Elopement vs Wedding Photographers


Wondering about the differences between elopement and wedding photographers? Or maybe you are confused about choosing the right professional for your big day?

If yes, then this is the right place for you! In this blog post, we will look at the differences in the services provided by two photographers.

However, before understanding the differences, you need to learn what an elopement and a regular wedding are. Both events follow a different course of the timeline.

Elopements are intimate wedding celebrations that are unique and meaningful for couples. They don’t involve the tradition of inviting guests like regular weddings. The entire process is very private and often involves just the bride and the groom. The locations chosen for elopement are typically serene, idyllic, and peaceful. You can elope to any place that you have dreamed of with the love of your life. Be it magnificent mountains, golden sandy beaches, or pristine turquoise lakeshores – anything! Basically, elopement is a marriage celebration but without a reception, First Dance, speeches, guests or extravagant buffet, and cocktail parties. It revolves around just the two of you as a couple.

On the other hand, regular wedding celebrations involve all the traditions and customs with a guest list ranging from 50 to 200+ people.  

Who is an elopement photographer?

As the name indicates, an elopement photographer is one whose job is to specifically shoot elopements, intimate destinations, or micro-weddings. The photos mirror the intimate and unique experience of lovebirds.

Who is a regular wedding photographer?

A wedding photographer is typically hired for a course of 8 hours to shoot the big day’s festivities. This involves capturing all the special moments during the ceremony and reception, wedding party, cake-cutting ceremony, First Dance, family portraits, getting-ready pictures, bridal party photographs, and much more.

What is the difference between the two photographers and which one is the perfect choice for you?

Elopement photographers can sign your marriage certificates and provide you with multiple suggestions for tying the knot in a unique way. They also help in the planning process such as finding your dream location, planning a timeline, and helping with adventurous activity ideas. So if you are planning to elope with the love of your life to an idyllic dreamy location, hire an elopement photographer to help you with the planning process.

Wedding photographers are for you if you love traditional marriage festivities and are planning to have more than 30 guests. They are perfect if you are getting married at wedding venues like churches, gardens, barnyards, and manor houses. In addition, you can also hire a wedding photographer if you want to incorporate all the traditional timelines into your big day and want someone to capture all the special moments for you ranging from the getting-ready pictures to the sparkler exit – absolutely everything. 

Hope the above post on the differences between elopement and wedding photographers proves to be helpful for you. If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to reach out to me. Let’s create your dream wedding pictures together!

Venue: Red Rock Overlook

Planner: Elopement Las Vegas

Photographer: Kylee Joy (Kristen Joy Photography Associate Photographer)