January 5, 2021
So you’re thinking about eloping. That’s great! For those of you who aren’t into the big wedding moment, the hundreds of guests and, let’s be real, the expensive cost of bringing a larger ceremony to life, eloping is a lovely alternative to traditional wedding chaos. And, because destination weddings are ~all the rage~, you’re probably in the mood to take your celebration across state lines.
Wondering about the best destination wedding locations? Well, let me introduce you to one of my favorite spots at: Costa Rica. With it’s gorgeous sunsets, picturesque landscapes, and beach-y vibes, it’s definitely the perfect place for people looking to tie the knot. Are you intrigued yet? Great. Keep reading!
Now that you’re considering taking your elopement to Costa Rica, you’re probably wondering what you should expect during your ceremony and stay, exactly. While you’re there, you’ll experience all kinds of scenic beaches, lots of wildlife, the most beautiful venues, and so much more. Traveling to Costa Rica is both an opportunity for relaxation and the time for lots of exploring and interacting with the tropical landscape. You and your partner will have the most memorable time there. You can truly make your wedding day unforgettable.
Now that you know what to expect, it’s time to start thinking about logistics. When creating your ideal Costa Rica wedding experience, you’re going to want to have every detail of your day covered. Which, FYI, doesn’t need to be all that hard! We’ve rounded up all the specifics of your travel for you, because why not make your life just a little bit easier?
First things first: pack a suitcase. Make sure it has all your grooming essentials and any hair, makeup, or skincare extras you might want for the big day. Include any athletic, explorative, or dress-up clothes you might want and then, most importantly, make sure you pack your wedding dress or suit, shoes, etc., if you’re wearing something special for your ceremony. (Including your rings!) Exchanging vows? Be sure to have those on hand (or on your phone), too.
To get legally married in Costa Rica, you’ll need:
Don’t worry! The legal process for getting married isn’t super complicated. In Costa Rica, weddings are officiated by lawyer, like this one. The lawyer present will send you the information form about a month before your wedding and then handle the submission of all your legal paperwork after your big day. You should receive your official marriage license from Costa Rica in a little over a month.
That said, to make sure your day is as stress-free as possible, I recommend doing the legal part at home before your Costa Rican wedding. This way, you can just celebrate and enjoy the day as newlyweds.
And hey, no worries about any of this not-so-fun stuff—I’ll help you organize everything you need, this way there’s nothing that can get in the way of you enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime wedding experience.
In Costa Rica, the scenery truly speaks for itself. Whether you want colorful, flowers in hand, a waterfall in the background of your shot, or a relaxed, beach-y vibe, Costa Rica has everything you could want in natural decor and more. If there’s something you’d like to consider outside of the natural landscape such as a small cake, music, a wedding arch, etc., just let us know and we can help organize the set up for your day. Trust! I gottchu.
If you do want a more elaborate set-up though, you might want to think about hiring a planner. My top recommendation would be the insanely talented Manda Worthington of Mae + Co Creative. If you’re looking for a more local option, check out Mil Besos.
There are a lot of variables, but for an intimate elopement, you can expect to pay between $1,000 – $6,000.
International elopement packages start at 4,000 dollars when working with Wild Aisle. Our out-of-country plan includes access to our travel expertise and ticket fees, a timeline created with your day and adventure in mind, location scouting, vendor recommendations, assistance with logistics like your marriage license, booking accommodations, and so much more. Most importantly, you’ll walk away from your wedding day with an online gallery of edited high-resolution images that you’ll cherish for life.
By now you know that Costa Rica is a lovely destination for your elopement. So what part of Costa Rica should you travel to for your wedding day, exactly? I’ve rounded up a few of the best locations for eloping in Costa Rica. If you need a little bit of travel inspo or some help narrowing down spots for your big day, see below.
