Are you planning a destination elopement, but aren’t sure where to go? As an elopement photographer, I’ve had the privilege of photographing intimate wedding ceremonies in some of the most stunning locations around the world. One of the most important decisions couples make when planning an elopement is choosing the perfect destination. The destination sets the tone for the entire wedding day and creates the backdrop for stunning photographs that will be cherished for years to come. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect destination for your elopement:
Your elopement is something worth investing in – it is your wedding day, and something you’ll fondly look back on for years to come. It’s important to be on the same page as your partner about how much you want to spend on your destination elopement as a whole, and what your priorities are for the day. You can check out this post about planning your budget here, this post also includes a list of things you may want to consider budgeting for.
Before you start researching destinations, take a moment to consider what you and your partner enjoy doing. Would you and your partner like to elope somewhere meaningful to your relationship, or are you looking to adventure to a new destination for your elopement? Do you prefer adventure activities or relaxing on the beach? Are you looking for a cityscape or a quiet countryside? Think about the places that you’ve always dreamed of visiting, and consider if they would be a good fit for your elopement.
You may also want to consider where you want to honeymoon. Do you want to stay at your destination for your honeymoon, or travel somewhere else? Thinking about this can help determine where to elope.
One of the biggest draws of an elopement is the intimacy it provides. Think about the level of privacy you want for your wedding day. Do you want to be completely alone or are you open to having a small group of family and friends? Consider locations that can provide the level of intimacy you desire.
The season you choose to have your destination elopement can greatly impact your options. If you’re looking to get married during the winter, you may want to consider a destination with a milder climate or one that is known for its winter sports activities. If you’re planning a summer wedding, you may want to consider a beach or mountain destination.
After you and your partner discuss and get on the same page regarding your budget and preferences, let your imaginations go wild! Make a list of all of the potential places you want to visit or may want to elope to. The sky is your limit!
Tip: You may want to each create a list individually, then open a bottle of wine and discuss the options. Are there any places you both listed? Start to focus on where your lists overlap. And, if there is no overlap then start discussing which you each prefer and look at them online. Google Earth is great for exploring the locations and getting a visual!
When planning your destination elopement, it’s important to consider the logistics of getting there. If you’re planning on getting married in a foreign country, you may need to apply for a marriage license or complete other legal requirements. Additionally, you’ll need to consider travel expenses, accommodation, and any necessary visas or vaccinations.
You and your partner chose the perfect destination elopement spot for you! Congratulations on this big step – this is so exciting! Now you’ll want to nail down some logistics.
Before deciding on a destination, it’s essential to check if there are any permits required for getting married or taking photos in certain locations. Many natural areas require permits to protect the environment and to ensure the safety of visitors. If I’m your destination elopement photographer, I will look into and acquire any necessary permits required for photography.
Hiring your photographer and videographer (if you’re having one) is important to do early, since they can be a valuable resource in the planning process, and if you have one you like you want to make sure to reserve them for your date! Here’s an article about hiring the right destination wedding photographer for you. You may also want to consider hiring an elopement planner to help you navigate the legalities and details of getting married wherever you chose. Depending on your comfort level you may also want to explore hiring a destination wedding service like DestinationWeddings.com which helps you coordinate your travel plans, find venues and vendors abroad, and more.
As an elopement photographer, I know that the scenery and landscapes can make all the difference in your wedding photos. You’ll want to do some research on potential destinations and look for places with breathtaking scenery that would make for beautiful backdrops in your photos. Consider local landmarks, national parks, and other natural wonders. If you hire me as your destination elopement photographer, rest assured, I will actively be researching photo ops for you and looking for the perfect shot to memorialize your elopement!
If you’re unfamiliar with a destination, it can be helpful to seek out the advice of locals. Consider reaching out to wedding planners or photographers in the area who can provide recommendations for ceremony locations and photo opportunities.
Choosing the perfect destination for your elopement can be a daunting task. Still, with careful consideration and research, you can find a location that perfectly reflects your personality and provides a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos. Happy planning!
I’m Lexi! I am passionate about documenting eloping couples all over the globe, in a place that’s special to you. My approach to your day is as honest as you experience it + less of the stiff stuff. I’d love to hear what you’re dreaming up for your wedding day!