ceremony, they are the magical manifestation of your eternal love for one another.

You can choose to write your own vows, or use vows that’ve already been written and which resonate with you. You can also read a poem or other passage that you think is perfect for the experience. There’s no right or wrong answer here. Do what feels right. That’s the beauty of the entire adventure elopement experience, you get to “do what feels right” for all of it!

10. PERFORM HAND FASTING DURING THE ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

And if a handfasting ceremony feels right then God bless it do a handfasting ceremony. Handfasting is an ancient Celtic ritual that originates from pagans. The left and right hands of the bride and groom are tied together using cords made from plants to symbolize the binding of two souls.

Even if you’ve never experimented with anything like this previously in life, there’s no better time than now to try something new and exciting. This is actually becoming more and more popular as people wake up and realize they can totally create their own personal experience and throw tradition to the wayside.

Life is full of so much magic and novelty. Our main objective is to help you become aware of as much of it as possible! If you want to try handfasting and craft your vows with spells from Harry Potter then we are here for it 100%.

An example of a handfasting script would be as follows, You bind hands together and then recite something like “These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes: tears of sorrow and tears of joy.” and so on.

Yeah, it can get emotional.

thirdeyesamuel adventure elopement ceremony macro shot of wedding rings suspended in the air on climbing carabiner

11. EXCHANGE RINGS DURING YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

The symbol of eternal love and union, the ring. There are many ways to exchange rings at an adventure elopement ceremony. You can hold a space for the exchange in a “just us” experience or If friends and family (us too!) are present, rings can also be exchanged by passing them around to receive blessings.

While exchanging rings at your ceremony you can say something like, “I give you this ring as a token of my love.” or “In giving you this ring I bestow upon thee all the worldly goods that are mine.”

The bride-to-be then places her hand on top of his hands to show she understands what he is saying. He replies with, “And do you take me for your lawful wedded husband?” She says yes while placing her other hand over his.

This symbolizes their mutual consent in marriage through spoken word and gesture. Rings are then passed back round for more blessings before being placed on each person’s finger. Again, you can also enjoy all of this at an elopement with just the two of you (and us of course).

Needless to say, exchanging rings is a great core fundamental to an elopement ceremony, and is easy to pull off (or put on?) anywhere anytime.

12. PERFORM A SPECIFIC RELIGIOUS TRADITION OR UNITY CEREMONY

Even though you’re choosing the less traveled path and an alternative wedding style you can still incorporate a religious tradition or unity ceremony. Regarding tradition or ceremony, anything you want that is in alignment with your values you shall have.

Whether breaking the glass, lighting the unity candle, pouring of the sands, blessing the rings, sacred readings, jumping a broom, tying the knot, receiving a crown, receiving “Tilak,” creating a time capsule, painting a picture, singing a song, or anything else. The world is yours.

We’ll make sure it’s all expressed in photo and video.

adventure elopement ceremony with bride and groom handing upside down from a slackline in their climbing harnesses and wedding attire about to have their first kiss after becoming newlyweds

13. PLAN AN EPIC FIRST KISS AT THE ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

This is probably the only kiss in a lifetime that will come anywhere close to your very first kiss with your partner. Honestly, that very first kiss after meeting each other for the first time is epic. It really represents that you’ll be exploring the journey of a relationship with one another. And this next “first kiss” represents the next level of that relationship. The commitment to a lifelong adventure together. Your first kiss as a spiritually united couple.

Planning your first kiss at an extraordinary scenic overlook would be our top recommendation. On the edge of a massive Arizona canyon, or at Glacier Point in Yosemite, or perhaps on a glacier accessible only by helicopter. Or maybe you just want something simple for the ceremony, something cozy in Yosemite Valley. Maybe the epic overlooks come after, that sounds perfect to us too.

Either way, we’ll help you plan out your day to make sure it’s exactly how you want it.

14. HIRE OR PERFORM MUSIC AT YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

Music soothes the soul. It also makes for a perfect vibe on elopement day. You could play an instrument yourself, or hire a talented local musician.

