What is an Adventure Elopement?

Becky officiates a marriage in the valley rim in Yosemite.

Before we talk about the burning question, “What is an adventure elopement?”,  let’s look back a bit.  Elopements have been going on since the late 19th century. The word elope means “run away secretly in order to get married, especially without parental consent”. There are many different versions of this word found around the world. For example, in Indonesia, the word is Kawin lari which literally translates to marriage on a run. Because Indonesia is such a religiously strict country elopements often occurred when the bride or groom didn’t receive permission to marry. They would sneak out at night and run away to a different town to be able to live together.

Thankfully, times have changed dramatically.  And while the definition of the word may have remained the same, the connotation surrounding it has changed drastically. Scenic Vows is here to debunk some common myths about modern-day elopements.

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Now we’re going to do our best to debunk any myths and connotations about eloping, and find out exactly

What is an Adventure Elopement?!

Adventure elopements mean running away so that you and your lover can live together forever.

NOPE! Welcome to the 21st century, nowadays, elopements are often shared with family and friends. Instead of the secrecy behind things they are celebrated and encouraged! Weddings today cost on average $34,000! That’s the cost of college tuition or a downpayment on a house. Understandable why people are forgoing these high price tags for a small intimate ceremony instead.

To have an adventure elopement I have to be really fit so I can hike 20 miles for the best location.

Again, nope!  This isn’t true. The whole point of choosing an adventure elopement instead of a big traditional wedding is that you can customize it to fit you and your dreams. The United States is full of stunning locations that are a five-minute walk from a parking lot. It’s all about knowing where to find those epic locations and when to go (we might just know a few places! ?). Of course, if you are an avid hiker and want to do a lengthy hike, or overnighter, by all means, you should! But that’s not a must, you’ll be amazed by how many of those Insta pics are shot 100 feet from the car. 

 I can’t invite my friends or family to my elopement.

Of course, you can! If you want people to be there you should invite them,  and include your pets even!  Eloping is all about making your wedding day all about the two of YOU! The whole idea is to eliminate the stress of planning a big wedding. If you want a handful of friends or family to be there then great! If not,  you also have the option not to invite anyone (except your photographer?).

I can’t tell anyone about my elopement.

Again, no way.  Tell all your friends. Make them envious of your adventure to come. Then, if you want,  have that reception so all your friends and family can celebrate with you! Maybe hire a food truck to feed the party at a discounted rate. And the best part is, you just saved a ton of money!

If we elope, we don’t need to plan anything!

Well, this one is a yes and no. Some locations, like some of the amazing spots in National Parks, may require permits — not to mention a marriage license can possibly require a waiting period. Aside from permits needing a bit of planning,  finding a bouquet, flower crown, hair/make-up, etc., can be put together pretty quickly depending on the location.  We like to take a big part in planning by scouting locations, sourcing local venders, etc.– basically taking out a lot of the guesswork.

We hope this helps answer some of the “what is an adventure elopement” questions.  Let us know if you have any other questions!  

What is an adventure elopement?! Donny, of Yosemite Adventure Elopements, officiates a ceremony in Yosemite Valley.

So, what is an adventure elopement to you?  Let us know in the comments below!