Are you ready to think out of the box and create a complete experience for your Elopement, Micro Wedding or Wedding day? These 100 activity ideas can help you plan a unique to you experience that you love, full of lasting memories you never want to forget. Whether it be incorporating bucket list items such as skydiving or favorite past times such as wine tasting – do not hesitate to create the day of your dreams.
Gone are the days where a traditional wedding is the only option. From Adventure Elopements, Wedding Weekends and Destination Weddings to Eloping on the Oregon Coast and any other variation – the sky really is the limit to your Wedding or Elopement.
Celebrate your special day
At it’s heart, what makes your day special and important is that you are marrying your best friend. However what makes your wedding day even more special special is celebrating this moment in your relationship. You don’t want to just legally get married and call it a day. This is meant to be a special day and your marriage is worth celebrating!! The question is how do you two wish to celebrate? What do you love to do? What is special to you?
Create your ‘Must Have’ list
If your day is not going to feel complete or special without a first dance, and sharing dessert together – no problem! Reception or not, those activities are easily accomplished in a variety of ways! If including all your family and friends is a huge must on your day – then include them all! Your day should be unique and special to you both. It is great to have your ‘must have’ list determined from the start and if you haven’t yet, now is a great time to chat with your fiancé about your combined ‘must haves’ for your wedding day. What will make it special for you both? Once you have your list, bring these ideas to your planner, photographer and full vendor team. They can definitely help in bringing your dreams to life!
Create your Dream Day list
At this time you ideally have your ‘Must Haves’ list that you have created with your partner. Great! Now it’s time for one more list to create with your partner. For this list, you get to answer the question: What would be the most amazing day together? What would be included? What would it look like? I refer to this as your ‘Dream Day’ list because it can be so fun to brainstorm together and see what your joint dream day could look like.
Now that you have two lists – your ‘Must Haves’ list when you think of your wedding day and then your ‘Dream Day’ list when given free reign on what an awesome day together could look like… do you see overlap? Do you see ways to incorporate part or all of your dream day list into your wedding day? Or perhaps some other variation?
Permission to Focus on You
I want to take a moment to mention, in case it has not already been mentioned to you during your planning process, do know that you should be able to have whatever kind of wedding day that you both want. This is meant to be a celebration for you. You have permission to focus on you. You can include or not include guests of your choice. Truly – your wedding day is about you both and any compromising that may be taking place is hopefully between you two only. 😉
Incorporating True-to-You Activities into your Day
Planning your day with your lists in hand will hopefully shed an entirely new light on what your unique wedding day can look like and include. By keeping your dream day activities in mind, you can begin seeing how you can incorporate them into your day while not compromising your must haves (ideally). Of course, compromises may have to be made here and there but do not hesitate to reach out to your vendor team when it comes to brainstorming how to incorporate some unique activities. I especially love helping couples create their dream day! There is usually a way! 🙂
Choose activities that you two love! Have your own adventure – whatever that may look like! Have you always wanted to go sailing? Include a captained sailing trip or do a sunset cruise! Do nostalgic arcade games, sharing an ice cream sundae and taking a sunset stroll sound like the best activities to add to your day? Do it! Looking for gorgeous vistas but not interested in a hike? Not a problem! There are always some vista options with little to no hiking required. If your dream includes more than what you can feasibly fit into your actual wedding day, then include it in the honeymoon or turn your wedding day into a wedding weekend with loved ones! The options are endless!
The activities below are ideas that can be incorporated into your day, day after, weekend, or more. What you will not see listed are the ‘traditional’ activities that make up an Elopement or wedding day (Prep, First Look, Ceremony, etc.). For complete Timeline examples, see further below.
100 Activities for your Elopement or Wedding Day
- Air Tour
- Amusement Park/Fair
- Arcade Fun Time
- Backpacking Trip
- Bar Hopping
- Beach walk
- Bicycle Ride
- Bird Watching
- Board Games/Game time
- Brewery Tour
- Bungie Jumping
- Campfire time
- Camping Weekend
- Champagne Pop & Toast
- Chase Waterfalls
- Dance in the rain
- Deep-sea fishing
- Dirt Biking
- Drive-In Movie Theater
- Enjoy Dessert Together
- Escape Room
- Explore a National Park
- Farm to Table Experience
- Farm U-Pick
- Ferry Ride
- First Dance
- Float Plane ride
- Get Couple’s Tattoos
- Glass blowing
- Guided Experience
- Guided Hike
- Hang Gliding
- Happy Hour
- Helicopter Ride
- Horseback Ride
- Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Hot Springs
- Hot Tub time
- Ice Skating
- Jet Skiing
- Kite Boarding
- Laser Tag
- Listen to a Live Band
- Live Wedding Painting
- Microbrew Tasting
- Motorcycle Ride
- Mountain Biking
- Play Mini-Golf
- Popcorn & a Movie
- Private Tour of Scenic Location
- River Float on an Inner Tube
- River/boat Cruise
- Road Trip
- Rock Climbing
- Roller Skating
- Romantic Getaway in an Airbnb
- Scavenger Hunt
- Scooter Ride
- Scuba Diving
- Share a meal together
- Skinny dipping
- Skydiving or i-fly
- Sleigh Ride
- Stand up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
- Stay in a Treehouse
- Stroll through a Park
- Sunrise watching
- Sunset watching
- Train Ride
- Wake Boarding
- Water Skiing
- Whale Watching Tour
- Whitewater Rafting
- Wind Surfing
- Wine Tasting
- Zip Lining
Not sure how to incorporate some of these into an Elopement or Intimate Wedding day? Here at Myrtle Creative Co., I love working with you to put together Itinerary ideas for your specific day and I Would love to chat! Here are some example timelines to get you started:
Example Timeline for the Oregon Coast
Specific example for August on the Oregon Coast with couple and approximately 8 guests.
