So you are thinking about eloping outdoors, maybe having an adventure elopement in a national park, or thinking about traveling to another country and wondering….WHAT DRESS CAN I WEAR TO MY ELOPEMENT? Its a fair question right? There is no right or wrong answer here, when it really comes down to it, you should choose a dress you are super comfortable in and feel like yourself in. With that being said, here are some tips for your when you are dress shopping for your elopement.
How to travel with my wedding dress?
You need to consider how you are going to get your dress from your home country to your final destination safely. Most airlines are very accommodating and will store your dress up front to keep it from getting creased. If this is not possible consider keeping it in its box and storing it overhead and arrange for it to be steamed once you arrive to your elopement location. Arrange for this to be steamed the day before so you are not stressing about your dress on the day itself.
What is the best material for an elopement dress?
I am by no means an fabric expert, but I have seen so many stunning wedding dresses over the years and I can look at one and immediately see the setting that dress should be in. So a factor you should consider for your elopement is the material used for your wedding dress. There are some that will be just a bit impractical for hiking in, for example, Mikado, it is a type of silk fabric and is quite thicker than other silk blends. This type of material is usually for ballroom style weddings, for brides that want that structured look. it will most likely crease very easily so may be impractical to carry up a mountain etc.
Most materials are easy to work with, it just all depends on what kind of elopement day you have in mind. Tulle, Chiffon and Organza are very lightweight materials and can be wonderful for movement especially in windy environments. I had Tulle material for my own elopement and it worked out perfect for photos. It was an incredibly windy day and quite hot, it kept me cool and the photos were insane. The light really works magic with tulle type dresses, especially if your ceremony or photos are taken at sunset. These materials are super easy to walk in, mind you they do catch on to twigs and the odd fly here and there :) but that is super easy to fix and I wouldn’t let that influence your decision making.
Lace is a very well known material and quite popular for weddings. They can be incredibly beautiful and give that cool bohemian look if thats what you are after. For example, check out Reclamation, these dresses are a work of art. These dresses are truly one of a kind. They can be very easy to hike in, get changed in ( if you decide to get changed up a mountain) and they photograph so well. As mentioned before about finding a dress that wont crease, well these dresses shouldn’t crease too much, so will be very easy to travel with.
How well can you walk in your wedding dress?
When considering what dress to get for your elopement, think about your location and surroundings first. Will you be doing a lot of walking/hiking? Walking through fields etc? Then I would highly suggest you test out the dress you are looking at and see if you can twirl, move easily in it, hold it up as high as you can and walk around in it. I know when I was shopping for wedding dress for my own elopement, I wanted to make sure I could twirl, lift it up, walk easily in it, be able to put it on by myself without any problems. A little zip to the side and I was sorted. Avoid tight fitting around the legs as they are difficult to walk in, especially if you plan to hike for a few hours.
Another suggestion is, if you are having an adventure elopement is, try and hold your dress up to the side as high as you can then drop it. Would the wind be able to give it a bit of a lift for those gorgeous windswept shots? Here in Northern Ireland, I photograph a lot of elopements on the rugged, clifftops with castle ruins in the background, like Dunluce Castle. The type of dress I would always almost shoot are flowy, easy to walk in and the Irish wind loves them!
Consider your surroundings
If you plan to elope here in Ireland, you will be surrounded by a-lot of greenery. Here in Ireland, we genuinely do have 40 shades of green. So you are most likely going to go for white which looks amazing against the Irish landscape. If you are considering to opt for another colour rather than the traditional white. Colours like yellows, burnt oranges, can look unreal, it can add a real pop of colour to the landscape. Another way to add that pop of colour is your wedding bouquet! Can I just say, the larger the bouquet the better :) Try adding some bright colours like I mentioned above for a winter elopement. Or some pinks in the summer. It really does add another dimension to your photos. If you are worried about carrying around a larger bouquet all day, because yes they can get heavy, you can attach them to your back pack which also makes for some amazing photos. Also, thats what I am here for, I am not just your photographer for the day, I will help you carry your things up a mountain :)
Do I need to hike in my wedding dress?
This all depends on where you decide to elope to and what time of day you decide to elope can also be a factor. For example, if you need to hike for say two hours for that perfect location to exchange vows, and you decide you would like to do this at sunrise, then you can get changed that morning. Bare in mind, you will most likely be hiking back down in your dress for photos along the way. Hiking down can be so much easier anyways. I shoot a lot of elopements here in Northern Ireland and the good news is, it is very easy to get around in your wedding dress. Don’t be afraid of getting your dress dirty, its gonna happen, let it happen. No matter if you will be hiking in your dress or not, you will be doing a lot of moving around. Climbing over fences, walking through fields and trying to avoid sheep poo, running through fields to twirling on the beach. All of this makes for an epic experience you will never forget. As mentioned previously, when shopping for your wedding dress, make sure you can lift it up easily and walk in it. If your dress has lots of material, like a long train, it can be easy to lift up and throw over your arm.
There is nothing more exciting than planning for your elopement. I applaud couples for taking the brave step and doing exactly what they want to do and feels right for them. Elopements are such a powerful and emotional experience as you are choosing to get married in a way that is true to you both with out the stress and anxiety that large traditional weddings can sometimes bring. There is so much significance and connection with elopements and is one of the most incredible ways you can get married. You can truly be yourselves in the moment.
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Here are links to vendors that were involved in each of these elopements
Dress – Ivory and Pearl
Florist – Floral Earth
Mua – Tippy Logroino
Florist – The Rosehip and Berry
Dress – Archive 12
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