The ultimate guide to your Prince Edward Island elopement
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for an adventurous PEI elopement
Prince Edward Island, or PEI, is a lyrical masterpiece painted by nature. It’s a place where rolling landscapes, pristine beaches, and vibrant meadows converge in a harmonious symphony of beauty. Each day in PEI is an ode to nature’s timeless charm, where moments of contemplation are woven into the very fabric of the island. Come, let’s explore the poetic beauty of PEI together.
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Hey! I’m Amber.
Your PEI elopement photographer + planner
I’m thrilled to be your trusted companion on your journey to a breathtaking elopement experience right here on Prince Edward Island.
Having spent years as a travel agent and guide in this beautiful destination, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing countless love stories unfold against the backdrop of PEI’s natural wonders. It’s an island that has captured my heart, and I’m here to share its enchantment with you.
In 2013, I embarked on a new chapter, seamlessly blending my passion for photography with my extensive knowledge of this island’s hidden gems. Today, as your Prince Edward Island elopement photographer and planner, I offer you the best of both worlds.
My dual role allows me to guide you to the most captivating locations on this island while capturing every precious moment with an artist’s eye. From the iconic red cliffs of Cavendish to the serene beauty of our national parks, I know where to find the most stunning and heartfelt spots for your elopement.
But I’m more than just a photographer; I’m a storyteller. My lens becomes a quill, crafting visual poetry that reflects the depth of your love and the beauty of this island. Every click of the shutter immortalizes your unique journey, turning your elopement into a timeless narrative.
As someone who’s intimately familiar with Prince Edward Island’s landscapes, culture, and hidden treasures, I’m uniquely positioned to offer you an elopement experience that’s as smooth as it is enchanting. Your elopement should be a stress-free and unforgettable adventure, and I’m here to make sure it’s exactly that.
Whether you envision an elopement that celebrates the island’s natural beauty, a quiet ceremony by the sea, or an adventurous journey through PEI’s enchanting landscapes, I’m here to bring your dream to life.
With me as your guide, your photographer, and your storyteller, you can trust that your elopement will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. My goal is to combine the magic of this island with my artistry to create memories that will last a lifetime.
So, choose me for your Prince Edward Island elopement, and let’s embark on this remarkable journey together. Your love story deserves to be told amidst the beauty of PEI, and I can’t wait to capture every moment of your extraordinary day.
Let’s make your elopement a cherished chapter in the story of your love.
First, let’s be sure we’re talking about the same thing:
What is an elopement?
Today’s adventure elopements break free from tradition, crafting unique and intimate love stories. Picture exchanging vows atop a mountain, beside a waterfall, or under ancient forest canopies.
These elopements prioritize authenticity and connection. They’re about savoring beautiful landscapes, embarking on exciting journeys, and capturing memories that last a lifetime. Skilled photographers artfully document each moment against stunning backdrops.
Adventure elopements are more than ceremonies; they’re celebrations of love’s grand adventure and your unique bond. It’s your love story, reimagined.
How to get to Prince Edward Island for your elopement
Traveling to Prince Edward Island (PEI) is a wonderful experience. Here’s a general guide on how to get to PEI:
Fly to Charlottetown Airport (YYG): The most convenient way to reach PEI is by air. Charlottetown Airport (YYG) is the island’s main airport and offers regular flights from major Canadian cities like Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. You can book a direct flight to Charlottetown from these cities.
Ferry from Nova Scotia: If you’re coming from Nova Scotia, you can take a ferry to PEI. The most popular route is from Wood Islands, Nova Scotia, to Borden-Carleton, PEI. This scenic ferry ride offers stunning views of the Northumberland Strait and is a unique way to reach the island.
Drive from Mainland Canada: PEI is connected to the Canadian mainland by the Confederation Bridge, one of the world’s longest bridges. If you’re driving from the mainland, you can access PEI via this bridge, which connects Borden-Carleton, PEI, to Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick. The bridge is open year-round.
Bus Services: Several bus companies offer transportation to PEI from various Canadian cities. You can check with these companies for schedules and routes.
