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How to Find the Best Elopement Wedding Dress Style for You?

Updated: Aug 2, 2020

Elopement Dresses: Picking the Best Dress for Eloping

Elopements are wedding ceremonies focused solely on the couple in love.


These types of celebrations take out unnecessary planning and stress, the expensive services, and a plethora of other things that deem extensive at the end.


What’s most important for eloping is how the couple feels and what type of ceremony makes them happy.


With that said, although there isn’t a lot of planning that goes into the whole elopement, I believe that is precisely why you should pick your clothing style carefully.


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After all, the memories stay forever, and those photos are a representation of how beautiful it all was. So, let’s dive into the elements of the perfect wedding dress for eloping.


What’s the difference between an elopement dress and a wedding dress?

With all the fuss going around, you may say: “Eh, what’s the difference anyway?”


Well, there is a big difference between dresses when it comes to regular versus eloping ceremony, especially if you’re planning an adventurous getaway.


You see, when an elegant wedding dress is being chosen, a bride does not take into consideration the activities included in the elopement simply because it has always been an indoor ceremony where most of your movements are happening on the dance floor.


So what could go wrong, right? Well, with eloping, your activities are different, it’s outdoors, and it’s advisable to have more resistant clothes, even if we’re talking about wedding gowns.

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So, while there’s some overlap in styles, elopement dresses should be suited explicitly for adventures like hiking, waterfalls, dancing on the beach, rugged terrain, and wherever else your bold ideas might take you.


Whether you’re standing on top of a mountain or riding an ATV across the desert, you would definitely want to look good in your elopement dress.


With that said, let’s help you find the perfect dress for your eloping ceremony!


The fabrics

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As I said, the fabric of the elopement dress should be more resistant, but, on the other hand, it should be light and airy from a practical standpoint.


Imagine how uncomfortable and limiting hiking in a fully-laced gown would be?


Beautiful dresses with lots of layers look amazing for photography.


They allow for free movement through which the photographer can play with the wind, a splash of colors through the bouquet, or with a series of movement photos while you enjoy yourself comfortably in your dress.


As you can see, the fabrics play a significant role in doing your eloping right, which is why here we’ll have a quick review of all possible dress materials.

  • Lightweight fabrics: Chiffon, Organza, Georgette, and Tulle are all lightweight materials that allow for plenty of natural movement. These fabrics create a sheer but layered texture that looks gorgeous on photos. When you are out in nature, they really pop against the landscape, especially if you are eloping during sunset. Additionally, if you are eloping in the warmer months, these fabrics are the perfect match since they allow your skin to breathe freely.

  • Heavier materials: Satin, charmeuse, silk, and polyester are the heavier fabrics that you can also include in your elopement dress. Although they won’t have such picturesque movement due to their weight, they add elegance and style like no other. Also, when eloping in the colder months, these materials are excellent since they are less breathable and provide some warmth.

  • Lace and embroidery: While I would not suggest having an all-lace dress while hiking or walking on rugged terrain, it definitely looks gorgeous on the photos, in my opinion. And the reason why it isn’t as practical is that it can be torn more easily. Plus, tulle or lace tend to attract leaves or twigs more often than other fabrics.

One thing to watch out for, no matter what fabric you pick for your dress is the wrinkling.


Some materials are more wrinkle-prone than others making them not so ideal depending on the place of your elopement.


Also, depending on the location of your elopement, it may be wiser to get to that location in regular clothes and then change into your wedding dress once you’re on the spot.


There are plenty of those portable changing stations you can take with you if you’re traveling to an elopement location full of people.

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The type of adventure

From running barefoot on the beach to strolling around in the forest, that dress has to take a lot of movement.


So, at some point, your elopement dress might even be considered sportswear rather than a formalwear. But the memories are all that matter, right?


So, with that in mind, apart from choosing the right fabrics for the dress, you need to prepare mentally and be determined that everything will turn out perfectly. Because it eventually will!

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Hiking in your elopement clothes


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As long as your dress fabric is elastic or you have enough of it below your waist, you can definitely hike in your wedding dress.


But, not in those heels, tho! So, the most important thing to note is that you will be much better off not wearing a mermaid dress type that is tightly wrapped around your legs. Choose something looser instead.


Wear good hiking shoes or trainers at least, and hold as much fabric as you can on one side, so you don’t step on it or be dragged by it while climbing.


It’s also a great photo op if your partner takes part of your dress and carries it up while you’re in front of him hiking. The possibilities for a good photo shoot while eloping are endless.


Packing your elopement dress

The most important thing is to protect your dress from getting wrinkly.


Some fabrics like satin or charmeuse or silk tend to wrinkle more than the lightweight ones, so putting it in a foldable garment bag is something I’d recommend.


If you’re hiking, make sure that you’re able to strap that foldable garment bag onto your backpack with bungee cords.


Bouquets are also better strapped on the outside of the gear rather than inside.

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No matter how well you protect it, it’ll always be fresher if it’s on the outside. And if heels are something you want to take photos in too, you can easily strap them to a compression strap, and you won’t even know they’re there.


But I would also recommend taking photos in boots or hiking shoes as part of your photo shoot just to take a snap of the complete eloping memory that brought you there!


As you can see, there are plenty of options available to make a remote location fit your fancy eloping ceremony. All it takes is a little bit of creativity and a positive mindset.


For all the rest, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d be more than happy to help with your elopement dreams and plans.


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