You’ve found your forever person. And you’ve decided to ELOPE! Yes, let’s do it! Your venue? Somewhere in the great outdoors in Alberta, Canada. So… now what? You start planning your elopement timeline!
While one of the BEST parts about elopements is their more spontaneous nature, adding some structure to your big day can seriously dial down on the stress! After all, who needs stress when you’re about to embark on the BEST adventure of your life?!
As an experienced Alberta adventure elopement photographer, I aim to craft a day for you full of love and excitement, filled with unforgettable memories, and planned JUST right! And even more – we’ll explore, have FUN, and take the perfect shots together.
Planning your elopement timeline is quite low on the initial elopement planning to-do list. So before you get started, I suggest you check out this blog to help you plan your elopement!
Once that’s done – we can move on to the fun stuff – your elopement timeline!
Before I give you a sample elopement timeline, there are some useful things to keep in mind during the planning!
The timeline will vary a lot depending on your chosen location, season, if you choose to bring any guests and all the activities you’d want to include in it. So these are just examples of what it could look like!
If you ask me, I’ll always tell you to go for the Golden Hour! Sunrise and sunset offer the best light of the entire day, and that’s how I create dreamy photos! It’s up to you which you prefer. So the elopement timeline examples are with that in mind 😉
3:00 AM: Wake up and GET EXCITED! It’s your BIG DAY!
3:30 AM – 5:30 AM: Time for hair, makeup, and getting dressed.
5:30 AM: Travel to your first location, just in time for that gorgeous sunrise
6:00 AM: The sunrise ceremony.
6:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Post-ceremony photos. The sunrise light is AMAZING for these shots!
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Celebratory breakfast picnic and candid shots.
Rest of the Day: Adventure time! Explore the trails, enjoy the scenery, and snap more photos along the way!
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Hair, makeup, and getting dressed.
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Travel to your first adventure location.
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Explore and take impromptu photos of your chosen adventures.
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM: A relaxing break. Freshen up, snack, and prepare for the ceremony.
9:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Exchange vows during the golden hour. SO ROMANTIC!
9:30 PM – 10 PM: Post-ceremony photos. The sunset will make these moments so much more special!
10 PM onwards: Celebrate under the stars! Here’s to a night you’ll NEVER forget!
Remember, these are just examples. Your day can be whatever YOU want it to be, and I’ll help you create the perfect timeline based on what that is!
The last thing I want to say here is that the timeline is mostly a guide for your day. Be flexible! Go with the flow! Anything can happen – Mother Nature might get fussy and change your plans, there might be some delays or traffic – try not to let it affect your mood!
At the end of the day, you’ll be married to your BEST FRIEND, and that’s what it’s all about!
And if you’re still searching for your dream Alberta elopement photographer, I’d love to chat!! Get in touch here!