How to Include Your Family in Your Elopement

Guides and Tips

Ways to have your family with you, even if they’re not physically with you.

Soooo you’re eloping! Congratulations!! But now you’re finding yourself wondering how to include your family in your elopement? Don’t worry – I’ve got my top 6 tips to help you out!

newlyweds walk down a dirt path together, hand in hand. bride and groom are both decked in their wedding attire. their surrounded by super tall trees with barely any leaves.


Have your family/loved ones write letters for you to read on your wedding day.  They can write anything from words of advice to encouragement.  Read these together as a couple at some point during the day to reconnect with your loved ones.  It’s such an intimate way for your family to still be with you during your elopement.


Stream Video

With the current state of the world, streaming a live video for your loved ones to join in on your day has become much more popular.  They can be a part of your wedding ceremony but you can still have the intimate elopement you’ve always wanted.


Throw a Party

Who says you can’t still have a reception if you’re eloping?  Host a party for all of your loved ones to celebrate the two of you getting married.  Whether it’s before or after your elopement doesn’t matter.  Have a brunch!  You make the rules!  Having a party of some sort is a great way to connect with everyone and celebrate!

newlywed couple embraces. they’re both smiling as the bride wraps her arms around the groom’s neck. this is a close-up shot of the two of them.

Hire a Photographer

Hiring a photographer or videographer for your elopement will allow your loved ones to better visualize your big day together.  Send them some pictures and videos so they can experience the magic of the day.  Even snapping a quick selfie of the two of you will have them feeling like they’re right there with you!



“Something borrowed,” right? Bring a family heirloom for your elopement so you can still feel that intimate connection with your family. Even a small brooch or watch will give you that special touch to feel your family’s presence even more.


Pre-Wedding Prep

Just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean all of that pre-wedding prep doesn’t happen.  Consider inviting your family to these events.  Things like dress shopping, choosing your bouquet and deciding on a location.  Including them in any facet will help them feel more involved even though they aren’t physically there on the day.

Feel better now that you know how to include your family in your elopement? Check out the blog to get even more guides and tips with all things wedding!

Amber is a destination elopement, intimate wedding, and portrait photographer rooted in Trinidad and Tobago but available anywhere in the world! Amber Dawn Photography has been featured in multiple international magazines and wedding blogs. She also specializes in engagements, couples, lifestyle, and boudoir sessions!

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