So you’ve popped the question and you two are engaged. Congratulations! And like many other couples, after weighing the pros and cons of wedding planning, you’ve decided that eloping is right for you. While there are many decisions to make ahead, one thing you have decided on is choosing Colorado as your elopement destination. No matter what your style and desires are, the beautiful state of Colorado offers a diverse range of options suitable for anyone’s needs. Here are a few tips to help you plan your elopement day in this beautiful state!
There are a number of beautiful locations to pick from in Colorado! Whether you want to go on an epic hike or just find some breathtaking views, there are so many great options to choose from. Here are a few of my favorite spots!
Sapphire Point Overlook
Rocky Mountain National Park
Garden of the Gods
San Juan Mountains
Some places may require permits, but no worries! I can help guide you in the permitting process if required!
The great thing about Colorado is that you can elope year round! Summer and fall are definitely most popular. Both are such beautiful seasons here in Colorado and we will typically have much better access to any area in the state.
Winter can still be a great time to elope and absolutely gorgeous with the snow! While it can be cold, there are a lot of ways for us to stay warm—hand warmers, jackets, fur wraps, or even eloping in a cozy Airbnb! You do have to be more flexible in the winter time as road closures are more common due to storms (Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended).
SUNRISE VS SUNSET?
For the best lighting, I always recommend planning your elopement around sunrise or sunset. Sunrise elopements can be great because you are less likely to run into large crowds of people and you can typically avoid the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms. Now on the flip side, a sunrise elopement does mean you have to get up pretty early so if you are not an early bird, I’d recommend a sunset elopement!
BEST DAY OF THE WEEK?
Trying to pick a date? If you are wanting more privacy and to not have to fight crowds, I would recommend a weekday! Many of the locations will be far less crowded on a weekday vs the weekend. If you are leaning towards a weekend day then time can be an important factor in securing the date. Some locations may require a reservation and can fill up quickly, so the sooner you have an idea of the day, the better!
One reason so many people choose to elope in Colorado is that you can self-solemnize! Not sure what that means? It means you can marry yourselves, no officiant required! This allows for the truly intimate day you were hoping for! All you have to do is get a Colorado marriage license, which is very easy. You can find more information about obtaining a marriage license at denvergov.org (click here for link).
Eloping can be so much more than just exchanging vows! We can plan a whole day’s worth of your favorite activities to make this a memorable day! Here are a few ideas for you!
Grabbing a beer from your favorite local brewery! There are 140+ in the Denver area.
Toast to yourselves with a champagne pop out in the breathtaking Colorado outdoors.
Show off your rugged side out in nature while hiking one of Colorado’s many trails or parks.
Brought along a few guests? We can plan a private dinner for you and your closest family and friends!
Just the two of you? We can set up a cozy picnic with the beautiful Colorado scenery as your backdrop!
Mix a little tradition into your unique getaway by arranging for a cake cutting in an intimate setting.
These are really just a few activities, the possibilities are endless!
The biggest thing to remember is that this is your day, and you should pick the activities that are suited to your liking and your level of comfort. While no “big day” is without its challenges, eloping is supposed to remove a majority of the stress and worries that come along with traditional big weddings so that you can focus on the memories that you will be making with your significant other. As your elopement photographer, I will help create the perfect day for you two; making it as stress free as possible, all while capturing memories that will last a lifetime. So are you ready to start planning your Colorado elopement?
Contact me and we can chat about planning your big day!