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 10 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. Most of Colorado is situated in very high altitudes, so make sure to give yourself at least 1-2 days to acclimate before your elopement.
4. Colorado is a 4/20 friendly state! So feel free to have some 4/20 fun in your elopement.
5. Colorado has it all – from stunning mountains, to beaches, lakes, and forests, big cities and historic towns.
6. Wildflower season is spectacular, and lasts from roughly July through August.
7. If fall vibes are your jam, our Aspen Trees are world famous with golden leaves covering the mountains.
8. If you love winter elopements, February – Mid April are the snowiest months.
9. Pick a photographer that you truly vibe with, and has the style of photos you adore.
10. If you have guests, make sure they are comfortable with whatever activity you choose to do.
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 custom crafted wedding day that’s focused on you and your boo, with typically only a few guests if at all.
That’s it! Everyone has different ideas of how many guests are included, how much time an elopement counts for, but really, the big idea is that you are created a custom day and at most only surrounding yourself with a few people.
Why Elope in Colorado?
If you’re dreaming of a mountain elopement, a beach elopement, a snowwy elopement, a helicopter elopement, a sandy elopement, a backyard elopement – than Colorado is a perfect choice for you! I ain’t kidding. Colorado has EVERYTHING you can want to experience and see with its numerous opportunities for year-round high altitude 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
Here’s a great list of top reasons why you should elope.
Who My Colorado Elopement Packages are Perfect For:
My Colorado Elopement Packages Price:
My Colorado Elopement Packages start at 3600! For more specific information on pricing check out my Elopements Packages and Pricing.
“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
My Colorado Elopement Packages Include:
A SUPER FUN elopement experience!
That’s what this whole dang thing is all about!! Seriously, take a load off your shoulders. I’m here to help you have fun. I’m here to make sure your day is exactly what you want. You deserve a meaningful fun day and we’re going to make it happen!
Unlimited free consultations to help you craft your perfect day.
I can’t emphasize this enough – I want to reduce your stress! Wooooossssaaaaa. So I’m always available to chat and help you plan your day. For real, you can text, email, DM, or carrier pigeon me whenever you want as much as you want.
Let’s not stress about this, we’ll create a payment plan that works for you! Need to separate payments across multiple months? We can make that happen.
Personalized Location Recommendations:
This day is all about what you two want, in the most meaningful way possible. That’s why we’re going to pick an extraordinary spot for you two to elope. I’ll do a lot a lot of research to give you the best options for your day.
90 page exclusive elopement guide
I created a thorough elopement guide, just for you. Planning a wedding shouldn’t be stressful and you shouldn’t be wondering, what’s next? What do I do? What’s this mean? So I’ve created this helpful guide that you can refer to whenever you want.
What the heck do you do on your day? Don’t worry! 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. I’ll walk you through how long everything takes and when you should do it 🙂
Complimentary Officiating where applicable
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.
All Travel included, no extra fees
Wherever you get married in Colorado is where I’ll be. I don’t charge ya for miles or distance or any of that.
Sneak peaks within 5 days
Holy camolies that’s fast! Of course it is, I want you to relive the day immediately!!
Fully edited hi-res photos available for you to download for free
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.
“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
Where to Elope in Colorado
For an in-depth location guide, check out this blog post:
Here’s a brief list, with links to individual guides on each location:
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.
Why I love Telluride – The first time you go to Telluride you are blown away by the sheer size of the mountains immediately towering over you on all sides. Next, you drive through the famous town and marvel at its cuteness. It’s quite possibly one of the most beautiful places in all of Colorado. So yea, I LOVE it.
Check out my Telluride Elopement Guide
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 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?
Let’s be honest, elopements are already a fraction of the cost of a traditional wedding. Even a Colorado destination elopement is likely to cost you far less than your average traditional wedding. But like anything, you can go as big or small as you want for your elopement. Because of this, it’s important to have a good idea of your budget and must-haves as you start planning.
Colorado elopement packages can cost 70% less, or $20,000 less, than a traditional elopement! I ain’t kidding. If you want more info on how much an elopement cost I got you covered.
Average Cost of A Traditional Wedding (150 guests)
Rehearsal Dinner: $2,000
Marriage License: 200
Hair and Makeup: $1,000
Event Planner: $1,500
Average Cost of an Elopement (6 guests)
Marriage License: 200
Hair and Makeup: $250
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! Remember, this is a day for you, designed by you, meant to be a celebration of you and your boo. You craft the day that you want. If that includes guests, great! You’ll just want to find a location and activities that can accommodate your guests.
