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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September 16, 2020
People ask me why Italy is the one place I keep returning to again and again. Is it the culture, the history, the architecture, the people, the food, or the scenery? The more I thought about why it’s one of my favorite places in the world, I started to realize it’s the perfect place to elope!
Eloping in Italy is the perfect option for couples who love:
Getting married in a different country may seem overwhelming. And while there are some additional hoops to jump through, it is possible for foreigners to get legally married in Italy.
After you arrive in Italy and have all the required documents, you’ll head to the town hall of the city where you’re getting married and make a ‘Declaration of Intent to Marry.’
Like I said, there are some hoops to jump through! If you have your heart set on getting legally married while eloping in Italy, it’s definitely doable. And if you don’t, there are alternatives!
Another option is to get legally married prior to your trip, and then have another ceremony once in Italy. Something simple close to home like a backyard or courthouse ceremony are both great options! This can save a lot of additional steps since your Italian ceremony doesn’t need to be legally binding.
There is no shortage of beautiful spots to have your Italian elopement! Cities like Rome, Florence and Venice are popular places to get married, but popular can also mean crowded. If you’re looking for something unique and secluded, check out the locations below!
Whether your looking to elope in a charming town, in the mountains or near a coast (or a all three!), there are plenty of stunning options. If you want to elope in Italy but aren’t sure where, that’s where I come in! I provide thorough location scouting for each couple, so I will find the perfect spot for you!
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!