Are you thinking of including a Wedding Day Hike? I’ve got tips for you when considering how to make it happen! Whether you are thinking of eloping in the wilderness, or just enjoy one of your favorite things together, a hike on your wedding day can be a memory of a lifetime. Hiking can take us to the most magical places we experience, why not have that on a day like your wedding day too?
During the peak tourist season, parking spots at the most popular places and most trailheads fill up early. If you start your hike too late in the morning, you will struggle to find a good parking spot. I recommend a sunrise start for those wanting a morning ceremony and hiking adventure. If sunrise isn’t your jam (I’m a night owl so I completely understand!), then consider doing a hike in mid-afternoon, after about 3pm as hikers begin to finish their early hikes and head out. Some locations are still busy this early in the afternoon, and some hiking areas also restrict ceremonies or may be more difficult for photos. So consult with your photographer (hi, me!) which options might be best for your event.
Don’t leave the good shoes at home! If you’re planning a wedding day hike, this probably isn’t your first one and you know how important a supportive shoe is. Ditch the glamour and dust off your hiking boots for this one.
Think about your motivation behind wanting to include a wedding day hike. Is it to embark on this adventure of marriage in a unique way that is meaningful to you? After your ceremony, soak in the joy of newlywed bliss. It’s okay to leave the guests behind. Give them time to explore the park on their own and then meet back up if you desire for happy hour, dinner, or other celebrations.
Depending on your wedding dress style, you may consider purchasing a second wedding outfit to wear on your wedding day hike in the Tetons. A second Because of the weight and length of some wedding dresses, it can be difficult to maneuver without damaging them. You may end up with a torn train or dirty hems (which to be honest is always a possibility in an outdoor wedding). Or, consider hiking in “regular” clothes and changing when you get to your destination. Either way, the photos are sure to be a show stopper.
This might be the best time to share your vows with one another in a semi-private setting. Away from the eyes and ears of your guests, you can read them and enjoy these moments of togetherness after your ceremony.
You shouldn’t need much so pack light. Bring some water, a small snack, and your bear spray. Maybe a bottle of champagne for popping! Unless you’re planning a longer hike, then you might need a few more essentials. If you’ve applied for a dispersed ceremony permit and plan to have your ceremony on your hike, you’ll also need to make sure you bring along any necessary paperwork, your officiant, and wedding witnesses.
Message me today with any questions you have about planning your elopement photography and wedding day hike.