Eloping Attire: Comfort and Style Considerations for a Memorable Elopement

When it comes to your elopement attire, remember that you’re the star of the show. Choose an outfit that makes you feel confident, comfortable, and beautiful, and don’t worry about what others think.

What do you want to wear on your wedding day?

I’m going to hit you with another disclaimer here before we dive right in. If it hasn’t sunk in yet, your elopement day is all about doing exactly what you want to do—so your attire is no different.

Ultimately, you should feel 100% comfortable, happy, beautiful, and wonderful in whatever you wear, so please don’t feel any pressure to wear something that doesn’t speak to you.

Your perfect wedding attire is the one that best “fits” you—if you’re happy, comfortable and feel amazing, you’re doing it right. There are no rules—pick what you love the most!

It’s helpful if you can find a local shop or boutique to try on a few styles in person. Even if you’re planning to eventually make your purchase online, it’s nice to see how different styles look and feel on you in person so you are confident that you have a good idea what you’re looking for before making an online purchase.

When picking out attire, remember that you’re likely going to be wearing it all day—so consider how heavy it is, how comfortable it is how easily you can move in it. Think about what activities you plan to do in your attire, and what kind of attire would work best without holding you back from having tons of fun.

Don’t Forget to Layer Up

Weather can be very unpredictable in the great outdoors, so if you’re eloping somewhere that could be chilly, cold, or windy—layers are going to be your best friend!

In high elevations in mountainous areas it can snow as late as June and as early as September, and snow can last year-round in some spots. Even if it’s just a chilly morning, cloudy, or a bit windier than expected on your day, having an extra layer to put on, can make all the difference in the world to how much fun you’re having.

Knowing how to layer and which layers to choose is going to be hugely important to ensure your elopement experience is comfortable and full of excitement—there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear! (OK, sometimes there’s bad weather, but gear is going to make all the difference). Base layers. I highly suggest wearing fleece or wool leggings or yoga pants underneath. More than one layer can be beneficial, too (depending on the time of year and location). If your baselayer matches your skin color, it will blend in well for photos!

Mid layers. Bring something warm like a sweater, shawl, fleece, or down jacket depending on your environment. Consider bringing an option to keep you warm that you won’t mind being photographed in.
Outer layer. This is your primary defense against the elements! A rain shell will protect you from rain, snow, and wind.

Accessories. Keep those extremities warm! Gloves, mittens, a beanie, ear warmers, a scarf, a buff, etc. Blankets. This is a great option for warming up between exploring and makes for great, cuddly photos, too!

Hand & body warmers. Total lifesavers, I swear by these! I highly recommend having some to stash in your pockets, gloves, mittens, and to pass out to any guests! Layer Recommendations You know the drill—check out some of these excellent sources for great layers that’ll keep you warm and will help you stay true to your style.


Merino wool
Tulle for dresses and skirts (it’s light, and moves well)
Satin or silk skirts (also light and move well)


Heavy cotton shirts (doesn’t dry quickly)
Linen (wrinkles too easily)
Synthetic fabrics like rayon or polyester (tend not to breathe well)
Dresses with crepe or suede layers (they wrinkle easily when packed away)

Choose a dress that is easy to get in and out of, or even better, a detached skirt and separate top. Skirts lots of light layers move well and look great in photos. Choose a skirt with a high slit for easy movement, and make sure you have a way to hold the train if you opt for a longer one.

Choose a dress with pockets if you can, because, well duh.

Remember, your attire is all about making you feel good. Choose an outfit that reflects your personal style and makes you feel confident and comfortable. With these tips in mind, you’ll be sure to make a great impression on your special day.

And if you’re looking for an elopement photographer to capture your experience, reach out today and let’s get started.