Are you facing all sorts of obstacles? For example: guests that can no longer be at your wedding, vendor cancellations, a closed courthouse? I’m so sorry you are going through this, the last thing anyone wants is to change their wedding plans. This is a wild time to be alive for sure. If your heart is set on the date you have chosen and you still want to get married this year- I’m here to help! In Colorado you can self solemnize, which means all you need is you, your love and maybe a trail map. If you want a photographer, I’m happy to capture your photos and be your trail guide. If you want an officiant, flowers, dinner reservations, no problem. I have several great people and places to recommend. Here are my quick tips for a Colorado COVID Elopement:
1. Check the CDC guidelines regarding their restrictions and recommendations. They can vary from state to state and county to county. 2. Short guest lists are key right now.Right now gatherings are restricted to 10 people or less, including vendors. This number will hopefully increase soon as Colorado eases restrictions. Weddings of 20 or less will have the best chance of avoiding a last minute cancellation. I know, a 20 person guest list is difficult. However, most gathering restrictions are between 20 and 50 people. The number has changed so often it is hard to keep up with the rules. Bottom line, the smaller the gathering the better chances of it happening. 3. Choose an incredible location! Once you have booked me I will help you find a location that suits what you are looking for. Considerations we will take in are how much walking you want to do, what kind of views are you looking for, how populated the area is and so on. If you have any guests at all... Book a small venue or a VRBO property that allows a small events. The Castle at Cordillera, Artist Point, Sapphire Point, Sunrise Amphitheater, or a ceremony site at RMNP are all great options. 4. File for a permit. Most locations require a permit. If you are using me as your photographer I will help you research locations, as well as apply for permits. There are also great local venues doing elopement packages. Manor Vail Lodge is one of those places to check out! Let them know I sent you! 5. When to get married? Trails and lookouts are much less busy on the weekdays than on weekends, so naturally it is best to get married on a weekday. The best thing about not limiting yourself to weekends is choosing an awesome date. My wedding was 7.7.14, we eloped on a Monday. 6. Set a budget. Elopements tend to be less expensive because you are not buying dinner for 200 people, but that means you get to really splurge on yourself! We got married in Maui on the beach. We hired a great officiant, photographer, ukulele player, videographer, a private cabana for dinner, SUP for the morning... the list goes on. It was an incredible day, so special, so memorable.... expensive, but probably 1/6th the cost of a large wedding.