Remember to check for any travel advisories or restrictions, especially if you’re traveling during unusual times, as circumstances can change.
Getting Around PEI During Your Elopement
Getting around Prince Edward Island (PEI) is relatively easy, and there are several transportation options to explore the island:
1. Car Rental: Renting a car is one of the most convenient ways to explore PEI. You can rent a vehicle at Charlottetown Airport or various rental agencies on the island. PEI has a well-maintained road network, and driving is a great way to access various attractions, especially if you want to explore beyond Charlottetown.
2. Bicycles: PEI is known for its scenic and bike-friendly routes, making it a fantastic destination for cycling enthusiasts. You can bring your own bicycle or rent one from various rental shops on the island.
3. Public Transportation: PEI’s public transportation system primarily serves Charlottetown and its immediate surroundings. T3 Transit provides bus services in Charlottetown, including routes to popular attractions and shopping areas. Public transit options may be limited in rural areas, so it’s best to check schedules and routes in advance.
4. Taxis and Ridesharing: Taxis are available in Charlottetown and some other towns on the island. Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft may operate in certain areas, but availability can be limited compared to larger cities.
5. Tours and Guided Transportation: Consider booking guided tours or transportation services for specific attractions or experiences. Some tour operators offer transportation services to and from popular destinations and events.
6. Walking: In Charlottetown and other small towns, walking is a convenient way to explore local shops, restaurants, and historic sites. Many attractions in these areas are within walking distance of each other.
7. Horse-Drawn Trolleys: In Charlottetown, you can take a charming horse-drawn trolley tour to explore the city’s historic district.
- While PEI is relatively small, plan your transportation based on the areas and attractions you want to visit.
- Some remote areas may not have easy access to public transportation, so it’s a good idea to arrange for transportation in advance if you plan to visit such locations.
- Check local schedules and availability, especially during the peak tourist season, to ensure you have transportation options that align with your plans.
How to Legally Elope On Prince Edward Island
Getting legally married on Prince Edward Island (PEI) involves following certain steps and meeting specific requirements. Here’s a general guide on how to legally get married on the island:
1. Obtain a Marriage License: Both parties must obtain a marriage license from the Vital Statistics Office in PEI. You can apply for a marriage license in person at the Vital Statistics Office or by mail. Ensure you apply well in advance of your wedding date, as there may be processing times.
2. Eligibility and Documentation: Both individuals must meet the legal eligibility requirements, which typically include being of a certain age (often 19 or older) and not being closely related by blood. Check with the Vital Statistics Office for specific eligibility details.
You will need to provide valid identification, such as a passport or birth certificate, and proof of your current marital status, such as a divorce decree absolute or a death certificate if either party was previously married.
3. Marriage License Fee: Pay the required fee for the marriage license. Fees can vary, so inquire with the Vital Statistics Office for the current fee schedule.
4. Officiant or Marriage Commissioner: Choose a licensed officiant or marriage commissioner to perform your wedding ceremony. They must be legally authorized to conduct marriage ceremonies in PEI.
5. Marriage Ceremony: The marriage ceremony can take place at a location of your choice, whether it’s a religious institution, a civil location, or an outdoor setting. Ensure that your chosen officiant or marriage commissioner is available on your desired wedding date.
6. Marriage Registration: Following the wedding ceremony, your officiant or marriage commissioner will complete the marriage registration paperwork, including the marriage license and marriage certificate.
Both parties, along with your officiant or marriage commissioner, must sign the marriage license and certificate. Witnesses may also be required, depending on local regulations.
7. Marriage Certificate: After the ceremony, you will receive a marriage certificate. This document serves as legal proof of your marriage and is required for various legal purposes, such as changing your last name or updating your marital status.
8. Legal Registration: Ensure that your marriage is legally registered with the Vital Statistics Office to have a valid and recognized marriage in PEI.
9. Consider Professional Guidance: While this guide provides an overview of the general steps, it’s essential to consult with the Vital Statistics Office in PEI or a legal expert for up-to-date information, requirements, and any specific details pertaining to your individual circumstances.
