If you’ve decided to have an epic destination wedding or elopement… YAY! I’m so excited for you and this adventure. Now comes the hard part… where are the best places to elope?!!
Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting an elopement location:
First and foremost, pick a spot that is meaningful to you two. Please please please do not just pick the place that you see all over Pinterest, or the place that everyone on Instagram is eloping at. Pick a spot that holds meaning and significance to you two, the best romantic places to elope are going to be the places that are most meaningful to you and your partner.
For example, choose somewhere that you both have traveled to before and loved, or choose a place that’s on both of your bucket lists, or pick somewhere that has history or lineage in your family. If you both love mountains and hiking, consider Colorado or Switzerland or Banff. Or if you prefer the ocean and tropics, consider Hawaii or Costa Rica. If you are intrigued by culture and architecture, consider Italy or Santorini.
There are so many options to choose from, but make sure that you don’t feel pressured into a spot because it’s where everyone is going or where your family/friends want you to go. Pick a place that holds meaning and significance to you two.
When you’re saying “I do,” you don’t want flocks of strangers or tourists passing by, gathering around, or heaven forbid… taking pictures!! You want to be in the moment, zero distractions, and totally present with your partner.
For this reason, I strongly recommend selecting a spot that has minimal foot traffic, or at least picking a day of the week that is less busy in this spot. For example, if you choose to get married on a beach, a Saturday or Sunday is not the best day to do that.
Definitely keep in mind the climate of the destination you choose, as well as the time of year you’ll be getting married there. The weather in certain destinations can vary drastically, so make sure you don’t pick Florida during hurricane season or Costa Rica during rainy season. Do your research and make sure you don’t set yourself up for disaster by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Unless, of course, you two have an obsession with rain and want to elope in a downpour with umbrellas. In that case, you do you! (:
Finally, if you are choosing to invite family and friends, make sure the spot is not too complicated to access. If the geography is complicated, transportation is confusing, and the spot is so remote that people will have a stressful experience trying to get there, maybe reconsider your location OR reconsider inviting guests. If you are inviting elderly guests and eloping in the mountains, make sure you don’t stray too far from the trailhead so that your guests don’t have to worry about hiking up.
Keep these things in mind when planning, and do your best to consider all factors before landing on a spot to elope.
If you’re still totally lost, I’m sharing below a few spots that I highly recommend.
Whether you’re wanting to elope on the beach, in the mountains, or somewhere totally exotic, here and some of the best places in the world to elope.
If you want more specific details about any of these places, let’s chat! Fill out my contact form and I can share more info on how to elope in these destinations. Finally, if you know you want to elope but you’re wondering where to start, check out my guide on how to plan an elopement.