Post # 1
After searching the web for a detailed checklist on planned elopement, I came up empty handed. So I decided to create my own check list, then I thought I can’t be the only one in need of some help. So then I came up with the idea to launch a team effort to create the most comprehensive Planned Elopement Checklist and To-Do List and what better place to do that than THE BEE!
Please help all the beez out there that have eloped, teach us oh wise ones! And to all the beez that are planning an elopement that can think of anything I might have missed or that you deem necessary to add please let me know!
Please join me in my quest to create a perfect checklist and by doing so create the perfect elopement wedding day!
This is what I have so far…
Elopement Check/To-Do List
o Hair and Head Piece
o Additional Outfit Detail (Waist Coat, Tie etc.)
o Ceremony Venue
o Table (Dinner/Meal)
o Legal Documentation
o Music (walking down the aisle – if desired)
Reception for Two:
o Night before the wedding
o Wedding night
o Night after the wedding
o Cake Topper
o Special Dressing Gowns
o Cake Lifter and Knife Set
o Memorabilia (For instance of loved ones that passed etc.)
o Wedding Announcements
Other (back at home):
o Pet Sitter
o House Sitter
Thank you for your time, in advance!
This topic was modified 6 years, 2 months ago by Beedoglady.
Post # 2
We’re eloping, and I think this covers everything (and then some)! I really like that you included a pet sitter – that’s absolutely going to be necessary for us. The only thing I’d add would be aspirin, just in case anyone gets a headache from jetlag, or just having too much fun! 😉 I’d put sunscreen on there, as well, depending on where you’re going.
Post # 3
– ring box, pillow, whatever for the ceremony.
– bridal clutch/purse
I think you’ve covered pretty much everything! I totally forgot about the cake knife and lifter set and sent my DH to do a Target run early that morning. Wedding night lingerie? Also, will you be using a MUA? I know it’s cheesy but if you’re planning on using a wedding sign or blackboard (Mr. & Mrs., We eloped, Hitched!, or whatever) for your announcement pictures then you need those too.
Post # 4
Great list! I would add to the ceremony section: witnesses. In our province we needed to have two, so either we picked our own or it would have to be strangers! It might be different in different places but it’s good to know, so you have the option of choosing ahead of time if you want.
Also for cceremony: rings! And personalized vows if you go that route (we did and I’m so glad).
Bouquet was huge for me. I’m so glad i had something to hold!
Post # 5
We have 5 dog-kids and 2 parrots, so we are actually having a dear friend fly in from across country to stay with our furry and feathered family while we are away.
Oops! The rings! I have added that and all the things you mentioned. I am not using a MUA, but have added that. I have added ‘Elopement announcement photo accessories’…
Vows, good one! And I have added the witnesses too. Thank you!
Post # 6
I am going to let this run for a while and then once we have done as much as we can I will put it on a spreadsheet jazz it up with nice pictures and post it.
Post # 7
Here’s my list:
cash for fees
** note that we are going to City Hall which is a few blocks from where we live.
Post # 8
Short and sweet, that works too. I want the complete wedding experience without guests and stress, hence the planned elopement. I guess the reason one can’t find a comprehensive elopement checklist is because it is not supposed to be planned.
Post # 9
Not sure where you’re traveling, but I brought a steamer with me since my dress was crushed in my tiny carry-on for hours.
Post # 10
Brilliant idea! Thank you! We will be driving across country!
Post # 11
cash for tips/money exchange (we thought it would be better to get $$ out of the atm in mexico where we eloped, only to find out that the atms on the island were all out of cash so we had to exchange at the bank which cost us much more)…
first aid kit (dramamine if on water, tylenol, bandaids, aloe vera if your in the sun & obviously sunscreen)
Your something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue & jewelry… Could be covered in other categories, but since they could be anything I would list it… (mine was my great grandmas brooch<- old; my dress <- new; my grandmas bracelet <- borrowed; my shoes <- blue)
I would say some of the stuff you have on there is not really necessary- is there a way to indicate extra non-essential items like cake cutter/lifter (we never bothered since most ppl never use theirs after the wedding)…
Post # 12
Thank you for all the additions. I think adding a ‘Non-Essential’ section is a good idea.
Post # 13
I am unable to upload an Excel spreadsheet or PDF doc. If anyone knows how please let me know. Otherwise PM me and I will email you the completed check list.
Post # 14
Not sure if you got my PM, but I thought I’d message you here just in case!
Post # 15
I did not get your PM, maybe you could try again?