Remember that marriage laws and requirements may change, so it’s crucial to verify all details with the appropriate authorities or legal professionals before your wedding day.
For couples from the US:
In certain states, you can ask your county clerk the authorization to sign your wedding license abroad. If they agree, as a registered minister, my team and I will be able to legally marry you without the hassle of a legal wedding ceremony on PEI.
Why Elope On Prince Edward Island
Stunning Natural Landscapes
PEI boasts breathtaking natural landscapes that serve as the perfect backdrop for your adventure elopement. From the iconic red cliffs of Cavendish to pristine beaches, lush forests, and rolling hills, the island offers a diverse range of stunning locations to choose from. Whether you envision exchanging vows by the sea, beneath a waterfall, or in a tranquil forest glade, PEI has it all. The island’s ever-changing scenery allows you to create a one-of-a-kind experience that reflects your unique love story.
Intimate and Authentic Atmosphere
PEI’s intimate and welcoming atmosphere makes it an ideal setting for an adventure elopement. With its small-town charm and friendly locals, you’ll feel a genuine connection to the island and its culture. The sense of authenticity and warmth in PEI adds a special touch to your elopement, creating moments that are both romantic and deeply meaningful. Whether you choose to celebrate in a rustic barn, a historic chapel, or an open field, you’ll experience a genuine sense of place and community.
Rich Cultural Heritage and Activities
Beyond its natural beauty, PEI offers a rich cultural heritage and a variety of activities for adventurous couples. You can explore the island’s vibrant arts scene, enjoy delicious local cuisine, and immerse yourselves in its maritime traditions. From kayaking along scenic waterways to hiking scenic trails and cycling through picturesque landscapes, PEI offers numerous opportunities for adventure and exploration. You can tailor your elopement experience to include activities that resonate with your interests, creating a truly unforgettable adventure.
Top 5 spots to Elope on Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island (PEI) is known for its stunning natural beauty, and there are several off-the-beaten-path locations that offer breathtaking views and beautiful nature. Here are five such hidden gems:
Cape Tryon Lighthouse
Located on the island’s north shore, Cape Tryon Lighthouse is a secluded spot with panoramic views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It offers a rugged coastal landscape, complete with red cliffs and dramatic ocean vistas. It’s an ideal spot for a quiet and romantic escape, away from the crowds.
Panmure Island Provincial Park
Panmure Island is a lesser-known destination on PEI’s eastern shore. The provincial park here features a stunning sandy beach, dunes, and tranquil coastal marshes. It’s an excellent spot for a peaceful walk along the shoreline or a picnic with a view.
Greenwich Dunes National Park
While PEI National Park is popular, the Greenwich Dunes section offers a quieter and more remote experience. You can explore pristine beaches, coastal dunes, and a floating boardwalk that takes you through a delicate ecosystem of wetlands and ponds. It’s a serene and unique natural setting.
Cedar Dunes Provincial Park
Located on the western side of the island, Cedar Dunes Provincial Park is a hidden gem with a mix of wooded areas and shoreline. You can explore the rugged coastline, walk along the boardwalk, and even discover the remains of shipwrecks. The park offers a tranquil and less-visited escape.
North Cape Wind Energy Interpretive Centre
The North Cape region of PEI is a remote area known for its dramatic coastline and the impressive Wind Energy Interpretive Centre. Here, you can explore the rugged cliffs, watch the powerful tides, and learn about renewable energy. The views of the ocean and wind turbines make for a unique and awe-inspiring backdrop.
When to Elope on Prince Edward Island
The best time to visit Prince Edward Island (PEI) largely depends on your preferences and what kind of experience you’re seeking, as the island offers different charms during various seasons. Here’s a breakdown of the seasons and what each offers:
Summer (June to August)
Best for Warm Weather and Festivals: Summer is PEI’s peak tourist season when the weather is warm, and the island is bustling with activities. It’s the ideal time for beach lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who want to explore the island’s many festivals, including the renowned Charlottetown Festival. Summers are perfect for adventure elopements and outdoor weddings.
