Recently gotten engaged and looking for the best elopement ideas? Sometimes finding that special place to marry can be the biggest challenge and is often one of the most important. After all, this is your one day that you will be remembering forever. It’s the place where your marriage will begin. It will be the place that you will want to come back to for anniversaries and special occasions because of the significance and memories you share. Marriage is an adventure and where you get married can be too! Your elopement doesn’t have to break the bank by going to some exotic locale in another country! Here are five unique elopement places in the United States!
1. Watch Hill in Rhode Island
This venue by the shore is straight out of a novel. With the ocean nearby and the elegance of gardens and blue skies, it just breathes romance! This historic locale offers options of getting married in nature with the backdrop of a historic building. A timeless place that speaks of beauty and love. A classic option for a wedding.
2. Mendocino, CA
There’s just something about California. After all, it’s a place full of stories from Hollywood to the Golden Gate. Tucked away on the northern coast of California, Mendocino offers options that only a place like California could provide. From the open plains to the ocean tides there are options to capture who you are as a couple and the adventurous life you will have? Best part, California is home to hundreds of wineries to provide you with a unique toast to your new life.
3. Tree House Point in Issaquah, Washington
Treehouses aren’t just for children, they can also be a charming location to get married. Nearby exciting Seattle, Treehouse Point is a hidden spot in a Pacific Northwest forest filled with character and greenery. Nature is as inspiring as your vow. Not only is it a great venue to get married in, but it also has overnight accommodations. Not only do you get to get married in a treehouse, you can also spend the first night of your marriage in one!
4. Barrett Gardens in Sonora, CA
Tucked away in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Sonora is the heart of California wine country and the gateway to the amazing wilderness adventures of Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe. At the Barrett Gardens you can have an elopement thru an arch of roses. Rustic refinement to outdoor adventures is all available within a day’s trip!
5. Rim Rock Ranch in Pioneertown, CA
While many of the locations on this list have been forests, there is also a place for those who love the desert. On the arid edge of the desert surrounded by the famous Joshua Trees is the Rim Rock Ranch straight out Hollywood of the 1940s! It was built to house the stars and directors of cowboy movies made in the era. If you’re a fan of Westerns or really just a lover of desert the Rim Rock Ranch is for you.
No matter what sort of destination you are looking for there is a creative option for your elopement. What is your dream? What do you envision while saying your “I Do’s?” There’s a place to make it happen, right here in the US…. we promise you!
7 Secrets for the Best Elopement Ever
Getting married is the biggest, most exciting day of your life, and this applies whether it’s a 500 person event in your hometown church or a Destination Elopement. In fact, because most of the elopements we see at Best Elope Ideas happen within a quicker time frame, it becomes even more important to have everything together.
Here are our Top 7 Secrets for the Best Elopement Ever:
1) Choose Experts that are Locals - Destination wedding photographers who travel the world to photograph weddings, while very talented experts with the very best of equipment, do not know the local area like a resident would. Residents typically know hidden venues that you can't find doing a "Google Search”, and they usually have connections to make the impossible, possible.
2) Always have a Weather Plan - . You never know if it will rain on your wedding day. Many of the hotels or B&B's you will be staying at will have private indoor rentable space. We suggest making the call when you book the hotel so that a plan is in place. Many elopement photographers will simply wait out the weather and continue on with the ceremony once the rain has passed.
3) Make Sure to Know the Legalities that Apply - 2 weeks prior to your arrival, connect with your officiant for updates to marriage license requirements. Municipalities in each city require different documentation and it's important to be sure you are up to date with their rules and laws imposed by their state. Your officiant will assist in this process.
4) Listen to Your Photographer - Get a nice dress hanger. Personalized or silk wedding hangers make all the difference and look leaps and bounds better in photographs than the hangers provided by most hotels. Your photographer may also suggest shooting at a different time of day, using a different part of town, or bringing certain props to the shoot. Obviously you’re the customer and know what you want, but everyone can save a lot of time and trouble if you default to your photographer in areas where she may have more experience.
5) It’s all in the Details — Your ceremony is one of the biggest events of your entire life, so leave no stone unturned. Make sure to pick amazing ceremony music and bring your iPod, iPhone, or anything else that can play “your song” as you walk down the aisle and have our first dance. Music is also one of the single most important (and cost effective) things that can be used to set a romantic mood at an intimate elopement. If you have a slightly higher budget, you may even want to spring for a solo violinist or guitarist for a truly magical setting.
6) Personalize, Personalize, Personalize. - Your special day is your day, and it’s special because of all of the details that apply to you. Don’t try to please everyone else, you are who matters. If you have a favorite color, add it everywhere, or wear a wedding dress in that shade. If you’re a die hard fan of a certain sports team, incorporate team colors or little footballs into your bouquet or cake. If there’s a place where you met your honey that you’d like to be featured — this is the time for you to let your personalities shine through. No one will judge you for having monogrammed everything on your wedding day, trust me. If there are children involved, you can also involve them by adding them into the ceremony or by having them write a sweet framed message to their new step parent to be displayed on your after-ceremony dinner table.
7) Themes - Your special day is a celebration, and there’s no better party than a themed party. It doesn’t have to be wild and over the top (unless you want it to be) but you can definitely have a theme whether it’s carnival or shabby chic. Above all, if you’re having a destination elopement, make sure to take advantage of the location you’re in — you picked it for a reason. Try horseback photos in Louisville or Carnival masks/Second-line dancing in New Orleans.
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