How to Plan a Perfectly Snowy Winter Elopement

A bride and groom sharing a kiss in the snow at their winter elopement.

Planning an elopement to perfectly suit the most wondrous time of year is a fun and exciting experience. Your winter elopement will be filled with beauty and the refreshing feeling of a clean start that accompanies the season. Now, all you have to do is plan it! Take the steps below to bring your snowy elopement vision to life.

Step 1: Choose the Perfect Location

The focal point of your winter elopement is the dreamy location. You want to choose somewhere that embodies the spirit of a winter wonderland. Choose a place bound to be aglow with snow. Also, you want to ensure the location has a venue or spot you like where you will exchange vows.

Step 2: Secure Your Vendors

You may not need the full host of wedding vendors for your event, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need a few to make your winter elopement that much more special. For instance, you may want to hire a photographer to capture every moment of your day. Another vendor to consider is a hair and makeup artist. Make sure to do you research, read reviews, and make your inquires to book desired vendors ahead of time to ensure every box is checked in this department of your day.

Step 3: Choose the Right Attire and Accessories

A bride and groom walking in the snow.

The right attire is key for any winter elopement. You’ll want to find a wedding dress (or outfit) that fits well with the winter theme. A shearling or faux fur shrug could be perfect for keeping you warm on the big day while also keeping your look chic.

Finding the right shoes that are suitable to be worn in the snow is also a must for your elopement. Finally, choose all the right accessories that will glitter and provide a hint of glam in the snowy landscape. From jewelry to your bag to your something blue, zero in on your whole look for this memorable moment. Your accessories can really elevate your wedding day look.

Step 4: Plan the Ceremony

The marriage ceremony is the most important part of your big day! Elopements run the gamut in terms of this part of the day, so feel free to personalize yours to match your full vision. Your ceremony can be as long or as short as you desire. You’ll need to ensure you have someone to perform the ceremony and a witness to sign your marriage certificate. Also, make sure you have a designated place at your venue to exchange vows.

Step 5: Plan for the Rest of the Day

Newlyweds getting ready to ski after their elopement.

Saying your vows is one part of your elopement, but you need to figure out what comes after. It’s only natural that you’d want to plan the perfect day, even after your vows are exchanged! Whether you want to have a romantic and intimate dinner or do something else, it’s completely up to you! Since you’ll be in a winter-centric location, you may want to participate in some activities that play up the theme. For instance, consider going ice skating or snowshoeing. If you’re looking to be less active, perhaps do something indoors that involves sitting by the fire and sipping a warm beverage to soak in all those winter wonderland vibes.

Step 6: Share Your News

Next up is to spread the news of your elopement with friends and family. Share your good news as soon as you’d like or take time to soak in the happiness of your new marriage without everyone knowing just yet. You can share the news over the phone, over video chat, on social media, or by sending a formal card announcing your marriage. Half the fun of this could be getting creative with how you share the news!

Winter elopements have a distinct sense of magic to them. Make yours the day of your dreams by following these steps and tailoring them to match your every whim and vision.

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