Don’t fancy a huge wedding? Want to have an intimate ceremony with just your closest loved ones? You have come to the right place. Here is how to Elope in British Columbia.
Elopements are slowly becoming the new way to tie the knot, and let me tell you, I am here for it. Escaping with your partner to a beautiful private location to say I do. To me, this sounds like the perfect way to celebrate your love.
Now comes the planning… and where do you even start? Well, you have come to the right place… I have put together some tips, websites, and favourite vendors to think about when planning your Elopement.
In BC we are so lucky to be surrounded by amazing scenery and stunning parks. Maybe there is a location that is sentimental to you or where you had your first date. Maybe you and your partner spend a lot of time at a local coffee shop or walking around town. The amazing thing about eloping is you can really do it anywhere. You just need to figure our if you need a permit. If you are getting married in a park you will most likely need one, and you can get that here. It also doesn’t hurt to just send an email to BC parks to chat with them about it. Sometimes, depending on location and if you get permission, you don’t need a permit.
Next, you want someone who can legally marry you. Here is a great website that you can find a wonderful officiant.
Marriage Licence – This is an important one! You can’t get legally married without it. The form is $100 and you have to go to a marriage license issuer, and you can find one here. Try to do this at least a few months before your Elopement.
This is pretty simple. Two people will need to be there to sign the papers. Many couples use friends or family but if you would rather have the ceremony be just the two of you that is fine as well! I have been a witness for couples in the past. Also hikers or people that are around enjoying the park have as well.
Date – This is one of the first things you want to do since you will be needing to book an officiant and photographer as well. Luckily, Elopements are as flexible as you want them to be. I always suggest choosing a day during the week since locations tend to be a lot less busy, especially during the summer months. Also, choosing off season dates like winter, spring and fall will also be a lot less busy.
Its always better to be safe then sorry. Wedding insurance covers you if something happens to the property, if someone is injured, and reimbursement if the wedding can’t happen due to weather, vendor cancellation, an unpredictable emergency etc. This is pretty simple and can be done though InsureBC.
Flowers, dresses, hair and makeup. All things that you think about for your wedding day and here are some of my favourites! Florist Vancouver, Florist Vancouver Island. Vancouver Dresses. Hair and Makeup.
This is SO IMPORTANT. You will want to remember this day forever and be able to show your day to generations to come. Booking a photographer will make this happen. Someone there to document the day and help you remember all the little details. You want someone to make you feel comfortable and to document then day without taking your focus off each other. I am the quite photographer that documents and captures the true genuine moments of your day. Inquire here and let’s plan your perfect elopement.
I hope this blog was helpful for you and will help your Elopement planning process. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any other questions. Inquire here.