PSA: This town is located in the southeastern part of Costa Rica, and it’s really freakin’ beautiful. It’s known for its beaches with light, airy sand and bright blue seas, and it’s a favorite area for both surfers and people who just want to lay on their towel all day alike. For major vibes you’ll have to check out Salsa Brava, which is a favorite place of skilled surfers for it’s big waves and flourishing coral reefs. And don’t forget to head to Playa Negra, too, a beach that’s famous for its black, darkened sand. Puerto Viejo also has a gorgeous breadth of rainforest life, too, which will serve as a fun contrast to your days spent at the beach.
If you’re going for a more rustic, secluded look on your wedding day, you’re gonna want to check out the small town of Uvita. It has beautiful scenery and once-in-a-lifetime landscapes. One of the best places to visit in this South Pacific area is Marino Ballena National Park, a stretch of land that contains several hidden beaches—which is great if you want a quieter place for your little ceremony. This park is also home to the famous Whale Tail from which the park gets its name: When the water is at low tide, you can see a massive sand bar that extends from the beach into the shape of a whale’s tail.
The reason for visiting Quepos, Costa Rica? For the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park. The town of Manual Antonio is known for its containment of the park, and it’s been a favorite place for tourists and locals alike. Since it’s a hot spot for tourists (especially Americans), there are a lot of amenities and tours, like fishing, ziplining, and parasailing. There’s also a ton of rich wildlife, photo-worthy beaches, and hidden waterfalls too (don’t worry – I know where to find ’em).
People visit La Fortuna for all kinds of reasons, but the most popular is that it’s home to the massive Arenal Volcano. You and your partner can hike the volcano’s decades-old lava on your vacation days and enjoy the gorgeous rainforest views for your wedding’s photographic scenery. The town itself also has access to a mystic waterfall and calming hot springs that would be perfect for your ceremony destination or for an adventurous swim.
For those of you who are interested in a quiet ceremony free of tourists and crowds, you’re going to love the remote nature of Montezuma, a town located on the Nicoya Peninsula. Here, you’ll find small beaches and lots of animals and wildlife. There are also spots like waterfalls and hiking trails that’d be perfect for your wedding day. And if you’re looking for a place that also offers fun for the honeymoon days, you can check out Montezuma’s Isla Tortuga, which features a set of volcanic rock structures that are great for snorkeling.
Odds are you don’t know everything when it comes to planning for your wedding day—no one does! That’s where I come in – I’ll be there to help the entirety of your elopement journey.
December 5, 2020
Thailand has become a popular travel destination, and for a good reason. It’s home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, rich culture, the kindest people and, of course, amazing food! All of those things also make it a great destination to get married.
Whether you’re looking to get elope on the beautiful beaches of Phuket, or surrounded by lush mountains – Thailand has something for everyone.
I know the thought of a destination wedding in Thailand can seem a little daunting, but that’s why I created this guide. I break down the best places to elope, how to get legally married, and ideas for fun activities for your trip.
Khao Yai National Park is one of Thailand’s best national parks to see wildlife, but it’s also home to some pretty epic waterfalls too.
If you’re looking for stunning turquoise water, Ko Luang Waterfall in Mae Ping National Park is the spot for you.
Located in Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, Thi Lor Su the tallest + most spectacular waterfall in Thailand. It has over five tiers and you can even swim in it – talk about an epic start to your marriage! And since it’s located within Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, you’re sure to see lots of wildlife too.
Khao Sok is where stunning views meet ultimate adventure. There are elephants, jungle safaris, glamping tents, kayak excursions, and so much more. Not to mention, you’ll be surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery Thailand has to offer.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest + most popular island, known for it’s beautiful beaches and fun nightlife. While it may be popular, there are still a lot of hidden gems on the island if you want to get away from the crowds. Phuket is also a great starting point if you want to take a ferry to explore other islands (which I highly recommend)!
While a lot of people visit Thailand for the beaches, my favorite part of the country is the northern region. Chaing Mai is the most well known city in Northern Thailand, but there are so many other places too.
