Whatever preconceived notion you had of what an elopement is, I am here to tell you it is so far from that today. Elopements are intimate weddings that focus on you as a couple + your commitment to one another. Instead of entertaining your guests, the big production of traditional weddings, strict timelines, etc.
The beauty of eloping is you can make it just the two of you or invite your closest family and friends to join.
Some couples choose a combination of eloping with a celebration with everyone at a later date.
There are no rules with eloping! You get to decide every little part of your day. Maybe that’s hiking, going in the kayak, drinking your favorite microbrew, flying in a hot air balloon, or sharing your first dance at your local art museum.
If the thought of planning a big wedding fills you with dread, you can’t stand the thought of reading your private vows in front of a hundred people, and you don’t want to go into debt over a party, a Maine Elopement might be just the thing for you.
BAR HARBOR, MAINE
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$40 – Marriage license
$250 – Location permit
$1500 – 3 nights at a luxury cabin or resort
$6500 – Photographer
$300 – Private chef
$500 – Bouquet and boutonniere + decor for ceremony & dinner
$250 – Hair and makeup
$4000 – Wedding dress + accessories
$1000 – Suit + accessories
Total elopement price: ~ $14,340
$40 – Marriage license
$250 – Location permit
$400 – 3 nights at a simple airbnb or cabin
$2500 – Photographer
$200 – Restaurant dinner
$200 – Bouquet and boutonniere
$150 – Hair and makeup
$800 – Second-hand wedding dress
$200 – Suit rental
Total elopement price: ~ $4,540
The most important part of your elopement outfits is footwear, yo. If your feet are warm, dry, and comfortable, it’s amazing how long you can enjoy the outdoors. - even when it is snowing outside or cold. Girlfriend, ditch the high heels if outside. Save the high heels for indoors. Flats are always an option too! Let’s not forget about men’s shoes. Dress shoes are notoriously slippery, especially in snow and on grass. Pick a pair of shoes with some tread.
Heavy structured dresses with corsets are incredibly uncomfortable. When you’re trying on dresses, move around a lot. Try sitting down, or even sitting on the floor. Bend over, raise your arms over your head, and give it a twirl. If you’re uncomfortable at the bridal salon, I guarantee you’ll be regretting your choice at your elopement, no matter how good your dress looks in photos.
When trying on suits, make sure that you can comfortably sit down, lift your knees, and have full range of motion for a day of adventures. If you’re eloping in winter, go for a warmer fabric like wool or tweed – it’ll make a world of difference compared to a summer suit. You might even want to leave enough room for long underwear if we’re outside in winter. You should also make sure that the bottom of the pant legs fit well with the shoes you’re wearing. A tailor might look at you funny if you try on the suit with hiking boots – but it’s better than having to roll up your pants on your wedding day.
If I haven’t already made it clear, Maine weather is super unpredictable. Even when it’s 80 degrees, it can feel like 100 with the humidity. If you are getting married outside the months of June-August, always plan on bringing a jacket or other layers to keep you warm. Denim jackets, leather jackets, shawls, chunky sweaters, and overcoats all look great with a wedding dress! You can also buy nude fleece-lined leggings to wear under your dress. Or if you’re wearing a suit, consider a merino wool under layer for winter elopements. Warm socks are key, and wool is the best.
Most of my couples book 8 hours for their elopements, but how much time you need depends on so many different things. I don’t want you to rush through your elopement, because you deserve so much more than just a couple overly posed photos.
These are just a few examples of how you can spend your elopement day, but the best part is, you get to make it your own! Want more details?
9:30am – Getting ready at a cabin
10:30am – First look
11:00am – Drive up a mountain pass
12:30pm – Find the perfect ceremony spot
1:00pm – Champagne and picnic lunch
1:45pm – Adventure around for epic photos
3:30pm – Start heading back to your cabin
5:30pm – Ceremony with your friends & family
6:00pm – Group photos
6:30pm – Dinner prepared by a private chef
7:30pm – Sneak outside for sunset portraits
8:30pm – Whiskey and toasts by the campfire
9:30pm – Alicia leaves
9:00am – Getting ready together
10:00am – Drive to trailhead
10:30am – Ski lift to the top of mountains
12:00pm – Change and freshen up
12:30pm – Ceremony
1:00pm – Picnic lunch
1:30pm – Portraits
2:00pm – Get some runs in
3:00pm – Start skiing out
4:00pm – Sunset photos
5:00pm – Arrive back to our cars, Alicia leaves
3:00pm – First look and some portraits
3:30pm – Ceremony with your closest family
4:00pm – Group portraits
4:20pm – Toasts and celebrations
5:00pm – Family leaves, we go on a short hike
5:30pm – Couples portraits
6:30pm – Hike back
7:00pm – Alicia leaves