Most couples that inquire with me about their Colorado elopement, envision a peaceful day surrounded by the wild mountains that they have all to themselves. The reality may be that you are stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, have to drive around for 10 minutes to find parking at the trailhead and, then, during your vows a big group of people loudly walk by. It just wasn’t what you had envisioned. That is why I suggest to all of my couples that they consider a weekday elopement in Colorado.
I want to make your elopement vision come to life as much as possible. I know that you chose to elope because you want it to be intimate and private. You don’t want a bunch of uninvited “guests” showing up halfway through your ceremony. Every couple that has taken my advice and planned their elopement on a weekday has never regretted it.
Read on for seven reasons why you should consider a weekday elopement.
Colorado is busy any time of year and especially on the weekends when locals take off to explore the mountains. You didn’t choose to get married in this way just to have complete strangers witness your vows. This is the primary reason I suggest to my couples that they choose a weekday elopement. If you want fewer strangers walking around while you’re saying your vows, a weekday is essential.
Colorado has very few roadways leading into the mountains. If you have ever headed for the hills on a Friday afternoon or Saturday or Sunday morning, you know that Colorado traffic is less than ideal. Don’t even think about driving into Rocky Mountain National Park at a reasonable time on a Saturday or Sunday. You’ll likely get stuck in half an hour of traffic just to enter the park. Many Colorado trailheads fill up easily by 8 am on weekends. To avoid the headache of traffic and parking, plan on a Monday – Thursday elopement.
Busy elopement locations like Rocky Mountain National Park or Sapphire Point are booked up to a year in advance on weekends during the summer and fall. Some top elopement locations such as Maroon Bells don’t even allow you to book on the weekend. If you are willing to sacrifice a weekend date, you have a much higher chance of snagging up that dream location you’ve had your eye on.
Like I mentioned above that popular elopement locations fill up on the weekends up to a year in advance, so do vendors. If you don’t want to spend hours searching for vendors and send hundreds of emails looking for a hair and makeup artist available on your date, then I suggest a weekday elopement. Also, because elopements tend to have fewer needs (eg. you don’t need six bridesmaids bouquets) some vendors don’t offer these smaller services on the weekends.
Many elopement vendors offer smaller packages or reduced rates for weekday elopements. Wedding vendors spend many weekends serving their large wedding clients, so when they get the opportunity to work on a weekday they can be more than happy to give you a smaller package to fit your needs.
You are eloping after all. You chose this path because you don’t want to throw a big, expensive, traditional wedding with your great aunt Norma who you never met. So why be traditional and have your elopement on a weekend? Bust even more of the traditions surrounding your wedding by eloping on a weekday.
What’s better than taking a day off work on a Tuesday to marry your best friend? Or, if you (or family) are traveling from out of state, take the whole week off as a mini-vacation after your elopement.
If you must have your wedding on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, there are ways to make it work. First off, you may want to consider a location that you can actually book a private ceremony spot (Like 3M Curve in Rocky Mountain National Park). If you are more into a hike and being just the two of you in the mountains, the photographer you hire is critical. They should know the area well and be able to point you in the direction of locations that are away from the crowd as much as possible.
Ben and Arlyne’s weekday elopement at Loveland Pass was on a Tuesday and we hardly saw anyone nearby. Leila and Mo chose to elope at a private venue on acres of forest that provided a secluded setting. Jenna and Brian had a beautiful weekday ceremony in Rocky Mountain National Park.