Doi Nang Non is a lush, tree-covered mountain range in Chiang Rai. Once home to opioid fields, this area now grows coffee beans and strawberries. The mountain views here are some of the best in Thailand and would make for an amazing backdrop for exchanging vows. Bonus, it has a ton of amazing coffee stands! Fun fact: this is the area where the Thai soccer team got stranded in the cave, so I don’t recommend exploring inside the caves/spelunking!
Another great thing about Northern Thailand: it’s wine country! Chiang Rai in particular is home to two beautiful wineries: Mountain Creek Vineyard and Chiang Rai Winery (original name, I know).
Thailand has a tropical climate, which basically means it two seasons: wet and dry. Wet season is May – October and dry season is November – April. As you probably guessed, dry season is probably a preferable time to elope in Thailand. Just remember that it also means it’s considered high season – which means higher prices and more tourists. If you’re on a shoestring budget, eloping during wet season may be a great option.
To avoid potential headaches and stress, I highly recommend getting married at home before heading to Thailand. Don’t worry, it won’t make your Thailand wedding any less special. Your marriage begins when you commit your lives to each other on your own terms – but you gotta make sure everything is good with the paperwork too 😉
if you’re set on doing the legal part in Thailand, I recommend using this company can make sure your marriage is, well, legal. Getting legally married in Thailand requires paperwork, registering with the appropriate offices, and a lot talking in a language you probably don’t understand. It’s best to leave the important stuff like that to the expert. The expertise of hiring a company will cost about $400+ dollars, but that’s a small price to pay for peace-of-mind.
Unfortunately, Thailand does not recognize same-sex marriage.
Planning a wedding abroad can be tricky. I help you with a lot of the logistics and planning, but if you’re looking for an elaborate setup, I recommend hiring a planner. Most are based out of Phuket since it’s a popular area to get married.
Don’t you think you’ll want to relive your epic Thailand elopement over and over (and over and over) again?? I mean, you’re traveling halfway across the world – that deserves to be captured. That’s where I come in. I have years of international travel under my belt, including a trip to Thailand where I explored the country from north to south. Check out my international/Thailand elopement packages for more information on what’s included and how I can help make your Thailand elopement dreams come too!
If you want to go above and beyond – hire a videographer for your day! If you’re not convinced, check out this stunning wedding video by Parfait Productions on Railay Beach.
The cost depends on a lot of factors, but you can expect to pay between $1,500 – $3,000 for a wedding and a weeks worth of accommodation and food.
If you want to have a cheap elopement, you can stay at budget accommodation, eat street food (which, let’s be honest, is the way to go whether you’re trying to save money or not), minimize tours/activites, and take care of the legal part back home.
For a higher-end elopement, you can splurge on luxury accommodation, eat at nice restaurants, and enjoy some fun tours and activities. Speaking of activities…
If you’re ready to start planning your epic Thailand elopement, contact me so we can get this party started!!
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December 2, 2020
With gorgeous snow backdrops and the cheery vibes of the holiday season, it’s kinda surprising that eloping in the winter isn’t a more popular choice for soon-to-be-partners. Seriously! Only nine percent of weddings take place during the winter.
But hey, choosing when to get married isn’t something you should do based on the popularity of the season. In fact, winter eloping is a #joyful way to celebrate your love during the colder months, and there are tons of pros to doing so, too.
If you’re considering eloping in the winter, great! Here are some things to know when it comes to planning for the big day.
Something to consider about eloping in the winter: Traveling is a lot cheaper during the colder seasons, and odds are you can get a deal on your hotels, flights, and resort stays. That said, you should figure out what kind of vibe you want before you choose your destination and book any of the necessities.
So, what’s more your style? Do you want a crisp desert vibe or a true winter moment? If you like the dryland, you’ll have canyon scenes that offset your sophisticated wedding attire in a *chef’s kiss* beautiful way.
And if you go for the picturesque, snow-y, pine tree-studded route, then you’ll truly embody the classic winter feel. Here are some solid location options for either set of winter elopement dreams.
