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Colorado Elopement Packages and Guide 2023

So you and your partner have decided that you want to have one of the best possible wedding experiences a couple can have. You realized that maybe, just maybe, a Colorado Elopement is a major key to your wedding happiness. Well, I’m here to tell you that you are making the absolute right decision! The most important part of your wedding day is that you and your boo celebrate in a way that fills you with joy. This Colorado Elopement Packages and Guide will help fill in so many of the other details and show you how.

Top 5 Tips & Info for Colorado Elopements:

1. You can legally marry yourself! That’s right, you don’t need an officiant or witnesses for your elopement.


2. Your dogs and pets can legally witness your marriage license.


3. Colorado is a 4/20 friendly state! So feel free to have some 4/20 fun in your elopement.


4. Wildflower season is spectacular, and lasts from roughly July through August.


5. If fall vibes are your jam, our Aspen Trees are world famous with golden leaves covering the mountains.


Meet your Colorado Elopement Expert!

Hey I’m Adam, a Colorado Elopement Photographer! 

You are probably here because you want an extraordinary, super fun, gorgeous wedding day that’s easy to plan and real low on stress.

Well, that’s my specialty :). So take a look at this guide and feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

“Adam was absolutely phenomenal. A master of his craft. You will not get any better service than this man.” – Sam and Mike

What is an Elopement?

An elopement is a completely custom crafted wedding day that’s focused on you and your boo, with typically only a few guests if at all.

Why Elope in Colorado?

Colorado has EVERYTHING you can want to experience and see with its numerous opportunities for year-round adventures.

Colorado is a wedding state for adventure lovers, gorgeous nature, and most of all people who LOVE TO LOVE AND HAVE LOTS OF FUN.

Who My Colorado Elopement Packages are Perfect For:

  • Couples who want an intimate day focused on them.
  • Couples who want to have A LOT OF FUN.
  • Couples who love to laugh.
  • Couples who want to experience something extraordinary surrounded by beautiful nature.

My Colorado Elopement Packages Include:

A SUPER FUN ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE

You deserve an extraordinarily meaningful & fun day – we’re going to make it happen!

UNLIMITED FREE CONSULTATIONS

I can’t emphasize this enough – I want to reduce your stress! Wooooossssaaaaa. I’m always available to chat – you can text, email, DM, or carrier pigeon me whenever you want as much as you want.

PAYMENT PLAN

Let’s not stress about this, we’ll create a payment plan that works for you!

CUSTOM LOCATIONS

I’ll recommend the best locations based on exactly what you crave.

90 PAGE EXCLUSIVE ELOPEMENT GUIDE

Planning a wedding shouldn’t be stressful so I’ve created this helpful guide that you can refer to whenever you want.

TIMELINE CONSTRUCTION

I’m going to help you with a thorough timeline, taking into account best lighting, how long it takes to get from point a to b.

COMPLIMENTARY OFFICIATING

Not gonna brag too hard – but I’m a pretty dope officiant. Want proof of my public speaking skills? My university chose me to give the graduation speech, and I brought the house down.

NO TRAVEL FEES

Wherever you get married in Colorado is where I’ll be, no extra charge.

SNEAK PEAK WITHIN 5 DAYS

Holy camolies that’s fast! Of course it is, I want you to relive the day immediately!!

FREE FULLY EDITED HI-RES PHOTOS

These photos are yours and you are meant to enjoy them forever and ever and make sure that all your family and friends do to. I highly encourage you throwing these photos up in your best friend’s bathroom because they deserve to see you so happy.

All The Above and More:

Prices starting at $4400



First off, let me start by saying this: for those who are looking for a photographer who will bring literal magic to your special day, stop scrolling, and book him NOW. Adam is your guy. This man has so much passion for what he does – from capturing your day exactly how you want it, to making you comfortable in front of the camera, to making sure everything is perfect for YOU, to simply being the kindest, bestest, awesomest addition to your wedding” — Julie & Tassia

Want A Free Guide to Plan Your Elopement?

This Guide and Checklist was created to make your life a whole lot easier – so you can just focus on being present and enjoying the moment!

Download the Ultimate Elopement Planning Guide and Checklist

Where to Elope in Colorado


For an in-depth location guide, check out this blog post:

Check out my blog post on Best Places to Elope in Colorado!

Breckenridge

Why I love Breckenridge – Breckenridge is a gorgeous mountain town super close to Denver, offering all types of adventures all year round.

Check out my Breckenridge Elopement Guide.

Telluride

Why I love Telluride – The sheer size of the mountains immediately towering over you on all sides is STUNNING. The town is cute, and the trails are best in class.

Check out my Telluride Elopement Guide

Aspen

Why I love Aspen – There is a reason this is the most photographed spot in all of Colorado – it’s just I.C.O.N.I.C. Aside from being gorgeous, the amphitheater is one of the best small wedding venues in all of Colorado.

