The ultimate guide to elope in the uk – tips and ideas for an adventure elopement in the united kingdom

The United Kingdom is an island nation in the northwest corner of Europe, made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Across the UK, there are countless beautiful places that would be perfect for an adventure elopement. If you’re planning an adventurous UK elopement, there are a few things you’ll need to know – so this guide will teach you how to elope in the UK!

what is an elopement

First, let’s be sure we’re talking about the same thing:

1) What is an elopement?

Eloping means that you’re intentionally choosing to make your wedding day about what you want. Because isn’t that how it should be? You’re committing your life to one another, and yet weddings so often become about everyone but the couple. Instead of planning a party you don’t want for a day you won’t enjoy, eloping allows you to choose! Choose how you get married, where you get married, and who is there with you.

How to legally elope in the UK

2) How to Legally Elope in the UK

If you’re travelling internationally for your elopement, you will need a marriage visa to elope in the UK. Next, contact the register office of the country you want to get married in to give notice that you will be doing so. You will need your passport, birth certificate, proof of address, and your entry visa, if needed. Application fees vary, but you can find your cost here!

You’ll need a registrar to officiate your elopement, along with two witnesses to sign the marriage certificate.

3) Why Elope in the UK?

Why elope in the UK

Gorgeous Landscapes

Across the different countries that make up the United Kingdom, there are countless beautiful landscapes for your elopement. You can explore picturesque beaches, awe inspiring mountains, and so much more.

Local Restaurants and Pubs

From fish and chips in England, to luxurious desserts in Ireland, the local food in the UK is perfect for any food lover. After a day of adventures, you can relax and enjoy a big end-of-elopement dinner.

Cultural History

Along with the beautiful natural landscapes of the United Kingdom, there is also a rich history across the nation. Museums, architecture, and art have made their home in the UK, and you can step back in time as you explore.

4) Where to Elope in the UK

Here are some of the best elopement locations in the United Kingdom to get you inspired!

Where to elope in the UK - The Lake District

The Lake District

The Lake District is a region, and a national park, located in northern England. With lakes and mountains to explore, there’s no shortage of beautiful scenery, whether you want an easily accessible spot or a steep mountain hike.

Where to elope in the UK - The Cairngorms

The Cairngorms

The Cairngorms are a peaceful, tranquil area of Scotland. The mountains and forests feel so remote, and you may even stumble across some deer grazing in the meadows. There are homey bed and breakfast cabins at the base of the mountains, making this a fairytale location for an elopement.

Where to elope in the UK - Giant's Causeway

Giant’s Causeway

Located in northern Ireland, this coastal spot is unique because of the rocky “steps” by the sea. Legend has it that these were once part of a walkway over to Scotland for the local giants. Today, there aren’t any giants in sight, but there are amazing views of the ocean!

Where to elope in the UK - The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters

On the coast of England are the Seven Sisters, a dramatic array of ancient valleys that have been eroded by the sea, forming white chalk cliffs over the water. This is one of the best places in the UK for dramatic views.

Where to elope in the UK - Snowdonia

Snowdonia

As the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdonia towers over the countryside with incredible views on all sides at its summit. Take the steep but rewarding hike up, or take the train!

5) When to Elope in the UK

Before you decide on a date to elope in the UK, let’s talk about the weather!

When to elope in the UK - Summer

Summer

Summer is the busiest in the UK, as tourist season picks up as temperatures get warmer. This is the best time to elope if you plan to hike, as trails will be snow free!

When to elope in the UK - Fall

Fall

Fall foliage is a sight to behold in the UK. Eloping in the fall can be a great way to avoid the summer crowds, and early fall temperatures are still warm enough for outdoor adventures!

When to elope in the UK - Winter

Winter

Winters in the UK are fairly mild. Unless you’re planning to elope in the mountains – in that case, you’ll likely see a lot of snow and freezing temperatures! Many trails are likely to be closed.

When to elope in the UK - Spring

Spring

Spring brings wildflower blooms to the UK, and temperatures warm up. High altitude areas can stay snow covered into summer, and early spring tends to bring a lot of rain – but if you catch a clear day, you’ll see much fewer crowds around.

6) How Much Does it Cost to Elope in the UK?

High-end elopement

Travel to and from the UK: $1.000 

Five nights in high-end accommodation: $1.500 

Elopement photographer: $7.000 

Private chef or full board: $1.200 

Officiant: $700 

Florist: $1.000 

Rentals: $500 

Wedding dress and accessories: $5.000 

Suit and accessories: $1.000 

Total for a high-end elopement in the UK: $18.900

 

Budget elopement

Travel to and from the UK: $1.000 

Five nights in an Airbnb: $700 

Elopement photographer: $7.000 

Food: $800

Officiant: $500 

Florist: $500 

Wedding dress and accessories: $1.000

Suit and accessories: $400 

Total for a budget elopement in the UK: $11.900

 

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

Being comfortable on your elopement day is so important! Because you’ll be spending the day walking, hiking, and doing whatever adventures you have planned, elopement attire that won’t get in your way is a must.

What to wear for an elopement in the UK - the dress

The Dress

For dresses, a loose skirt is the best option for a comfortable fit. A line or princess cut dresses are amazing, but mermaid style or trumpet dresses can be difficult to walk around in. Lighter fabrics like tulle and chiffon are great to keep you cool, while heavier fabrics like silk or velvet work amazingly in the winter.

What to wear for an elopement in the UK - the suit

The Suit

Layers are key, so a three piece suit is a perfect option for an elopement. You can throw the jacket on if it’s cold, or take it off if you get warm! Make sure the suit fits well and allow you to move around, so that you’re comfortable throughout the day.

What to wear for an elopement in the UK - the shoes

The Shoes

You definitely don’t want blisters on your elopement day – so if you get new shoes, be sure to break them in! Hiking boots are ideal for adventures, but any comfortable shoes can work, depending on what your plan is for the day. No high heels, though!

8) Elope in the UK – Your Checklist

Choose a Location

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 in the UK, don’t hesitate to get in touch for planning assistance.

Choose a date

After you research the weather and decide where you want to elope, choose a date for the ceremony!

Learn About Travel Visas

You will need a marriage visa if you aren’t a local to the United Kingdom – so make sure to apply with plenty of time to spare, and make sure your passports are up to date!

Book Flights and Accommodation

Doing this in advance ensures that you’ll be able to stay close to your elopement location, as things can book up fast, especially in the summer, when the United Kingdom is the busiest for tourists.

Book Your Vendors

Hiring a team of elopement vendors that you trust will help your vision come to life, and will take the pressure off of you!

Elope in Your Dream Location!

Now it’s time to tie the knot, and have the best day ever!

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