As a Nashville elopement photographer in the wedding industry, I’ve loved seeing more couples choose to elope. It’s for the adventurers at heart, the couples looking to focus on their love, and a unique way to start your lives together. However, choosing to elope still involves a lot of planning. You are looking for a dress, location, photographer, videographer, figuring out marriage laws. It’s a lot. Having been in the industry for a few years, I’m happy to provide advice and help plan your Nashville elopement!
6 Months Out
Once you’ve decided to elope in Nashville TN, and are starting the planning process, there are a few vendors you’ll want to book right away. From the moment you decide to elope, the first thing I recommend is booking your photographer. Photographers are likely booked 6-12 months prior to the wedding date. However, Nashville elopement photographers like myself it’s a different story. I work with couples that like you, are planning things quickly so we work together to book your elopement right away. After booking your elopement photographer, look into an officiant. Whether you have a friend that will marry you, or looking for someone local, start that process sooner than later. Next, some of the more fun things, find your elopement dress, and location.
If you’re looking for places to elope in Nashville TN, check out my list of recommendations, here!
5 Months To Plan Your Nashville Elopement
After you’ve booked your Nashville elopement photographer and officiant, it’s time to find a few more vendors! Once you’ve found one vendor, it’s usually super seamless to find the rest as your chosen vendor can probably provide you with recommendations! If you book me as your Nashville elopement photographer, I have a group of preferred vendors I can totally send your way. I want you to enjoy the elopement planning process and celebrate your love story. So, start looking into hair and makeup artists (if you want one), a florist, and travel! It’s important to get your hotel and travel arrangements made early as Nashville is a tourist hot spot. The Nashville International Airport is 9 miles from downtown, and a hub for multiple airlines. Consider a car rental for your stay so you’re able to explore and check out the incredible culinary scene.
4 Months Until Your Big Day
If you haven’t found your dream elopement dress yet, now is the time to do it! At this point you may need to pay for an expedited dress. However if you’re looking for something simple, check out stores like, LuLu’s, Azazie, and Reformation.
3 Months Until Nashville Elopement
While you plan your Nashville elopement it’s time to find your shoes, jewelry, other wedding day accessories. Hopefully you’ve found your dress and are able to find fun accessories for you and your partner. If you are having a wedding party, start talking to those people and getting all of their outfits figured out. Lastly, plan your dinner reservations for after your elopement ceremony! Nashville is full of delicious food and fun. Reach out if you’re looking for recommendations!
1 Month to Plan Your Nashville Elopement
At the one month mark you’re going to want to solidify your wedding timeline. It doesn’t have to be incredibly detailed as there won’t be a ton of things going on – which is the beauty of an elopement! Consider when sunset is if you want to have your ceremony later in the day. If you have any questions about your timeline, reach out to me! I’m here to help.
1 Week Until You Say I Do!
Last but not least at one week out, go get your wedding license! Your wedding license is valid for 30 days, and needs to be turned in within 3 days of the ceremony. Write your vows, and get ready to say, “I do!”
Choosing to elope is such a beautiful and adventurous way to celebrate your love. I cannot wait to celebrate alongside you both.
Looking for your dream Nashville elopement photographer? Let’s chat!