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Top 5 US Elopement Destinations For 2021

While 2020 saw a rise in elopements, we think the trend will continue even after it's safe to have big weddings again! Many couples are choosing to keep things small and elope to locations across the US. We've compiled our top 5 elopement destinations for 2021, including mountains, beaches, forests and more!


The Foxes Photography Colorado Elopement
The Foxes Photography
Colorado makes it easy for residents of all 50 states and basically anyone to get married and there are SO many elopement locations to choose from. The best thing about Colorado besides the shocking number of scenic elopement locations is that you can get married completely alone! You don’t need the signature of a wedding officiant, nor do you need any witnesses to sign. This is called solemnizing your own marriage and it’s awesome. However, there are some restrictions based on age, relationship (cousins are okay, super weird) and current marital status (aka no more than one legal partner at a time). For more information and restrictions, check out Denver’s website.

Big Sur State Park, California

Melissa Ergo Big Sur Elopement
Melissa Ergo

If you’d prefer a remote area with a multitude of elopement location options, Big Sur is the way to go. You can have a sunset ceremony on the beach or get married among the redwoods. If you choose to get married at one of the many locations in the State Park, you’ll need a permit, but it’s usually easy to secure for groups of 10 or less. With plenty of accommodation locations throughout the area, you can get married then stay for a crowd free honeymoon! 


Greenough, Montana

Green Door Photography
Green Door Photography
Looking for a lesser-known elopement location? Greenough is for you! If you’re the type of couple that likes off the beaten path mountain wilderness, consider eloping at one of  the best glamping locations in the US. The Resort at Paws Up offers a few different elopement and micro wedding packages that include access to their 37,000 acres, a Michelin Star rated restaurant and a stunning backdrop. You can rent a home on the ranch and have a weekend getaway for a few close friends and family, or stay in one of their luxury glamping tents or one of their many suites. With over 70 activities to choose from, this elopement location can also be a great honeymoon option as well!

Adirondack Mountains, New York

Juliana Renee Photography Adirondack Elopement
Juliana Renee Photography

Easily accessible by car or train, this location is perfect for New Yorkers across the state who want to escape to the woods for an elopement, but not have to fly anywhere. With lush outdoor scenery and pristine mountain lakes, the Adirondack region boasts some of the most spectacular views and backdrops for an elopement. If you don’t mind a hike, you can get some otherworldly shots on top of the many mountains of the Adirondacks. Shaw Photography broke down 5 of the best specific locations to elope in the Adirondacks and we couldn’t agree with their list more! 


Your Own Backyard

April O'Hare Photography Boulder Wedding
April O'Hare Photography

An elopement can happen anywhere, and staying home is the safest option for now. If you’re on a tight budget, you can get creative and use what you have in your home and yard as decor. If not, use the money you’re saving by not traveling to create a smaller version of your dream wedding! No yard? No problem! Have a stoop wedding, a living room wedding or get married in a nearby park! In addition to traveling elopements, The Nomad’s Direction is happy to help plan and design micro-weddings or elopements in people’s hometowns.


In addition to these being great elopement destination options, all of these locations make a great COVID safe vacation spots in general! Plan a girls weekend of hiking in Montana or head to the Adirondacks for a romantic weekend getaway. By visiting destinations with lots of outdoor options, you can keep yourself, your travel partners and the locals that much safer. 

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