What to Wear When You Elope

Eloping is the perfect way to start your life with your loved one right away. If you value an experience over a big wedding, an elopement could be the right choice for you. Since this decision might happen quickly, you might wonder what to wear and bring.

In general, you can wear normal wedding attire to an elopement, but it might depend on your location. Many elopement ceremonies are held in an easily accessible spot to allow guests to attend comfortably. However, if you and your spouse-to-be have a dramatic entrance or post-ceremony adventure planned, you might want to plan for a wardrobe change. 

Here are some ideas of what to wear when you elope. 

Elopement Dress Styles

The biggest factor to consider when choosing an elopement wedding dress is comfort. You might decide to skip the traditional wedding gown or suit, but you don’t have to. 

If you plan to move a lot in your ceremony attire, you’ll want a dress style that sits comfortably on your body. Great options are A-line and empire styles since they’re comfortable and won’t get in the way of elopement fun. 

If you want to go outside of the box, you can try some unique styling options. You don’t necessarily have to wear a white dress on your elopement day. You can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and highlights who you are.

  • Jumpsuits: You can choose classic white or go colorful to make a statement in this attire. Jumpsuits are comfortable and give you lots of legroom to move around. Plus, they have pockets so you can carry your essentials around.  
  • Two-piece dresses: If you still want to wear a dress, a two-piece can spice things up. Two pieces add a unique look that stands out from regular wedding dresses. 
  • Colored dresses or suits: Sticking with the classics? Find a dress or suit that has exciting colors or patterns. Whatever color makes you feel your best is the right pick.

You and your new spouse can plan a costume change if you need to get more comfortable for activities before or after the ceremony. It’s your special day, so you can dress up or dress down as much as you want. 


When deciding how to accessorize your wedding look, think about what is practical for your venue. For example, if you’re having the ceremony in a dirty terrain, you might choose to have a shorter veil that won’t drag on the ground. If you prioritize comfort, you might swap heels and dress shoes for sneakers or boots – especially if you plan to go hiking after the ceremony. 

You might also want to advise your guests to come with sun protection if your location lacks shade. You face, scalp, neck and ears are most vulnerable to harsh sun rays, so hats or umbrellas can protect you and guests from sunburn. Umbrellas will also be handy in case it rains.

Don’t be afraid to embrace the mess! You don’t have to sacrifice the dress or suit of your dreams to elope.

Elopement Suits 

Suits have so much room to get creative, especially with color. You might choose a color based on your location. Think blue suit at a waterside ceremony or an orange suit in the desert. Your matching attire will complement the scenery and make for stunning photos. 

For comfort, you might choose a suit with an alternative fabric. Linen and cotton are breathable fabrics that won’t make you overheat in a warm climate. Tweed or flannel, on the other hand, will keep you warm in cooler weather. 

You can also play around with layers and styles – don’t feel like you need a traditional tux look. Mismatch your coat and pants. Lose the traditional suit jacket and go for a leather coat, a bomber or a vest. Don’t be afraid to let your personality show. 

Elope in Style 

Your elopement is your special moment, and you can wear whatever you want. Certain types of styles, fabrics and colors can make the day of your elopement be more memorable and comfortable – and you might find a little more freedom to choose without the expectations of a traditional wedding. Whatever you choose, enjoy the time with your significant other and thoroughly soak in the day. 

Let’s Knot and Say We Did

You’re in love and you want to get married, but the thought of planning a destination elopement can be overwhelming. Let’s Knot and Say We Did offers all-inclusive wedding and elopement packages so that all you have to do is show up! We specialize in adventure elopements because we believe in the power of authentic love. Rather than have weddings be a production. We value marriage and the sacred union that takes place in a wedding ceremony.

Rich is a Master of Ceremony. He creates a grounding presence that allows people to feel safe to be fully themselves. He and Shelby (your elopement photographer) bring their joy + high vibes into your ceremony space with intention, love, and creativity. Whether you’re eloping or having a small wedding, we’ll take care of everything so that you can relax and enjoy your special day.

Rich and Shelby create a detailed timeline of your wedding day and coordinate with all vendors. They hand pick every vendor involved and only work with the best. They provide everything you need to get married in an absolutely beautiful location.

Let’s Knot and Say We Did is based in Sedona, Arizona. Rich and Shelby travel world wide to create epic elopement and intimate wedding experiences for couples who are authentic, joyful, and madly in love.

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