Quick tips on including family and friends in your elopement:
1. You can split your day up so that your guests are included in one part and you and your boo get the rest to yourselves! For instance, they join you for the ceremony, and maybe a party afterwards, but in between you and your partner go on an adventure just by yourselves.
2. For fam and friends who can’t be there, think about incorporating them by asking them to provide written letters, pre-recorded videos, or audio messages.
3. If your guests are participating in adventures, make sure you choose the right ones for them – so don’t do a 10 mile hike if they aren’t used to even 2 mile hikes :).
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.
What Do You Want to Do on Your Wedding Day?
Perhaps the best part of choosing your Colorado Elopement Packages (other than celebrating your love, of course!) is choosing what you want to do at your elopement. Here’s an ultimate list of elopement ideas for all seasons and activities.
Get on the Water
Ski / Snowboard
Example Colorado Elopement Packages Timeline
Sunrise to Sunset Elopement (12 - 16 hours)
3:00 AM: Leave trailhead
5:00 AM: Arrive at ceremony site, get ready
6:00 AM: Blue Hour Photos
7:00 AM: Sunrise, Ceremony
8:30 AM: Breakfast
10:00 AM: Hike back down
12 - 3 PM: Rest
3:00 PM: Meet at Location 2, hike in
4:00 PM: Arrive, sunset portraits
6:00 PM: Blue Hour Photos, picnic
7:00 PM: Star Photos
8:00 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
2:30 PM: Arrive at ceremony site
2:45 PM: Ceremony
3:15 PM: Couples Portraits + light exploration.
5:00 PM: Champagne and snacks
5:30 PM: Head back down.
6:00 PM: Arrive back at trailhead
Colorado Elopement Packages: Photo Time Frame Breakdown
The biggest thing separating Colorado elopement is time. Do you need 6 hours, 8 hours, a full day (over eight hours)? Many couples may not be sure how much time they need so here are some helpful breakdowns of how long different parts of the day, and activities can take:
1. Getting ready photos
30 min – 3 hours (Ideally at least 2 hours).
Take into account 40 – 60 minutes per mile depending upon the difficulty and what you are doing.
3. Star photos
These are epic photos you take at night with the stars! You want to start these 30 minutes after sunset, or finish no later than 30 before sunrise.
10 – 20 minutes on average depending on vows, unity activities. If it’s a religious ceremony with a lot of scripture, add more time.
5. First look
The first look itself can take 5 – 10 minutes. Add more time if it will take a while to get to your dream location.
6. Post ceremony photos
These can be anywhere from 20 minutes to several hours. It can involve activities such as picnics, songs, dance, or anything else that is meaningful to the Amores. That’s not to say you’ll be posing for photos the entire time, but that photos will be taken during these times. I highly recommend anticipating at least 1 – 2 hours purely dedicated to portraits.
7. Post ceremony party
Again, this could be anything from a 1 hour backyard get together with cake cutting, to a several hour party with dancing, toasts, meals, and shenanigans!
8. Intimate session
A session where you and your partner are more intimate. This could be on a bed, shower, jacuzzi, in your underwear or even naked. It’s a chance for you two to really get close to each other, and let your emotions be vulnerable. I recommend at least 1.5 hours for these sessions.
"Adam was absolutely phenomenal. A master of his craft. You will not get any better service than this man.You can tell someone is going to treat you to something beautiful because they are just in love with what they do and this man, this man takes the cake. " - Sam and Mike
When to Elope in Colorado
Colorado is a state that’s geared for fun during all seasons! You can’t go wrong in any season in terms of adventure, spectacular scenery, and good times. That being said, you’ll want to make sure you are getting married at a time that’s best suited for you.
Winter Colorado Elopement Packages
Spring Colorado Elopement Packages
Summer Colorado Elopement Packages
Fall Colorado Elopement Packages
SUNRISE OR SUNSET?
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.
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!
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.
Leave No Trace
If you are reading this guide, you obviously love nature. Leave No Trace is a set of principles that help us ensure we are keeping the lands as beautiful as they deserve to be. Here are the principles:
- 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.
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. For instance, Denver is called the mile high city because its elevation is, you guess it, one mile up. The mountains can easily double that altitude.
So when you are preparing for your Colorado elopement, you'll want to make sure that you build in time into your schedule to incorporate acclimating to the altitude. I recommend 2 days, but at least 1 full day at altitude so that your body can adjust. The less time you have the more likely you'll start feeling the effects. 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.
So do yourselves a favor, take at least 2 days to acclimate and then get married 🙂
CAN WE HAVE A COMMITMENT CEREMONY?
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.
HOW DO WE LEGALLY GET MARRIED?
"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
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