Loveland Pass, Colorado
If you’re into a good winter sitch, you’ll be obsessed with Loveland Pass, Colorado. Your wedding views will be insane. Why? Picture this: you’re surrounded by gorgeous mountain peaks powdered with snow, there’s a chill in the air, and you and your partner are standing on a rocky (yet safe!) cliff while you say ‘I do.’
The Met, New York
Okay, so this one’s for people who aren’t into nature, per se, but still love a winter-themed backdrop. When you get married at The Met, you can take all kinds of pics in front of the art, you can head on the roof for a picture-perfect view, or you can take a walk into Central Park for all the snow-y bridal themes your heart desires.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Midwesterners will absolutely love eloping at a Mackinac Island getaway. You’ll forget you’re mere hours from home while you absorb the photogenic winter landscapes filled with ski resorts, lodge-life vibes, and more. Not only is it a great place to commemorate your love, but there are so many fun activities you can do later on (or pre-wedding), too.
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
This literal horseshoe-shaped piece of earth in the deserts of Arizona is the ideal location for those of you who love a good warm, outdoorsy-vibe. You can take pictures and say ‘I do’ at the cusp of the canyon for a beautiful moment you’ll look back on forev. Plus, with an abundance of national parks in the area, there’s lots of hiking and camping to do pre-or-post-wedding day.
Canyon Point, Utah
An absolutely breathtaking place to elope? Say hello to Canyon Point, Utah. You’ll fall in love with the striking canyon landscapes. And yes, there’s lots to do in this location, too. Consider staying at the luxurious Amangiri Resort, where you’ll sit poolside while looking out at the most beautiful desert, getting dream-like massages at its spa and eating five star meals.
Another bonus of eloping in the winter? There is *lots* to do while on the romantic getaway, no matter your interests. For the super outdoorsy couples, there’s the classic snow-heavy or nature-style sports like hiking, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, hot tubbing and more. And for those of you who like to stay inside, you get all the benefits of hot chocolate, sitting by big bonfires, and curling up for all the cozy feels.
No matter your mood, you’ll definitely be satisfied with all your options when it comes to eloping in the winter. Promise!
Another benefit to eloping in winter is that it’s wedding ‘off season’. That typically means more vendor availability and you may even find better prices on hotels + flights, depending on where you choose to elope.
And yep, one of the best parts of eloping in the winter is the fact that you can seriously go for it with the accessories and accent pieces. For your wedding look, consider layering on a fluffy white shawl, a classy fur coat, or even a chic, edgy leather jacket. Not only will these style additions keep you warm, but they’re also the perfect accessories for all your wedding pics.
You can also consider choosing a thicker suit or long-sleeve dress, one that will cover up any goosebumps or redness you may get from the cold. Or, layer on heavier footwear like boots, close-toed shoes, and thick socks or tights. Either way, you want to make sure that you not only look good, but that you feel good on your elopement day. This starts with feeling warm, stylish, and beautiful in you and your partners’ outfits.
I want to make sure that your winter wedding is a day you can remember forever. That starts with helping you pick the perfect location and capturing your experience on camera. For more information about what I can offer you when it comes to eloping in the winter, please take a look at my Elopement Packages page.
November 23, 2020
The pandemic has people from all walks of life changing up their original wedding plans, and oftentimes that means ditching their ideas for a big ceremony and opting for remote, picturesque elopements instead. If this sounds like you, odds are you’re considering just about every destination on the planet. (Which, hi, can be kinda overwhelming!)
Need some help deciding where to say ‘I do’? Great. Because I’m here to help, and I definitely want you to put the gorgeous Horseshoe Bend, Arizona on your list. If you’re curious about what eloping in Horseshoe Bend, Arizona has to offer, keep reading for all the important details. You’re welcome!
