5 Tips For Planning An Adventure Elopement

Want To Get Married Somewhere Wild & Remote? Here are 5 tips to help you make it happen!

Do you dream of saying your vows on a cliffside overlooking the ocean or on a mountain top at sunrise? If your answer is yes, then you might be thinking about planning an adventure elopement.

Sounds like fun, right? If you’d like to plan an adventure elopement but are not sure about where to start, here are five tips to help you with planning:

Location Research 

Once you’ve decided on a location (or narrowed it down to a few), look at the weather statistics and the tourism trends. For example, visiting Lapland in December, there are very few daylight hours and the weekends are super busy with families on trips to visit Santa, so you might want to consider other months. Likewise, if you want to have a hiking elopement in the Dolomites, bare in mind that many of the mountain refuges don’t open until late June and close again in October.

Shop Wisely For Your Dress 

If you’re planning on spending time in the outdoors, you’ll need to pack all of your usual outdoor clothing, and any safety gear that you would normally need too. On top of that you might also need to pack in a wedding dress. Pick a dress that is made of lightweight material and that won’t crease if it’s rolled up inside a rucksack for a few hours.

Pick Your Vendors Carefully 

You probably won’t have a massive team of people involved, as many adventure weddings are quite small and intimate, but you’ll probably have a photographer, possibly a videographer and maybe a celebrant. Picking people that have experience in these types of weddings is a must. The last thing you want is a celebrant with a broken ankle or a photographer with fogged up lenses because they weren’t prepared for the challenges of the environment.

Be Prepared 

Mother nature can be unpredictable and sometimes you’ll be forced to change your plans at the last minute. Having a back-up plan and knowing what to do if things don’t quite go your way is an absolute must. If you’re going properly off-the-grid, make sure you know what the terrain is like, and that you have the appropriate skills needed to get around safely. Putting yourselves in a potentially hazardous situation is never worth the risk.

Check Your Insurance

Nobody wants to think about what happens if things don’t quite go as planned, but unfortunately sometimes sh*t happens. Wedding insurance probably won’t cover things like skiing or hiking, so make sure you’ve got cover for that too, including cover for things such as mountain rescue.


Want to know more about planning an adventure wedding or elopement in Europe? You can download a free planning guide here.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Cat Ekkelboom-WhiteExplorer

Cat is an adventure wedding photographer at Wild Connections Photography and editor of European adventure wedding blog We Are The Wanderers. She believes that adventures do not stop once you get married and continues ...