Playing an instrument, singing, or dancing for your partner has been a part of the marriage rituals for as long as time has existed. Species all across the planet do exactly this. An extraordinary display of why you are suited to be with one another. And if you’re not the instrument, singing, or dancing type (which we aren’t ourselves, yet at least), then you could hire a talented musician to provide this lovely atmosphere for you.

Often in and around National Parks will be the kinds of humans that are very much into the musical arts. People that are connected to themselves, those around them, to the earth, and the magic of music. It’s a very real possibility to find such a soul at National Parks all across the country, and world for that matter.

iPhone speakers and bluetooth speaks are a real thing too. Just make sure it’s ok to use “amplified” (yet low volume) music at the Park.

ADVENTURE BRIDE ON SLACKLINE HIGH IN THE SKY PERFORMING FOR HER LOVER DURING ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT CEREMONY
Highlining definitely qualifies as a unique talent.

15. YOU OR YOUR PARTNER CAN PERFORM A UNIQUE TALENT AT YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

Maybe this unique talent is music, or dance, or perhaps it’s the perfect matching of local bird calls. It could also be the offering of something you’ve created with your talent, a clothing accessory, or piece of jewelry. Or if you’re both dancers, have a dance routine that’s all yours. Whatever it is, this is a perfect way to make your elopement ceremony personal and unique forever.

16. ENJOY A CHAMPAGNE TOAST TO END THE ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

As I’m sure you’ve seen, popping champagne (or other bubbly bevs) can be quite the spectacle. It certainly makes for great photo, gifs, and slow motion video (all of which we can produce btw). This adds a great feeling of celebration and we support it, but with a few things to consider.

To adhere to leave no trace (LNT) principles, make sure to check with the park or local area to see if it’s ok to have the sugars and other agents in the champagne anywhere on the ground in that particular region. This can disturb the ecosystem by introducing new foreign chemicals. If you aren’t allowed to use champagne you can find an alternative carbonated champagne-like bottled drink to use for the photos and experience of popping a bottle to celebrate.

Also make sure to find that cork once it goes flying.

17. ENJOY A FIRST DANCE AFTER THE ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

Highly recommend you enjoy a first dance after the elopement ceremony. The first dance is one of the first times you get to embrace one another and really reflect on the awesomeness of it all.

Imagine dancing together as the sun sets behind the nearby mountains, offering a shimmer of alpenglow to top it off the big day.

Music or not, this is a beautiful bonding experience with your newly united lover.

[NOW ENTERING THE BONUS-VERSE]

18. RECORD OR LIVESTREAM YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

If we’re there, we’ll probably be recording the ceremony, at the very least. Whether you know you want it or not, you will cherish this footage in particular for a lifetime. When you think about a climactic moment of a wedding or elopement day, you think of the ceremony. Especially if it’s held at a stunning scenic overlook.

We offer live-streaming (assuming service), full ceremony videos, and highlight videos so you and others can relive (and see for the first time) every moment of your special day.

As far as livestreams go, what an amazing time to be alive! Assuming we have signal (Star Link is on it’s way), live-streaming is a perfect way to include family and friends who can’t be there on wedding day. It could also be that your particular adventure elopement might just be too adventurous. If you’re on that glacier or mountain only accessible by helicopter, it might be a very small wedding party, like you and us.

Either way, we’re coming with the capability to do it all.

19. YOU CAN HAVE LOCAL FLOWER PETALS OR FLORA FOR ECO-FRIENDLY CONFETTI AT YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

Conventional confetti is a definite no when adhering to leave no trace principles. Also consider things like sequins, glitter, feathers, or anything else that is going to fall apart on the landscape around you. For confetti, there are some decent alternatives that involve using local ingredients that will have no negative impact on the environment. This could be local flowers, pine needles, leaves and so on.

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20. WHERE SHOULD YOU HAVE YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY?

Choosing the best location for your adventure elopement ceremony is an exciting part of the planning. And because your choosing the epic path of the adventure elopement, the possibilities are endless! Mountain peaks, glaciers, plateaus, canyons, cliff-side, islands, beaches, redwoods, volcanoes, it goes on and on. I’m excited. Real quick though, make sure you obtain the necessary permits, which are almost always a requirement for park ceremonies!

