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.