98 Unique elopement activity ideas to make your day special

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Hi! I'm Natasha! Your elopement photographer, dog petter and donut eater. While photography is my first love, connecting with people is my love language. You'll find me lovin' on the big moments, the quiet moments, the silly moments – but especially the in between moments. The moments that are unadulterated and unfiltered. The ones where you are the real you. Here on the blog you'll find all of my favorite tips, tricks and resources for planning a elopement that's all about those moments.




One of the beauties of eloping is that you can truly customize your wedding day to be anything you want, without the constraints of traditional weddings. And so many couples don't even realize that you can include activities on your elopement day! It's such a beautiful way to infuse your personalities into your day, and share your passions with each other on a day that's built just for you.

A big reason why you decided to elope is because a traditional wedding gave you the ick, but now you're stuck trying to figure out what to do instead if it's just the two of you? Or maybe you want to include some friends and family, but now you're not sure how? While we love a good Pinterest search, it can be tough to find ideas that are you can customize to what you love and what you would actually like to do together. So we'll cover 98 elopement activities to help you brainstorm all of the fun things you can include in your day to make it as exciting or as relaxed as you want.


Now that you know you can include a bunch of different activities in your elopement day, you're probably wonder how the heck you can include them. But you've never planned an elopement before, right? So how do you figure out what your day-of schedule should be? That's where we come in! As elopement photographers one of the things we specialize in is creating the perfect all-day (sometimes multi-day!) timelines for our couples, packed full of memory making opportunities and things that you're passionate about.

For a typical 8-hour elopement, it can look like this:

Wake up and making breakfast together
Help each other get ready
Write letters to each other
Going on a hike together

Pick some berries
Have a picnic for lunch
Give each other a gift
Say your vows at an alpine lake
Pop a bottle of champagne
Watch the sunset
Hike back down to a candlelit dinner at a cute Airbnb
Cut a small cake
Slow dance next to a campfire

For a 2-day elopement, things could look like this:

Day 1:
Spend an afternoon canoeing together
Have charcuterie board lunch on the water
Go back to your airbnb
Welcome friends and family to town with a dinner
Campfire time

Day 2:

Wake up and have a slow morning making pancakes together
Visit a flower farm and pick flowers together
Get ready separately
Have a first look and share private vows
Hike with your family and friends to a mountain top
Pass your rings around to each person and ask them to infuse their love
Say your I do's
Eat donuts
Go back to your cabin
Hire a private chef to cook everyone dinner
Make s'mores


  1. Pop champagne or sparkling water
  2. Have a picnic
  3. Get ready together
  4. Bring your dog
  5. Go for a hike
  6. Go paddle boarding
  7. Go skiing or snowboard
  8. Go sledding
  9. Pot a plant together during your ceremony
  10. Say private vows to each other
  11. Do a first look
  12. Smoke a joint
  13. Have a candlelit dinner together
  14. Jump in a lake
  15. Watch the sunrise
  16. Watch the sunset
  17. Play a board game
  18. Read each other a poem
  19. Play an instrument for your partner
  20. Rent a cabin
  21. Crack a beer
  22. Go camping
  23. Horseback riding
  24. Have a charcuterie board on a mountain top
  25. Go tide pooling
  26. Cut a mini cake (or pie!)
  27. Eat ice cream together (or an ice cream sandwich)
  28. Stargazing
  29. Skip rocks
  30. Go to a flower farm and pick your own flowers
  31. Play a game of cards
  32. Go on a roadtrip
  33. Helicopter ride
  34. Make s’mores 
  35. Have your dog be your ring bearer
  36. Go kayaking
  37. Eat donuts
  38. Take a 4x4 road
  39. Have a personal chef cook you dinner
  40. Sing your favorite song together
  41. Go snowshoeing
  42. Take Polaroids of each other 
  43. Take Super 8mm film of each other 
  44. Go fly fishing
  45. Cry happy tears
  46. Make each other breakfast
  47. Go surfing
  48. Make some trail margaritas
  49. Explore a cute town 
  50. Visit a local coffee shop
  51. Celebrate with family and friends
  52. Or ditch that and celebrate just the two of you
  53. Video call your family and friends
  54. Get tattoos
  55. Give each other temporary tattoos
  56. Bring cardboard cutouts of your pets and take photos with them
  57. Slow dance in the dirt
  58. Visit a waterfall 
  59. Get your hair and makeup done
  60. Packraft an alpine lake (need location suggestions? I have plenty!)
  61. Dance your hearts out
  62. Plant a tree together
  63. Write letters to each other to open on an anniversary 
  64. Soak in a hot spring
  65. Slow dance by firelight 
  66. Record a video together talking about how you feel on your wedding day to watch back on an anniversary
  67. Record a video to send to friends and family
  68. Stay in a treehouse
  69. Charter a boat
  70. Charter a sightseeing plane
  71. Go to a drive-in movie
  72. Do a hand fasting ceremony
  73. Two words: Bubble. Bath.
  74. Make cookies together
  75. Write your own vows
  76. Pass your rings around to your loved ones and ask them to infuse their love into them
  77. Exchange gifts (doesn’t need to be fancy, but something from the heart)
  78. Rent the car of your dreams (Are you a vintage Porsche person? Always wanted a Ferrari? Go big!)
  79. Rent a camper van 
  80. Go skinny dipping
  81. Make a time capsule
  82. Visit a farmers market
  83. Plant native wildflowers
  84. Go canoeing
  85. Watch your favorite movie or tv show together
  86. Have a snowball fighting
  87. Try to catch snowflakes on your tongue
  88. Make a blanket fort (c’mon, when was the last time you did this?)
  89. Ride dirt bikes
  90. Rent ATVs 
  91. Skateboarding or rollerskating
  92. Go berry picking
  93. Pot a plant together during your ceremony
  94. Mushroom foraging
  95. Have a campfire
  96. Explore an alpine meadow
  97. Tell each other how much you love one another 
  98. Stop and take in the moment

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