The ultimate guide to elope in Denmark – tips and ideas for an adventure elopement in Denmark
Every year, Denmark ranks in the top three happiest countries in the world! When you elope to Denmark, you’ll find a nation rich with history, from relics of ancient Vikings to remnants of Medieval castles, along with locals with a strong community spirit and pride in their homeland.
If you’re ready to elope to Denmark amongst the dunes, forests, and beaches of this peninsula, this guide will tell you everything you need to know!
First, let’s be sure we’re talking about the same thing:
1) What is an elopement?
What comes to mind when you think of the word “elopement?” If it’s courthouses and rushed ceremonies, you’re working with an outdated definition! But, so are a lot of people, which is why I’m so passionate about adventure elopements – because eloping is about reclaiming your wedding day. It’s about making sure you spend the day doing what feels right to you, not anyone else. Nothing’s off limits – from long backpacking trips to relaxing vacations, and your elopement can be anything you want it to be!
2) How to Legally Elope in Denmark
In order to elope to Denmark, you’ll need to take care of some paperwork ahead of time. You’ll need to apply and send a notice of marriage to the Agency of Family Law in Denmark. The application can be found here, and you will pay an application fee of 1650 kroner ($270 USD).
With your application, you will also need to send photocopies of your passport (or ID card, if you’re a citizen of the EU), and documentation of your right to enter into Denmark. This may be proof of residence if you reside in the country, or a tourist visa if you’re traveling internationally.
Once your application is accepted, you’ll receive a marriage certificate, which is valid for 4 months!
3) Why Elope in Denmark?
Hygee, pronounced “hoo-guh,” is a unique concept that Denmark locals abide by. It means finding comfortable, cozy moments in your daily routine, and appreciating them. And while elopements are a huge adventure and your wedding day is certainly not routine, the little moments of hygee are what it’s all about! Appreciating the small, in between things that make you fall in love every day.
Denmark has miles and miles of white sand beaches, along with incredible old growth forests that will make you feel like you stepped into a storybook. With countless amazing backdrops, Denmark is the perfect location for an adventure elopement.
The classic Scandanavian favorites are locally sourced in Denmark, providing fresh meat and seafood for world-famous restaurants. Denmark is also known for its local beers, and a visit to an outdoor brewery is the perfect way to relax at the end of an elopement day!
4) Where to Elope in Denmark
Everywhere you look, the scenery in Denmark will take your breath away. Whether you want to elope on the beach or in the forest, there’s a place for you!
This is one of the most famous places in Denmark, and when you catch a glimpse of the towering white cliffs, it’s easy to see why! There are many rare species of flora and fauna lining the cliffs, and you can walk along the ridge or take the stairs down to the water, where you’ll be able to hunt for fossils.
In this unique landscape, dunes as high as 40 meters tall form a small desert. Rådjberg Mile is a unique place to elope in Denmark, and one of the largest migrating dunes in all of Europe, moving northeast little by little each year.
The moss covered floor, towering trees, and lush greenery make the Rold Forest the perfect elopement location. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a woodland fairy, or maybe a woodland hobbit, this is the perfect spot! You can spend hours exploring the woods and have so much left to see, but hiking through as the sun rays pour through the branches is nothing short of incredible.
South Fyn Archipelago
The islands in South Fyn Archipelago each contain their own adventures, and each one is an amazing place to elope if you want a peaceful ceremony by the sea. The cozy villages are perfect for wandering around, and you’ll find amazing places to stay by the quaint harbors.
Svanninge Bakker on Fyn
These rolling green hills offer incredible views of Denmark, and the winding roads and tiny, wooden houses add to the charm of Svanninge. You’ll have stunning views to the west and south, and a sunrise or sunset ceremony here would be especially rewarding!
5) When to Elope in Denmark
Denmark’s weather is temperate, without major fluctuations throughout the day. Summer is the best time to visit, though other seasons may offer less crowding!
Summers in Denmark rarely get too hot, and temperatures are usually around 70 degrees F (22 degrees C). Summer is the perfect time to elope on the beaches of Denmark, and to enjoy the outdoor dining and breweries that the country has to offer.
Temperatures drop quickly in the fall, and it rains often. If you elope to Denmark in the fall, be sure to pack some waterproof boots and a rain jacket!
Winters in Denmark are chilly, dipping down to just above freezing. The days are shorter, and if you elope in winter you will need to pack warm clothes! However, winter offers more opportunities to spot the northern lights in Denmark.
