You’ve planned your elopement and now it’s time to make your packing list for elopement! Don’t worry friend, we get it: even though you’re planning an elopement, we don’t want you to forget a thing! So this is why we’ve created this simple elopement packing list to help you make sure you’ve got all you need to have the most amazing day together because isn’t that what it’s all about?
Here your packing list for an elopement!
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Legal Documents & People
Before you even start making your packing list for your elopement make sure you know how to get your marriage license as soon as you decide on where you’re going to elope. Different countries, states, and counties have different laws. The best way to find this out is to find the county you’re getting married in and find their Marriage LIcense office website or the county and clerk’s office and read about their specific rules.
Eloping In Colorado Tip: In most counties in the state of Colorado you can pick up or have your license mailed to you and marry anywhere in the state even if outside the county you picked your license up from. Make sure to give at least 14 days’ notice to do this in case it has to be mailed to you. Some locations may offer in-person pickup if you need to receive it in a shorter time.
Location Permit (if needed)
If you’re not getting married on private property with the owner’s permission, you may need a ceremony or photography permit.
Many photographers, like us, can help you through this process!
Permits can range from $0 – $250+. Some permits may need anywhere from 5 – 7 days notice or be booked 6 – 12 months in advanced.
Officiant & Witnesses
Depending on where you get married, you may need a legal officiant and/or two witnesses in addition to your officiant.
Colorado Tip: You don’t need any witnesses or an officiant! Learn more about how to elope in Colorado!
Travel IDs & Documents for License
If you’re traveling, don’t forget your ID’s and passports as well as any other documents you may need if you’re picking up your marriage license in person. Many times, this can include your social security card or birth certificate. Again, do your research ahead of time for what you’ll specifically need.
Vows & Rings
Vows are of course a must have item on your packing list for your elopements. Handwritten vows are such a wonderful keepsake. Even if you’re reading traditional vows, it can be a sweet memento to have. (Want to follow these vows? Check out our self solemnization script to guide you!)
There are also adorable vow books on Etsy we love!
We love these handmade rings on Etsy too! We also love a good ring box to keep them safe until you wear them forever!
Wedding Day Letters or Wedding Day Gifts
If you’re planning on not seeing each other before your elopement, you can handwrite a letter or give each other a gift. Some couples will buy each other jewelry to wear on the day of or just write a letter sharing how excited they are to bring their lives together as a married couple.
Getting Ready attire
If you’d like to have a robe/shirt for the morning that says “Bride to Be” or “Groom to Be,” (or something along those lines), why not! It can be super cute to get dressed in.
Wedding Attire for You Both
Dress, suit, jumpsuits, skirts and tops, ties, suspenders, button-ups, under shirts, socks… you get the drift. 😉
Still looking for a dress? Check out our elopement wedding dress guide to help you figure out what dress is perfect for your elopement and adventuring!
Don’t forget to pack your underwear! Haha, well, unless you like that easy breeze feeling–you do you, friend.
Ok, jokes aside, it can be helpful to think about your environment. For example, in Colorado, even in the height of summer, at the gorgeous mountaintops, you’ll want a wool-based layer to keep nice and warm! (Trust us, wool is way better than cotton! If you don’t like wool, look for thermal base layers.)
We love these fleece nude leggings to keep you extra cozy. Don’t skip the layers! It’s always easier to strip layers than it is to get warm when you have none!
Socks and Shoes
If you’ll be adventuring, you won’t want to forget to add this to your elopement packing list: good pair of warm wool-based or thermal socks to keep your toesies warm. Or talk to your photographer or elopement guide about the best shoes for the environment you’ll be in.
Pro Tip: I personally love these wool-based handmade socks. They do ship internationally so make sure you have about a month before your wedding for them to come in. They don’t fit super snug but sure do keep my feet warm!
You can always change into those super cute heels for some photos vs trying to hike in the mountains or unsteady surfaces in them!
Hand or toe warmers are also a great idea if you’ll be in the mountains or any place it could be slightly cold.
Flowers, Accessories & Decor
|Wont ever die or wilt||May be a rental|
|Won’t introduce new plant life into wilerness||Doesn’t have the same flower smell|
|Travels well||Some cheaper ones can look fake|
|Can be more affordable|
|Won’t attract bugs|
Ceremony and or Reception Decor
Make sure your environment is suitable for any arches or decor you’re going to add to your outdoor spaces. Some outdoor locations (such as certain national parks) do not allow you to bring anything but a bouquet.
Papers (Invites, announcements, postcards)
You may feel like this is an odd item to add to your packing list for elopement, but it can be a cool photo to have!
If you sent out invites or any announcements, it can be fun for your photographer to include these in some detail photos along with your wedding accessories or rings.
Garment bag for wedding attire
Super helpful if you’re traveling or need to put your wedding attire in a hiking backpack. Want to know how to pack yours? Check out our guide on how to pack your elopement wedding dress!
Speaker for music
All the other personal items: perfume, cologne, makeup, hair supplies, tissues, handkerchief, feminine hygiene products, medications, herbal supplements, etc.
Drinks & Food
You’re adrenals will be pumping, so it won’t be a surprise if you find it hard to eat, but make sure to get some fuel in your body even if you have an early start to your elopement! Hangry never looked good on anyone. 😉
Champagne or sparkling water
Optional of course! Make sure to check your permit or consider if true champagne will be practicing Leave No Trace principles or if sparking water would be more fitting.
Pro Tip: We love plain sparkling water more because it doesn’t leave behind any sweet smells in the outdoor environments that may attract animals to the trails or be harmful to plant life.
Picnic Meal or Reception Meal
Many of our couples enjoy a romantic picnic either pre-packed or catered for them!
We love these adorable picnic backpacks with insulated coolers, plates, cutlery, glasses and a blanket from Etsy!
We love making our own with different blends of essential oils! Lemon, lavender, tea tree, lemon and eucalyptus are great oils diluted with water in a spray bottle!
If you’ll be taking a dip on your adventure elopement day, consider using coral reef safe sunscreen!
Even in winter, you may need these, especially here in Colorado. The snow can reflect the sun intensely and can give you a sunburn or the brightness can be a strain on your eyes.
Speaking of adventures if you’re looking for more ideas on how to make your elopement special check out our guide!
Water bottle and water
We love our camelbak reservoir, check out our review of it!
Don’t forget to empty your bottles before jumping on an airplane!
Rain jacket or poncho
Jacket (very warm and windproof)
As we mentioned earlier, a good thermal base layer is a must-have for Colorado elopements. You can always slip something off if you get too warm!
We’ve done some crazy research and found this brand to be the most eco-friendly hand/body/toe warmers around!
Traction (cramp-ons, micro spikes and/or snowshoes)
A must-have if there’s snow or mud on the ground. No one wants to slip on ice on their wedding day!
If you’ll be considering Colorado or any cold areas, make sure your gloves are waterproof and insulated well. As an REI expert told me once, the thicker the layers, the warmer you’ll be. So go ahead and skip those $5 cotton gloves you see at big box stores and get some nice warm gloves. Promise me, your toasty hands will thank you later!
First Aid Kit
You’ll want to make sure to add this to your packing list for elopement if you plan on being outside, especially if you’re adventuring!
Blanket to sit on
Especially if you’re planning on a picnic! We’re still obsessed with these letter blankets! You can have your vows or another message of your choice written on them!
Ready to get to planning your day? Check out elopement timeline examples!
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