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12-Month Elopement Planning Checklist

12-Month Elopement Planning Checklist

An Elopement Checklist to guide you to Elopement Day and Beyond!

Here’s a 12-month elopement planning checklist, broken down month-by-month to help you organize your elopement smoothly. Don’t have twelve months to plan, no worries…take the number of months you have and use this checklist to help you priorities your months accordingly. 

12 Months Before

  1. Discuss Vision and Expectations
    • Talk with your partner about what you both want from the elopement.
  2. Set a Budget
    • Determine your budget for the elopement.
  3. Choose a Date
    • Pick a date that works for both of you.
  4. Hire a Photographer
    • Book a professional to capture your special day & take engagement pictures to get comfortable with your photographer.

11 Months Before

  1. Research Locations
    • Look into various locations and decide on a specific destination.
  2. Research Legal Requirements
    • Check marriage laws and requirements in your chosen location.

10 Months Before

  1. Visit the Location (if possible)
    • Plan a visit to your chosen location to understand the logistics.
  2. Hire an Officiant
    • Find and book an officiant who is legally able to marry you in your chosen location.

9 Months Before

  1. Plan the Ceremony Details
    • Decide on vows, readings, and any special rituals.
  2. Select Your Attire
    • Start shopping for your wedding dress or outfit and accessories.

8 Months Before

  1. Groom’s Attire
    • Ensure the groom has appropriate attire.
  2. Order Flowers
    • Arrange for a bouquet and boutonniere, if desired.

7 Months Before

  1. Book Travel and Accommodation
    • Make travel reservations (flights, car rental, etc.) and book accommodations.
  2. Plan the Route
    • Map out the route to your destination, considering any stops or scenic detours.

6 Months Before

  1. Hire a Videographer
    • Find and book your videographer to add audio and motion from the day
  2. Arrange for Hair and Makeup
    • Schedule a stylist if needed.

5 Months Before

  1. Plan for Food and Drinks
    • Decide if you need catering or plan a special meal.
  2. Apply for a Marriage License
    • Find out the process and timeline for getting a marriage license in your destination.

4 Months Before

  1. Prepare Personal Documents
    • Ensure you have all necessary identification and paperwork (passport, ID, etc.).
  2. Create a Checklist of Required Documents
    • Double-check all required documents for travel and marriage.

3 Months Before

  1. Inform Immediate Family and Close Friends
    • Let them know your plans if you wish.
  2. Plan an Announcement
    • Decide how and when you’ll announce your marriage to others.

2 Months Before

  1. Pack Essentials
    • Make a list and pack all necessary items for the trip and ceremony.
  2. Confirm Bookings
    • Double-check all bookings and reservations.

1 Month Before

  1. Prepare an Emergency Kit
    • Include items like a sewing kit, first aid supplies, and other essentials.
  2. Finalize Details
    • Confirm all final details with vendors and services.

2 Weeks Before

  1. Relax and Enjoy
    • Take time to relax and ensure you’re ready for the trip.
  2. Have a Backup Plan
    • Be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances (e.g., weather).

On the Day

  1. Elopement Day
    • Enjoy your special day and focus on each other.
  2. Ensure All Legal Paperwork is Filed
    • Make sure the marriage license and other legal documents are completed and filed correctly.


  1. Celebrate
    • Plan a celebration or reception if you want to share your joy with friends and family later.
  2. Create a Wedding Album
    • Reach out to us to help design a heirloom album from your elopement images, to share your story with those who couldn’t be there.
  3. Share Your Story
    • Share your elopement story and photos with friends and family.

This month-by-month checklist helps ensure a smooth planning process, allowing you to focus on enjoying your elopement. If you found this checklist helpful and are ready to check off hiring a photographer, reach out to us. We’d love the opportunity to capture your wedding story!



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