The ultimate guide to elope in Finland
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for an adventure elopement in Finland
Finland is a truly breathtaking elopement destination – with dense forests, unspoiled wilderness, and dancing aurora displays coloring the night sky. For couples looking for an adventurous wedding, a Finland elopement is perfect if you want to explore the outdoors and experience the incredible scenery, and maybe relax in one of the two million saunas!
Before you go, there are a few things you’ll need to know – so this guide is all about eloping in Finland and planning your perfect day!
Let’s dive in…
Welcome to the Adventure of a Lifetime
Hey there, I’m Amber! I’m your elopement photographer and planner – your one-stop-shop for absolutely everything you need for a magical, incredible elopement day.
I offer all-inclusive elopement packages for couples who want to relax and let me handle absolutely everything, as well as options for couples who like a little bit of DIY! I’ll find the perfect place for you to exchange vows, recommend vendors, help you figure out travel and lodging, make a timeline, and more – personalizing each part of your elopement day to perfectly suit the two of you. And of course, I’ll be there to take the photos and document this once in a lifetime adventure.
You aren’t like every other couple, and your wedding day shouldn’t be either! I’ll help you craft a day that’s true to you, authentic, and real, allowing you to immerse yourselves in the experience as you say your “I dos.”
First, let’s be sure we’re talking about the same thing:
What is an elopement?
Before we start planning your Finland elopement, let’s talk about what it actually means to elope! If you’re thinking about courthouse ceremonies and cheesy chapels, think again – the meaning of eloping has changed a ton over the past few years, and it’s no longer just reserved for quick ceremonies.
Eloping means prioritizing yourselves and your experience on your wedding day – instead of planning a wedding that follows the “rules,” the traditions and expectations of the wedding industry (and maybe the people in your life), you’re planning a day that’s centered on celebrating your love! Eloping can be anything you want it to be – an epic adventure or a relaxing day – what matters most is that it’s authentic, and true to you.
How to Legally Elope in Finland
Getting legally married abroad can be complicated, so if you don’t live in Finland, it’s often easier to do the paperwork at home! Don’t worry – signing the papers isn’t what makes your marriage real – exchanging vows during the ceremony does. So, you can get legally married before or after your ceremony, and spend your elopement day focusing on the fun parts!
If you want to get legally married during your Finland elopement, here’s what you’ll need. First, you need to get a document that states there are no legal impediments to your marriage. In the US, these documents don’t exist, so if you’re traveling from the states, you can instead get an affidavit that says you aren’t currently married, and if you’ve been married before, that that marriage is legally terminated. To get a marriage license in Finland, you’ll apply with the Town Hall, at least 8 weeks before your wedding ceremony. You’ll need to send certified copies of your passport and of the certificate of no impediment, and they must arrive at least 4 weeks before the ceremony.
Why Elope in Finland?
The Happiest People in the World
The residents of Finland have been named the happiest people in the world for several years in a row – so when you elope, you’ll see what that’s all about! Along with the natural beauty and vibrant cities you’ll find in Finland, talking with locals and experiencing the culture is a must do when you visit.
Millions of Saunas
There’s no consensus about the exact number of saunas in Finland – some sources say over two million, some say over three million! But, what we do know is that there are a lot of them, so during your Finland elopement, you can take some time to relax and unwind after your adventures.
The Northern Lights
Another amazing reason to get married in Finland is the Northern Lights! The colorful display makes for a stunning night sky, and getting to see it is an unforgettable experience. The Aurora Borealis is visible about 200 nights a year, with winter being the best season to spot them.
Top 5 spots to Elope in Finland
Here are some of the best places to elope in Finland, to get you inspired!
In Finland, there are adorable secluded cottages all over, but Lake Saimaa is one of the best spots to elope! Around the peaceful lake, there are cottages that will make you feel like you’re all alone, surrounded by nature. There are parks around the shoreline, berries to pick, and you can swim or canoe through the lake!
Nuuksio National Park
Nuuksio National Park is actually within the Helsinki metropolitan area, and even accessible by public transportation! This natural haven is perfect for couples looking for a convenient place to elope in Finland, and offers nature trails through forests, lakes, cliffs, and valleys.
If you want to hike on your elopement day, there’s no better place than Halti – the highest peak in Finland! In the summer, you can hike to the peak and enjoy the forests and rocky scenery along the way, and be rewarded by sweeping views at the top.
Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park
This national park is located in Lapland, and is home to arctic wildlife. The mountains create a chain of peaks, and there are plenty of beautiful trails to explore. This is also one of the best places to see the Northern Lights, because of the remote location!
