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!
- 1) What is an elopement?
- 2) How to Legally Elope in the UK
- 3) Why Elope in the UK?
- 4) Where to Elope in the UK
- 5) When to Elope in the UK
- 6) How Much Does it Cost to Elope in the UK?
- 7) What to Wear
- 8) Elope in the UK – Your Checklist
- Interested in adventuring with me as your United Kingdom elopement photographer?
- 12) Elopement Galleries
- Need more inspiration for your elopement?
- Have I won you over with United Kingdom yet?
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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?
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
Wedding dress and accessories: $5.000
Suit and accessories: $1.000
Total for a high-end elopement in the UK: $18.900
Travel to and from the UK: $1.000
Five nights in an Airbnb: $700
Elopement photographer: $7.000
Wedding dress and accessories: $1.000
Suit and accessories: $400
Total for a budget elopement in the UK: $11.900
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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.
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.
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.
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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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
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United Kingdom is such an amazing destination for an adventure elopement!
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