Destination Elopement Advice

posted 11 months ago in Elopement
  • poll: Places to elope
    Ireland : (5 votes)
    36 %
    Iceland : (3 votes)
    21 %
    Germany : (1 votes)
    7 %
    Italy : (4 votes)
    29 %
    Other? : (1 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 2
    6858 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    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 # 4
    395 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    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 –

    Post # 5
    395 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    Oh, also! I hear Iceland is very very expensive, so that wouldn’t be my first choice.

    Post # 6
    12 posts
    • Wedding: March 2018

    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
    396 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    Gretna Green is always a fun and thematically appropriate elopement destination. Lake Como is also gorgeous.

    Post # 8
    2 posts

    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 # 10
    63 posts
    Worker bee
    • 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
    1618 posts
    Bumble bee
    • 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
    6510 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    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! 

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