5 Ways To Include Family In Your Elopement

So you’ve decided to adventure elope but still want to include family? Here are just a few ideas to include them in your day but still keep it small and truly all about you — the couple!

1. Have a ceremony with family/friends and then go on a separate adventure together!

Are you wanting to do a hiking elopement but you’re worried family members won’t be able to hike? Many couples choose to have a ceremony at an Airbnb or venue and then go on a separate adventure for post-ceremony portraits. You get to have your closest family and friends at your ceremony, AND you get epic photos in the mountains! It’s the best of both worlds!

AirBNB elopement with mountain views
Post-ceremony portraits in Nantahala National Forest
Waterfall in Nantahala National Forest

2. Elope and celebrate with family and friends later!

Some couples might choose to elope and then either join family/friends for a special dinner after, or have a reception-type celebration at a later date. Either way, it’s a great way to celebrate with those closest to you!

3. Have your family and friends write you letters that you can read the day of your ceremony.

A really special way to honor those closest to you is to read hand-written letters from them together after your elopement ceremony. This is a great way for them to send their well wishes and have a part in making your day special!

4. Live-stream your ceremony!

This was a pretty common practice at the height of COVID. Couples still wanted to get hitched but it wasn’t safe for some family members to travel or attend. A nice Facebook Live or Zoom was a great way for folks to virtually attend!

5. Have a gallery reveal party!

If you’re trying to save money and/or you don’t want to have a full-blown reception with family/friends, you could choose to have a small gathering after your photographs are delivered to share the day with them! Having photographs of your elopement day is so important for this reason! I really try to urge couples to have full coverage of their wedding day so the entire story is told. You can show them where you got ready, where you had the ceremony, and what you did to celebrate the day!

Elopements deserve to have just as much (if not more!) coverage as a bigger, more traditional wedding does. Sharing photographs from your day is a great way to show the ones you love how special your day was and let them feel like they were a part of it.

Want some tips on eloping in the Asheville area? You can read my blog post all about having an adventure elopement in the Blue Ridge Mountains here!

Hey there! I’m Laura Sparks, owner/photographer here at Sparks in the Forest. I provide epic and heartfelt photography for eloping couples who love the outdoors.