The more minimalist your needs are for the ceremony itself the more flexibility you will have with the location. For example, if you’re eloping on a glacier after flying in a helicopter, you probably won’t have a wedding arch or much in the way of decor. That’s not to say there couldn’t be a naturally occurring ice arch though. We’ll be on the lookout. Also, one could certainly consider the decor of the epic landscape around you.

If you’ve got family that will be at your ceremony you can also always considering having multiple! There’s also usually a lot of great easily accessible wedding ceremony locations within the National Parks. We’ll help you find the best one for your specific elopement.

Do me mindful of the elevation change associated with many of the popular National Parks. Also be vigilant of the weather patterns and time of year. These are some of the most important elements to consider when decided where to enjoy your elopement ceremony because they can make or break the whole experience. Also be sure to create a back-up plan!

And of course we’re here to help you do all of it.

21. CONSIDER HAVING MULTIPLE ELOPEMENT CEREMONIES

You may want to consider having multiple ceremonies if you have your heart set on an epic remote location but family always wants to be there. In this case, you can have a ceremony in multiple locations to satisfy everyone!

There’s no rules when it comes to this stuff, that’s why we’re so passionate about spreading the good word. Let’s have that family ceremony with grandma, lakeside with the mountains in the distance, then the 4 of us fly in a helicopter together for the ice caves and glacier adventure ceremony.

adventure elopement ceremony in the sky on a slackline. bride and groom in wedding attire kiss on a highline during their adventure elopement wedding ceremony at a national park

22. ELOPEMENT CEREMONIES AND LEAVE NO TRACE [LNT]

While planning for the perfect adventure elopement ceremony always consider leave no trace principles. Our goal is to have little to no impact on the pristine lands that we’re so privileged to be able to enjoy together. This really isn’t difficult, it just comes with a small amount of research to make ourselves simply aware of the way. Most of the offenses are in ignorance, and once people know what to do and what not to do, adherence to LNT principles becomes second nature quite quickly. As part of our offerings, we’ll do our best to educate you on how to apply LNT to the specific destination that you’ve chosen for your epic adventure elopement.

23. INCLUDING YOUR KID(S) IN YOUR ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

If you’ve got kids, you almost certainly want them to be there for your adventure elopement ceremony. Adventures like this can create the best parent-child relationships humanly possible. The bond formed from such an epic experience runs deep. They will forever remember and cherish this time with you, and likewise you with them.

Your kid can be involved in your elopement ceremony in a variety of ways. You can enjoy a family first look, you can give your child the honor of Best Man, or Maid of Honor. You also get to enjoy dressing them up in their wedding attire. They could be a ring bearer, or a flower girl/boy. They can announce you married, or write a letter. They could also be a witness. Especially if you attach a GoPro to them. (Yep, we’ve got the kit to make this happen)

thirdeyesamuel adventure photography videography and planning team with dog and everyones faces snuggling each other
ThirdEyeSamuel adventure elopement krew, Samuel, Tzu, & Karly (order of appearance from left to right)

25. INCLUDING YOUR PET(S) IN AN ELOPEMENT CEREMONY

This can elevate the whole vibe of the elopement ceremony.

And just like a human child you can make your dog or cat (or bird, or reptile?), the Best Man, or Maid of Honor. You could also dress them up in wedding attire. They could be a ring bearer, or flower girl/boy. They could also be a witness! Especially if you attach a GoPro harness to them. (Yep, we’ve got the kit to make this happen for pets too, medium-large dog’s at least)

Just be aware that dogs, cats or other animals are not allowed in most places of the parks. However, there are still places they can go, usually wherever there are paved areas or roads for sure. There’s also some designated trails that won’t impact an ecosystem by introducing new animal smells, fur, feathers and bodily fluids.

Make sure you do your planning if you want to bring your pet. And of course we can totally help you to make this a reality. We’ve got a pit mastiff ourselves, and he is definitely our child.

