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Top Tips for an Elopement Outfit

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Eloping is a magical way to get married and celebrate your love, but the question that always comes up is “What do I wear for an Elopement Outfit?! And the great thing about eloping is you get to decide what you want to wear and what will make you feel like a million bucks! 

Compared to a big wedding, elopements are known for being way less stressful to plan. Although planning your elopement can be much less of a headache (or if done right- no headache at all!), planning what you’re going to wear for an elopement can be.

Think about this- how many times have you found yourself panicking while ruffling through your closet trying to find the perfect outfit? Now think about you trying to find that “one” perfect outfit for your elopement. 

Here’s the good news- as we’ve mentioned, eloping gives you full freedom to make your day your own. Let us put it this way:

Still want that dazzling white dress? Do it! 

Maybe you’re looking for more of a casual sundress? Do it! 

Heck, you don’t even have to wear a dress! Wear a pair of pants and a top that makes you feel hot as shit!

You make the rules. You choose the itinerary. And as we said- this day is yours and yours alone. 

The team here at Scenic Vows has created a guide with some tips to help you figure out what you should wear for an elopement outfit:

1. You Can’t Settle on what to wear for your elopement? Choose 2 Elopement Outfits!

Once again, your elopement is what you make it! You don’t have to be constricted to one outfit. You can bring one outfit you’re comfortable adventuring in, and another outfit for your elopement ceremony! If you plan on hiking a ways for your ceremony this could be a great option. Most of our couples choose to hike to their elopement ceremony location in comfy, hiking clothes and then will change into their elopement attire once we get there. Then on the way back, they stay in their fancier clothes for the return hike. Ultimately the choice is yours- you have all the freedom!

2. Wear something you’re comfortable in

Most of the couples that we work with choose our Full-Day Package which gives you up to 8 hours of coverage. It’s important when you are deciding what to wear for an elopement to choose an outfit that’s comfortable and easy to adventure around in. 

We encourage you to be realistic about your outfit choice! It’s not fun to spend your day fidgeting around in your clothes, having your feet cramp up in your new shoes, wearing unbreathable fabric, etc. 

Have your friends take a video of you twirling around in your clothing to see how your outfit flows with you. Take a small adventure with your partner and break in your shoes. Your day is about you and your partner- don’t let your clothing attire take your focus away from that!

3. Make sure your elopement outfit is suitable for whatever you have planned for your elopement

What activities are you planning on doing for your elopement? This could play a big part in what to wear for an elopement. Whether you’re hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, or simply exploring- make sure your clothing allows you to move comfortably for whatever you’ll be doing!

4. Think about what makes you feel confident and sexy

In addition to wearing comfortable clothing, it’s also important to think about how your clothing makes you feel emotionally. Do you feel beautiful in your clothing? How confident does your outfit make you feel? How you’re feeling on the inside will translate through your photos and also influence how present you are during your day. 

Once again, your elopement is about you and your partner. When choosing an elopement outfit, wear what makes you feel confident and beautiful on the inside- whether that’s a white dress, sweater, boots, or your favorite suit – you have the freedom to choose! 

5. What kind of climate will you be in?

What location have you chosen for your adventure elopement? What’s the weather like during that time of year? 

In warmer climates, we suggest wearing lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton, nylon, polyester, rayon, and linen. These will help you stay cool during warm and hot summer days! 

In cooler climates, we suggest layering up! It’s important to stay dry so your body can retain its heat. Insulating fabric like fleece helps keep your body heat up. Make sure that your shoes are fitting for the weather- you don’t want to get stuck in the snow with wet feet! Other clothing accessories to think about are gloves, socks, scarves, and hats. 

Check out our Pinterest Board for more seasonal inspiration!

6. What will your partner be wearing?

When you’re trying to decide what to wear for an elopement, some of our couples take into account what their partner will be wearing for the day. Do you want to match, and have your colors be compatible with each other? If you’re stumped, we can recommend some colors for you!  

7. What’s your budget?

You don’t have to spend $2,000+ to get the dress you want, but you also can if you want! For those of you who are looking to save more money, renting suits and dresses is a great option for you! Some of our favorite websites for affordable, stylish elopement outfits are Lulus, The Reformation, Watters, and ShopBop.

Reach out to us for more recommendations on elopement outfits!

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