Korouoma National Park
Korouoma National Park is one of the best places to elope in Finland, offering an iconic wintery landscape. In the colder months, you can see frozen waterfalls, and in the summer, you can hike the mountain trails and relax amongst the rugged beauty!
When to Elope in Finland
Finland is gorgeous anytime of year – but most people associate it with the snow and cold weather, so if winter isn’t your thing, you can still elope in Finland! Here’s what you can expect throughout the year.
Winter is dark and cold, but the landscapes are incredibly beautiful. Snow covers most of the country, and you can ski, ice skate, snowmobile, or snowshoe the trails! It’s stunning, and if you want to elope in a winter wonderland, Finland is perfect. Winter is also the best time to see the Northern Lights, because it’s darker.
Northern Finland is colder than the south part of the country, so while spring usually starts around April in the south, the north is usually covered in snow until summer begins! Spring is a great time to hike and explore in the south, or in the north if you want to experience the snow in warmer temperatures than winter.
Summer is magical in Finland – the weather is warm and sunny, and the landscapes are vibrant, blooming with wildflowers. The days are long (in the north, the sun doesn’t set at all in June!), so this is the best time to elope in Finland if you want to hike and enjoy the outdoors. It’s the busiest time of year, as locals and visitors flock to the cottages and parks.
The fall foliage makes this time of year great for a Finland elopement! It’s also less popular for travelers, so this can be a good way to avoid crowds. It does start getting cold pretty fast, especially in the north where snow usually starts falling in October.
How Much Does it Cost to Elope in Finland?
All-inclusive, 7-day ELOPEMENT and honeymoon
6 nights in accommodation (3* or more)
Elopement photographer for 3 days
All meals for the 7 days
4-5 beautiful, natural and raw ceremony location options
Custom timeline of the day
Hair and makeup
TOTAL FOR An all-inclusive ELOPEMENT IN FINLAND:
Elopement photographer for 12 hours
4-5 beautiful, natural and raw ceremony location options
Custom timeline of the day
TOTAL FOR A 12-hour ELOPEMENT IN FINLAND:
What to Wear to Elope in Finland
When you elope, it’s important that you’re comfortable! And because Finland is pretty chilly, you’ll need to think about layering.
When it comes to elopement dresses, I recommend looser skirts that allow for more movement. Whether you’re hiking, skiing, or just exploring, it’ll be so much nicer to be able to move freely! To stay warm, you can add base layers, or a cape, shawl, or jacket on top.
Hiking boots are ideal for eloping in Finland. They’ll be good for all your adventures, and they’ll also keep you warm! If you get new shoes, be sure to break them in before the big day.
Elopement suits are easy to layer, so this means it’s easier to stay warm! You can add base layers as well if you’re eloping in the colder months. Just like with a dress, make sure your elopement suit fits you well and is comfortable, so that you can enjoy your day to the fullest!
Elope in Finland – Your Checklist
Choose a Location
Choosing the perfect place to exchange vows is the most exciting part! There are so many gorgeous landscapes to choose from in Finland, but don’t worry – I’ll help you narrow it down.
Part of my job as your elopement photographer is to help couples find the perfect place to tie the knot and say their vows. As a travel planner, I’m always exploring to find the best secret spots! Once you’ve decided to elope in Finland, don’t hesitate to get in touch for planning assistance.
Pick a date
After you do a little bit of research about weather and crowds in Finland, you’ll need to set a date for your elopement!
Find more information about travel visas and wedding documentation
Most people will not need a visa to travel to Finland – unless you plan to stay for more than 90 days.
Book your flights and accommodation
Booking your flights and accommodation as early as possibly can help you keep expenses low, and you’ll find better deals! Make sure to choose a spot close to your elopement location.
Book your vendors
Your vendors are going to make a huge difference in your elopement day! Make sure to reach out early, because many elopement vendors book as far as a year out.
Live your dream elopement
This is the part you’ve been waiting for – exchanging vows in a beautiful location, adventuring around, and having the best day of your life.
DOES FINLAND SOUND LIKE YOUR DREAM?
How to plan your peaceful elopement in FINLAND with me
Let’s dive in, so you can start your journey right away!
Imagine a wedding where you can be you. Breathe. Bask in each other’s love.
Experience a place close to your hearts, or a bucket-list dream.
Are you eager to start planning your elopement in Finland? I’m here to help you envision, plan and immortalize this beautiful adventure! Contact me now for a free consultation!