January 20, 2021
This Lake Powell Elopement was what dreams are made of. I grew up going house boating on Lake Powell with family friends, so being able to explore the area on 4 wheels in the winter was an awesome change. If you’re wanting an adventurous, unique desert elopement – look no further than Lake Powell!
The closest town to Lake Powell is Page, AZ. There’s a small airport in town, but your best bet is flying into Las Vegas or Phoenix and then driving the remaining ~4 hours away.
There are a lot of Airbnb and hotel options in Page, so finding a place to stay is pretty easy. For the best hotel views, I recommend Lake Powell Resort. But if you want the fuuullll Lake Powell experience, renting a house boat is THE way to go. A house boat allows you to be secluded and surrounded by nothing by red rocks and water – it seriously doesn’t get any better than that.
Lake Powell is a great place to elope year-round. It’s a tourist area, which means that it’s crowded in the summer and much quieter in the winter. IMO, a winter Lake Powell elopement is the way to go (yaaay not worrying about sweating the entire day)! Just remember that, even though it’s in the desert, but that doesn’t mean it’s warm all year round – bring some layers and be prepared for some chilly nights!
If you’re ready to elope in Lake Powell (woohooooo!) but don’t know where to begin – I’m your gal! My elopement packages include alllll the things to help make your dream elopement a reality! Things like:I’ll help you pick the perfect spot for your ceremony, tips for rentals (like a Jeep, jetski or houseboat) create a detailed timeline for the day (hint: it’s a pretty chill day that involves a picnic and jeeping to a remote spot and maybe even a dip in the lake if ya want)
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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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.
May 4, 2020
If you’re a lover of the outdoors, then eloping in a wild location probably speaks to you. If you’re looking for a unique, epic elopement location, you can find it in Michigan. Michigan gets to claim the UP, a magical peninsula that’s filled with nothing but cute Midwestern towns, Lake Superior lakeshore, forests, hidden lakes and insane views. But the Lower Peninsula has amazing spots too, thanks to being sandwiched between two Great Lakes: Michigan & Huron. If you’re looking for an outdoor, adventurous elopement location, here are the top 15 places to elope in Michigan.
Michigan has something for everyone:
For most people, the UP is a bit of a trek to get to. But the effort is rewarded with some of the best views the Midwest has to offer. So if you’re looking for a remote, ‘out-there’ spot to elope, the UP’s got you covered.
Isle Royale is one of the country’s least visited national parks. So maybe you’re thinking, “uhh, why would I want to elope somewhere people don’t want to visit?” BUT. The reason for its small tourist numbers is because of how remote it is. You may have guessed from the name, but the national park is actually an island, so it’s only accessible by plane or boat.
If you’re looking for a remote wilderness to kick off your marriage, Isle Royale National Park is it.There’s no shortage of rock faces overlooking Lake Superior throughout the island, which would be a stunning spot to exchange vows. Talk about feeling on the edge of the world! The island is best known for its wolf and moose populations, so maybe you’ll even have a surprise guest or two! So, where do you stay when you get married on a remote island? While there are plenty of backcountry campsites, there’s also a lodge within the park if you want a little more newlywed luxury than camping (is there such a thing?! jk). And of course, there’s tons of great trails to hike and channels to kayak, so it could also be the perfect honeymoon (or mini-moon) spot if you want to extend your stay!
Maybe venturing all the way to a remote National Park on an island is a little too much for your wedding day, but you’re still looking for a beautiful spot overlooking Lake Superior. Check out the Keweenaw Peninsula (yes, it’s a peninsula on a peninsula), home to the northernmost point of Michigan (other than Isle Royale). More specifically, Copper Harbor is a small resort town with plenty of options for your ceremony, reception and guest accommodations. It also has a stunning view of Lake Superior, complete with the perfect spot to take some epic lakeside cliff photos
Pictured Rocks is probably the Upper Peninsula’s biggest draw, and for a good reason. It’s home to 40+ miles of stunning Lake Superior lakeshore, rock formations, forest, and plenty of hiking trails. This is the perfect location for water sport fans, there are lots of great opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, fishing and even scuba diving. Yes really, scuba diving in the Midwest… shipwrecks and all! While it’s important to manage expectations in terms of crowds, that doesn’t mean we can’t find a trail less traveled if that’s what you’re after.
Sure, there are a lot of awesome spots on the Great Lakes. But if you’re looking for something a little different, check out Michigan’s most remote state park: Craig Lake State Park. Just because it’s not on one of the Great Lakes doesn’t mean there’s no water around… this state park actually has six lakes! Which means so many options for a secluded ceremony right on the water. It also means plenty of awesome waterfront rustic camping sites, great fishing and kayaking. If you’re looking for a little more glamour on your big day than tent camping, you can rent one of the yurts on park grounds! Okay, so maybe ~glamour~ isn’t the right word, but still a fun adventure that’s one step up from a tent!
