One of the first questions we get from couples who are planning an elopement (or an intimate wedding or a micro-wedding or whatever you wanna call it) is: Can we add on X activity to our day? Is that normal? Can you do that at an elopement?
To which our answer is, as always: THERE ARE NO RULES! DO WHATEVER YOU WANT! Because that’s our perennial rule of wedding planning.
But! If you’re wondering what to do after your ceremony to round out your incredible elopement day, here’s a big huge list of all our favorite ideas and activities for you, your boo, (and your loved ones, if they’re coming along) can do on your elopement day! You can do these before, after, or during your ceremony, the sky is your limit.
ELOPEMENT ACTIVITY IDEAS
Go for a swim! (wedding clothes optional) Run into the ocean! Or stand underneath a big waterfall! Jump in a lake (or a swimming pool)! Get one of those obnoxiously oversized pool floaties!
Make it a picnic. Everybody loves picnics. Or a bonfire! Everyone loves smores.
Incorporate an outdoor activity you love to do together! While many of our couples choose to include hiking into their elopement (our fav), there’s tons of amazing outdoor activities and you can jam pack your day with as many as you want! Rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, roller blading, skiing, snowmobiling, zip-lining, spelunking, biking, horse back riding, off roading, four-wheeling, there are so. many. options!
Go on a helicopter tour. An amazing option if you also wanna do a helicopter ride to a gorgeous ceremony location without the hiking required, or if you just wanna see the sights and soak in some scenery.
Have a dance partyyyy, whether it’s just the two of you or with a small group, you can never go wrong with some dancing.
Bring some sparklers & spread some cheer (as long as there are no fire restrictions, obviously)
Video chat or phone call with the family, if they’re far away on your wedding day. Some couples will choose to record a video for their friends and family on their cell phones if they’re out of cell service (we’ll happily lend a hand if you need someone to help record).
Head to your favorite dive bar after your ceremony to celebrate in cozy, comfortable style.
Commission a small wedding cake and have a cake cutting! There’s absolutely no reason why an elopement means you can’t have your cake & eat it too 😉
Pop some champagne! A victory toast is always a good idea. This is one of my favorite elopement activities, obviously for the photo op, but also because when else in your life to you get to spray champagne everywhere and have a ball doing it?
First dance. There’s something so special about two people, dancing to their favorite song, out in the most beautiful place, just totally encapsulated in the music and the beautiful scenery and each other. It’s so beautiful and one of my favorite parts of any elopement day. (yes I’ll probably cry, it’s fine).
P.S. Don’t forget about the food!! We have a whole article of awesome options for couples who wanna incorporate some deliciousness into their elopement day. Because a good marriage is 72% snacks, right??