We’re proud to say that jaw-dropping elopements are a constant here on GWS — and they have been since way before they were popular. So it’s no wonder we’re always getting asked to share recommendations for the best places to elope! No longer does the term “to elope” conjure up images of the past, where a couple runs away and marries in haste. Rather, eloping has become an adventurous and romantic option to consider when planning your vows.
Why all the sudden interest in eloping? Well, elopements are intimate, so you get to focus all of your efforts on the two of you instead of catering to a crowd (not to mention saving on all the costs involved with a big wedding). Some couples love the idea of it being just the two of them, an officiant, and a photographer; sometimes they’ll include parents, siblings, a best friend, or a pet. Because you two don’t have to worry about the grand set-up, table arrangements, or all the things that go into the festivities, you can relax and focus on just the two of you and finding the best place to elope. Many couples choose to elope abroad, so not only does that make for a cool story, but you’re all set for a grand adventure following ‘I Do!’
The Best Places to Elope
The best place to elope depends on the couple and their personal style…from colossal mountains to beaches in France, and painterly lake views, there is no shortage of awe-inspiring elopement locations. We’ve sorted through our favorite elopements to bring you some destination inspiration! Hang out with us as we dish out our top 25 best places elope (in no particular order)!
Horseshoe Bend + Antelope Canyon
First up, Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona. Known for its insanely gorgeous view of the water framed by the canyon walls, Antelope Canyon is also nearby and set on Navajo land (about a 20-30 minute drive). Known for the ‘slot canyon,’ visitors can walk through the giant slabs of rock and take some seriously cool photographs! We’ve been to both and highly recommend checking each out…quite impressive and easy additions to our list of the best places to elope!
The Island of Ibiza
Just one look at these misty, sun-kissed photos in Ibiza and you’ll fall in love with this setting. Whether you choose to tie the knot in Old Town or out on the shores, you’ll have a magical and exotic celebration.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
A velvet quilt of verdant moors, jagged + rocky mountains, glistening lochs, and colossal sea cliffs—this is the Isle of Skye in Scotland. It’s known for being a mystical + magical place, and as the land of fairy folklore!
The Fijian Highlands
These two were determined to keep mindfulness at the center of their Fiji elopement; being present in the moment + grateful for the same. When we think of Fiji, images of turquoise waters and sandy beaches come to mind. However, that’s not all there is to these gorgeous lands!
Joshua Tree’s Desertscape
Are you inspired by the Southwest? Do you love the desert? What about easy California vibes? Joshua Tree is one of the best places to elope for desert lovers! Get all the starry nights, local plant life, and dreamy sunsets.
In a Treehouse
Yosemite National Park
If you love the mountains, adventurous hikes, and insane views, Yosemite National Park in California may be for you! Nothing beats the incredible sights + photographs across the legendary park….
Los Angeles — With the Dreamy Skyline in the Background
See More From This Magical Nighttime Ceremony in Front of the Ancient Petra Treasury
photography by Tyler Rye at the Petra Treasury + Wadi Rum Desert, Petra, Jordan
Utah Desert Canyons
The Moroccan Desert
In the Gardens of Barcelona
They said their vows in the majestic Dolomites in northeastern Italy, and in case that doesn’t sound enchanting enough—they were surrounded by clouds of flowers, had a picnic on a mountain top, and then spent the evening down by the lake.
A Glacier on Ipsoot Mountain
Death Valley National Park
It’s hard to imagine an elopement more classically romantic than surrounded by lush forest and age-old trees. Forever on our list of one of the best places to elope, any iteration of ‘the woods’ is sure to be magical.
Arches National Park in Moab, Utah
From Adventure Instead, “I met Holly & Zach before sunrise at Delicate Arch trailhead and I was blown away when I saw them dressed in all black. The contrast was incredible as I photographed Holly in her black dress and veil blowing through the wind next to Zach’s black suit in front of the picture-perfect arches. We started hiking just before the sun came up and headed straight under the arch where they said their vows and exchanged rings—it was so beautiful and perfect! After their ceremony, we explored the red-orange rock formations that towered all around us. They climbed on top of the rocks, ran around in the sand, and popped a bottle of champagne to celebrate their new marriage.” Sounds pretty perfect to us!
photography by Adventure Instead
Fairy Tale Castle in Germany
If you’ve always dreamed of your wedding day as a real-life fairy tale, look no further than Burg Eltz, a medieval castle in Germany with classic Bavarian charm.
White Sands National Monument
Lake Louise in Alberta
Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada is unlike any other place in the world. With glistening turquoise waters framed by snow-capped mountains and lush Evergreens, it’s definitely one of the best places to elope in North America!
The Faroe Islands
Can you imagine saying “I do” surrounded by rugged, coastal cliffs? The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 volcanic islands tucked between Iceland and Norway. Grab your hiking boots for this one and get ready for the most amazing waterfalls, lakes, and sea views.
Iceland’s green + rocky cliffs that overlook the ocean make for one stunning location! Complete with waterfalls, black sand beaches, and intriguing remnants of an old plane crash—Iceland is definitely for the adventurous duo and more than worthy of being listed on the best places to elope!
In Front of a Waterfall
While some may be concerned about offending family members for not including them in the day, many couples have told us after announcing that they had chosen to elope, everyone was really supportive. Ultimately, the day is about you two and celebrating your love. One major thing to consider if you’re wanting to elope in a foreign country—make sure to check out the local embassy’s marriage requirements + restrictions. Sometimes the process is a lot lengthier and special documents must be filed in advance.
So, can you imagine yourself eloping with your loved one? Just you, them, an officiant, and the photographer in some incredible location? Where would YOU go?