With private and intimate elopements becoming a popular choice for millennials who prefer to forego the hoops and hurdles of planning a wedding, we’ve seen certain destinations pop up as favorite choices for couples. While this list is certainly not exhaustive (“the world is your oyster,” of course!), it’s worth knowing some of the top spots where couples want to tie the knot privately.
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The South Pacific
Between Fiji, Tahiti, and Bora Bora, the South Pacific has a wealth of exotic islands for couples who are after blue skies and crystal-clear waters to celebrate their marriage. And who could blame them? Perfect for couples who want nothing but pure relaxation, these islands bring to mind images of ‘paradise.’ For the ultimate elopement, don’t miss out on the experience of staying in an overwater bungalow!
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From Paris to Reykjavik to Rome, there is a European city for every couple’s preferences. Whether your client is a foodie or a total history buff, they will love the chance to pick a culture that resonates with them. One of the best perks of tying the knot in Europe? Endless options for the honeymoon—a couple can stay where they are and really immerse themselves in the local culture, or they can pack up and head over to a different corner of Europe for an entirely new experience.
Our neighbor to the north is seeing its fair share of elopements along its two coasts. Atlantic Canada offers everything in the way of coastal glory, with seafood, lighthouses, and foggy mornings aplenty. Across the country, the west coast is filled with everything from the breathtaking landscapes of the Rockies to the culturally vibrant coastal city of Vancouver. If your couple is after a place that feels close to home for their elopement, Canada is sure to be the perfect solution.
With all of these incredible options available, couples don’t need to feel like they can only elope at their local city hall. Instead, they can celebrate their nuptials with a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the only person that matters: their new partner.
Megan Velez is the Vice President of Product at Destination Wedding Travel Group, the world's leading destination wedding and romantic travel planning company. Destination Wedding Travel Group, which encompasses GayDestinationWeddings.com, DestinationWeddings.com and LuxuriousDestinationWeddings.com, has worked with nearly 25,000 couples and half a million guests to plan dream destination weddings around the world. For more information, visit DestinationWeddings.com.