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THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN PLANNING YOUR ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT

Updated: May 5

COMPARING COSTS AND EXPENSES BETWEEN SMALL ELOPEMENTS AND TRADITIONAL WEDDINGS


RAE ANN PHOTO | ELOPEMENT & WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | NEW ENGLAND & BEYOND



ELOPEMENT PLANNING EXPENSES


If you're reading this then I'm guessing you're looking to plan an adventure wedding or elopement! Wedding budgets can be daunting to say the least. Compare to traditional weddings where couples spend around $38,000 on weddings in Vermont. WHATTT!!! That's almost half the median household income from 2021 in the US!!! This number has made many couples question if they really want to go the traditional route for their wedding and most importantly, what they want out of their day. In turn, they question if they should elope.


First, I'm going to tell you, there's no right or wrong way to plan your elopement and there is no specific cost when you're planning. Most couples typically plan to spend around $6,000-$15,000. And the gap in between these numbers is only a myriad of different expenses one might want for their elopement.


Expenses couples need to factor into their adventure elopement cost:


Permits:

Most National Parks require permits


Vendors: (vary in price)

Do you want a florist to make a bouquet or maybe an arbor?

Do you need to rent a car to go on an off-roading adventure?

Do you need to hire an officiant?

Do you need a cake made?

Do you want musicians?


How much are you willing to spend on a photographer?

Professional wedding/elopement photographers cost anywhere between $2,000 and $6,000, with the average wedding photographer cost being around $3,000.


Are you hiring a videographer?


Do you want both a photographer & videographer?


How much coverage would you like for your day?

Half day?

Full day?

Multi-day? Yes, you can have a multi-day elopement :)


Misc expenses:

Wedding attire - (dress, shoes, suits...)

Groomsmen attire

Do you want to do an activity such as a guide hiking tour, rock climbing, skiing...?

Hiring an outdoor guide - I hike to locations with my couples but I'm definitely no outdoor guide and don't have insurance nor am I licensed. I would feel more comfortable photographing your day with an outdoor guide with us to keep everyone safe.


Travel expenses:

Factor in guests if you're planning on flying people from out of state.


Factor in air fare for the two of you, hotel or airbnb.

If you want to hire an elopement photographer then you have to figure out if they have extra expenses in travel. I custom base my travel expenses by location for destination elopements and weddings.


Traveling internationally adds a whole new level of cost to keep in mind. Plane tickets become more expensive as well as travel in general. You also have to factor in any additional visas/passport if you don’t already have one.


Contact the Embassy or Consulate in the country where you’re getting married.

Gather additional paperwork - The additional paperwork you’ll need will vary according to which country you get married in such as birth certificates.


Tip: Obviously if you're thinking of eloping locally it's going to lower your costs significantly. But you also have to factor in travel, gas and everything else.


I hope this answers a few questions in terms of what you may need to budget for your elopement. Nothing is mandatory and you should pick things that YOU both would like to do.


If you're looking for an adventure elopement photographer with a ton of experience with outdoor weddings and elopements, let's connect! I would love to help you plan your intimate elopement.





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