Your Guide to Eloping in Winter

How to Elope in the Snow!

Why Elope in the Winter?

Is winter your favorite time of year? Do you and your partner anticipate hitting the slopes every year? If you love the snow a winter elopement may be perfect for ya!

Winter elopements call for fun, unique adventures and the peace and solace of the snow. Include your favorite snow sports, explore a new destination, or turn to your own backyard for some winter inspiration.

Where to Elope

Best Places to in Elope in the US:

  • Alaska
  • Utah
  • Colorado

Best Places to in Elope in the Internationally:

  • Patagonia
  • Switzerland
  • The Alps
  • Canada
  • Japan

What to do for a Winter Elopement

There are a lot of ways to enjoy your winter elopement. Here are some ideas!

  • Go skiing or snowboarding at a ski resort.
  • Go backcountry skiing, split boarding, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.
  • See the Northern Lights!
  • Go for a dogsled ride.
  • Go snowmobiling.
  • Sled down slopes + have a snowball fight.
  • Spend some time by a fire
  • Stay in a backcountry yurt or cabin
  • Bundle up for a horse drawn carriage ride
  • Go hiking through the snow

Alaska Specific Winter Elopement Inspo

You can bet on me being in Alaska in the winter, so here are some epic adventures you can go on in the Final Frontier! Winter in Alaska is beautiful. You won’t see many tourists, you’ll find cheaper flights + places to stay, and you might even see the Northern Lights!!!

Here are some ideas for your winter wedding:

  • Go dog mushing and cuddle with Iditarod pups
  • Helicopter to the toe of the glacier + to snow covered mountains
  • Explore ice caves!
  • Go winter ice climbing
  • Go on a horse drawn carriage ride through a winter wonderland
  • Snowmachine to a snowy glacier
  • Go backcountry skiing to picturesque huts in the mountains

What to Wear

When eloping in winter, staying warm is a pretty top priority. Here are some ideas of things to wear so you can be comfortable on your wedding day!

Layering

Footwear

  • Wearing waterproof boots with good traction is a must for your wedding day.
  • Traction spikes, snowshoes, or skis may be helpful for traveling across the snow.

Dresses + Suits for Winter Elopements

Choosing wedding attire that is suitable for winter is also important! Here is some advice

  • Choose a dress with long sleeves for more warmth.
  • Pick attire that is a thicker material. Think velvet or silk for dresses. Wool, tweed, or velvet is good for suits.
  • Pick attire that is easy to move in + can fit base layers underneath

Tips For Staying Warm!

Along with layering and choosing fitting wedding attire, there are a few other ways to stay warm.

  • Hand and foot warmers work wonders.
  • You can also bring a backpacking stove, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or spirits to warm up with.
  • Include movement in your day!
  • Take some time inside to warm up. Break for lunch, warm up with dinner, or sit by a fire.

Other Things to Keep in Mind

Winter conditions can mean road closures and longer travel times. Always budget in more time for travel and look into road closures.

Have a plan B. Areas may become inaccessible, weather may become dangerous, or the snow may be unstable. Be ok with having a true adventure!

Always consider avalanche danger. A good way to do that is to watch the weather leading up to your day, be familiar with avalanche terrain, and get reports from local avalanche organizations.

Ready to Elope in the Snow?

I can’t wait to help you plan your adventurous wedding day. Let’s take your love on a wild adventure!

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