If you plan on eloping, these are the 8 things you need to know. From choosing a spot to sneaking away, this elopement checklist has it all.

1. Marriage License

Before you can elope, you must ensure you have the necessary documents. Get your marriage license from the county clerk’s office at least one week prior to your elopement date. Remember to bring all required identification, such as driver’s licenses and birth certificates.  

2. Choose a Spot

The sky’s the limit when it comes to choosing a spot for your elopement. Whether it’s a beach, a park, or even a chapel, make sure it’s somewhere special that you’ll both always remember.  Additionally, ensure the spot is private and away from prying eyes.

3. Invite Guests (Optional) 

Depending on how big or small you want your elopement ceremony to be, you may like to invite some close family and friends. If you do, give them plenty of notice so they can make the necessary arrangements.

4. Hire a Photographer 

One thing you don’t want to skip is a great photographer. Your elopement is meant to be intimate, and your friends and family will want to see pictures of your special day. A professional photographer will ensure you get great photos to look back on for years to come.

5. Pack a Bag

Before your big day, pack a bag with all the essentials you’ll need on your elopement day. This includes your marriage license, ID, clothes, and anything else you might need.  

6. Celebratory Reception

After you’ve exchanged vows, consider throwing a celebratory reception with close family and friends. This can be a dinner, BBQ, or even just drinks at a local bar. Just make sure everyone knows beforehand so they can celebrate with you.   

7. Plan an Epic Honeymoon

Now that you’ve tied the knot, it’s time to plan your honeymoon. Whether you decide on a relaxing beach getaway or an adventurous road trip, make sure you have a plan for your post-elopement escape.

8. Enjoy the Moment

Once all the planning is done, it’s time to enjoy your special day! Whether you have a few guests or none at all, your elopement should be filled with love and happiness.

In short, these are the essential things you need to know to elope. From choosing a spot to inviting guests, everything is covered here. So don’t wait any longer; start planning your dream elopement today!

If you are planning an elopement in the Reno/Tahoe area, call B&B Photography. Blanca and Brandon are a husband and wife duo specializing in elopement, engagement, and wedding photography. Contact us, and let us make your wedding photos incredibly special!