5 Wedding Traditions to Include in Your Elopement

Elopements may be considered "non-traditional", but that doesn't mean that you still can't include classic wedding traditions throughout your day. Often times, during our initial meetings, clients share with me that they had no idea that they could include these traditions and activities into their elopement. This is your day and you can keep, create or throw out whatever traditions you want. Your elopement is about creating a day that the two of you love and celebrating how you want. There are truly no rules to eloping!

Here are my 5 favorite traditions to think about including during your Elopement:

First Dance

No matter if you’re on the top of a mountain, barefoot on the beach, or surrounded by trees in a redwood grove–sharing your "first dance" is just as special as if you were in a hall or a venue. Sharing a first dance is a great way to slow down and take a minute to reflect on your day and enjoy the moment that you’re in! I even bring along my portable speaker to listen to the playlist that you sent of all of your favorite songs!

ceremony ideas

I have seen couples include all kinds of traditions into their ceremony–some old, some new. Couples have planted a tree together, done a handfasting ceremony, a honey ceremony, and poured sand together. Just remember to bring along any accessories you might need for any of these practices.

wedding cake

This is probably my favorite tradition to include in your elopement! Who doesn't love cake?! Or donuts? Or pie? Just because it's a tradition–doesn't mean you have to abide by the rules. There are so many dessert options these days, you could really choose whatever you want! You can also choose where you and your partner want to enjoy your wedding treat. On the deck outside of your cabin in the woods? At a beautiful beach picnic?

champagne toast

This tradition is SO fun, and where I get the real smiles from my clients! We don't just toast with the champagne–we spray it! So pop that bottle, and have a few sips!!

FIRST look

Yep, I still get a little teary-eyed every time I am a witness to a First Look. Often times, my clients will still get ready together in their cabin, but will put on their final wedding attire in separate rooms and then come outside to see each other for the first time. You could also be staying in two different locations, and then meet in a set location to see each other for the first time before the ceremony. No matter which way you choose, this is one of the most special moments of the day, and a tradition that stands the test of time!