Where to Elope

The ultimate guide for choosing the best elopement location

The place you choose to say your vows matters.

Imagine getting to marry your best friend in a place you only ever dreamed of going. You could jet set off to Iceland and say your vows on a black sand beach in front of the ocean, or maybe you head to Alaska and take a helicopter to the top of a Glacier for your ceremony. Maybe you have an epic off-roading adventure through the desert for your day, or you could relax on a beach in Hawaii instead.

Wherever your dream elopement destination might be, I've got an updated passport, and I'm always down to hop on a flight! There is nothing I love more than exploring a new place with my couples - and with my extensive travel experience, you can count on me to help you plan an incredible trip.

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The 5 most important factors to consider when choosing your elopement location

Choosing your elopement location is one of the most important and exciting decisions you will make throughout the planning process. With so many incredible places all across the world to choose from, it's easy to start feeling overwhelmed with so many options. To help you narrow down your decision, here are the 5 most important factors to consider when choosing your elopement location.

1. Scenery

Start by considering what type of scenery and landscape you want to experience on your elopement day. There are so many different types of landscapes to choose from, such as epic mountains, glaciers, redwood forests, foggy coastlines, desert, red rocks, tropical islands, warm turquoise water, and so much more. All of these options can feel a bit overwhelming, so consider what kind of scenery takes your breath away, and makes you feel something? What type of locations have you two fallen in love with in the past? Think about your favorite places you've ever been, and what you loved about them. What type of landscape do you want to be surrounded with as you say your vows?

2. Weather

Consider what type of season you want to experience on your elopement day. This is an important factor, because weather directly effects the type of activities you can do, how accessible certain locations will be, and what the scenery looks like. It's important to remember that season exist differently in different locations, so make sure you do your research! For example, so many couples are shocked to find out that Spring time in the mountains actually means lots of snow and mud still! Luckily if you are wanting to elope during a certain time of the year, that doesn't mean you are limited to a certain season, because while it might be the dead of winter here in the US, it is warm and sunny on the other side of the world. There are also plenty of locations that stay about the same year round (such as the Hawaiian islands).

3. Experience

Your elopement location should reflect your personalities, and the type of experience you are wanting to have, so it's important to consider what type of activities you want to spend the day doing. Are you super active and adventurous? Maybe you want to elope in a location that offers a lot of outdoor activities and excursions. Or maybe you are more laid back and would prefer something a little more relaxing and luxurious. Do you love immersing yourself in local cultures and traditions? Maybe jetting off to a foreign country is the perfect adventure for you. Don’t feel like you have to climb a mountain just because you saw a cool photo on Instagram. Create an experience that is authentic to the two of you, and plan a day of activities that you LOVE.

4. Accessibility

Once you’ve narrowed down the type of scenery, weather, and experience you want to have for your elopement, another important factor to consider is how far you are willing to travel for your dream location. Do you want to stay closer to home, or are you open to hopping on an international flight? Different types of scenery can sometimes only be found in specific parts of the world, and in addition to that, some spots might be in a more rural location that requires hiring a tour guide, off-roading, chartering a helicopter, hiking, backpacking, or even boating. Decide how far you are willing to go, and how adventurous you want to get for your elopement. If you are inviting guests, it’s also important to keep in mind what they will be capable of, especially if you plan to have guests that might have trouble on certain terrain.

5. Privacy

In this day and age it is becoming harder and harder to find privacy in the outdoors. The last thing you want when you are saying your vows and pouring your heart out, is to be surrounded by tourists. The best elopement location will be have both stunning scenery, and offer some seclusion for your ceremony. I've found that there is usually a tradeoff between how secluded a location is, and how accessible it is. Beautiful locations that are easy to access are typically going to be very popular, so it's important to choose whether privacy or accessibility is more important to you. If you dream of eloping somewhere that is very popular (like a national park) consider choosing a weekday, or off season when you will find less crowds.

