Post # 1
My SO and I have been together for a long time (12 years). There is a lot of family drama in his side and he really doesn’t get along with his parents. Because of this, plus my side of the family being so big (meaning more money), we decided an elopement makes the most sense for us.
We decided we want to do a “Weddingmoon” and go away to get married. We have looked at several locations, but decided against tropical destinations as we want to have a baby soon after and the Zika virus makes us nervous.
We like the idea of getting married in Europe- leaning towards Ireland but open to other places. Has anyone else on here done the same thing? And advice to give? Average budget to keep in mind??
PS we are from Ontario Canada if that makes a difference.
Thanks in Advance!!
Post # 2
Have you looked into the legal hoops to get married in these countries? For example, a quick google search for ireland comes up with:
To cover the basics, to get married in Ireland you need to be at least 18 years old, and the couple can be of the same sex or opposite sex. However, whether you’re young, old, gay, or straight, you have got to be physically present in Ireland for at least three months before the big day and be ready to hand over €200. For those living on the Emerald Isle, this is a pretty straightforward requirement, but if you are living abroad and thinking about eloping in Ireland, this is a major factor to consider.
Post # 3
jellybellynelly : thanks for the response! I have started doing some research. I believe that the you have to give 3 month notice of intention to marry in South Ireland but my understanding is residency isnt necessarily required. Different story in North Ireland where you need to be there for 21 day prior (my understanding). I do have to go through the fine print a little more thoroughly though!
Thanks for the advice! 🙂
Post # 4
marie16 : I know a photographer who specializes in elopements like these – she has resources for legalities and stuff like that. I’d definitely shoot her a message – http://www.sphotography.co
Post # 5
Oh, also! I hear Iceland is very very expensive, so that wouldn’t be my first choice.
Post # 6
I eloped to Santorini which was great! So many romantic locations in all of your options, I think anywhere in Europe is a great jumping off point for an amazing honeymoon. My advice would be to do a no frills courthouse legal wedding, just to do the legalities in your home country and avoid any complications. As a friend said, god forbid we ever get divorced – at least we won’t have to do it in Greek! We did this and just invited our parents as witnesses to the legal part, went out for dinner afterwards and then just didn’t publically announce until after our elopement when we had some photos to share.
Another plus of doing the legal side beforehand was that we didn’t need to hire a venue or an officiant or anything, it was just us and our photographer. It also allowed us to really splurge on the photographer and we got amazing pictures.
I was concerned that the elopement wouldn’t feel like the real deal if we were already ‘married’, but honestly it didn’t matter at all. We said our vows on the day of the elopement and as they were completely private I felt that it was way more intimate and personal than if we had have said them in front of others. Even the photographer backed off a bit and did some wide shots while we promised our vows and it made it feel so real to honestly just be promising to each other with no one listening in, not even an officiant.
Post # 7
Gretna Green is always a fun and thematically appropriate elopement destination. Lake Como is also gorgeous.
Post # 8
The California Redwoods are stunning and doesnt seem like it would be too far for you? My husband and I are wedding videographers and would love to capture this intimate moment for you! I wish we would’ve eloped too!
Post # 9
I would vote New Zealand. It is just soooo beautiful there and there is so much to see and do from beaches with palm trees to snowy mountains. I love it and would go back in a heartbeat.
There are a lot of places there geared towards eloping couples as well.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2020 - Scotland
marie16 : my fiancé and I plan to elope to Scotland next summer! It’s absolutely gorgeous and there is no requirement of having to live there prior. You do however have to apply for marriage license and file intent to marry by a certain number of days beforehand, but our officiant has agreed to perform those services by proxy. We are hiring local photographers and are very excited!!
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2018 - Location
Hi I know this is an old thread but we are also from Ontario and did a destination elopement at a castle in Scotland. Pm me if you want the details. it was amazing but lots of organising, the logistics and paperwork were a bit of a nightmare 🙂
Post # 12
I see I am the only vote, but Germany is AMAZING. Granted, it is not regarded as “romantic” like some other places, but the architecture (especially Gothic) and history there is awe-inspiring, IMO. And one of the only requirements is “living” in Germany for 21 days, which would necessitate a longer stay!