Fall (September to October)
Best for Fall Foliage: If you love the vibrant colors of autumn, fall is a fantastic time to visit PEI. The island’s foliage transforms into shades of red, orange, and yellow, creating a picturesque landscape. The weather is still pleasant, and you can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and biking.
Spring (March to May)
Best for Mild Weather and Fewer Crowds: Spring on PEI brings milder temperatures, budding flowers, and fewer tourists compared to the summer months. It’s a great time for couples who want to explore the island without the crowds. Be aware that some attractions may have limited early-season hours.
Winter (November to February)
Best for Quiet Getaways: While winter is the least popular tourist season on PEI, it has its own charm. If you prefer peaceful, cozy getaways, this might be the time for you. You can enjoy winter sports like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, explore charming villages, and even have a winter elopement in a snowy wonderland.
Ultimately, the best time to visit PEI depends on your preferences. If you want to experience the island’s vibrant summer culture and enjoy outdoor activities, go in the summer. For a more intimate and colorful backdrop, consider visiting during the fall. Quiet getaways and winter wonderland experiences are perfect for couples who love the serenity of winter. Spring offers mild weather and fewer crowds, making it an ideal time for a romantic escape.
Example budget of an elopement on Prince Edward Island
When it comes to elopement budgets, I understand the challenges of providing a precise estimate for vendors outside of my own expertise. The cost can greatly vary depending on your chosen destination and the quality of vendors you desire.
Elopement expenses are significantly influenced by factors like your chosen location. Rather than providing generic budget estimates for vendors I don’t work with, I recommend exploring my elopement packages. They include all-inclusive options, giving you a clearer view of your budget and costs.
Lodging for your elopement on PEI
Prince Edward Island (PEI) offers a range of cozy and romantic lodging options that are perfect for an elopement. Here are some of the best types of accommodations for a cozy elopement on the island:
Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs)
PEI is known for its charming inns and bed and breakfasts, many of which offer cozy and intimate settings. These accommodations often feature beautifully decorated rooms, personalized service, and delicious homemade breakfasts. They are perfect for couples looking for a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Cottages and Cabins
Renting a cottage or cabin can provide you with a private and secluded retreat. PEI has many cottages and cabins nestled in picturesque locations, from waterfront properties to forested hideaways. They offer a homey and intimate setting for your elopement.
Boutique hotels on PEI offer a blend of luxury and coziness. These smaller, independently owned hotels often have unique and stylish rooms, creating a romantic ambiance. Look for boutique hotels in charming towns like Charlottetown and Summerside.
If you dream of exchanging vows with the sound of the ocean in the background, consider staying at a seaside retreat. PEI has numerous accommodations located right on the waterfront, where you can enjoy stunning views and serene surroundings.
PEI is rich in history, and staying in a historic property can add a touch of nostalgia to your elopement. Choose from historic inns, manors, or even lighthouses for a unique and romantic experience.
Rustic Farm Stays
For couples who appreciate the rustic charm of farm life, there are farm stays available on PEI. You can find accommodations on working farms that offer a peaceful and rural setting for your elopement.
Private Vacation Rentals
PEI has a variety of private vacation rentals, including cottages, houses, and apartments. These options provide you with privacy and the flexibility to create your own cozy atmosphere.
Treehouse and Glamping Experiences
For a unique and adventurous twist, consider booking a treehouse or glamping experience. These accommodations allow you to immerse yourselves in nature while still enjoying the comforts of a cozy setting.
When choosing lodging for your elopement on PEI, consider your preferences for privacy, ambiance, and location. Whether you prefer a charming inn, a waterfront cottage, or a historic manor, PEI offers a range of options to make your elopement stay as cozy and memorable as possible.
