5 Wedding Traditions to Include in your Elopement

Photo Credit: MJ Photography

Photo Credit: MJ Photography

Exchange Vows

One of the most meaningful and heartfelt moments of any wedding ceremonies is the exchanging of the vows.

The traditional wedding vows have deep rooted history. They come from England but date back to medieval times. Some couples choose to use the classical vows while others write their own. There is no right or wrong way to write or exchange your vows. Mix and match your own with the classical vows, or include poetry, song lyrics, or quotes from your favorite books or movies.

Share your sacred words with one another from a mountain top, a park, your backyard, wherever your meaningful place may be.


Invite a Few People

To legally get married in Washington State you must have an officiant and two witnesses, so why not invite a few more friends, family members, and pets?

There are no rules to weddings and elopements so make your special day truly your own. Whether that is including your immediate families or your closest friends or only inviting an officiant and grabbing two strangers as witnesses, it is up to you and your partner to decide what feels right for the two of you.  

Samantha & Matthew Venue: Treehouse Point Photographer: Luma Weddings

Samantha & Matthew
Venue: Treehouse Point
Photographer: Luma Weddings


Flowers: Flourish Flowers Photo Credit: Jen Lee Light

Flowers: Flourish Flowers
Photo Credit: Jen Lee Light

Hire a Photographer

Your wedding day is one for the books and you will want to be able to look back years from now and reminisce on your big day!

We highly recommend hiring a professional photographer for weddings both large and small. The most special moments are typically the quietest moments that a professional knows to look for. Those moments look different on every person and every couple and you will be so happy you made the investment in having a professional capture your wedding.


Dress up for the Occasion

It’s your wedding day! Even if you’re not walking down a traditional aisle or hosting a large reception, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear what makes you feel special on your big day. Wear something that makes you feel celebratory, comfortable, and confident.

Mark and Amy said “I do” when Stephanie married them at Chetzamoka Park in Port Townsend after they picked flowers at Wilderbee Farm and made their wedding rings in a private session at With These Rings!  Photo Credit: MJ Photography

Mark and Amy said “I do” when Stephanie married them at Chetzamoka Park in Port Townsend after they picked flowers at Wilderbee Farm and made their wedding rings in a private session at With These Rings!

Photo Credit: MJ Photography


Cake: Wildflower Cakes Photo Credit: Jen Lee Light

Cake: Wildflower Cakes
Photo Credit: Jen Lee Light

Cut the Cake

The great Julia Child once said that a “A party without a cake is just a meeting.”

We think we speak for everyone when we say that nobody wants their wedding described as a meeting. So bring cake, or a dessert of your choosing, and celebrate for goodness sakes! You just got married! It is time to party and eat that extra slice of cake, dance cheek to cheek, get a buzz off that second glass of champagne, and dream of what is to be.