2021 Travel schedule

Meet me at any of these locations for reduced travel fees! If you think you want to elope in a spot that you don’t see on my calendar, don’t hesitate to reach out! I am always adding more places to my schedule.

may

October

valley of fire, nevada / utah / colorado

San juan mountains, colorado / moab / zion

June

November

Yosemite / Joshua Tree / Alabama hills / colorado

Kauai, hawaii / colorado

December

July

colorado / texas

San juan mountains, colorado

August

January

Alaska / colorado

patagonia, chile / colorado

September

Washington / oregon

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Elopement location ideas

+ Moab, Utah

+ Zion National Park

+ Glacier National Park

+ Joshua Tree National Park

+ Yosemite National Park

+ The Mojave Desert

+ Ouray / Silverton Colorado

+ Glacier National Park

+ Banff, Canada

+ The Oregon Coast

+ The Washington Coast

+ Big Sur / Point Reyes

+ The Redwoods

+ Mt. Renier National Park

+ The North Cascades

+ The Olympic National Park

+ Horseshoe Bend

+ Antelope Canyon

+ Alaska

+ Kauai, Hawaii

+ Iceland

+ Morocco

+ The Faroe Islands

+ Greenland

+ Patagonia, Chile

+ African Safari

+ The Amalfi Coast of Italy

+ New Zealand

+ The Swiss Alps

+ Norway

+ Bali, Indonesia

+ Isle of Skye, Scotland

+ Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

+ Santorini, Greece

+ Cappadocia, Turkey

+ Petra, Jordan

+ Peru

+ Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Not sure where you want to elope? I have traveled all over the world, and spent countless hours researching places that I think would be perfect for an elopement!

Reach out to get more information on any of these spots!

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Destination Elopement FAQ

Is it okay if we don't know where we want to elope yet?

Do you travel internationally for elopements?

Yes! Most of my couples reach out to me before they have picked their elopement destination! One of my favorite things to do is help couples find the perfect destination for their day. Shoot me an email and we can set up your free elopement consultation to discuss different location options you might love!

Yes! I am a highly experienced traveler, and have documented love stories all over the world. I offer specific packages for international elopements - you can check out more pricing information here: Elopement Packages + Info or reach out for detailed pricing guides. There are no additional travel fees for any of my international packages.

Do you shoot outside of your travel schedule?

What does an international elopement experience entail?

Absolutely! I love love love traveling, and am always down to add a new place to my list! My travel schedule is a great place to get inspiration for awesome spots to elope, but if you don't see a spot you love, feel free reach out and we can discuss different options.

When you hire me for your international elopement I will help you craft the most incredible experience where you are immersed in the local culture and breathtaking landscape. I take care of all of my own travel expenses, and also assist you with planning out the logistics of international travel. If you think you want to elope internationally then reach out! I have a long list of highly researched location ideas that would be perfect for an elopement.

Is it difficult to get married in a different country?

This depends on so many factors! More often than not though, it is going to be a more complex process to get married in a different country. Many countries have strict guidelines, waiting periods, and even bloodwork requirements - which is why so many couples choose to take care of the legal paperwork back at home. The logistics of planning an international elopement might be more complex, but I will help you navigate all of that, and make the process as stress free as possible.

What makes a good elopement location?

I am a big believer that the place you choose to say your vows matters. There are a few common factors to consider when choosing your destination: scenery, privacy, weather, accessibility, and the experience you want to have. In my experience though, the best elopement location is a place that reflects your relationship, and gives you the space to be fully present and connected with each other.

Do you take care of your own travel costs?

Yes! My elopement packages are all inclusive, so there are no additional travel fees at all. I book all of my own flights, accommodations, and transportation to make the process as easy and stress free as possible.

How much coverage should we book for our destination elopement?

For destination elopements I highly recommend booking multi day coverage, so I can document a bit more of the adventure than just the wedding. I am a story teller at heart, so I absolutely love to be a part of a multi day experience, and document those memories.