Whether you’re jetting off across the country to say your vows in the fjords of Iceland, or you’re hiking up for the perfect mountain top views, or road tripping across the state to your favorite national park, you’re going to need to pack for your elopement. This isn’t like packing for a vacation – you can’t just buy anything you forgot when you get there! Well, you can if it’s a toothbrush, but your dress or your wedding vows are harder to find at the local Target – that’s why I have this ultimate elopement packing list, to make sure that wherever you’re going, you’re prepared for the adventure of a lifetime.
For the Ceremony
Everything you’ll need for the actual wedding part.
Be sure to pack your dress. If you’re planning to hike with it, I recommend getting a garment bag. You can fold the bodice or any boning of the dress, and roll up the skirt to protect the dress from wrinkles. In the garment bag, strap it to your backpack and you’re good to go!
For the suit, I recommend a garment bag as well. If you’re hiking and changing at the top, keep the suit safe and strap it to your backpack!
Whether it’s jewelry, a bowtie, a watch, or any other bling you’re bringing with you, don’t forget to pack it for your ceremony!
We’re going to be doing a lot of walking, maybe some hiking, possibly some climbing on your elopement day. Make sure you’re prepared with worn in, comfortable shoes that won’t give you blisters!
You know, the ones you exchange after you say “I do!” Keep these safe in their boxes until the ceremony, and if you’re flying, I’d leave these in your carryon, just in case.
There’s something so much more personal about getting your vows down on paper rather than reading off your phone during the ceremony. You can find adorable vow books on Etsy, but even writing them down on some notebook paper will do! Make sure to include whatever stationery you choose on your elopement packing list, and it never hurts to have a digital backup.
If you have a bouquet or boutonniere that you need to transport, keeping the stems in water will keep your florals fresh! Here are a few Utah florists that I love and recommend!
This one isn’t a necessity on your elopement packing list, but can be a fun add on! A champagne pop after saying your vows is a great way to celebrate that you’ve officially tied the knot.
For the Journey
As Miley Cyrus once said, it’s the climb. The journey to your elopement destination, whether it’s an actual climb, a hike or a car ride, will require some packing as well!
If you’re eloping at a national or state park, you will often need a park pass. These can usually be purchased at the entrance, or ahead of time online!
Food and Water
Always bring more food and water than you think you’ll need – especially on hikes! While you should always expect the best, it’s important to prepare for the worst. You’ll never regret having extra supplies!
If you’re hiking, temperatures can change quickly! When you’re moving and when you’re going uphill, it can be toasty. But, as soon as you stop, it gets cold fast. Bring jackets to layer up if needed! You can also add a shawl or cape to your elopement dress to keep you warm – and stylish.
First Aid Kit
Again, expect the best but prepare for the worst! Injuries can happen even on your wedding day, so if you’re hiking or venturing into the wilderness, make sure to bring a first aid kit.
If you’re flying international, don’t forget your passport! Make sure it’s up to date well before the big day. If you need ideas on some rad countries to elope in, check out this post!
If it’s going to be sunny, this is a necessity on your elopement packing list! You don’t want to start your honeymoon with peeling skin and a lobster-like complexion.
Don’t forget all the stuff that makes your marriage legal – your marriage license if you already got it, or any documents you need to get it when you arrive at your destination!
You’ll need some everyday items on your elopement day too – and these can often be the easiest to forget! Here’s a quick list of packing necessities.
- Makeup & toiletries
- Socks & underwear
- Headphones for the plane
One Last Thing
There’s one more thing you’ll need to add to your elopement packing list – a photographer!
Okay, maybe you won’t actually be packing a photographer in your suitcase, but a photographer is a huge part of your elopement day. And if you need one who will remind you to pack all the things couples tend to forget, contact me!