As with any with any wedding dress, you want to make sure you choose something that is flattering, fits the occasion, and most of all—that you love. But there are a few more aspects to consider if you’re eloping at an adventurous location.
Keep it simple and light
You probably don’t want to do any hiking in a heavy dress, so stick with light fabrics like chiffon, cotton, silk, or rayon. And you’ll thank yourself if you have fewer layers! Flowy fabrics will also create incredibly romantic photos as they blow in the breeze!
Choose a silhouette that’s easy to walk in
Skip the mermaid and trumpet shaped gowns (or anything super fitted at the legs) unless you plan to do very little walking. Wedding dresses that are loose in the skirt are ideal for adventurous elopements. A dress with a slit works well too!
Wear your favorite hiking boots. Add a sun hat. A cozy cardigan or fur stole to keep you warm. Snow shoes? Go for it!
Shop in unexpected places
You might find your dream elopement dress at a bridal salon, but you might not. Department stores, online boutiques, and even Instagram and Pinterest are a great places to find beautiful, affordable elopement dresses. A few of my favorite online stores to shop for adventure wedding dresses are Fillyboo, Lulus, Etsy, BHLDN, and Modcloth. You can also browse my elopement wedding dress Pinterest board for inspiration!
Wear what you want
Who says it has to be white? Or even a dress at all? Patterns? Yes please! A huge part of eloping is doing what makes you happy and celebrates your love. So forget the “wedding rules” and find an outfit that makes you feel amazing!
Hey, friend! I’m Julie – an adventure wedding & elopement photographer who loves the outdoors and traveling! My photography is fun and heartfelt while highlighting the beauty of love and nature. I’m based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but wedding photography takes me throughout the southwest, to national parks, and all over the world! To find out more about destination wedding photography, check out my travel page. And if you want to get some great elopement planning tips, check out planning and advice section of the blog.