When stressed about seating charts, invitations, flowers, and venues, eloping can seem like the most appealing option for couples looking to simplify their big day. Rather than having to lose a few sleepless nights over where to put Uncle Jerry, more and more couples are deciding to buck with tradition and escape to a romantic destination. To satisfy your sense of adventure, consider heading to these corners of the globe to say “I do.”
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
Considered one of the world’s 7 natural wonders, Arizona‘s Grand Canyon provides couples with a laidback vibe for their elopement in a truly grand location. Its landscape offers lovers towering buttes, mesas, and pinnacles aplenty. The national park’s inspiring viewpoints create magical vow exchanges, and best of all, you truly can’t overcomplicate an elopement here. The park doesn’t allow tables and chairs, which means you can keep it small and simple. The Grand Canyon is also in close range to honeymooning spots like Sedona where you can relax and unwind at a number of resorts and spas.
Floating in the Indian Ocean, some 994 miles from mainland Africa, the Seychelles lends a “paradise lost” feel to your elopement. When you truly want to get away from the rest of the world and cut out all of the noise of wedding planning, the Seychelles answers with 115 paradisiacal islands. With natural settings like white sand beaches, granite cliffs, jungles and the bluest of waters, it can be the perfect setting for romance. Loaded with secluded resorts that offer wedding packages, getting married here is relatively simple: you merely need your birth certificates and must arrive at least two days before the wedding.
The Amalfi Coast, Italy
When you want to have a little taste of la dolce vita for your elopement, you can look to Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Just four hours from Rome by car and two hours from Naples, this stretch of Italian coastline has been attracting visitors since antiquity. Its dramatic cliffs hanging over the sea and candy-colored villages have inspired the works of many famous artists, writers, and musicians. It’s no wonder the Amalfi Coast appeals to couples looking to get away to marry, thanks to its raw beauty and charm. Filled with boutique hotels, you can host your elopements on-site or better yet, just pick a spot along the cliffs for your nuptials.
Sun-soaked mid-Pacific islands don’t just make for idyllic honeymooning locations. Hawaii is also appealing for elopements as the requirements are pretty relaxed. You can apply online, have a personal meeting, and pay a small fee to obtain a marriage license. You also don’t have to have a witness so your big day can be as private and small as possible. Composed of six main islands, you can pick whichever island personality suits your fancy. Synonymous with paradise, Hawaii is easy on the eyes thanks to its palm-fringed lagoons, roaring waterfalls, bubbling volcanoes, rugged canyons, and lush tropical rainforests.
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