I talk a whole lot about making your elopement day unmistakably and unapologetically YOU! There are a plethora of different ways you can personalize each aspect of your elopement day and I am stoked to share some in this blog for ya'll! From stationary, through your outfit details, to your ceremony, this blog covers a whole lot of different ways to add your personal twist to your elopement.
First I gotta mention the killer vendors that made this lakeside styled elopement possible! Dress: Reclamation Design Invitations and calligraphy: Bethany's Letter Shop Styling and Florals: Oh So Brittney Groom's attire: Asos Hair and makeup: Helmbergerglam Jewelry: Ravyn Diane
Workshop: Howl At The Moon
Stationary on your elopement day can mean many different things. You’ve got Invitations, save the dates, announcements and so on. So whether you are eloping with friends and send them an invite or you elope just the two of you and send an announcement after everything is all said and done stationary is a way to incorporate your personality or your elopement's theme!
Take this earthy and celestial invitation suite created by Bethany's Letter Shop for example! This couple had a celestial themed lakeside elopement. They referred to their friends and family receiving the announcement as "stardust's" and incorporated darker tones of blue as well as this epic celestial bottle of champagne.
Maybe you're eloping at Big Bend and want some stationary that screams Big Bend! Complete with a map that marks where you plan to say your vows. Get creative ya'll!
Stationary pro-tip; make sure you have an extra set of everything to bring to your photographer so they can create a flat lay for you. You put so much thought and energy into your stationary you should definitely have it all documented! You could even get it all framed and hang it with a photo from your wedding and some pressed flowers from your bouquet! Ah the things I wish I would have done when I got married. Ps if you send your photographer an invite in the mail they might do a little happy dance.
Hand Written Vows
I'm not sure it gets more personal than hand written vows. You can purchase beautiful vow books off of Etsy and write your heart out. It's something else you can preserve in a frame next to photos from your elopement day. Plus hand writing is much more aesthetically pleasing than printed word documents! I know writing your vows can seem like a daunting task so here are a few tips to help you get started! - Don't wait until the last minute!
- Share a personal story, be vulnerable and don't be afraid to speak about a time you were able to grow together! Marriage isn't all unicorns and rainbows.
- Say "I love you" (obvious but it's easy to overthink your vows and leave this out) - If you're stuck just jot down a list of thoughts that you can elaborate on later. This can be as easy as just listing all of the things you love about your fiance.
Fashion is always a great way to express yourself and your elopement attire is no different! You don’t have to fit within any mold on your elopement day! Be YOU, wear something that makes you happy and feel like your amazing self. Choose a wedding dress in your favorite color and material. Get an orange suit jacket and wear it over a Guns N’ Roses T-Shirt. Wear your favorite hiking boots or those checkered van’s you never take off. Do you have a favorite hat that makes you feel like a superstar? Wear it.
You can also personalize your look with accessories, a watch, your earrings, hair pins. As a photographer I love shooting little accessories like that! They add something special to your story.
Pastries and Food
Get a celestial themed cake, eat some Chick Fil A nuggets. Don’t overthink this! What is your favorite food? Eat that for lunch! What is something you are obsessed with? Put it on a cake or a donut! There are no rules! I once had a couple eloping downtown Austin so we went food truck hopping!
A few ways to incorporate floral design on your elopement day may be getting an adventure bouquet, some hair flowers, a flower collar for your dog, a ceremony arch or even a cute tablescape for two! You can let your elopement location inspire your bouquet and get flowers native to that area or some greenery that matches the surroundings. Get a bouquet full of all of your favorite colors or made of all grass, the opportunities are endless! Pro tip: Pay attention to the time of year you are eloping, some flowers are more resilient to specific weather than others! When you elope your bouquet will spend a lot more time out of water than a regular wedding bouquet would.
Personalize Your Ceremony
When planning what to do for your ceremony there are many different traditions or non-traditional things you can incorporate! If you practice a certain religion you can incorporate those traditions during your ceremony. Here's an example of a few different traditions, some being religious based while others can be cultural or simply personalto the couple ;
Cord of three strands - This christian ritual has Biblical origins. As described in Ecclesiastes 4:12, the cord of three strands (also known as God's knot) is the most difficult cord to destroy or tear apart. The three strands represent you, your partner, and God joining as one.
Ring Warming - Believed to be an Irish or Gaelic wedding ceremony tradition, the warming of the rings takes place when the couple’s wedding bands are passed around by guests during ceremony. Each person is asked to briefly hold the rings in their hands while also saying a short, silent prayer for the couple (if desired).
Hand Fasting - a Celtic wedding ritual with medieval roots that involves the couple binding their hands together with ribbons or cords to symbolize their union. In the middle ages, handfasting was used in place of a marriage license before weddings were recognized as legal responsibilities. Each colored cord has meaning as well, like white for purity or red for passion.
Jumping The Broom - Believed to have origins in western African weddings and Wiccan communities. Jumping the broom takes place at the very end of the wedding ceremony, after the couple is pronounced as officially married. The couple jumps over a broomstick to symbolize sweeping away their old lives and welcoming their new life together. You could also take this time to incorporate loved ones who are not with you on the day of your elopement. Ask them to write letters for you to open up and read during your ceremony!
The location you choose can depend on so many different factors! But choosing one that has a special meaning to the two of you can make the decision very personal. Maybe you have a bucket list location you've always talked about visiting together, maybe there's a space that holds precious memories for the two of you. Maybe it's a place you've found yourselves oddly drawn to. Whatever reason it may be, the location you choose can have an impact on all of the activities and personal touches you incorporate later!
Eloping means getting to do whatever the heck you want on your wedding day! What are your favorite activities that you like to do together? Is there something you've always wanted to try? Are you eloping in an epic location and want to hire a professional guide to show you around? There are so many options! For example; a couple who loves modern architecture and live music might want to explore downtown Austin on their elopement day. Or a couple who spends their days off hiking and kayaking might want to say their vows while kayakin' down a river!
Whatever it is that makes you YOU, we can incorporate that on your elopement day!
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