By spring, temperatures rise to an average of 50 degrees F (10 degrees C) during the day, making spring a much warmer time to elope to Denmark. Spring is one of the driest seasons, and much less popular than summer.
6) How Much Does it Cost to Elope in Denmark?
Travel to and from Denmark: $1.000
Five nights in high-end accommodation: $2.000
Elopement photographer: $7.000
Private chef or full board: $2.000
Wedding dress and accessories: $4.000
Suit and accessories: $1.000
Total for a high-end elopement in Denmark: $19.000
Travel to and from Denmark: $1.000
Five nights in an Airbnb: $600
Elopement photographer: $7.000
Wedding dress and accessories: $2.000
Suit and accessories: $400
Total for a budget elopement in Denmark: $12.400
Avoid the stress, family drama and financial chaos that comes with traditional weddings. Surrender to a “just us” adventure elopement instead.
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7) What to Wear
To elope in Denmark, you’ll need to wear wedding attire that works for an elopement! This means something you can walk, climb, and adventure in.
Layers are perfect for your elopement in Denmark, as it can get windy! Capes and shawls add a dramatic, regal flair to a wedding dress, and look amazing blowing in the wind. I recommend avoiding tight dresses, such as mermaid style cuts, and opt for something with a loose skirt so that you can comfortably move around throughout the day!
For elopement suits, I recommend choosing something that can easily be layered! A jacket that you can take off if it gets warm and out on when it gets cold is perfect for Denmark’s climate. Make sure the suit fits you well and lets you move comfortably!
For an adventure elopement, hiking boots are best – unless you’re eloping on the beach, in which case I recommend sandals or even no shoes at all! No matter what, make sure to break in your shoes before the elopement day – there’s nothing worse than blisters!
8) Elope to Denmark – Your Checklist
Choose a Location
Narrow down your ceremony spot to just one Denmark location – easier said than done!
As an elopement photographer, a big part of my job is to help couples find the perfect place to say their vows. As a travel planner, I’m ready to go with all the best secret spots! Once you’ve decided to elope to Denmark, don’t hesitate to get in touch for planning assistance.
Pick a date
Research the weather before you open up your calendar, then choose a date for your elopement!
Learn About Travel Visas
To visit Denmark, you will need a tourist visa, and an up to date passport! Be sure to get everything in order early, so you’re not stressing close to the elopement day.
Book Flights and Accommodation
In Denmark, you can find anything from quaint village Airbnbs to luxury resorts. I recommend booking your flights and looking for lodging early, to make sure you get the best deals!
Book Your Vendors
A great team of elopement vendors will make all the difference when it comes to planning your elopement. Hire vendors you can trust, and take the pressure and stress and planning off of yourself!
Elope in Your Dream Location!
You did it! Now it’s time to officially tie the knot, and spend the day exploring Denmark.
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12) Elopement Galleries
- Marine & Etienne – An overnight post-wedding session near Lyon
- Kristina & Tyler – A chateau Challain elopement followed by a 10-days honeymoon in France and Italy
- Imogen & Paul – An overnight mountain elopement near Switzerland
- Elodie & Dean – A post-wedding session in Scotland
- Laura & Ben – A forest elopement in the Highlands
- Misha & Chris – A 5-days elopement in the Japanese forests
How I Can Help Plan Your Peaceful Elopement in Denmark
Schedule a Consultation
We’ll talk about you, your elopement, and what you envision the perfect day to be. This isn’t a sales call, it’s me getting to know you so that I can help you plan the best elopement day ever.
Book your date
After your contract is signed and the deposit is paid, you’re on the books! It’s time to get to planning.
I’ll plan your dream elopement
Here’s the fun part – I’ll come up with the best things to do, places to go, and adventures to have in Denmark.
Live your adventure
Then, you get to explore, adventure, and marry your best friend!
Relive this day forever
With your photos, you get to look back on the day and relive your favorite moments, forever!
Let’s plan your peaceful elopement
Where you can be you. Feel. Breathe in each other’s love.
Experience a place close to your hearts, or a bucket list dream.
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Have I won you over with Denmark yet?
Denmark is such an amazing destination for an adventure elopement!
As an elopement photographer and guide, I offer a range of option that all include planning and photography, from 5 hours all the way to your ultimate 14-day elopement and honeymoon gateway in Denmark. As part of my photography service, I will help you choose and plan the perfect elopement day(s) from crafting the whole day program to helping you choose amazing vendors!
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