Elopement (verb): To run away secretly in order to get married.

For those who have been thinking about eloping and want to know more, eloping is one of the most amazing ways to get married, in my opinion, of course. I wanted to share some elopement tips for you to make it uniquely yours. Oftentimes, friends, family, and even acquaintances will tell you what you need to do or should do. But, we’re not going to listen to them because this is for YOU AND YOUR PARTNER! So, let’s make your elopement day YOURS.😉 If you’d like to see a few tips I’ve come up with to possibly help you plan your elopement then keep on scrolling for more.

Chloe and Tylers Charleston destination wedding photos taken by Indiana based photographer Kim Kaye Photography

Elope on a weekday for fewer crowds

This is one of those tips that can be used not only for elopements but for weddings too. Try and elope on a weekday so you don’t have to worry about crowds of people in your area. If you do this you’ll have more of a private elopement! You can run into a low of setbacks if you choose to elope on a weekend i.e. crowded parking lots, tourists in your shot, strangers taking photos of you from a distance in your wedding attire(weird), and most of all, you lose some of the intimacy if others are around distracting you from being with your person.

choose a location that has meaning to you two

If you both have that one place you share together or love so much, elope there! It makes the day even more meaningful if you choose a place, you both love. If you don’t have a place that’s good for an elopement, then choose somewhere you’ve both always wanted to go to. You can click here to check out a blog I made with some elopement location ideas as well! If you decide to choose one of the locations on my bucket list you’ll have a discount included in your package price!

Ashley and Joe get their engagement photos taken in Carmel, Indiana by Kim Kaye Photography

celebrate the way YOU want to

Like I was saying a bit ago… don’t listen to the ideas that anyone else has! This day is for YOU and for YOU only! All you should be worrying about at that moment is you and your partner’s happiness and no one else’s. It may sound selfish but at these times, you really do have to be. I’ve documented too many weddings and saw first hand that the couple wasn’t as happy as they should have been because they let others make decisions for them.

truly make it an experience (not just a ceremony and some photos)

You can make your elopement an experience by going somewhere that you can stay for a week or even a weekend. It’s even better if it’s at a place you both love or have always wanted to visit. Make your elopement an entire experience!! I have couples who book me for a two day elopement! The first day will be your ceremony with your close friends and family (or just the two of you) and the second day we will take a few hours out of the day to capture more portraits of the two of you!

find meaningful ways to include family/friends from afar.

If your parents or close family members will not be attending your elopement there are many ways you can include them from afar. One thing you can do is stream your wedding ceremony on skype or zoom so your friends and family can watch! Have your closest people write you letters for you to read before/during/after your ceremony. Set up a picnic and facetime those closest to your hearts to show of your wedding attire and your NEW shiny ring(s)!

Sarah and Guys intimate elopement by Kim Kaye Photography

At the end of the day, all that matters is that the two of you are married. Planning a wedding can be hard work, but it doesn’t have to be! It can be as simple as you want it to be!

I hope you enjoyed reading about these elopement tips to make it uniquely yours! Want to book me to capture your big day? Click here, I would love to chat with you!


Kind Words

“Kim is the absolute best and I will recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer. We had a destination wedding in Charleston, SC and Kim was so amazing at planning everything and checking in during the planning process many times. She scheduled the day way beforehand which helped the day go so smoothly. She truly thought of everything!! Kim followed us around in South Carolina and had the best ideas. All my husband and I had to do was be in love and Kim took care of the rest. I love looking back at our wedding and engagement photos because they are a perfect snapshot of the love we share and our amazing day. We had a huge sneak peak and loved every single picture. I loved working with Kim and would choose her over and over again!!”

– Chloe Spencer