Runaway Bride: 32 of the Best Places to Elope Around the World

There’s no denying that elopements have increased in popularity over the last several years. Between navigating pandemic restrictions and the increasing cost of hosting an event, more couples are opting to elope to save themselves stress and money. But choosing the perfect place to elope can be a tall order!

While eloping used to have a bit of a stigma to it since it was typically done in secret, today’s couples are embracing the elopement with a sense of creativity and fun! And that means that many couples seek out unique and memorable destinations to exchange their vows.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable elopement location, you’ve come to the right place! Forget the traditional church or courthouse wedding – these unique locations will make your big day truly special. We’ve gathered a list of some of the coolest and most unique places in the world to exchange your wedding vows. From beautiful beaches and stunning mountaintops to epic city views, we’ve got epic wedding venue options for every type of couple. So pack your bags and get ready for an adventure as you say “I do!”

Best Places to Elope In the USA

If you’d like to stay in the country, there are many epic elopement locations to consider. From romantic cities, sandy beaches, and even the wilderness, these spots are sure to make for a memorable location to exchange your vows. Once you’ve found the perfect elopement dress, just grab an officiant and a photographer and plan your ceremony at one of these spots in the United States:

Niagara Falls, New York

One of the coolest places to elope is in front of a natural wonder like Niagara Falls. With its roaring waters and gorgeous scenery, it’s an incredibly romantic setting for your ceremony. Become partners in life aboard a boat like Jim and Pam in The Office while overlooking the majestic falls.

Yosemite National Park

Another great option for nature-loving couples is Yosemite National Park – there are so many breathtaking spots to choose from, like Tunnel View or Glacier Point. Or, for an incredibly unique experience, you can exchange your vows at the top of Half Dome! All you’ll need is yourselves, your officiant, and perhaps a pre-made wedding bouquet!

Empire State Building, NYC

If you’re looking for an urban setting with an incredible view, consider getting married at the top of the Empire State Building or One World Trade Center. Not only will you get a bird’s eye view of New York City’s skyline, but you’ll feel absolutely on top of the world after you say your “I do’s!”

Central Park, NYC

For a more intimate elopement in the city, Central Park is a beautiful option with plenty of photo-worthy spots. From beautiful gazebos and stunning bridges to lush gardens and forest backdrops, Central Park offers endless options for couples to consider when choosing a spot to elope.

San Francisco City Hall

For something a little more traditional but equally spectacular, try eloping at City Hall in San Francisco – it’s famous for being one of the most beautiful courthouses in the world. Spanning two city blocks, it is a landmark of architectural beauty. Both the inside and the outside are equally impressive and make for iconic photos.

Joshua Tree, California

For a truly unique and otherworldly experience, get married in Joshua Tree National Park. With its surreal landscape of giant rocks and strange plants, it’s like nowhere else on Earth. Due to the climate, this location is best during cooler times of the year, and opting for a weekday will ensure you have a bit more privacy for those epic, sweeping photos!

Big Sur, California

Big Sur is an absolutely incredible place to elope. With its towering cliffs, wild coastline, and redwood forests, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. And there are plenty of hidden spots for an intimate ceremony.

The Redwoods, California

For a truly magical and unforgettable experience, elope in the Redwoods. These giant trees are some of the oldest living things on Earth, and their size is breathtaking. There are plenty of spots to choose from, but we recommend Muir Woods for its incredible beauty.

Outer Banks, South Carolina

If you’re looking for a beach setting with a little bit of everything, the Outer Banks is the perfect place for you. With its sandy beaches, dunes, and lighthouses, it’s a sweet romantic spot for an elopement with a view of the ocean.

Maui, Hawaii

For a tropical paradise that’s sure to take your breath away, Maui is the perfect place to elope. With its dazzling beaches, lush tropical forests, and spectacular waterfalls, it’s an enchanting place to exchange your vows.

Arches National Park in Moab, Utah

If you’re looking for a unique and otherworldly experience, Arches National Park is the perfect place to elope. With its surreal landscape of giant rocks and strange plants, it’s like nowhere else on Earth.

The Grand Canyon

One of the coolest places to elope is in front of a natural wonder like the Grand Canyon. With its vast size and stunning views, it’s an incredibly romantic setting for your ceremony. Whether you plan to wed with just the two of you or invite a small group of guests, the memories you’ll have of your day are sure to be grand!

Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah

Another great option for nature-loving couples is Zion National Park. With its towering cliffs, waterfalls, and rivers, it’s a breathtaking spot for an intimate ceremony. If an adventure elopement is your dream, you can pick from one of their many trails to find the perfect spot to exchange your vows.

City Park, New Orleans

For a more urban setting with exquisite architecture, consider getting married in New Orleans. Get photos in the French Quarter and exchange your vows in the beautiful City Park. With its live oak trees and Spanish moss, it’s a truly magical place for an elopement.

Palm Springs, California

If you’re looking for a desert setting or a mod-vintage vibe, Palm Springs is the perfect place to elope. With its towering palm trees and stunning mountain vistas, as well as its kitschy hotels and mid-century modern style, it’s a one-of-a-kind spot for an intimate ceremony.

Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

For a majestic backdrop for your elopement, consider getting married in Grand Teton National Park. With its towering mountains, wildflower fields, and pristine lakes, it’s an absolutely gorgeous place to exchange your vows.

Glacier National Park in Montana

For an unforgettable experience, consider eloping in Glacier National Park. With its glaciers, waterfalls, and forests, it’s a magical place to get married. One important thing to note: in order to marry in the park you will need a special use permit, which you’ll need to apply for at least 30 days in advance.

Charleston, South Carolina

If you’re looking for a romantic and historical setting, Charleston is the perfect place to elope. With its cobblestone streets and antebellum architecture, it’s a fine spot for an intimate ceremony. The colorful buildings in downtown Charleston are full of charm, or you can embrace a coastal vibe with the beach as your backdrop.

Los Angeles, California

For an urban setting, Los Angeles is the perfect place to elope. With its diverse neighborhoods and iconic landmarks, there’s a spot for every couple to exchange their vows. Consider saying I do on top of a mountain on one of LA’s iconic hiking trails.

Key West, Florida

Key West is the perfect place to elope for couples who want a laid-back and relaxed setting. With its white sand beaches and turquoise waters, it’s a beautiful spot to get married. Spend your wedding day on the beach and book a sunset cruise for an intimate, romantic celebration.

Sedona, Arizona

If you’re looking for a desert setting with fantastic views, Sedona is the perfect place to elope. With its red rocks and stunning sunsets, it’s a romantic spot for a personal ceremony. The spiritual energy of Sedona is palpable, so if you’re after something that truly feels special, Sedona is a perfect choice.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is a true hidden gem of an elopement destination. With its misty mountains and pristine forests, it’s an absolutely breathtaking place to exchange your vows. Extend your stay for a mountainside honeymoon by booking lodging at a darling cabin where you can cozy up with your new spouse.

Las Vegas, Nevada

And last but not least, if you’re looking for a fun and festive elopement location, look no further than Las Vegas! There are so many fun and unique places to get married, from the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas to a gondola ride at the Venetian. So whatever your style, there’s a wedding venue in Vegas that’s perfect for you.

The Best Places to Elope Abroad

Paris, France

Of course, no list of epic elopement locations would be complete without the City of Love – Paris. There are so many iconic spots to choose from, like the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame Cathedral. Or for something a little more low-key, you can exchange your vows in front of the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens.

Dublin, Ireland

For a magical and enchanting setting, consider eloping in Dublin, Ireland. With its rolling green hills and historic castles, it’s a romantic place to get married that feels like something out of a fairytale!

Edinburgh, Scotland

If you’re looking for an absolutely breathtaking setting, Edinburgh is the perfect place to elope. With its medieval architecture and spectacular viewpoints of the city, it’s a perfect spot for a quaint and meaningful ceremony.

Isle of Skye, Scotland

If you’re looking for a wild and remote setting, the Isle of Skye in Scotland is the perfect place for you. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world, and not just because of the higher elevation! With its rugged coastline and towering mountains, it’s an incredible place to elope.

Tuscany, Italy

For a romantic and picturesque setting, Tuscany is hard to beat. With its rolling hills in breathtaking countryside, vineyards, and medieval villages, it’s the perfect place to exchange your vows– you’ll never want to leave! Couples from all over the world choose Tuscany for their elopements.

Santorini, Greece

If you’re dreaming of stunning sights and incredible sunsets, Santorini is the perfect place for you. With its whitewashed buildings and blue-domed churches, it’s a truly magical place to elope. No wonder it’s the most popular wedding destination in the Greek Islands!

The Dolomites, Italy

For a breathtaking backdrop for your wedding ceremony, the Dolomites in Italy are hard to beat. With their towering peaks and dazzling views, they’re an incredible place to exchange your vows with your new spouse.

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

If you’re looking for a picturesque setting with no muss or fuss, Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada is the perfect place for you. With its turquoise waters and towering mountains, it’s an incredible place for a quaint and intimate ceremony.

Machu Picchu, Peru

One of the coolest places to elope internationally is Machu Picchu – it’s an absolutely captivating setting for your ceremony. The background is unlike anything you’ll see in the world– perfect for an adventurous couple who wants a side of adrenaline with their marriage vows.

The Perfect Place to Elope

There are endless possibilities for where to elope, so pick a location that speaks to you as a couple and get ready for an unforgettable experience! This style of wedding is becoming so popular that there are whole groups of elopement photographers who focus their craft on capturing epic, adventurous marriage ceremonies!

If you’re looking for stress-free and affordable elopement packages, consider checking out Simply Eloped– a full-service elopement planner who will make your wedding amazing!

What are you waiting for? Pick one of these cool places to elope and start planning your dream wedding today!

This post originally appeared on Wealth of Geeks.

 

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Jessica Bishop is the founder of TheBudgetSavvyBride.com, and author of the best-selling book, The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer. Jessica's expert wedding advice and money-saving tips have been featured by Good Morning America, COSMOPOLITAN, Glamour, and more.