We here at The Venue Report adore elopements for many reasons. One such reason is their limitless potential for creative ceremony locations, from mountaintops to airplanes – an amazing opportunity for spectacular photos that traditional weddings can’t offer. Additionally, eloping affords couples the chance to truly dedicate time and energy towards cementing their relationship via a meaningful event. Finally, what better way is there to kick off married life than with an unforgettable journey? You can start your new chapter in life in style!
Maui things to do options are endless, and thus it is one of the best places to explore. The Kapalua Coast is one of the most beautiful places to get married if you want to make your vows in a secluded and unspoiled environment. Artistic photographers and experienced event teams are on hand to help make your wedding dreams come true. When evening arrives, you can watch the sunset from the best seats in the house at Kaanapali Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante or Waicoco, then retreat to The Ritz-Carlton’s Banyan Tree for your reception dinner. Alternatively, hotels like Four Seasons Wailea and The Westin Maui have full-service elopement packages in collaboration with local wedding planners White Orchid Weddings.
From the Brooklyn Bridge to Michelin-starred restaurants, New York is home to countless world-famous landmarks, making it the ideal location for a romantic elopement ceremony in City Hall. Whether you choose Bemelmans at The Carlyle, Princess Diana’s favorite place in NYC, or your favorite spot in Soho or the West Village, you can hold an intimate dinner or lunch. It is hard to choose between New York’s restaurants due to their high quality.
1. Barbara, California
Santa Barbara is an ideal spot for eloping in the U.S., with its tranquility, dreamy atmosphere, and unutterable beauty. Its venues and properties are perfect for weddings that embrace the beach and delectable vineyards of Santa Ynez Valley and fashionable Montecito. The venerable Santa Barbara County Courthouse, constructed in 1929, is a highly sought after site for nuptials, as well as San Ysidro Ranch and The Hotel Californian. If desiring even more privacy, head to northern Big Sur.
2. Lake Tahoe
Although it is not a national park, the largest alpine lake in the United States attracts more tourists than Yosemite every year. The blue waters, quaint villages, and stunning views of snow-capped mountains make Tahoe a popular destination for couples planning mountain elopements. You only need to worry about how stunning your wedding announcements are once you’ve sent them out to family and friends.
US National Parks, USA
The United States is home to countless beautiful national parks, from Yosemite’s iconic Half Dome to Acadia’s stunning Atlantic shoreline. Each area offers its own distinct attractions, making them ideal locales for outdoor weddings and elopements. As such, many American couples have chosen these spaces for their special days. Our up-and-coming elopement guide will include honeymoon inspiration in states including Colorado, Washington, Utah, and Alaska.
New Orleans, Louisiana
If you and your partner are foodies, fans of Bayou culture, and looking for a unique elopement venue, New Orleans should be on your shortlist.
The northern Caribbean, off the coast of Venezuela, is home to Aruba, a Dutch-speaking island that boasts claims to fame such as annually hosting the world’s largest vow renewal ceremony. TripAdvisor has named Eagle Beach on the island the best beach in the Caribbean for two consecutive years. Alternatively, for a more romantic event, couples can elope with Renaissance Aruba’s private island package, featuring a fleet of flamingos as witnesses. Not into beaches? Take a Monforte Luxury Cruise around the Caribbean Sea. For an even more intimate occasion, arrange with Aruba Bell Tents and have your own private chef serve up a multi-course dinner at your ceremony’s seaside location.
The Caribbean island of Jamaica is the perfect place for American couples to tie the knot. With a wealth of activities like bobsledding, ziplining, snorkeling, and beach-lounging, there is something for everyone. Resorts in Ocho Rios, Negril, and Montego Bay offer all-inclusive oceanfront retreats ideal for elopement ceremonies. The Caribbean’s most storied hotel, GoldenEye, also calls Jamaica home; it was here that Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond novels. To make things easier on couples planning an elopement, either contact the resort’s event planner or consider booking one of several idyllic chapels: located above the water at Sandals South Coast or Half Moon.
St. Lucia is renowned as one of the Caribbean’s most romantic locales, and it certainly lives up to its reputation. With pristine beaches, and two dramatic peaks towering in the distance, you could spend days truly feeling cut off from the rat race. Thankfully, it’s a short flight from North America, and accommodation options range from elopement packages to resorts such as Jade Mountain and Sandals. Couples who would prefer an aquatic exchange of vows might consider taking advantage of Soufriere’s numerous catamaran wedding services. Alternatively, Vigie Beach Blow Hole or the Cove Beach BlowHole at Cap Maison offer stunning backdrops for an outdoor ceremony, or lash-fluttering breathtaking views for couples at Superman Waterfall or Sapphire Falls.
Romantic weddings are perfect in the City of Lights. From its charming facade buildings and cobblestone streets to its world-class museums, palaces, historic windmills, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower, the city of love is full of romance. You should hire an elopement photographer to document your big day since Paris elopements are like something out of a fairy tale.
In addition to the ancient ruins, classical fountains designed by Bernini, charming cobblestone alleys, and rustic sun cascading across Roman rooftops, couples can find romance in almost every corner of the city. Whether you want to elope in the Coliseum or a luxurious hotel, Rome has a number of wonderful options for a romantic evening of pasta and stargazing.
Many couples across the globe consider Iceland an otherworldly destination and flock to its magnificent waterfalls, natural hot springs, and untouched beauty. If you’re looking for a breathtaking backdrop for your special day, eloping in this awe-inspiring country is the way to go. For those wanting to go all out with their ceremony, the renowned Blue Lagoon is perfect for a sunrise wedding. Couples keen on a more adventurous experience can rent a Jeep and explore Snaefellsnes National Park or the stunning beaches and waterfalls along the Golden Circle route. Maybe even witness the night sky put on a show of dancing Northern Lights for you following your nuptials.
As a romantic getaway for couples, London offers a lot. It is cosmopolitan, cutting-edge, and offers hotels and properties that offer excellent service, facilities, and aesthetics. There are also many picturesque parks and well-known attractions in the area that can be used in your elopement photos. Anyone can find a neighborhood that suits their taste.
Nestled in the Indian Ocean is the stunning “Island of the Gods,” Bali. Home to a plethora of stunning flora and fauna, coupled with its elegant beaches and lush tropical gardens, it is no wonder why it is ranked as an ideal elopement destination by experts and wedding planners alike. It may be a long way from the United States, but once you arrive, you can bask in luxury at an accommodative price. Take your pick from two five-star resorts in Ubud – Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay and Tanah Gajah Ubud – for a romantic escape that won’t cost you an arm and a leg!
Can you imagine saying “I do” in Antarctica? Atlas Ocean Voyages makes it possible to host an extravagant elopement on the uninhabited continent. Of course, such a remote location comes with a hefty price tag – but what better place to capture those special memories and obtain a marriage license? With approximately 30,000 adventurers traveling to Antarctica each year, there are plenty of unique photo opportunities for your magical day.