Check out my Maroon Bells Elopement Guide.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Why I love Great Sand Dunes National Park – How can you not love the largest sand dunes in all of America, especially when it’s surrounded by snow-capped mountains?!

Check out my Great Sand Dunes Elopement Guide.

Crested Butte

Crested Butte is known for many things – wildflower capital of the world, world-class mountain biking – but it’s also a stellar mountain area that’s accessible early in Spring.

Indian Peaks Wilderness

Why I love Indian Peaks Wilderness – Indian Peaks wilderness is both gorgeous and highly accessible with stunning lakes at varying distances

Check out my Indian Peaks Wilderness Guide.

Estes Park / Rocky Mountain National Park

Why I love Rocky Mountain National Park – Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most famous and stunning parks in all of America! It’s got epic backdrops that draw people from all over the world.

Check out my Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement Guide.

San Juan Mountains

Why I love the San Juan Mountains – They call this area the Switzerland of the Americas and for good reason – the mountain ranges are simply spectacular.


If you are looking for that magical elopement with 0 stress and beautiful pictures, Adam is the way to go! He made our special day the absolute best day I could’ve asked for. In our case a literally winter wonderland. I couldn’t thank him and his company enough. truly deserves more then 5 stars in my opinion.”  – Jacey & Cori

How Much Do Colorado Elopement Packages Cost?



Colorado elopement packages can cost 70% less, or $20,000 less, than a traditional wedding! I ain’t kidding. If you want more info on how much an elopement costs I got you covered.

The average elopement costs anywhere between $5,000 – $11,000.

Average Cost of A Traditional Wedding (150 guests)

Venue: $10,000
Lodging: $2,000
Catering: $11,250
Rehearsal Dinner: $2,000
Attire: $1,000
Photographer: $4,000
Decor: $2,000
Transportation: $1,000
Officiant: $400
DJ/Band: $2,000
Marriage License: 200
Hair and Makeup: $1,000
Florals: $1,000
Cake: $500
Event Planner: $1,500
Invitations: $500
Favors: $500

Traditional Wedding Total: $31,850

Average Cost of an Elopement (6 guests)


Lodging: $1,000
Catering: $500
Attire: $1,000
Photographer: $5,400
Decor: $500
Transportation: $1,000
Officiant: $400
Marriage License: 200
Permit: $200
Hair and Makeup: $250
Florals: $200
Cake: $250

Total Elopement Cost: $10,700

Total Savings: $21,150


As you can see, Colorado elopement packages can save you thousands of thousands of dollars, while still providing you with an epic elopement experience. Now Let’s check out what you can do during your elopement.

CAN WE BRING FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO OUR ELOPEMENT?

Yes, you absolutely can bring guests to your elopement!


1. You can also always include your guests for portions of the day, not the whole thing.

2. For fam and friends who can’t be there, ask them to provide written letters, pre-recorded videos, or audio messages.

3. If your guests are participating in adventures, make sure they can safely partake.

Here’s a great resource for how to include family and friends in your elopement day.

Can our Dog or Pet Be a Part of our Elopement?

Absolutely! You just have to make sure that pets are allowed where you are going. Some locations allow pets anywhere, some only allow them on leashes.

But here’s one of the coolest things about Colorado – your pet can legally sign your marriage license! That’s right, your fur-baby can be a legal witness to your wedding. I’m telling you, nothing beats Colorado.


Adam has been the most amazing photographer throughout this whole experience. He is a master with the camera. His personality radiated throughout the whole elopement. He made me comfortable enough to be funny and goofy and be myself. It felt like I’ve known him my whole life that’s how much of a friendly and open person he is. His pictures came out amazing I would definitely recommend booking with him for anything you need! Thank you Adam for such an amazing experience it was truly amazing!!!!” – Jayshawna and Kristie

Elopement Activities

Hiking

Picnic

Helicopter Flight

Get on the Water

Jeep Ride

Airplane Flight

Snowmobile

Star-Gaze

Ski / Snowboard

Snow Shoe

Example Colorado Elopement Packages Timeline

Sunrise to Sunset Elopement (12 – 16 hours)


3:00 AM: Leave trailhead for 2 mile hike
5:00 AM: Arrive at ceremony site, get ready
6:00 AM: Blue Hour Photos
7:00 AM: Sunrise, Ceremony
8:30 AM: Breakfast
9:15 AM: Final Morning Portraits
10:00 AM: Hike back down
12 – 3 PM: Rest
3:00 PM: Meet at 2nd Location, 1 mile hike
4:00 PM: sunset portraits
6:00 PM: Blue Hour Photos, picnic
7:00 PM: Star Photos
8:00 PM: Hike Back
9:00 PM: Finish

