24 Ideas to Make Your Elopement Unique

Congratulations on making the choice to elope! Now you may be wondering what to do on your elopement day? The number one rule when planning your elopement is to make it about YOU! On your wedding day, it is the perfect chance to create a day around activities that reflect your relationship and values. You have the exciting opportunity to get as creative as you’d like and bring in activities that are either meaningful to you as a couple, or a chance to celebrate your first day as a married couple in a way you won’t soon forget! Below are a few of our favorite activities to consider on your wedding day! 


What to Do on Your Elopement Day Year Round

Slow Down When Getting Ready 

The getting ready portion of you day can include so much more than just putting on your wedding attire. Slow down a bit and think about how you would like to spend the the last few hours before saying your vows. You could snuggle up with a cup of coffee or tea, take a bath or enjoy a soak in the hot tub together, play a round or two of your favorite board game, or copy your vows into your vow books or type them up with a typewriter. You could cook breakfast together or hang out in a hammock while strumming your guitar. This is even a good time to write and share love letters with each other, exchange gifts, read letters from loved ones, or facetime friends and family. This is such a special time on your wedding day, so we encourage you to be intentional with it!


couple stargazing during their elopement

Stargazing Elopement

Are you always fascinated by the night sky? Whether you are having a morning or evening ceremony, it’s possible to build in some time to stargaze while getting some epic photos of you with the night sky!

Check out Kathy + Zac’s elopement for stargazing inspiration! 


Hiking Elopement

Whether it’s the dead of winter or the middle of summer, it is almost always possible to hike on your wedding day in Colorado! There are many different trails that allow you to get away from the crowds and into nature. We are happy to suggest hiking trails that range from less than 1 mile all the way to 8+ miles for your wedding day! 

Check out Jenny + Josh’s hiking elopement for hiking inspiration! 


Brewery/Distillery/Winery/Coffee Shop Visit Elopement

There’s nothing more refreshing than an ice cold microbrew on a hot day, or a warm cup of coffee on a cold morning. If you’re like us and love to explore different local haunts, building time for a drink into your timeline is a great way to soak up the local culture while enjoying a break on your wedding day! Some of our favorite places to visit are Elkins Distilling in Estes Park, Outer Range Brewing in Dillon, and The Hub in Grand Lake.  

Check out Stanley and Leah’s elopement for some coffee inspiration, or Kacey + Sarah’s elopement with lunch at a brewery! 


couple riding on ski lift on their wedding day

Gondola/Ski Lift Elopement

Sometimes all it takes to get incredible mountain views is a quick ride on a ski lift! There are so many options year-round for a ride up the mountain at a Colorado ski resort. Telluride’s free gondola and Keystone’s view at the top are two of our favorites! 


Hot Springs Elopement

Did you know that Colorado has natural hot springs all over the state?! Imagine taking a soak in the morning before you get ready for the day, or slipping in to relax after a full day of celebrating! Some of our favorite hot springs are Dunton Hot Springs near Telluride, Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort near Buena Vista, and Strawberry Park Hot Springs near Steamboat Spring. If you’re looking for something a bit more private, this Buena Vista Airbnb and this Buena Vista Airbnb have their very own hot spring! 


Helicopter/Hot Air Balloon/Plane Ride Elopement

Looking for a scenic view but don’t want to hike? How about getting a birdseye view on a helicopter tour, hot air balloon ride, or a plane ride? Companies like Grand Adventure Balloon Tours, Grandview Flightseeing, and Fly Venture offer unique tours to see Colorado from a whole new viewpoint! 


couple having a picnic on their elopement day

Meal with a Private Chef/Picnic on Your Elopement Day

We’re big fans of food around here and love when couples build a meaningful meal into their day! Whether you pack a picnic to enjoy on top of a mountain or hire a private chef to cook you a special meal, there are so many ways to incorporate delicious food into your day! Consider Summit Brunch, who will bring a fine dining experience to wherever you are in Summit County, (including a mountain peak!), or Juli y Juan, who will prepare the absolute best meal of your life in your Airbnb’s kitchen! 

Check out Nik and Rebekah’s elopement where they shared a charcuterie board on a mountaintop for inspiration! 

Play a Game During Your Elopement

Your adventurous elopement doesn’t mean you have to be constantly on the go. Consider taking a break to play your favorite game! How about a few rounds of UNO, a game of cribbage, or a game of Catan? 


bride and groom watching the sunset in rocky mountain national park during their estes park wedding

Explore a National Park on Your Elopement Day

Did you know that Colorado is home to four National Parks?! While Rocky Mountain National Park might get all of the attention, Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Great Sand Dunes are two other incredible places to consider exploring on your wedding day! While not a National Park, Colorado National Monument is another beautiful place to add to your list! 

Check out Amanda + Joe’s Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement for inspiration! 


couple talking to their family on zoom during their elopement

Have a Zoom/Facetime Elopement Reception

If you are planning on eloping just the two of you but still want to include loved ones, consider gathering your friends and family for a virtual reception over zoom, skype or facetime!

Check out Stanley and Leah’s zoom reception at Lake Dillon for inspiration! 


couple reading letters from loved ones on their elopement day

Read Letters from Loved Ones During Your Elopement

One of the best ways to still include family and friends on your elopement day is by having them write personal letters to the two of you. You can take a break on a rock overlooking the mountains, open them up, and laugh and cry with the sweet words they wrote.

Check out Sophia and Keaton’s elopement where they took a break together and read letters from family and friends.


What to Do on Your Elopement Day in the Summer and Fall

Summer in Colorado, especially in the mountains, typically begins in mid-June. At some elevations there might be snow present year-round, but for most part the majority of mountain passes and trails are open by this point! Summer in the mountains is full of green grass, lots of wildflowers, and crystal clear alpine lakes to explore with temperatures often in the mid 70s. 

