June 22, 2020

What an Elopement Day Time Line Looks Like


How to plan your elopement day schedule <3


This is your wedding day. This day deserves attention, celebration and care. Every single elopement looks different because every couple is different. Unlike your traditional wedding this is not a one shoe fits all when it comes to planning and putting it together. Eloping is truly the most authentic way to get married because you get to have a day that tells your love story, share moments that mean a lot to you, get married in a place that you connect with and have who ever you want there. Or just you two! Eloping is not a shot gun wedding or something you show up for a short ceremony and then take a few photos and go home. Eloping is an experience, it is the way you start your marriage and the rest of your lives together. It is one of the most important days you two will share together so far in your journey. It deserves the attention of its significance. Here at Adventure & Vow we help all of our couples plan a day that truly fits them and gives them the experience they want. We build timelines for our couples after getting to know them and hearing more about what they want out of the day and from there we make changes together. Below are some timeline samples of elopements to help you get an idea of what your elopement day could be like!

Half Day Elopement Timeline Sample

Olympic National Park Elopement - Some locations may not require much of a hike and the drive may be short making it easier to have a half day elopement with just you two. This was a 5 hour elopement day.

Sedona two locations - Sometimes you end up at two different locations for a variety of backgrounds or due the accessibility of the ceremony location.


Full Day Elopement Timeline Sample

Sedona Split Day Elopement - Not all full day elopements are split up in time, but sometimes you may want time on the day of to yourselves, but also time with your family. This is a 8-9 hour elopement day.

Joshua Tree Elopement - Some places, like Naitonal Parks, may involve a lot of driving time to and from locations or traffic in the area which makes for a longer day. In the National Parks you can only hold a ceremony in specific places, but you may want to take photos at some of the epic locations on the other side of the park so it is important to plan timing accordingly. This is an 8 hour elopement day.


Two Day Elopement Timeline Sample

Iceland Elopement - Maybe you are eloping somewhere you have never been before and I mean somewhere epic! There are so many stunning places and you’ve traveled far to be here. Celebrate and enjoy!

High Desert Elopement in Oregon - Maybe you didn’t travel far at all, but you want to do the things you love most together without being rushed and document your true love story to its fullest.


I hope that these elopement day timeline samples give you some inspiration in planning your own big day! There are so many things you can do on your elopement day! I tell all of my couples to sit down and have a date night where they sit and imagine their wedding day. I ask them to chat about things that are important to them to have documented that day, what things they love doing the most together and what they are most excited for the day. I have them imagine being in the place they’re eloping at and this helps us draw an outline to fit their day. I am here to help each couple the logistics. Check out these lists below to give you some ideas of things you can do on your elopement day!


  • vow writing
  • private letter reading
  • breakfast
  • sunrise hike
  • get ready together or seperate


  • chef lunch
  • canoe/kayak
  • helicopter ride
  • ceremony
  • climb
  • tour through ice, caves, on boat, on train, off road, bike ride


  • sunset hike
  • dinner
  • campfire
  • star photos
  • dances
  • mini reception

Ceremony Ideas:

  • smudgeceremony
  • music
  • hand fasting
  • culture or religious traditions
  • unity actions

Meet your elopement photographer!

Not only am I your photographer but I am your planner, friend and guide for the day of your elopement. I truly believe eloping is the most connective and authentic way to get married. I am passionate about the places you may get married at and telling your love story in them. If you are looking for a photographer that will be just as excited and dedicated to your day as you are, reach out!


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24 comments on “What an Elopement Day Time Line Looks Like”

  1. This is really helpful- thank you for sharing multiple timeline samples! Also, your photos are AMAZING!

  2. This is such a helpful elopement planning blog post! Thanks so much for sharing. And gorgeous pictures, too!

  3. Traci! Oh my gosh, I love this so much. From that first photo of the couple in sleeping bags, you had me. And this is so helpful for anyone who wants to elope but just isn't even sure where to start! So so good.

  4. This is beyond helpful -- so great to really understand how you can completely make your elopement truly yours. I love how you said, "eloping is an experience". So true! Thanks so much for putting this together!

  5. I love how you give SO many examples of options for elopements! They truly are customizable to the couple and their vision!

  6. Thank you for all these elopement timeline ideas. You put together so much information! And I just love this super stunning milkyway photo from Joshua Tree Nationalpark!

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