ELOPEMENT CEREMONY TIMELINE [EXAMPE]

The amount of time it takes to get through this ceremony will largely depend on what you choose for your ritual(s), vows and readings, as well as guest count. Keep in mind that some guests may want to say their own words or toast so allow time for them to speak their piece. The example below is approximately 30 minutes however ceremonies can range from 5 minutes to over an hour. It will completely depend on how you’d like to create your own personal elopement ceremony. Enjoy.

  • 6:15 Ceremony setup is complete, decor, officiant and guests are in position
  • 6:17 The introduction by you and your partner and/or the officiant begins
  • 6:20 Sacred readings begin
  • 6:23 Officiant addresses you and your partner
  • 6:25 Exchange your vows
  • 6:30 Exchange the rings
  • 6:33 Pronouncement & First kiss
  • 6:35 Unity ceremony (candle, sand, hands, etc.)
  • 6:40 Closing remarks by any and all parties
  • 6:45 Grand exit
thirdeyesamuel wedding and adventure elopement photography videography and planning ceremony at national park with bride and groom in black and white wedding attire standing together embracing one another underneath of a massive epic natural wedding arbor

[BONUS] ELOPEMENT CEREMONY SCRIPT

The elopement ceremony script usually consists of 5 main parts. You are welcome to arrange or change these to best fit your specific ceremony.

  1. Introduction
  2. Vows
  3. Proclamation & Declaration
  4. Ring Exchange
  5. Pronouncement

Here’s an example of the elopement ceremony script with guests:

  1. Introduction β€“ Spoken by either you, or your partner, or an officiant / celebrant.
    • Welcome your guests and thank them for joining you on your special day.
    • If you’re religious, you can now recognize that aspect of the ceremony.
    • If you’re not religious, you can speak about the significance of this moment however you’d like.
    • This next step is perhaps most important, pause, and bring yourself into the present and savor this moment.
      • We will help you to do this regularly throughout the day .
  2. Vows β€“ Cast your spell and profess your love to your partner.
    • Share your favorite funny or emotional memories, then speak your vows for the future.
    • You can read or recite your vows (or a poem or passage) from memory.
    • If you don’t have anything specifically chosen for this time your welcome to just tell your partner how you feel about them and how you are going to show up in their life moving forward.
  3. Proclamation & Declaration β€“ This portion will satisfy the legal aspect of the ceremony.
    • It’s time to make things official! You’ll cast a spell like the one below (States will vary on the requirements of exact match).
      • Proclamation: “Do you [your name] take [partner’s name] to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband/partner?”
      • Declaration: “I do.”
    • If you’re not having a legal ceremony, you would “declare” your commitment to one another instead in any language you enjoy most.
  4. Ring Exchange β€“ It’s time for the ritual exchanging of the rings.
    • If your child or pet is a ring bearer you can have them present it to you at this time.
    • And if you aren’t using rings that’s totally fine too, you can consider exchanging anything you’d like that you feel is representative of your union.
  5. Pronouncement β€“ The famous words, “I now pronounce you…
    • A first kiss moment has arrived! Or any other way you’d like to express your excitement and union, it could be a hug, raising hands together, dancing, acrobatics, BASE jumping, anything you want!
    • Now is the time for your grand exit from the ceremony if you’re having one. You can walk under a tunnel of raised arms of the guests, or raised swords or staves, through sparklers, or an eco-friendly confetti like shredded local plant matter. You could also grand exit right off the cliff with a tandem BASE jump.

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10 Comments

  1. This is such a great and extensive list of ideas! Sometimes planning an elopement ceremony can seem pretty hard to fill with meaningful activities when its just two people but you have listed a lot of fun options!

  2. So many wonderful ideas in this post! I’m all for having your pet as a witness for your elopement. If I ever have a vow renewal ceremony my frenchie is going to be my flower girl. 🐢🌼🌸🌻

  3. There is so much to consider when eloping! Fantastic job of tackling a myriad of topics from including your pet to what to say during the ceremony. Love the imagery too!!

  4. A very thorough guide, and SO many people are eloping with kids or pets these days. I don’t think I’ve seen elopement with both yet, however πŸ˜…

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