Talk about breathtaking views. Horseshoe Bend has incredible scenery, and you’ll find yourself getting married overlooking a massive canyon with a river carving through it. Before and after the ceremony, there’s plenty of opportunities for hiking, jeeping, exploring Lake Powell or the canyon’s alcoves, and so much more.
In short, you won’t wanna miss out on such epic scenery. It’ll require a quick flatland hike to get to the iconic location (about a mile of walking). That said, the area is usually crowded since it’s a public space.
The best way to avoid crowds (or at least keep it to a minimum) is to plan your visit around sunrise. Not many people want to wake up at the crack of dawn, but if you do the reward is soso worth it.
Yes! To get married at Horseshoe Bend (and anywhere with the Glen Canyon Recreation Area), you’ll need to secure a special use permit so that you have access to all parts of the canyon. This may seem complicated, but don’t worry, it’s a super easy online process that I can help you navigate. The only thing you’ll need to do is prepare to pay for a roughly one hundred-dollar application fee.
Since Horseshoe Bend is, well, in the desert, you’ll want to make sure you’re wearing the proper outfits so that you’re most comfortable for your ~big day~. Consider opting for Chacos, cute sneakers, or sandals under your dress (if you’re wearing one). This will make it easier to walk around the canyon, lake, and desert with ease (and most importantly, comfort!)
Also consider that you’ll want to wear dirt-friendly clothing for this trip. When picking your dress, suit, and accessories, make sure you’re okay with getting them a lil dusty as we walk around. You’ll want to make sure that your dress and suit situations are mobile, breathable and unrestricting.
If you’re going to elope somewhere epic like Horseshoe Bend, you can’t go wrong with hiring a videographer to help you re-live the day
Horseshoe Bend is right on the Arizona/Utah border, so it’s close to so many amazing areas to explore:
Now that you’re totally set on booking your Horseshoe Bend eloping experience, let’s talk about how I can help you on your wedding journey. I help with logistics, planning assistance, location scouting, lodging aid, permit requirements, and more. Basically, I want you to be relaxed on your big day. Let me sweat the small stuff.
November 13, 2020
This guide has everything you need to know for your Zion National Park elopement, from getting there, where to stay, and what to do once you’re there.
Utah has no shortage of amazing spots to elope, but Zion tops the list. If you’re looking for an epic adventure elopement, Zion is the perfect spot.
Some people think eloping in a National Park is super complicated, and others think you can just show up and get hitched. Fortunately, Zion falls right in the middle. It’s a pretty straightforward process but it does require some planning. Here are the steps for getting married in Zion:
For most people, the easiest way to get to Zion is by flying into Las Vegas then renting a car and driving the 2.5 hours to the Park. If you’re coming from LA, Denver, Phoenix or Salt Lake City, you may be able to find a direct flight to St. George Regional Airport, which is about an hour outside Zion.
Zion uses a super effective shuttle system to get from trailhead to trailhead, which cuts down on the number of cars on the road. Beginning in July 2020, a reservation is required for the shuttle #covidtimes. The scenic drive is closed to private vehicles.
The town of Springdale borders the park, making it a great option if you’re planning on a sunrise ceremony or early morning hike. It’s a charming little town, but definitely full of tourists.
If you want to camp, there are a few options within the park. The facilities at the campgrounds are top-notch, including outdoor sinks, flush toilets and nice showers. Don’t expect much privacy though, the campgrounds are pretty dense.
Further out of the park, you’ll have some pretty awesome Airbnb options, like this cute lil A-Frame or this epic tiny home with a hot tub! There is also an Under Canvas nearby for a luxury ~ glamping ~ experience.
Apply in-person for a marriage license at a County Clerk’s office – Utah Marriages licenses are valid for ceremonies performed in any county in the State. There isn’t a waiting period, but you’ll need a photo ID, SSN and names/birthplaces of both parents.
To get married in Zion National Park, no matter the size of your wedding, you’ll need a permit at least 3 weeks before your wedding date.
