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How to Break the Norms at Your Elopement Wedding

A man in a light beige suit stands with his arms crossed and eyes closed while a woman in a floral dress holding a bouquet stands behind him in a forested area, ready to break the norms at their elopement.

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For far too long, weddings have followed the same pattern. For most of eternity, they’ve been about tradition and adhering to the rules to make others happy. It’s 2024, and my couples don’t consider marriage to be the transfer of property between men, so we can throw away that old rule book!

The whole idea of eloping is to do whatever you want to – from the adventures, and activities to how your day plans out. It is personal to you and your preferences and that is the true beauty of it. (Oh! And the best part of it all is that not only am I an experienced wedding photographer, but I’m also a certified travel advisor, so I can help you plan every second of your dream elopement!)

So, Imma give you some ideas on how to break the norms at your elopement wedding.

7 Ways to Break the Norms at Your Elopement Wedding

Do What You Want

First of all, you have to remember that you can literally do whatever you want. 

There are no expectations from family members and there is no rule book to tell you where to get married and how you do it.

The beauty of elopements is the freedom you have to create a unique day for yourself that is so personal, only you could create it!

If there are certain traditions you want to keep and others you want to scrap, then you do that. There is nothing to say you can’t keep “traditional” elements in your timeline, as long as it makes you happy. 

First Look

You do not have to walk down the aisle for your partner to see you for the first time– especially if you have family and friends at your elopement– it may feel awkward to you. 

So, instead, to do something a little different at your elopement, you could opt for a first look, where you and your partner see each other privately before you walk down the aisle.

This is a really intimate moment for couples and it holds so much more meaning! As an elopement photographer, I love capturing this moment. 

A woman in a floral dress walks through a dense forest with leaning trees and lush greenery—truly breaking the norms at your elopement.
A person in a floral dress standing among tall trees and bushes, holding a bouquet of flowers, ready to break the norms at her elopement.
A man in a light beige suit stands with his arms crossed and eyes closed while a woman in a floral dress holding a bouquet stands behind him in a forested area, ready to break the norms at their elopement.
A man in a light-colored suit stands with his arms crossed in front of a woman in a floral dress holding a bouquet, both amidst the serene beauty of the forest. Together, they break the norms at their elopement, celebrating love in their unique way.
A man in a light beige suit and tie smiling at a woman with braided hair in a floral dress, holding a bouquet, standing in a forested area. They seem to break the norms at their elopement with their unconventional yet enchanting setting.
A couple in floral attire embraces and kisses outdoors, surrounded by dense greenery. One person is holding a bouquet, choosing to break the norms at their elopement.

Personal Vows

Personal vows are an awesome way to add a personal touch! If you do not like the idea of “cringe” vows that are already written or anything soppy, then write vows that you will enjoy writing and saying out loud to your partner.

They could be funny, reminiscing back on fun times in your relationship and inside jokes can be included. Honestly, personal vows are so much more fun and have a lot more meaning most of the time!

No Guests

One of the most popular ways to break the norms at your elopement wedding is by having a truly intimate elopement with no guests. 

Most couples simply don’t like having all eyes on them during such a personal event, which is totally understandable!

So, an elopement wedding is a perfect way not to feel obliged to invite anyone. 

You can always celebrate with everyone after your elopement.

Scrap the Dress

You do not have to wear a traditional white wedding dress– so many people are opting for bright colours, unique designs and two pieces!

Or, some people are simply ditching the dress altogether and opting for jumpsuits, suits or whatever else they want to wear. 

The beauty of no expectations is getting to be unapologetically yourself – express yourself with your clothing, hair, makeup and accessories to feel confident and beautiful!

Create Your Timeline

You can create a timeline of events that creates your ideal day!

Break the norms at your elopement wedding by not sticking to a “normal” schedule. If you do not want to walk down the aisle you don’t have to, if you don’t want a reception you don’t have to! 

If you choose to have elopement vendors during your day, ensure you give them a timeline, too, so they know where to be and when for a smooth running day. (This is something I help all of my couples with, and I can even handle full coordination and logistics if you’d like.

Choose Activities

What is the best way to have the most fun during your elopement wedding? By filling your day with activities that give you the most joy.

There are so many ideas here and this is a personal decision. Whether you decide to go on a hike to see the sunset, or you choose to do wine tasting– choose the activities that you want to do.

Maybe you both have something on your bucket list that you’re eager to tick off. What better day to do this than on your elopement day?

Plan an elopement day that you love and you will have no regrets at all!

Are you ready to break the norms at your elopement?

Now I have given you ideas on how to break the norms at your elopement wedding you can go away and think about how you envision your elopement timeline.

What “rules” will you be breaking?

If you would like to enquire about your elopement photography to have your unique day captured, then get in touch here!

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