How to Include Family in Your Elopement | Nontraditional Marriage Celebration Planning Tips
You intentionally decided on a nontraditional marriage celebration; whether that means eloping, having an intimate wedding, or having a 2-day celebration that combines privacy with family+friends, a big question that often comes up is:
Striking a balance of privacy and family/friends can be tough to conceptualize at first, but I promise it’s possible to do if you plan on eloping or having an intimate celebration. Whether you choose to:
I’ve got you covered in honoring your priorities in your planning process. To get started, these are some easy ways to incorporate loved ones into a day that is less traditional.
This can be a great way to spend quality time with your humans while also looking forward to some privacy with your partner later in the day
Whether you decide on a private ceremony or loved ones aren’t able to make your day, video calling is SUCH a sweet way to loop in your loved ones into the core memories of your elopement or wedding. 10/10 recommend
Whether your sister says a few words before your ceremony, an uncle officiates it, or some version of this, this can be such a simple and empowering way to include the people closest to you without feeling overly on display or too formal
Especially for couples who are having a private ceremony, I have done this for couples (either with their knowledge or as a surprise) and couples LOVE this sentiment from their family and friends. Grab a little book, have people write in it before, or collect emails from those who are a bit further away. This is a forever keepsake
Someone in the family a musician? Artist? Poet? Etc? Including the unique talents of your circle of people can really personalize your marriage celebration
Nontraditional marriage celebrations means YOU’RE the boss. Carve out time how you want: quality time with a loved one, a break in the day to intentionally be with them, you name it
For example, maybe you had a private ceremony and then chose to celebrate with family doing a fun activity like a private boat excursion. This can gie you the best of both worlds, especially on a two-day elopement adventure like this one!
Choosing an elopement location that accommodates your small circle of people is part of the beauty of partnering with a regional elopement photographer…they help you find that ideal spot that checks off the boxes
Let’s connect 🙂 As a New Hampshire and New England Adventure Elopement Photographer, my goal is to connect adventure-loving couples with genuinely idyllic moments on their elopement day: alone time, adventure time, fam/friends time, all with a flow that feels authentic to their hearts.
Easy-to-follow steps on your New Hampshire Elopement journey as well as a sample timeline to help guide you. Just a TINY part of my Client Elopement Guide!