Full Day Elopement (8 hours)

10:00 AM: Leave trailhead for 2 mile hike.
12:00 PM: Arrive at ceremony site, get ready
1:30 PM: Ceremony
2:45 PM: Family Photos
2:15 PM: Picnic + Champagne
3:00 PM: Couples Portraits + Exploration
4:30 PM: Hike Down
6:00 PM: Arrive back at trailhead

Mini Elopement (4 hours)

2:00 PM: Leave trailhead for .5 mile hike
2:45 PM: Ceremony
3:15 PM: Couples Portraits + Explore
5:00 PM: Champagne and snacks
5:30 PM: Hike Back
6:00 PM: Arrive back at trailhead

“BLOWN AWAY! Those are the words I feel best describe our wedding experience with Adam Amit. To say that Adam made the whole process a breeze would be an understatement!” – April & Devon

When to Elope in Colorado

Winter Colorado Elopement Packages

  • In my opinion, the mountains are most beautiful.
  • Activities: Snowboard, ski, snowmobiles, snowshoe, cabins
  • Snowiest in February and March

Spring Colorado Elopement Packages

  • Spring can feature blooming foliage and animals starting to come out.
  • Also mud season, trails won’t be free of snow and mud until mid-late June.

Summer Colorado Elopement Packages

  • Best weather – warm during the days, comfortably cool at night.
  • Lots of activities: hiking, jeep rides, canoe, kayak, picnic, ATVs,
  • Best month for star-gazing – you can see the milky way!
  • Wildflowers are popping from July – August.

Fall Colorado Elopement Packages

  • Stunning fall foliage – especially the Aspen Trees changing colors.
  • Comfortable during the day, cooler at night.
  • Can still do lots of summer activities.


He immediately felt like a old friend that we were comfortable around so the stress of a stranger melted quickly. We needed a little guidance and advice since it was just the two of us and he was right there to help. He was very encouraging and made us feel like rockstars. Our pictures turned out even better than I imagined!” – Christine and Bo

WEEKDAY OR WEEKEND

If you can help it, elope on a weekday! Trust me, trails and mountain towns get busy during the weekends because all the locals and tourists are out and about having fun. The best time to get married, heck even to just have a regular old adventure, is during the weekday. You’ll have far fewer people to contend with, and also might even have lower costs!

“This is the hardest review I ever had to write. Only because I have so many great things I can say about Adam @Adventure Amore. First I will say to stop looking around for the perfect photographer! Adam is the one! Adam gave his all to find out who we are, our likes and dislikes, what we pictured on our day and how WE wanted it to be. With all honesty he made our day amazing.” – Eugene & Angela

What’s Next?

Want A Free Guide to Plan Your Elopement?

This Guide and Checklist was created to make your life a whole lot easier – so you can just focus on being present and enjoying the moment!

Download the Ultimate Elopement Planning Guide and Checklist

FAQs

Some places, like national parks, BLM, and State Parks, require a photography and/or ceremony permit. These permits help make sure popular locations aren’t overrun with elopements and weddings, and also greatly contribute to the care and upkeep of the lands.

Some places, like national parks, BLM, and State Parks, require a photography and/or ceremony permit. These permits help make sure popular locations aren’t overrun with elopements and weddings, and also greatly contributes to the care and upkeep of the lands.

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare. Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit.
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces.
  • Dispose of Waste Properly.
  • Leave What You Find.
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts.
  • Respect Wildlife.
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors.

To get a better understanding of each principle check out the Leave No Trace Institute.

You absolutely can have a commitment ceremony. A commitment ceremony is a wedding ceremony that is not legally binding. Maybe you want to get married in your home state, or maybe you don’t want to be legally married. Whatever the reason, you can absolutely have a commitment ceremony. Check out this ultimate guide on a commitment ceremony.

The best lighting for photos happens in the hour after sunrise and hour before sunset. That’s considered Golden Hour, because you get those beautiful golden sun rays splashing across your face.

Sunrise: best for early-birds who really want to ‘earn’ it, and want more seclusion and less chance of bad weather.

Sunset: best for those who want to coast into their elopement day and not stress about lack of sleep.

Colorado is a high-altitude state, and pretty much anywhere you elope will be at a higher altitude than the vast majority of American cities and states.

I recommend arriving in Colorado 2 days before your elopement so that your body can adjust. The last thing you want on your wedding day is to have a headache or feel nauseous from altitude sickness. You wanna be well acclimated and feeling goooood.

Are You excited to start planning your best day ever?
Reach out for more info!

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  4. There are so much useful information and great photos in this article. Colorado looks breathtaking destination to elope.

  5. Those are some great insights Adam! Definitely things to consider when choosing an elopement package, especially for a place as vast as Colorado!

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