The words “adventure elopement” often come with images of couples standing on mountain peaks and backpacking through the wilderness. But an adventure doesn’t equal hiking. You don’t have to be about hiking the longest distance, gaining the most elevation, or even breaking a sweat before your elopement ceremony. If you don’t want to do quite so much work on your wedding day, here are 10 adventurous elopement ideas that don’t require hiking or strenuous activity!
Have you ever laid down in the grass, looked up at the sky, and seen millions of stars dotting the sky? If you have, you know it’s the most magical feeling – and doing it with the person you love, at the end of the day after you’ve committed your lives to each other… what could be better? All you need for stargazing is to find a spot away from any lights – easy if you’re in or near a national park!
2. Helicopter Tour
Imagine seeing a bird’s eye view of glaciers and mountains – getting to look down at the incredible scenery below you, and being able to hop between peaks within minutes – no hiking required! A helicopter tour is one of my favorite adventure elopement ideas, because you get such an insane view, without doing much work at all! You’ll get to visit places that aren’t accessible by foot, and see more than you ever could on land.
3. Kayak, Canoe, Row Boat, or Paddleboard
Whether it’s a calm paddle through a crystal blue lake, or a wild white water rafting experience, cruising over a lake is a fun elopement idea that will allow you to see unique views, and to explore the water. I personally love inflatable kayaks for easy transportation, and as long as you find a calm body of water (where water boats are allowed), you can drop it in and go! For a more exhilarating experience, it’s best to book a white water rafting tour – the guides will take you to the most epic places safely.
4. A Picnic
An adventure doesn’t have to be something that gets your sweat going. It can be something as simple as packing your favorite sandwiches and finding a pretty view to sit in front of. Good is vital to making your elopement enjoyable so make an adventure out of it! Pack a basket and some snacks, and have an adventure elopement picnic,
5. Renting a 4×4
One of the best ways to explore is to rent a 4×4, or to take a tour with a professional driver! You can cover miles and miles of wilderness, and drive around until you find views that make you want to stop. It’s an amazing option to seeing multiple backcountry spots without all the hiking. Whether you have a destination in mind, or you want to explore around to find the perfect spot a ride in a 4×4 vehicle is a great way to spend your adventure elopement day.
6. Soak in a Hot Spring
There’s nothing more relaxing than a natural hot spring in the middle of the wilderness – whether you find a spot to spend the sunrise, or you end your day with a dip, enjoying a hot spring is the perfect hike-free adventure. The pacific northwest has some great ones! Go check out my whole post on why I love hot springs so much for elopements!
7. Take a Road-Trip
I know what you’re thinking – how does driving make my elopement adventurous?
Road-tripping through a scenic area or even National Park can be an awesome way to see some of the most amazing places in one day! Our country’s backyard is full of epic scenery around and driving to multiple spots can allow you with variety without having to hike. Can’t you see yourself saying your vows with a jaw dropping background without having to hiking the distance?
8. Go Camping
You don’t need to backpack into the woods or rough it to have an adventurous night of camping! You can find campgrounds, or even free, completely private camp spots where you can have your ceremony and then end the night with smores, a first dance around the fire, and falling asleep under the stars.
9. A Hot Air Balloon Ride
I can’t think of a more adventurous elopement idea than hopping into a basket and floating off into the sky. No hiking involved, but you’ll get some amazing views from way above sea level! This is a really unique way to start off your marriage – but elopements are all about thinking outside the box. Remember, nothing’s off limits!
Adventuring doesn’t always mean fast paced or adrenaline pumping. Sometimes, it pays to adventure by walking along the beach exploring tide pools or sitting down to watch the sunset on blooming wildflowers. The best part of having an adventure elopement is that as long as your outside, that’s an adventure!
Ready for an Adventure?
Whether it’s something the two of you love to do together, or it’s something you’ve always wanted to try, your elopement day is the perfect time to have an adventure. You don’t have to hike to get epic views, and you don’t have to do any intense physical activity to experience an adventure elopement. It’s all about you, and what reflects the two of you as a couple. There are no rules when it comes to elopement ideas – so nothing is too crazy!
I’m here to cheer you on no matter what you’ve got in mind. So if you’re ready to plan something wild, contact me!