5 Tips for Planning an Adventure Elopement in Texas Summer

5 Tips for Planning an Adventure Elopement in Texas Summer

5 Tips for Planning an Adventure Elopement in Texas Summer

This guide will help you make some great decisions if you’re thinking about having an outdoor wedding or elopement in the heat of Texas summer.

I recently talked my brother and his girlfriend into hiking at Colorado Bend State Park to do an elopement photoshoot. I don’t know if it was sheer excitement clouding my thinking or if I thought getting away from Houston humidity would change the fact that Texas is just plain HOT in the summer. I’ve lived in Houston my whole life and should totally know better by now. But thankfully we brought a lot of water to stay hydrated. Even though we were all sweating our butts off it was a fun adventure and the pictures turned out great if you ask me! I can’t wait to go back, but next time will plan for just about ANY other time of the year, haha!


This trip got me thinking about some tips and tricks if you’re considering eloping or having an outdoor wedding in Texas! Specifically in the summer months. So here are a few of my recommendations!

  1. Don’t do it. If it’s at all an option, pick a different season or a different state. I think it’s way too hot in Texas to be having an outdoor elopement, especially an adventurous one. Heat stroke is a real concern y’all! If getting married in the summer is super important to you, maybe consider an alternative more northern location, like Colorado 😉
  2. If you absolutely must get married in the summer and in Texas… Consider a sunrise hike! I met with a couple for a early morning hike, we got there before the sun came up (hiking in the dark is so so cool, such a different experience—don’t forget your headlamps!) and the heat was much more manageable. We didn’t start sweating until the end of the session, as opposed to dripping in it the entire session!
  3. Pick a location that has water you can take a dip in and cool off! There are several locations in Texas that have cool rivers or lakes you could take a break and cool off in. This feature was such a saving grace with the day hike I went on with my brother and Diane. Colorado Bend State Park has a waterfall we’d hiked to, and at the bottom, that water was so refreshing.
  4. Pack a tumbler or thermos with ice water and invest in a cooling towel you can soak up some ice water with. Placing those on your neck and head can make such a big difference!
  5. Skip the suit jacket (or heavy/layered dress). I think it’s easy to get stuck in the mindset of your wedding looking a certain way. But you can wear short sleeve button up with suspenders and a tie (or bow tie, if you like bow ties, please wear a bow tie) and look just as good and not risk suffering from a heat stroke! Or, if you’re wearing a dress, find one that his lace or a more breathable fabric and less layers.

There you have it folks! Just a few tips to help you beat the heat on your wedding day. I think the most important tip of all, is to consider a different season or location. Texas summers are no joke. Heat related deaths kill hundreds every year and are 100% preventable. Be sure to know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke if you’re venturing out in the summer months!


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  1. Jeff Brummett

    September 18th, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    As a Texas resident, I second the first tip for outdoor weddings in Summer! =)

  2. Puf creatif

    September 18th, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    We’re going to shoot a wedding in Texas next year. And we can’t wait to come over!

  3. Traci Edwards

    September 18th, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Texas can be pretty hot in the summer lol

  4. Daniela

    September 18th, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Wow, it must be really hot in Texas in summer! I’m sure this helps a lot of couples considering to elope there!

  5. magdalena

    September 18th, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    This elopement photos are such refreshment!!! Excellent work and editing!

  6. Kara

    September 18th, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Even though it gets hot these are super cute! And yes — taking a break by cooling off in the water is always a good idea =)

  7. Aimee Flynn

    September 18th, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    These are great, and tip #1 actually made me lol. Awesome tips, for any hot state (I’m from AZ and these are true of summers here, too!)

  8. Greg Hastain

    September 19th, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Yessss, I love the idea of making sure to have water nearby to cool off! It’s easy to be comfortable when you have what you need! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Sarandy

    September 19th, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Makes me want to elope in TX but I feel ya, its is HOT as Heck here in Arkansas too.

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