Let’s elope in Europe – the top 15+ best places for your Europe elopement
Are you dreaming to elope Europe?
Do you want to know the best places for a beautiful european elopement, whether you are the adventurous type or you are more attracted to the beautiful European cities?
You’ve come to the right place!
Sit back and relax while I help you plan the elopement of your dreams!
1) How to elope in Europe legally
If you are a U.S. citizen, you might want to look into a more symbolic elopement. This is because getting legally married in Europe is difficult, if not completely impossible in some countries. The best option when you plan your elopement in Europe is to have a legal wedding in your state/country of residence, and then to have an amazing elopement, where you will exchange your vows and have an amazing adventure together.
Some countries in Europe, like France, Italy or Greece, allow two foreigners to get married legally but require you to have proof of residency of at least 30 days (in France) before the wedding date. However, the ceremony must take place inside the town hall of the city that you chose. Therefore, you won’t be able to have a beautiful, legally-binding elopement ceremony at the place or venue of your choice.
2) The best places to elope in Europe
1) Paris, France
It’s almost impossible to talk about elopements in Europe without mentioning Paris. The city of love is filled with ancient buildings. You can also visit the iconic Eiffel Tower while you are there!
2) Venice, Italy
Venice is as beautiful as it is depicted in movies and books. You will find peaceful little streets and canals, as well as delicious Italian food.
3) Lapland, Finland
If you’re in love with beautiful snowy landscapes and you want to have something really special for your elopement, Finland is the destination for you! Northern lights, reindeers and amazing ski resorts await you in Lapland!
4) Loire Valley, France
The Loire Valley is beautiful. It is best known for its amazing fairytale chateaux. Rent one of them for your elopement and have an amazing week with your closest friends and family members.
5) Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are not a well-known tourist destination. However, it compares favorably with many other more popular places. It has many beautiful beaches, amazing hikes and panoramic views for you to enjoy.
6) Picos de Europa, Spain
In the north of Spain, you will find these amazing mountains. They are perfect, if you are dreaming of exchanging your vows with beautiful mountain peaks in the background.
7) Dolomites, Italy
In the north part of Italy is a little mountain range with absolutely stunning views: the Dolomites. You will definitely enjoy hiking there and exchanging your vows with the mountains in the background!
Yes, the whole country of Switzerland is amazing. You will find terrific mountains and absolutely jaw-dropping views all over the country.
For Scotch whisky and soaking wet landscapes, Scotland has many amazing things to offer. Its beautiful mountains make an amazing backdrop in any season, and you will find hikes leading to some of the most beautiful panoramas you will ever see.
10) Lake District National Park
In the UK, the Lake District is an absolute must-see. You will find lakes (obviously) but also epic and ancient landscapes in the middle of great mountains.
From the many beautiful sandy beaches to the Connemara National Park and some of its other hidden gems, Ireland has much to offer.
12) Faroe Islands
These beautiful Nordic islands are part of Denmark. They offer some of the most amazing landscapes you will ever see!
Iceland has recently become one of the most amazing elopement destinations lately, but this is for a good reason. Its black beaches, private hot springs and gorgeous mountain ranges definitely appeal to the adventurers at heart
14) Lofoten Islands
Northwest of Norway, you will find the Lofoten. With beautiful little red cottages and mountain peaks under the northern lights, Lofoten is a little gem waiting to be discovered.
Let’s go back to the sun for a second and see what Greece, and most importantly Santorini has to offer: perfect weather, beautiful beaches and amazing little towns.
16) High Tatras mountains, Slovakia
In beautiful Slovakia, you will find the Tatras Mountains and their even more beautiful panoramic views, hikes and amazing backdrops for an elopement ceremony.
Pro tip: There are TONS of amazing, beautiful and inspiring places to elope in Europe. I have a long list of other places you might consider for your elopement in Europe! From beautiful, hot cities to adventurous mountains in less-known countries, let’s plan something truly special together!
3) The most beautiful venues for an European elopement
Kakslauttanen arctic resort, Finland
Isola del Garda, Italy
Hotel Aman, Venice
Château Allure du lac, France
Inverlochy Castle, Scotland
Gîte du Passant, Alps
The ice hotel, Sweden
Podere Palazzo, Italy
Bill & coo hotel, Mykonos
Highclere castle, Scotland
Dunvegan castle, Scotland
Sol’Ring Hof, Germany
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