Using a Checklist to Prepare for Your Elopement: A Simple Guide to Saying "I Do" Your Way

Planning an elopement can be just as intricate as planning a traditional wedding. The key to a smooth, stress-free elopement is organization, and what better way to stay organized than with a checklist? At Simple Marriages, we specialize in elopement ceremonies and have curated a comprehensive checklist to guide you through the process.

Why Use a Checklist?

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

A checklist ensures that you don’t overlook any crucial details. It’s a roadmap to your perfect day, and it can be as flexible as you need it to be. If you’re wondering why you should consider an elopement ceremony, a well-structured checklist can help you visualize the journey ahead.

The Ultimate Elopement Checklist

PhaseTaskResource Link
The Moment You Decide to ElopeEstablish a BudgetPlanning
 Select a Dream LocationLocations – Consider San Diego, New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, or Salt Lake City
 Pick an Elopement PackageElopement Ceremony
 Secure an Officiant or Ceremony ServiceBooking
 Curate Your Wedding AttireWedding Attire SOS
Pre-Wedding LogisticsBook Travel and AccommodationsPlanning
 Invite Your Witness and a Few Close Friends or Relatives 
 Shop for Honeymoon LingerieYour Ceremony
 Apply for a Marriage LicenseNJ Marriage License Guideline
 Hire a PhotographerGallery
 Order FlowersDIY Wedding Bouquet
 Pen Your VowsUnlock the Secret to Perfect Elopement Vows
 Exchange Love LettersBlog
 Check Weather ForecastsRain on Your Wedding Day
The Big DayHave Your Marriage License at HandHow to Get Married in New Jersey
Post-ElopementSend Elopement AnnouncementsPost-Ceremony
 Mail Thank-You NotesContact

Additional Resources


Whether you’re eloping in San Diego, New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, or Salt Lake City, a checklist is your best friend. It’s the secret sauce to a perfect elopement ceremony. So, what are you waiting for? Start ticking off those boxes and step closer to your dream day.

For more tips and resources, visit our blog or contact us directly. We’re here to make your elopement as simple and magical as possible.