Guide to Planning an Elopement!
Did you just get engaged? OMG, CONGRATS! This is so exciting!
But.. now what you ask? Do you want to elope? That sounds beyond perfect. What is an elopement though?
Below I have a step-by-step process to help make your planning run smoothly!
#1: Pick a Date
First, decide on a date. Here are a few things to consider:
- Do you want your elopement to occur on a weekday or weekend?
- What season do you prefer? Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring
- Make sure your preferred vendors are available on your chosen date
- Make sure your family/friends/witnesses are available as well!
#2: Pick a Location
You are on the right direction! Next is to choose where you want to elope! Check out the link provided to see all the places I recommend!
There is no wrong decision when it comes to choosing your location. There are SO many places in the world, the options are endless, so don't rush this step.
If you are wanting to keep your elopement super casual and laidback, you can elope at a local park, cottage and celebrate after with a little romantic/intimate dinner- you can keep it as simple as you want it! OR, choose the adventurous side and climb a mountain, hike to the end of a cliffside, take a boat to a private island and then end celebrating with dinner or a campfire! Like I said earlier, the options are literally endless! The day is about YOU!
Don't forget to check out the link by clicking the photo ~~>
#3: Book Your Vendors
This step is so important, don't rush when choosing what vendors you want to book for your special day. Making sure you do your research to see if they are available on your chosen date is one of the first things you should do! It is crucial to give vendors a lot of time in advance to book with you. Most vendors will have more availability during the weekdays as we book up so quickly a year in advance!
Don't ever settle on booking something if you don't feel that connection or excitement. This is YOUR day, and we want to be there for you to make it as magical as we can!
#4: Get your Marriage License and Other Paperwork!
In order to get your marriage license, you must have the following documentation:
- 2 pieces of government-issued identification for each person getting married. One piece of identification must include your photo (ie; birth certificate, valid passport, valid driver's license, a record of immigrant landing, Canadian Citizenship Card, valid Ontario Photo Card
The next step is payment (fees may vary) in order to get your license!
Once you have applied and paid, you will receive your license and this will be valid for up to 3 months,
On your elopement day, you will need an authorized official to get legally married along with two witnesses (I can be one if you want!).
#5: Invite your Family + Friends... if You Want!
This step depends on if you want a private elopement or have a few family/friends there! You can ultimately make it what you wish! Make sure to give them enough time in advance to book off your day!