If I could only give you one piece of advice, it would be to wear the right shoes. I say this because of safety. A hiking boot will give you maximum grip on the trail and protect your feet. What does this mean exactly? Welp, honestly it depends on where you are eloping and how far of a hike, if you will be doing one on your elopement day. Most likely no matter where your adventurous wedding is taking place you will want to wear a hiking boot. If you are eloping here in the desert you could wear something like a Chaco instead. If you are hiking in the snow or ice in the mountains you will want to wear crampons over your hiking shoe. If you are somewhere with a lot of snow you may even need snowshoes. Depending on the location and weather, often times on short non steep hikes men will wear a dressier shoe. You can always change into a different shoe once you have reached your destination. Outside of hiking books you can consider other style of boots as long as you do not put yourself at risk. Style is not worth your life if you are doing a strenuous hike on your wedding day.
Looking for some inspiration? Check out these links to some awesome wedding shoe options:
**** Extra tip: Be sure to wear the shoes you are going to wear to your wedding day prior to the big day. If you are going to wear hiking boots and they are new, be sure to go on a similar hike once or twice before hand.
One of my favorite blogs I have ever put together is How to Select an Elopement Wedding Dress. Which leads me to say, before I can talk about hiking in your dress we need to talk about if you should hike in your dress. The questions to ask yourself to decide if you can or should hike in your dress are:
Is the dress appropriate for the trail? If your dress is tight and you need to scramble on part of the trail, chances are you dont want to hike in it. If the dress is loose and flowy and you dont have to hike anything outside of an easy, well maintained trail, you could totally hike in the dress. If the dress is super heavy and you need to go 5 miles you may not want to hike in it.
As I tell all of my couples, you just want to think about the experience you want to have and if that lines up with hiking in your dress, do it! So if you have decided to hike in your dress here are a few tips:
If it is cold, wear a nude tight or white leggings under your dress.
So let’s say you decided not to hike in your dress and you want to change into the dress once you get to the ceremony location. How does this work?
What you should bring to your elopement is different per couple, per trial, per area and per weather situation. Here are some basics that almost every single time you will need:
Other things to consider are anything you need for putting your dress on or things to keep your dress in its spot (aka sticky tape). Be sure to pack any props, blankets or other things you may need specific to your day. Being over prepared doesn’t hurt on a day this important, you could bring any medications you may need, sunscreen, a change of clothing, band aids, etc.
Just as you are preparing, you need to prepare your guests properly. If your guests are hiking with you, then they also need to wear attire they can hike in. They need shoes that are proper for the trial and to bring their own snacks and water. It is important for your guests to be comfortable, prepared and safe so you can have the best day ever! I send my couples a lot of prep information in regards to their location and the trail they have selected, along with Leave No Trace Principals and their timeline with coordinates and more. I always tell me couples, just forward everything to your guests too so everyone is ready to go the day of your wedding!
Bringing your pup?! Well, they count as a guest too! If you want more information on how to elope with your dog check out this blog post.