Your Essential Elopement Planning Checklist: Making Your Dream Day a Reality

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September 17, 2023

Jason Seward

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Are you dreaming of an intimate and breathtaking elopement in the stunning landscapes of Colorado? Your elopement day should be a stress-free, unforgettable experience. That’s why I’m here to guide you through the process with our comprehensive Colorado elopement planning checklist. Let’s break down the essential steps to ensure your special day is picture-perfect.

Colorado elopement planning - Colorado landscape Alex and Chris

1. Define Your Vision

Begin by discussing your elopement vision as a couple. What type of scenery and ambiance do you envision? Colorado offers a diverse range of settings, from mountain vistas to alpine lakes, so defining your vision will help narrow down your location choices.

2. Choose a Date and Location

Once you have a vision, select a date and location that align with it. Consider the season, weather, and accessibility. I can provide insights into the best times and locations for your elopement, based on your preferences.

3. Budget Planning

Determine your elopement budget. Factor in photography services, permits, travel expenses, and any special details you’d like to include. I can help you understand photography costs and work within your budget.

4. Obtain Permits and Licenses

For many elopement locations in Colorado, you’ll need permits or licenses. Ensure you complete all necessary paperwork well in advance. I can assist in navigating the permitting process.

5. Assemble Your Dream Team

Select your vendors carefully, including an officiant, florist, and any other professionals you need. I can recommend trusted vendors who specialize in elopements.

6. Plan the Ceremony

Craft meaningful vows and ceremony details that reflect your love story. Discuss any rituals or traditions you’d like to incorporate, I’ll work with you to make sure I capture these special moments.

7. Secure Accommodations

Book accommodations for your elopement weekend. Whether it’s a cozy cabin, a mountain lodge, or a quaint bed and breakfast, Colorado offers a range of options for your stay.

8. Elopement Attire

Choose attire that suits your location and style. When selecting your elopement outfit, remember to consider the weather and terrain when selecting your elopement outfit.

9. Create a Timeline

Work with your vendors, including me, to create a detailed timeline for your elopement day. This will ensure that everything runs smoothly.

10. Enjoy the Moment

Finally, on your elopement day, relax and savor every moment. Let me capture the beauty and emotion of your day, so you can relive it for years to come.

Planning your Colorado elopement should be an exciting journey, not a daunting task. With me as your trusted guide, you can check off each item on this checklist with confidence, knowing that your elopement day will be a picture-perfect reflection of your love story. Contact me today to start planning your dream elopement in the heart of Colorado’s breathtaking landscapes. Your love story deserves nothing less than the best, and I’m here to make it a reality!


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Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, and based in Colorado. I currently serve Denver, Colorado Springs, Monument, Estes Park, Evergreen, Aspen, Vail, Buena Vista, Salida, and everywhere in between.

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