Winter can be a magical time to elope, with the snow-covered landscapes and cozy atmosphere creating a truly romantic setting. However, eloping in the winter can also come with its own unique challenges. Here are some tips to make your winter elopement a success.

Dress for the Weather

Winter weather can be unpredictable, so it's important to dress appropriately. Choose warm, comfortable clothing that will keep you both cozy and stylish. Consider wearing a dress with long sleeves or adding a faux fur shawl or coat to your outfit. Don't forget about warm socks, gloves, and hats to keep you comfortable. They also make large one-time-use heaters that you can buy to go on the inside of your dress to keep you warm!

Bride and groom embracing in the snow-covered Rocky Mountains during their elopement.

Choose the right location

When eloping in the winter, it's important to choose a location that is accessible and safe. Consider the driving terrain to get to said location as some places aren't accessible in the wintertime here in Colorado. Up in the high mountains, cars are required to have snow tires so make sure to check local laws to make sure your vehicle meets safety standards. Check the weather and road conditions beforehand to avoid any unexpected obstacles.

Bride and groom walking hand in hand on a snow-covered bridge during their intimate winter wedding in Colorado.

Opt for Natural Lighting

In the winter, daylight hours are shorter, so plan your elopement ceremony accordingly. Try to schedule your ceremony for the middle of the day to take advantage of natural lighting, and consider incorporating candles or other lighting elements to create a cozy and romantic atmosphere.

The newlyweds share a joyful moment in the brisk mountain air of Colorado.

Bring Hot Cocoa!

Warm beverages like hot chocolate, tea, or coffee can help keep you and your partner warm and add to the cozy winter atmosphere. Consider bringing a thermos of your favorite warm beverage to enjoy during your elopement.

Bride in a beautiful white gown and groom in a suit, framed by a snow-covered Colorado landscape.

Be Prepared for Snowy Conditions

If you're eloping in a snowy area, be prepared for the conditions. Bring appropriate footwear for walking in the snow, and consider bringing snowshoes or skis if you plan to venture off the beaten path. Bring towels or blankets to wipe down any snow before taking photos.

A Colorado elopement couple sharing a kiss under a blanket of falling snowflakes.

Have a Backup Plan

Winter weather can be unpredictable, so it's important to have a backup plan in case of unexpected snowstorms or other weather conditions. Consider having an indoor location as a backup plan, such as a cozy cabin or a local brewery or winery.

Romantic winter elopement ceremony with a mountainous backdrop in Colorado.

Eloping in the winter can be a magical and romantic experience, but it's important to be prepared for the unique challenges that come with the season. By following these tips, you can ensure a successful and unforgettable winter elopement!