How to have a sustainable outdoor elopement ceremony

So you want to have a beautiful Pacific Northwest elopement. I’m so excited for you! Let’s make sure your outdoor elopement is intentionally planned, and that you leave the location of your ceremony better than you found it. Once you’ve found the perfect spot for your ceremony, consider these three tips in your planning. And if you’re still learning about elopements and don’t know where to start, let’s chat! I’m more than just a photographer, I also help with location planning, local tips, and will connect you with other elopement vendors. 

How to respect the outdoors on your wedding day:

1. Familiarize yourself with The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace. These principles will help you minimize your impact on wilderness areas. For more on logistics and legalities for locations in Washington, check out my post on ‘What to bring hiking for your adventure session or elopement day’.

2. Skip the confetti. Confetti can be damaging to the environment, and even if you choose biodegradable confetti to toss you should clean it all up afterwards, and it is very difficult to clean up. If you do want to clean up what you’ve tossed, here are ‘7 Sustainable Alternatives to Confetti at Your Wedding’.

3. Have a land acknowledgement as part of your ceremony and support Indigenous organizations by donating money. This is a great way to be respectful and intentional, while giving thanks for the land you are having your wedding ceremony on. Learn the history of the location you are interested in having your elopement wedding, and acknowledge the truth.

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Photography by Betty Elaine is a Seattle Adventure Wedding and Elopement Photographer in the Pacific Northwest. Servicing weddings throughout Washington and National Parks, including Snoqualmie Pass, Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic Peninsula, North Cascades, and San Juan Island. Betty's professional work features beautiful editorial wedding photography, elopements, and anniversary sessions. Travel is available to other locations outside of the Washington area for local, national, and international wedding photography. As a wedding photographer with a passion for adventure and travel photography, Betty has photographed across the United States, and Europe.