101 Fun Elopement Ideas

to help brainstorm activities you can include in your unique wedding day!

Whether you prefer a more relaxed celebration, or a day filled with high adrenaline activities, this list will give you some fun elopement ideas to start planning your uniquely-you wedding day!

“What would we do?”

One of the most common questions I get from couples thinking about eloping is “What would we do?” and the answer is- Anything you want!

Choosing to elope opens up a whole new world of possibilities. When you are no longer dealing with the logistics involved with providing the proper amenities and entertainment for a large group of people, your options open up to include pretty much anything you would enjoy doing together!

More Traditional Wedding Activities

that many couples choose to still include in their elopement day

  1. Getting Ready
  2. First Look
  3. Vow Exchange
  4. Ring Exchange
  5. Unity Ceremony (Handfasting, Sand Ceremony, Wine Mixing, Sage Smudging, etc)
  6. Include Cultural Traditions
  7. First dance
  1. Celebration toast
  2. Champagne pop
  3. Cake Cutting
  4. Dancing- whether you have 2 guests, or 200, there is always room for dancing
  5. FaceTime with your loved ones
  6. Read letters from those not there
Having an officiant perform a unique unity ceremony is just one of the fun elopement ideas you can include in your wedding day

Outdoor Mini-Adventures

enjoying an adventurous experience together to create fun memories

  1. Mild Hike
  2. Helicopter tour
  3. Star gazing
  4. Wildlife tour
  5. Hot air balloon ride
  6. Botanical gardens/ Nature walk
  7. Petting zoo
  8. Produce or flower picking at your favorite farm
  9. Paddle boats
  10. Bicycle ride
  11. Mud puddle hopping
  12. Horseback ride
  1. Build a snowman
  2. Have a snowball fight/ make snow angels
  3. Have a leaf fight/ Jump into a leaf pile in the fall
  4. Plant a tree
  5. Soak in a hot spring
  6. Watch northern lights
  7. Rent a dream car and take a ride
  8. Fly kites
  9. Chill on a beach
  10. Visit a volcano
  11. Whale watching
A helicopter tour is just one of the fun elopement ideas you can include in your adventure elopement

Cozy Elopement Activities

relax together and take the time to truly connect with eachother

  1. Have a Picnic
  2. Roast marshmallows
  3. Cook together
  4. Have a private chef cook you dinner
  5. Couples massages
  6. Take a horse drawn carriage ride
  1. Cozy up by a fire (indoors or out at a bonfire)
  2. Relax in a hammock
  3. Play music together
  4. Create an outdoor theater at your home or airbnb and watch a movie
Enjoying a sunset picnic is one of the fun elopement ideas you can include in your elopement

More Extreme Outdoor Activities

add a bit of adrenaline, for those who live life a bit more extreme

  1. Epic Hike (up a mountain, down a canyon, or in the dark before sunrise or after sunset!)
  2. Off-roading
  3. Ride ATVs
  4. Spelunking
  5. Noodling
  6. Skiing
  7. Rock climbing
  8. Canyoneering
  9. Fly fishing
  10. Sailing
  11. Cliff jumping
  12. Zip lining
  13. Slacklining
  14. Archery
  15. Kayaking
  16. Canoeing
  17. Camping
  1. Snorkeling
  2. Scuba diving
  3. Surfing
  4. Ice skating
  5. Jet Skiing
  6. Paragliding
  7. Windsurfing
  8. Snowmobiling
  9. Ice climbing
  10. Snow shoeing
  11. Cross country skiing
  12. Stand up Paddle boarding
  13. River rafting tour
  14. Go for a trail run
  15. Jump in a lake
  16. Dog sled ride
  17. Via Ferrata Climbing
A difficult sunrise or sunset hike is one of the fun elopement ideas you can include in your more adventurous elopement

Urban elopement Activities

if you prefer the hustle and bustle of city life

  1. Wine Tour
  2. Visit a favorite Restaurant or Bar
  3. Roller Skating
  4. Visit a Museum
  5. Go Bowling
  6. Art Walk
  7. Brewery Tour
  1. Visit an Amusement park
  2. Go kart racing
  3. Go Skateboarding
  4. Ride One wheels or scooters
  5. Go Ax throwing
  6. Take a Rickshaw ride
  7. Get Tattoos
Exploring the artwork of a city is just one of the fun elopement ideas you can include in an urban elopement

Fun classes or Projects to work on together

working hand in hand to accomplish a goal

  1. Create a painting/ go to a painting class
  2. Cook a meal together/ take a cooking class
  3. Create a pottery project/ go to a pottery class
  4. Relax with a laugh by doing yoga with goats
  1. Take a Dance Class or enjoy a dance you have learned before
  2. Go to a Yoga, Aerial yoga, or Acro yoga class
  3. Learn a skill- urban farming, bee keeping, or something else you can enjoy together in your new marriage

Ready to begin planning your Elopement adventure?

Let me help you create a “perfectly you” wedding experience! Whether you would like help sorting through what fun elopement ideas to include in your day, or already have your activities figured out, I would LOVE to hear what you are dreaming up!

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10 Comments

  1. I think helicopter ride and a hike to watch thousands of stars just two of us is the best feeling ever for adventure elopement!

  2. Such a creative list of tins to do for your elopement! Favourite had to be the via Ferrata suggestion 👍. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Shannon Durazo says:

      Via Ferratas are so much fun!

  3. These are such great ideas! I love when couples think outside the box for their wedding

  4. Oh wow!!! You have compiled the ultimate list of things to do on an elopement day! My favorite I think is building a snowman because that’s honestly the cutest thing ever!

    1. Shannon Durazo says:

      Building snowmen is one of my very favorite things!

  5. Love alllll these ideas!!! I would love to roller skate for an elopement!

    1. Shannon Durazo says:

      I miss my days at the roller skating rink! I stuck that on there hoping someone takes the bait and brings me along!

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