|Bride to be getting into dress by
|Groom to be at First Look location
|First Look, followed by couples’ photos
|Bride + Groom to have a few moments prior to ceremony for final touch up. Great time to hydrate, have a snack and refresh
|Ceremony begins at beach in front of Airbnb
|Ceremony complete approx.,
|Signing of Marriage Certificate
|Fun group photos with friends
|Time to bustle dress if needed. Prep for dinner.
|Prep for departing the Airbnb
|Groom + Bride to Depart Airbnb for other beach location
|Arrive other beach location for sunset adventure time. >First Dance above the ocean >Explore the sand dunes >Watch your first sunset together as husband and wife >Walk on the beach and have fun!
|Groom + Bride to Head back to Airbnb (approx.)
|Arrive back at Airbnb to re-join guests >Dessert with friends! >Sparkler time on the back deck with friends! >Change and relax for beach campfire time with friends!
|Official end of Photography time
Example Timeline for Sedona, AZ
Specific example for October with couple and guests throughout a full day and day after sunset adventure session.
|Photography time begins Hot air balloon liftoff location >Sunrise hot air balloon ride begins with couple only
>Bring a breakfast picnic!
|Sunrise Hot air balloon ride ends approximately >Celebratory champagne toast upon completion
|Return to Prep area for break + perhaps a nap *Photographer leaves you at this time to rejoin in early afternoon so you can fully relax!
|*Photographer returns! Prep Time >Swap between each of you
|Prep for off-road tour before Ceremony with guests
|Picked up by Pink Jeeps for off road tour/trip to ceremony site
|Ceremony at designated location
|Ceremony complete, approximately. Pink Jeeps pick-up and continue tour with guests to sunset location
|Arrive to sunset location by this time
|Back in the jeep to return to town for dinner!
|Dinner with guests!
|First Dance under twinkle lights
|Gather guests for sparkler photo fun to end the evening.
|Official end of Photography time
|Meet up at trailhead for sunset hike in the red rock
|Begin hiking >Make sure to have headlamp, water, dinner snacks >Change of clothes, layers
|Along the hike up we will stop for some photos, and enjoy the scenery.
|Enjoy dinner snacks at the top, refresh and explore while enjoying golden hour and sunset time.
|Begin hiking back down
|Return to parking lot and say goodbye! Official end of Photography Time
Example Timeline for SW Washington at a Farmstay
Specific example for October with couple only and vendor team at Thiselle Creek Farmstay yurt airbnb.
|Photography time begins
Couple’s Prep together
|Roam around the farm
|Groom + Bride to depart to nearby river/bridge area to explore
|Time to explore! >Check out the bridge, waterfall and riverside
|Head back to Airbnb Yurt
|Return to yurt Airbnb to relax >Desserts >Song time (these two are musicians and singing to each other was the sweetest thing and something they wanted to include.)
|Change into cozy clothes for continued relaxing time >Wine + snacks >Cozy game time! >Enjoy popcorn and get ready for a movie night.
|End of Photography Time
I hope this has been helpful to you for your own day! Whether you are planning a snowy winter elopement that includes snowshoeing to a hot springs, or a summer beach wedding that includes ‘beach hopping’ and exploring all there is to offer in the area of your choice – do it! And also, don’t hesitate to let your vendors know you want to do something unique and chat about some options.
And finally, do bring your photographer along (me)! 😉 You don’t want to miss out on having these special moments captured and I love being your unofficial tour guide as needed! Are you ready to chat about ideas for your day? Would love to put together custom examples for you! Reach out here. Ready to plan your Elopement or Intimate Wedding Day? Check out my Four Step Elopement Guide here.
Myrtle Creative Co. is your Intimate Wedding and Elopement Photographer for love + adventure. Ann Marie provides custom planning assistance, vendor referrals, itinerary creation and so much more so you can have the day of your dreams. Reach out today for your Wedding Photography needs!