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!
Big Sur State Park, California
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!
Adirondack Mountains, New York
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
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.