(Closed) Somewhere beautiful to elope (Westcoast)?

posted 9 years ago in Elopement
Post # 17
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

San Francisco City Hall is a very traditional (and gorgeous!) place to elope. Plus, lots of local SF photogs run great deals for people who elope at city hall during the week! Keep in mind that SF is not southern California: the summers are usually chilly and foggy. Spring and Fall are both great times to visit.

Post # 18
1193 posts
Bumble bee

What kind of scenery are you looking for?  If you like the Ocean Laguna Beach or Dana point has some beautiful parks on cliffs that would be great for an elopment. Catalina is a neat little place to do a mini honeymoon afterword also. Big sur is beautiful too.  If you like the mountains/lakes Mammoth is beautiful or yosimite.

Post # 19
4090 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It sounds like we do need a little more info, ie. city, quaint, country, mountains, snow, beach?

Post # 21
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

Especially if you pick a weekday, some of the typical wedding venues may allow you to do a little ceremony if you ask.  Many places will allow for a quick ceremony and some photos.  Some photographers and other vendors have special elopement packages too.   Look into the following:   


Compass Rose Gardens in Bodega Bay

UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley

Harvest Inn, Napa

Elk Cove Inn

Lake Tahoe—lots of locations

Palace of Fine Arts (Rotunda) in SF

Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden, Golden Gate Park

Rose Garden, Golden Gate Park

You could also rent a beautiful vacation home and have a minister come marry you on the balcony overlooking the water or forest.  Then you also have a place to stay for a night or two.

Post # 22
4090 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I love to browse the vacation rentals on Boutique-Homes.com

Here are several in CA for rent.  You could find one near a town so you can go out to dinner and have an officiant/photographer come to your rental home, maybe even a private chef!



Or did you want to go somewhere where they take care of all that for you (cake, champagne, officiant)?

Post # 23
3968 posts
Honey bee

@theseautumneyes:  what is beautiful to you and FI?  Are you beach people?  Mountain people?  desert people?  wine people?   …… there are tons of great costal locations or wineries in CA…. those come to mind as ideal places.  But there are also majestic ‘nature’ places too – if beach/wine isn’t your thing.

Post # 24
4090 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@oracle:  She answered post #19 🙂

Post # 25
7 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

I agree with either Big Sur, CA or Monterey, CA 🙂 congrats and good luck!!!

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