Your day is fast approaching and it’s now time to settle on a timeline, or not, depending on if you are a planner or more laid and go with the flow kind of person. An elopement timeline can make sure you fit everything into your day, get all the pictures you’ve want, don’t feel rushed, and most importantly you don’t have to think about any of this the day of. Here are some things I recommend you consider when establishing your timeline.
The ceremony is the most important part of the day. This will set how the rest of your timeline goes. The hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset has the best lighting to insure amazing photos. However, I guarantee that you will have amazing pictures no matter what time of day. Not a morning person, plan your ceremony around what makes the most sense for you. Worried about what to do the rest of the day if you have an early morning ceremony? The day can easily be filled with couples photos, activities, fancy meals, etc.
This can be such an intimate moment and I love capturing the expressions and emotions that come with seeing each other all dressed up. If you want a first look, plan on having at least 30 minutes set aside for this. This can be logistically difficult, especially if it is just the two of you. If you are needing someone to help you get ready, I’d be happy to assist you so you can surprise each other.
It’s an adventure elopement, so let’s get some awesome photos of the adventure. If your ceremony location requires a bit of a hike to get in there, I always recommend doing the hike at least once to judge the time it will take. Then add AT LEAST 30 minutes to that hike if not more to allow for a nice easy pace and lots of pictures.
Inviting a few special friends and family to the elopement? Plan on some time to get some photos with your guests. Bringing your pets with you? Yay! I love pet photos. Make a list of all of the photos and with who you want to get photos with, that way I don’t miss any shots. Plan 30 – 45 minutes for these.
You will want to save some time at each location to get some photos with just the two of you. Time flies when you are having fun and most couples don’t set aside enough time for these photos. If you have some extra time in your day I totally recommend doing a lifestyle session at your hotel or home, or even a somewhat steamy couples session.
There are so many different options and activities to include in your day. Here are some other options you might want to add to your timeline:
Below is a sample timeline for a 10 hour Day from a Recent Elopement
8:00 – 9:30 Early Morning Hike for Two
9:30 – 11:30 Quiet and Reflective Time
11:30 – 12:30 Brunch
12:30-2:00 Yoga and Facials (Photography Package Begins)
2:00 – 3:00 Getting Ready
3:00-3:30 Drive to Trailhead
3:30 -5:30 Hike to Ceremony Site and Couples Photos on the Way Up
5:30 – 6:00 Change into Formals
6:00 – 6:15 Ceremony
6:15-6:45 Family and Friends Photos
6:45 – 6:50 First Dance
6:50 – 7:45 Couples Photos
7:45 – 9:00 Headlamp Hike Down Under the Stars
9:00 – 10:00 Campfire Celebration