If you’re considering an elopement, there’s a chance that your family members or children may not be coming along for the trip. We often have couples ask for some ideas on how they can still honor their family members from far away that won’t be attending their elopement. While the options are endless for creative ways to incorporate them, below are some of the most popular ideas that we’ve seen over the years.
From family heirlooms and crystal pendants to broches and personalized charms, one of our favorite ways for the bride to honor a special someone is with a trinket on their bouquet! It’s easy to add these charms to the wrap holding the flowers together so it doesn’t get damaged or lost. Not to mention, it can make for some incredible detail shots from your elopement photographer.
Heart on Your Cuff
Cufflinks may not steal the show when it comes to elopement attire, but it’s all in the little details, right? We love it when we see grooms sporting their father’s or grandfather’s cufflinks when they say “I Do”! It’s like their own version of something borrowed that we adore. It’s also a great option for those looking for a sentimental gift idea — custom cufflinks with your initials or a symbol that fits the groom.
Jewels from your mother or grandmother and vintage veils make our hearts flutter. There’s something about mixing old and new on your wedding day that just feels oh so special. From earrings and necklaces to garters and hair pieces, you really have a number of options to consider if you’d like to don some of your family’s accessories.
Kickin’ It With the Kids
If your children won’t be in attendance, a fun idea that we’ve seen our couples do is write their children’s names (and even other family members) on their shoes! That way they know that they were there walking every step of the way with their parents. It’s a great idea for any newer parents with little ones that won’t remember your elopement day — you can look back on those shoes later in life and tell them all about your love story.
Framed Photos of Your Family
Another great option is to have framed photos of your loved ones with you on the day that can be displayed on a small table or on chairs during your ceremony. For any couples wishing to honor family members or friends that have passed away, this is a great way to do so! Then after, you can display the framed photos throughout your home and see them every day.
Handwritten Notes to Read on the Day
Sometimes you just need a few words of encouragement when you’ve got those elopement day jitters! Ask you friends and family members that can’t attend in person to write you a note or letter to read on the big day before your elopement ceremony. Be sure to keep them in a special box or envelope somewhere safe to look back on during anniversary celebrations and more!
Stream Your Ceremony
In this digital age, it’s easy to stream your ceremony live to those who couldn’t be there in person! Whether you’re FaceTiming with family while you get ready or your friends are watching from their couch at home, it’s an option to consider if you want to share your day with others. We can chat more about all the details when planning your elopement!