Let’s be real – Oregon is easily one of the most breathtaking states! The scenery is seriously one-of-a-kind with oceans, lakes, deserts, mountains, and waterfalls. That’s why it’s one of my favorite elopement destinations! In this guide, I’m going to share everything you need to know about having the ultimate Oregon elopement.
I’ve got it all, from top tips for pulling off your dream wedding to the best places to elope in Oregon. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing, intimate day with your loved one or want to get adventurous, there’s something for any couple looking to tie the knot in Oregon.
Let’s take a look at all things Oregon elopement!
A lot of things go into planning an elopement. With these top tips for eloping in Oregon, you’ll be well on your way to having the special day you’ve always dreamed of!
Oregon is bursting with amazing places to share your vows. Some of the best Oregon elopement locations are on the coast, in state parks, and in Oregon’s only national park. Below, I’ll share all of these places and more. Spoiler: Get ready for the most amazing views and photos!
If I’m being honest, Oregon is magical all year long! However, various times of the year bring different experiences. Most people prefer to visit between late spring and early fall for the best weather. November through March is the rainy season, and the weather is pretty unpredictable.
Note: If it works best for you to have your ceremony during the rainy season, eastern Oregon gets a lot less rain than other parts of the state.
As for days and times to elope, weekends can get pretty busy, especially at popular sites. If you’re looking to share an intimate moment without any crowds, your best bet is to hold your ceremony during the week and/or early mornings. With that said, some of the places to elope in Oregon that I’ll share are off the beaten path any day of the week.
If you’re a US citizen, getting legally married in Oregon is pretty straightforward. You’ll fill out the online application in advance to apply for your marriage license. Then, both spouses will appear in person to get your license. After your license is issued, there’s a 3-day waiting period before you can have your ceremony.
Get all the details here!
Tip: You can also skip the legal stuff in Oregon and get married in your home state before heading off to enjoy your elopement ceremony!
I may be biased, but this might be the most important part of your elopement. You’ll want to book an Oregon elopement photographer (that’s me!) to capture those special moments.
Not only is Wild Aisle Photography a destination elopement photographer, but I also help plan and execute your special day. We can work together to find your dream venue, book your trip, and make sure your wedding day is everything you’ve dreamed of and more.
What you can expect from an elopement photography package:
Now for the fun part! There is no shortage of incredible elopement venues in Oregon. Whether you’re looking for the most beautiful location or the best affordable wedding venues in Oregon (also gorgeous!), I’ve got you covered.
One thing’s for sure – you can’t go wrong with an Oregon coast elopement. That’s why I’m designating a whole section on where to elope along Oregon’s shoreline. US Route 101 is a significant north to south highway that runs along Oregon’s coastline. And, no matter where you stop, you’ll find a unique beach destination with picture-perfect views.
Here are my favorite Oregon coast elopement destinations:
Looking to have an adventurous Oregon elopement? Ecola State Park offers exactly that, with opportunities for hiking, surfing, and checking out tons of viewpoints. Indian Beach is found within the park and offers a secluded ambiance for a private ceremony.
Situated in Bookings, OR, Samuel H. Boardman State Park boasts lush forests along a steep, rugged coastline. If you ask me, the best place to hold your ceremony is at the end of an impressive two-mile hike that leads you to magical limestone caverns. You can also share your vows at one of the park’s small sandy beaches, at a viewpoint during sunset, or the Arch Rock overlook. The opportunities (and photo ops) are endless!
Cannon Beach is one of Oregon’s most popular beaches. It’s in northwest Oregon and sits between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range. At Cannon Beach, you get to go with a sunset, Haystack Rock, or ocean backdrop – all of which are breathtaking.
If you like the idea of getting off the beaten path for a quiet Oregon elopement, Cove Beach might be the perfect spot. Hidden behind a forested oceanfront, Cove Beach beach’s scenery is unlike any other!
Cape Kiwanda is one of three headlands of the Three Capes Scenic Loop, a popular scenic drive in Oregon. This is hands down one of the most exciting elopement experiences for the adventurous couple who’s all about the scenery! Cape Kiwanda takes you on a steep climb to views of yellow sandstone and wildlife.
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If you’re not really looking for the beach vibe for your elopement, Smith Rock State Park might be your spot. You can find deep river canyons at the park, which make for a remarkable backdrop. And, if a camping honeymoon is your style, you can even book a campsite at the park.
How does an epic hike to a sparkling lake sound? Broken Top Trail to No Name Lake is easily one of the best Oregon elopement destinations. I especially recommend this spot for a sunrise ceremony.
If Oregon’s got anything, it’s tons of scenic hikes. The one at God’s Thumb is one of my favorites! It offers views of this unique thumb-like cliff surrounded by gorgeous blue waters.
The Soda Creek and Green Lakes trails offer the ideal elopement journey, and the photo ops are seriously endless. This fairly easy hike takes you past waterfalls, creeks, lakes, and wildflowers with tons of options for stopping to exchange your vows and take pictures.
Head to the mountains for a scenic ceremony at Crater Lake National Park where you can find a deep blue lake formed by a collapsed volcano. Again, there are so many photo ops at Crater Lake at any time of day, especially at sunset. There are tons of viewpoints that are sure to take your breath away!
As you’ve probably realized, Oregon is easily one of the best places to elope! There are tons of locations for you to have the elopement of your dreams, and with my help, we can execute the perfect day. Feel free to contact me, and we can chat more about your special day!
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April 10, 2022