Depending on the elevation and part of the state you’re in, fall color usually starts to appear in late August and lasts until the first week or so of October. Temperatures can be a bit cooler, but are usually pleasant in the mountains and along the front range. It is not unusual to start seeing snow in mid-September, especially at higher elevations, but most trails and passes are accessible until late October. 

Check out our guide to help decide when the best time to elope is for you! If Summer or Fall is your ideal timeframe, there are lots of options to consider on your wedding day! 


couple eating s'mores on their wedding day

Campfire + S’Mores Elopement

There’s nothing like warming up around a campfire under the gorgeous Colorado stars! If cake isn’t your thing, consider making some s’mores or sharing your first dance around a campfire!  

Check out Jake + Caiti’s elopement for some campfire inspiration! 


Zip Line Elopement

Feeling adventurous? Colorado has several adventure parks that offer zip lining! Soar through the trees and get your blood pumping at places like Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours, Steamboat Zipline Adventures, or Top of the Rockies Zipline


Kayaking/Canoeing/Boating/Paddle Boarding Elopement

There are reservoirs and lakes all over the state that offer great opportunities to get out on the water! Whether you’re looking for something motorized, or would rather paddle yourself, there are many options to rent a watercraft for the day, just like Jake + Caiti did! Shadow Mountain Lake in Grand Lake, Ridgeway State Park in Ridgeway, Steamboat Lake near Steamboat, and Dillon Reservoir in Dillon are all beautiful places to paddle around! 

Check out Jake and Caiti’s elopement to see how they incorporated their kayaks into their wedding day! 


Jeep or ATV Tour Elopement

If you’re wanting to get to more secluded areas with incredible views but hiking is just not your jam, a Jeep or ATV tour might be a great option for you! Tours like these are led by professionals and allow us to cover large distances on mountain passes and trails in a shooter period of time. They’re great if you have guests who might not be as mobile, as well! Two of our favorite Jeep trails are Yankee Boy Basin and Rollins Pass where

Check out Sarah and Joshua’s 4×4 elopement for inspiration!  


Horseback Riding Elopement

If you’re looking for a true “wild west” experience, horseback riding definitely fits the bill! Just like a Jeep or ATV tour, this unique experience allows you to cover a good amount of trail in a shorter time period. Whether you’ve never been near a horse or have ridden all of your life, there are many outfitters all over the state who can make your riding dreams a reality! Check out Saddleback Ranch in Steamboat, National Park Gateway Stables in Estes Park, or Breckenridge Stables in Breckenridge!  


groom fishing on his elopement day

Fishing Elopement

If fishing is one of your favorite summer activities, there is no reason why you can’t spend some time casting a line on your wedding day! There are numerous streams, lakes, and rivers throughout the state that allow fishing, and getting a fishing license is a super easy process! 

Backpacking Elopement 

There is no better way to truly immerse yourself in the mountains than getting away for a night (or two), setting up camp beneath the stars, roasting s’mores over a campfire and waking up to a pink sunrise. A backpacking elopement is for those couples who want to get away from the crowds, breath in the fresh mountain air, and truly immerse themselves in the mountains. Some of our favorite backpacking trails are Mohawk Lakes and Blue Lakes.


What to Do on Your Elopement Day in the Winter and Spring

Winter/Spring in Colorado can look different depending on what elevation you’re at! Along the front range, any snow that comes through often melts quickly and temperatures can range anywhere from the mid-50s to below zero. In the mountains, once it begins to snow heavily (usually around the beginning of November), it typically sticks around until the end of spring in late-April. The temperature can range from mid-30s to below zero, with temperatures slowly rising as spring approaches. March and April are our snowiest months, and most mountain passes are closed between Labor Day and Memorial Day. 

Check out our guide to help decide when the best time to elope is for you! If you’re dreaming of a snowy wonderland, there are lots of cold-weather options to consider on your wedding day! 


couple snowmobiling during their elopement

Sleigh Ride, Dog Sled, Snowmobile Elopement 

When there’s a lot of snow, transportation in Colorado can get creative! Live out your dreams of a winter wonderland wedding by taking a romantic sleigh ride through snow-covered trees, fly through the forest on a dog sled, or ride to the top of a mountain pass on a snowmobile! 

Check out Kacey and Sarah’s snowmobile elopement for inspiration! 


Sledding Elopement

If you still crave some speed but skiing or snowboarding isn’t your first choice, consider taking a break to go sledding on your wedding day! Did you know you can even sled in Rocky Mountain National Park?! 

Snowshoeing Elopement

While hiking is an option year-round in Colorado, some trails might require snowshoes in the snowier months. This is a great way to get away from the crowds and explore during the winter! You can rent a pair of snowshoes and poles from places like REI and Christy’s Sports


couple cross-country skiing during their elopement

Skiing/Snowboarding Elopement

Colorado is known around the globe for our incredible ski resorts. Imagine celebrating your wedding day on the slopes, or gliding through trees while cross-country skiing! 

Check out Megan and Ethan’s cross-country skiing elopement for inspiration! 


Ice Castles Elopement

If you’ve ever wanted to live out some major Elsa-vibes, check out the Ice Castles in Dillon! This castle is constructed each year and is usually open January through the beginning of March, depending on weather. It’s best to get tickets as soon as they go on sale since they almost always sell out! 


Regardless of what you decide to do during your elopement, it is your opportunity to create a day that is just as adventurous as you are! Are you ready to get started planning your best day ever? Get in touch and let’s do this thing!







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