Adventure Elopements are growing in popularity, especially within the rise of a pandemic where many weddings are having to be rescheduled or downsized to family only events. Adventure elopements allow couples to express their adventurous side and get married in a location that is unique to them, often with breathtaking scenery. Though these weddings often have far fewer people and require much less planning than the average wedding, there are still a few logistics to work out. One of the most vital parts of planning an adventure elopement is deciding where to make this life-changing event happen. We've come up with a few tips on how to choose the perfect adventure elopement location for your big day.
The possibilities for choosing a place to hold your elopement are endless. We suggest selecting a site that is meaningful to your relationship. Start by narrowing down some of your favorite outdoor activities such as hiking, beaching, or even boating. Eloping in a location that has meaning to your relationship makes the event that much more exceptional. A few places to consider having your adventure elopement may be:
National Parks such as Yosemite or Yellowstone
A spot overlooking a lake in the mountains of Colorado
The Deserts in Arizona
Once you've decided on a spot that means a great deal to you both, start researching the best time to visit that location. Since you will most likely be outdoors, you want to make sure that you are not choosing to get married during a rainy season or amidst extreme temperatures. If your elopement location is a peak tourist spot, such as the beach or a busy hiking trail, you'll want to plan for a time of year that is typically less busy. Keeping your elopement as private as possible will help make for positive lasting memories.
Lastly, you want to make sure that you have a spot in mind to exchange vows. The top of a mountain or a beautiful overlook is a great place to do so and makes for gorgeous pictures. You want your spot to be somewhat easy to access and require as little hiking and climbing.
Before you finally get to say "I do," always double-check with your location for any permits you may need. Double-checking with your location's city or state guidelines will help keep things running as smoothly as possible on your big day.