How does an elopement ceremony look like?

You’ve decided to elope, but now you ask yourself: “How does our elopement ceremony look like?” In this guide, we’ve gathered the best elopement ceremony ideas for you.

One of the best things about eloping is that you can plan your day however you like, and that includes your ceremony (if you’re doing a symbolic one).

A symbolic ceremony is a great choice, because you can have it pretty much anywhere you want, including the top of the mountains. You have the opportunity to make it very personal and include anecdotes, stories, love letters or readings of your choice.

The only recipe here is to make it your own.

elopement ceremony ideas

Ring exchange

We know, this is not really a new idea, however exchanging the rings is the most common tradition or a wedding ceremony.

If you’re looking to do something different, consider engraving each others finger prints on the rings, instead of the usual names and date.

Your wedding ring could also be a surprise gift for each other – get creative and design each others rings with your local jeweler or find a designer on Etsy.

Personal vows

Not planning a traditional wedding gives you the time to think about what you want to say to each other and write something intimate and meaningful.

If you like to sing, or play an instrument, why not compose a simple song (or just play your partners favourite song)? Or write a poem that you can frame and put on your wall at home.

If you’re not really good at writing, don’t worry. You can make things easier by finding a few templates and examples online and then start from there.

Since you’ll be making all that effort, take a step further and get a nice piece of paper or a little custom notebook to keep your vows as a nice memento of your wedding day.

elopement ceremony ideas

Read notes from your loved ones

It might be just the two of you there, but that doesn’t mean your loved ones can’t be with you.

If you’d like to include the people that mean the most to you into your elopement day, you could ask them to write a card or a letter, that you will then read during the ceremony.

They could also send a short voice or video message. Or you can arrange a group video call with everyone just after the ceremony.

Handfasting or “Tie the knot”

Tying the know or handfasting is an old celtic wedding tradition that symbolises the binding of two souls together.

Usually the officiant does the tying, but if it’s going to be just the two of you and a photographer, there are certain ways you can do it yourselves.

If you will have your closest people with you (parents, kids, best friends), they can be involved in this ceremony too. This way they will not only be present, but a part of your elopement and they’ll feel like they are joining you two together.

elopement ceremony ideas

Build a stone tower

Cairns have been used as markers and memorials for centuries. In some places in the Slovenian mountains you will see hikers make their own little cairn when they reach to the summit, or build one along the way.

Why not grab a few stones on the way and make your own during or after the ceremony. Make it even more special and “write down” your initials or the shape of a heart.

*Please be mindful of the nature and other people and their safety, if you’re building anything from rocks.

Your day. Your adventure!

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