Packing for the mountains takes consideration and skill. If you’re not sure what to wear for a Dolomites elopement, here’s everything you need to know for higher altitude, wind, rain and sun!
Hiking boots. Even if you regularly hike in tennis shoes or sandals, you’ll want hiking boots with good ankle support for hiking in the Dolomites. The Dolomite rock is slippery, the trails can be muddy, and the stones are loose and tend to slide around. You need the ankle support and extra grip of a proper hiking boot! Tennis shoes are also generally NOT waterproof, and won’t hold up to mud or rain, which can happen at any time.
It should go without saying, but also don’t wear barefoot style shoes or hiking sandals either. The rock is too uneven and the small stones will get under your soles constantly. As much as I love walking and hiking in both those styles of shoes, they are not ideal for Dolomites trails.
Layering is the magic secret to staying prepared in the mountains. You need to be prepared for anything, even in summer. Temperatures can go from warm and comfortable in the valleys to chilly and frigid at higher altitudes, even on sunny summer days. You’ll find yourself layering up and de-layering multiple times a day, so invest in things that are light and easy to put on.
Always have the following:
If you sweat a lot, bring an extra base layer. Sweat will soak your clothes, and as you get to higher altitudes or windier conditions, you’ll lose body heat quickly in damp clothes. At the summit, it’s common to take off sweat soaked base layers and put on a dry one for the break and hike down.
The same goes for socks.
Again, think in layers when planning what to wear for a Dolomites elopement! Pack lots of fun accessories like white shawls, ear muffs, funny socks, and scarves, and a white sweater to beautifully layer with dresses of all colors.
Choose suits or pants with a tailored fit but fabric that stretches a little.
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.
Invest in a garment bag for your trip. It will save your dress/suit while on the plane, and a good waterproof one is a game changer while hiking if you don’t want to stay in your attire all day.
My Favorite Garment Bags:
Check out more options on this blog from The Knot!
Practice packing your attire away at home before you go. It will make things easier if you need to change multiple times on the trail, and make sure you fold things away in a manner that will prevent wrinkles.
Consider bringing a travel steamer for your dress or suit if it is one that easily shows wrinkles!! No matter how good you pack it, a couple days of travel will wrinkle most fabrics and white shows wrinkles. Pack a small portable steamer if this is something that will drive you crazy.
Pack your dress shoes for photo ops, but do not plan to wear them much.
An elopement photographer is a very intimate part of your day, and they can make or break your Dolomites elopement experience. Choose wisely. Pick someone you vibe with, who makes you feel supported, relaxed and seen. Your photographer may just be the only other person with you on this important day!
I recommend video chatting with multiple photographers and choosing the one you feel most at ease with.
If you want someone local to the Dolomites, trained in wilderness medicine, full of dad jokes and possibly part mountain goat – hey, stranger, let’s talk about it! I’m Mariah. I live in the Austrian Alps and Italian Dolomites and these peaks are my playground, gym and office.
My Dolomites elopement packages start at €3,850. To find out more about what’s included in my packages, check out my packages and pricing page here.
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