Fun fact: this state park was once the property of Fred Miller (of Miller Brewing Company)!
Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan’s largest fresh water spring. The Native Americans called it “Mirror of Heaven” because the crystal clear water creates beautiful reflections. It gives me some Emerald Lake (Yoho Nat’l Park, Canada) vibes, right here in Michigan. The spring itself is pretty small and a popular spot, so this probably wouldn’t be the best ceremony location, but definitely a great spot for photos before or after. Luckily there are a ton of other amazing nearby spots for a ceremony.
I told you there were mountains!! Sure, the elevation is less than 1,500 feet, but hey, it has the word in its’ name! Porcupine Mountains (or the Porkies, as they’re affectionately called) is another popular destination, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Home to miles of river, waterfalls, over 90 miles of hiking trails, and some spectacular views of Lake Superior, The Porkies provides an unrivaled wilderness. And if you’re a snowbird, there’s even a ski area (it is a mountain, after all)! Whether you’re looking for a brisk autumn elopement overlooking the colorful trees, or if you want a shot of you and your new spouse on a chair lift going up a snow covered mountain, Porcupine Wilderness has got you covered!
The Lower Peninsula may not have mountains or a view of Lake Superior, but don’t let that fool you into thinking these aren’t some of the most epic places to elope in Michigan! The great thing about the Lower Peninsula is that it tends to be much easier for people to get to, and also has a ton of picturesque small towns that you can incorporate into your day. Here are some of my top locations, starting from up north and working our way down the state:
Sleeping Bear is perfect for couples who want to incorporate some hiking on their big day. There are a ton of awesome trails with views of Lake Michigan, which would make for stunning ceremony locations. If you’re feelin’ adventurous, there’s even a couple islands you can venture out to! The park also has some amazing, more accessible locations too, so this would also be a great location if you’ll have any elderly or handicapped guests. Whether you decide to trek up a sand dune or drive to a roadside lookout, the view overlooking Lake Michigan will make the perfect backdrop for exchanging your vows.
One of Michigan’s lesser known gems, Valley of Giants is a section of the North Country Trail. It’s an enchanting forest filled with giant trees (hence the name) with a river that winds through it. Imagine getting married in a hushed forest with only the giant pines as your witness…it’s like something straight out of a romance movie *swoon*
Don’t want to journey all the way to the UP, but still looking for a lush pine forest? Want to exchange vows in a log chapel snuggled in the middle of the woods? Or perhaps on a dock overlooking a beautiful lake? Check out Hartwick Pines State Park! This park is the whole package: accessible, yet still surrounded by nature, and even has a chapel for your ceremony! It’s a win-win (win).
Looking for a combo of forest & waterfront? Check out Ludington State Park! This park offers beautiful views of Lake Michigan, complete with a picturesque lighthouse. It’s also a great spot if you’re looking for an accessible location with amenities.
If you’re looking for Sahara Desert vibes without the trek to Africa, Silver Lake Sand Dunes is the spot for you. Look, sand dunes aren’t for the faint of heart…climbing up those bad boys is no joke! But running/falling/rolling down them is well worth the effort. Not to mention the views!
Want to elope somewhere closer to a city? Look no further than Provin Park, a wooded sanctuary about 15 minutes outside of Grand Rapids. This spot combines the best of both worlds: accessible to, well, civilization, while still being surrounded by nature.
Glamping, anyone?! When I was thinking of places to elope in Michigan, this is the first spot that I thought of.
The property has the cutest canvas tents that you and your guests can stay in, and there are common areas where everyone can spend time together (fire pit, covered shelter with games, etc). They host weddings regularly, so they have a chapel for ceremonies and a large reception tent. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for your ceremony & reception, this is it. Bonus: the property is also home to a u-pick blueberry farm, so there’s a fun (and delicious!) activity for guests!
Another great sand dune option is Warren Dunes. This is a personal favorite of mine, which may have something to do with the fact that I always stop at a local burger joint when I visit (in my pre-vegan days, sigh). Burgers aside, Warren Dunes is a great location for couples who want a show-stopping location in the southern half of the state. A sunset ceremony on top of the dunes overlooking Lake Michigan would be so dreamy!
If none of the spots above make you think ‘I NEED to elope there!’ have no fear! We can talk about the vision you have for your wedding day and I will scour the earth (or just places to elope in Michigan, if that’s what you want!) until we find the perfect location for your day.