There are designated ceremony locations within the park, though you may have more options if it’s just the two of you. Zion isn’t a huge park, and most visitors tend to stick to heavily trafficked areas. There are tons of lesser-known areas (backcountry, anyone?!) that would be the perfect place to exchange your vows.
Other epic (and popular) photo locations include treks up to Angels Landing and Observation Point – both are strenuous hikes but there are plenty of other options within the park too.
I’ll send you a doc filled with amazing locations I’ve scouted just for you, so no worries if you don’t want to do a crazy hike!
Hike! If you don’t want to do a big hike during your elopement, I highly recommend hiking Angels Landing. Talk about an epic first hike as newlyweds!! Another amazing hike in the park is The Narrows. You basically hike up a shallow (or sometimes not-so shallow) river. It’s such a unique experience that you can’t have anywhere else!
Southern Utah has so many amazing National Parks, State Parks, National Monuments and Recreation areas. If you have some time, take an epic road trip to the other National Parks in Utah: Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands + Capitol Reef.
If you want to stick to the southern part of the state, definitely visit Lake Powell/Glen Canyon + Horseshoe Bend. This area is so different than the other parks within Utah. It’s the same red rocks, but filled with water…whaaa?? The area is known for being a great place to houseboat, jetski, camp, and just have a good time.
It’s always critical to follow Leave No Trace (LNT) guidelines when adventuring, and your elopement day is no exception.
Most of the above principles are pretty self explanatory, but Zion and the general desert landscape have some unique considerations. The desert is home to fragile cryptobiotic soil, which is soil that is actually alive! This soil is crucial to the desert ecosystem, so it’s important to stick to trails – hiking off trail can lead erosion and other harmful impacts.
October 26, 2020
Eloping at Devil’s Lake wasn’t the wedding that Alison + Kurt had originally planned, but it turned out to be a perfect day that they’ll never forget. Like so many other couples, they had to cancel their original March wedding because of Covid. After all the time, energy and money spent on their original wedding plans, they we’re looking for a low-key, stress-free, ‘just us’ elopement.
When they reached out to me, I knew we had to find an epic place for their elopement to make up for their original wedding plans. I did some location scouting and sent them a list of places, and they decided eloping at Devil’s Lake was the perfect choice for them.
Eloping at Devil’s Lake is the perfect choice for midwest couples looking for a nearby, epic location for their wedding.
For Alison + Kurt’s full-day elopement, we started the day at a pumpkin farm about 40 minutes from the park, where they picked some pumpkins to carve later and enjoyed a nice picnic with ~fancy~ meats and cheeses. I even surprised them with some Japanese snacks since they were supposed to go on their honeymoon to Japan over the summer.
Once we got to the park, we did some hiking and exploring before finding the perfect, private spot overlooking the lake for them to share their vows. Elopement vows tend to be so much more intimate and heartfelt because you’re not reading them in front of other people, and I could tell that was the case here as I watched them shed some tears while I took photos from afar.
If you’re ready to start planning your elopement at Devil’s Lake, contact me to get started!
September 8, 2020
Eloping in New Zealand is perfect for adventurous couples who don’t want to have to decide between epic mountain landscapes, the beach or anything in between. If you’re thinking about eloping, read on to learn about the requirements for a legal marriage and the best time to elope in New Zealand!
Personalized ceremonies can happen anywhere throughout the country.
Anyone (regardless of citizenship) can get married in New Zealand, unless:
Same-sex marriage is legal in New Zealand.
If you’re coming from the US (or another country in the Northern Hemisphere), it’s important to remember that New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere, so the seasons are essentially opposite. New Zealand’s warm summer months are December, January, February and March.
If you want to elope in the mountains, the weather is more unpredictable and cooler, which is another thing to keep in mind. If you love the snow and want to elope in a winter wonderland, May – September.
Spring (September – November) brings about beautiful wild flowers throughout the valleys. If you want some gorgeous purple lupines in your photos, you’ll have to plan your elopement for November or December.
Are you ready to elope in New Zealand?! Contact me to get started!