How to Elope in Wisconsin

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Ever since 2020, there has been a rise in intimate weddings and elopements across the world. This guide on how to elope in Wisconsin will be great for any couples who are looking to escape the norm and do things their own way!

Let’s be honest, eloping can be whatever you want it to be! I’ve seen elopements in national parks, on glaciers in Alaska, on a beach in Hawaii and right here in Madison at a venue that was just as decked out as it would have been for a full wedding, but had the simplicity of an intimate wedding.

As someone who eloped herself, I can guarantee that our day did not mean anything less than a full sized wedding with 200 guests. The most important people surrounded us as we said our vows and exchanged our rings. Or dear friend officiated our ceremony. By eloping, we were able to do what we wanted, not what was expected of us.

There was nothing that I regretted at our wedding because at the end of the day, we were married. And that is the only thing that mattered to us!

Photo by Kaley Rae Photography

Weddings have as much meaning as you give them. Your wedding should be a symbol of uniting your love for one another. It should be a symbol of your relationship and the rest of your lives. It doesn’t matter how many people are in those chairs or pews. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you two are starting your lives together as a team through one of the craziest “in sickness and in health” times.

All you need to get married in Wisconsin is an officiant, two witnesses and YOU (+ your partner). And don’t forget your marriage license.

Even if you choose to elope, you can include the elements of a traditional big wedding.

You can use technology to video call your friends and family from where ever you are on your wedding day —they’ll feel like they are there celebrating with you. Maybe splurge and get that botanical bouquet you wanted but couldn’t justify the cost of before. The dress or suit you bought for your traditional wedding can still be worn at your elopement! There are no limits on your elopement day!

bride and groom walk down a street in downtown madison after their intimate wedding

And you know what? You can still have your party when all of this is over. I guarantee you, your wedding will not be any less special because you’ve eloped. You can still celebrate with your people when it’s safe. It will still be one hell of a party. And I’d love to capture that too.

Looking to elope? Let’s do this. Contact me and we will capture you, your life, and the ones you love — even if they aren’t there.

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