For some couples, elopement is a great alternative to the traditional wedding. Planning a romantic escape to some picturesque location to exchange wedding vows has never been more fun. As the number of couples opting to elope increases, so does the search for the best places to elope to. Elopement is no more the taboo it used to be, and instead of being just a marriage of haste like before, these days it’s just a more adventurous, more romantic and seclusive option.
Another factor that might endear couples to elopement is being able to save on costs, as they wouldn’t have to cater to a crowd. Instead, they could invite-only their nearest and dearest, and save money for their honeymoon and marriage instead. Couples looking for unique elopement places can have a look at our list below. You can check out Wedding Forward as well for even more options of best places to elope in the world.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Top on our list of most beautiful places to elope is the Isle of Skye in Scotland. An intimate location of colossal sea cliffs, velvet moors, lochs, an elegant coastline as well as rocky mountains. A fairy tale land with magical landscapes and medieval castles, this location is a dream come true for an adventurous and picturesque elopement wedding.
Nevis, West Indies
The smaller of two islands in the Caribbean, Nevis is home to sandy beaches, palm trees, and a generally chill atmosphere. There are dive sites in the warm water, and seaside bars at this elope destination. After your wedding, you could spend your honeymoon diving among stingrays and turtles or exploring the colonial relics and Georgian style buildings in the island capital of Charlestown.
The capital of the Tuscany region of Italy, Florence is another gem in our list of unique eloping ideas. A truly romantic location, it is home to art and architectural masterpieces, lush vineyards, and delectable cuisine. It is no doubt a place to consider when thinking eloping ideas.
Use the advantage of Iceland’s natural beauty to create a most memorable wedding and perhaps even honeymoon. With its dynamic landscape of hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, black sand beaches, waterfalls, and rocky cliffs. It is no wonder that lots of couples choose it for their elopement wedding destination.
An archipelago located in the mid-Atlantic, the Azores are a group of islands in Portugal characterized by fishing villages, picturesque landscapes, green pastures, a lake of fire (Lagoa do Fogo) and much more. If you are looking for one of the best and cheapest places to elope, this just might be it.
The Beaches of Normandy
This unique and romantic coastal spot in France is a great idea for an elopement. With its white sandy beach and beautiful landscape, some people call it the second most romantic place in the country after Paris.
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
Popular just before sunset, this location in Page, Arizona features breathtaking views of the Colorado River framed by canyon walls. One of the best places to elope in the US, it is also close to Antelope Canyon, another lovely, picturesque location.
Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
This Caribbean island in Trinidad and Tobago is another great spot for a destination wedding or elopement. Known for its beautiful waterfalls, beaches, historic forts, and rainforests, it has numerous perfect spots for an intimate ceremony. It is also one of the cheapest places to elope on our list, so makes a great option if you are on a budget.
Yosemite National Park, California
If you’re looking for where to elope in US, why not choose an iconic location with fantastic views and a breathtaking landscape. Yosemite National Park is a genius option for the couple looking to elope and also not spend a fortune.
An adventurous couple will adore this option with its incredible sights, mountains, ancient trees, and picturesque hiking trails. Choose Yosemite for a romantic elopement.
Another island destination, this archipelago in Malaysia is an idyllic location for the couple seeking blissful solitude. Known as the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is made up of 99 islands and is located off the mainland coast of Malaysia. The perfect place for an elopement beach wedding.
There are so many places to choose from when trying to find the best places to elope. However, each couple is unique and the choice of location would depend on their personal style, needs and wants for the occasion. From beaches to lake views, cliff tops, and nature, warm weather or wintry white. A location close to home or one far-flung, a wedding on a budget or none at all; the options are many. One thing to keep in mind is the entry and marriage requirements for locations abroad if you choose a far-flung escape. Whatever your choices, they are sure to make for a fun and memorable time together as you say your I Dos.