We eloped in Colorado, but what do we do now?

One of the questions I get the most from my couples is what the heck they’re supposed to do once they’ve said “I do” & smooched? With traditional weddings, it’s pretty standard – the couple is whisked away to take photos, the family goes to a cocktail hour, the happy couple shows up to start the dinner, and then everyone hits the dance floor before heading home. But what should you do after an elopement or intimate wedding? The possibilities are endless and it’s totally up to you! Here are some of my fave ideas from previous couples. 

  • Camping trip – This can be such an awesome escape after the intimate wedding. A nice campfire is a great way to relax with your guests or alone with bae at an epic location while soaking up all that Colorado has to offer. I’ve even heard of some couples hiring a local band to sing around the campfire. Don’t you dare forget the s’mores. Check out these amazing camping spots.

  • Hire a private chef – A lot of my intimate wedding couples rent an Airbnb and hire a private chef to cook afterward for their guests! Hiring a private chef is more affordable than you think and it’s a great experience for everyone involved to have an intimate, memorable dinner to celebrate. I have a personal partnership with a Private Chef that works with my couples – ask me about how to contact them!

  • Take a vacation – Even though traveling right now is challenging, there are definitely ways for you and bae to take a trip while staying safe. Do your research online to find out what restrictions are in place wherever you want to go and then pack your bags! There’s something special about your first trip together as a married couple. There are so many places here in Colorado you could travel to without taking a plane! My favorite locations within in Colorado are:
    • Buena Vista
    • Gunnison
    • Telluride
    • Grand Junction
    • Steamboat Springs

  • Low-key night – I never want my couples to feel pressured to do anything that doesn’t fit their personality. So if you don’t want to do anything special, you don’t have to! Some couples choose just to head back to their hotel or Airbnb, soak up some alone time in a hot tub, play some games, and then cuddle up on the couch before passing out from their exciting day.

  • Host a small party – A majority of my couples aren’t from Colorado, so once their intimate wedding is over we say our goodbyes and they hop on a flight back home. To celebrate their marriage with close friends and family who weren’t at their elopement, some choose to bring everyone together for a small party back at home! You can do something casual like pizza and beer or go fancier with a catered dinner and drinks – it’s totally up to you. 

There are so many ways to celebrate after your intimate wedding or elopement and it’s always fun to see what my couples come up with.

Looking for more ideas on how to create the beautiful elopement you and bae deserve? 

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