Unique Things to Do When You Elope on Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island (PEI) offers a wealth of off-the-beaten-path activities that can enhance your visit to the island. Here are three amazing experiences to consider:
Stargazing and Night Sky Photography
PEI is blessed with minimal light pollution, making it an excellent destination for stargazing and night sky photography. You can venture to secluded locations, such as the Cape Bear Lighthouse or the PEI National Park, on a clear night. Bring a telescope or a camera with long-exposure capabilities to capture the beauty of the night sky, including constellations, the Milky Way, and even the occasional aurora borealis display.
Clam Digging and Beachcombing
Experience the island’s maritime culture by trying your hand at clam digging and beachcombing. PEI’s beaches are not only stunning but also rich in marine life. Join a local guide or simply grab a rake and bucket to dig for soft-shell clams, a PEI delicacy. Afterward, enjoy a picnic on the beach or cook your freshly harvested clams over a campfire for a truly authentic island meal.
Visit the Bottle Houses
Discover the whimsical and eco-friendly Bottle Houses located in Cap-Egmont, PEI. These three structures—a chapel, a tavern, and a six-gabled house—are constructed entirely from recycled bottles, totaling over 25,000 colorful glass bottles. Each building is adorned with intricate glass patterns and designs, creating a unique and captivating attraction that blends art, sustainability, and creativity. It’s a great spot for both sightseeing and photography.
What to Wear to Elope on Prince Edward Island
By carefully selecting your attire, shoes, suit, and accessories for your PEI elopement, you can create a stylish and comfortable ensemble that harmonizes with the island’s romantic and natural ambiance.
When choosing your dress for your PEI elopement, consider the island’s natural beauty and varying weather conditions. A flowing and elegant dress that suits the romantic landscape is a great choice. For a summer PEI elopement, lightweight and breathable fabrics will keep you comfortable. In cooler seasons, consider a dress with longer sleeves or layers to stay warm. Incorporating elements of PEI’s coastal charm, such as lace or a bohemian style, can add a touch of island inspiration to your look.
PEI offers diverse terrain, from sandy beaches to rocky shores and grassy meadows. Choose comfortable and practical footwear that suits your elopement location. For a beach elopement, consider barefoot sandals or lightweight flats. If you’re exploring rocky cliffs, sturdy and supportive shoes or boots are advisable. To maintain a romantic and beachy vibe, you can opt for sandals with lace or floral accents that evoke the essence of a PEI elopement.
For grooms planning a PEI elopement, a lightweight and breathable suit is ideal, especially during the island’s warmer months. A linen suit or a lighter-colored option complements the island’s laid-back yet elegant vibe. Consider incorporating shades of blue or green in your suit to reflect the coastal and natural surroundings. Adaptable to both beach and meadow settings, your suit should balance style and comfort for your special day.
Accessories add the finishing touches to your PEI elopement attire. For brides, consider a flower crown or a bouquet featuring local blooms that capture the island’s natural beauty. Grooms can accessorize with a tie, bowtie, or boutonniere in colors inspired by PEI’s landscapes. Don’t forget to protect your eyes with stylish sunglasses when eloping in the island’s sunny weather. Incorporating seashell or beach-inspired jewelry can add a touch of PEI’s coastal charm to your look.
Typical food and dishes from Prince Edward Island
You might want to integrate into your elopement day
PEI is renowned for its succulent lobster, and a traditional lobster dinner is a must-try experience. The lobsters are typically caught fresh from the island’s cold waters. Enjoy a lobster feast with a whole lobster, melted butter, and sides like potato salad, coleslaw, and fresh rolls. Lobster suppers are often served at local restaurants and community halls, providing a warm and communal dining experience.
PEI is also famous for its plump and flavorful mussels, which thrive in the island’s pristine waters. PEI mussels are often prepared in a variety of ways, but one of the most popular dishes is “PEI Mussels in White Wine and Garlic Sauce.” These tender mussels are cooked in a savory broth of white wine, garlic, and herbs, creating a flavorful and aromatic dish. It’s typically served with crusty bread for soaking up the delicious sauce.
PEI is known as the “Potato Province” due to its high-quality potato production. You must try dishes that feature the island’s potatoes, such as “PEI Potato Pie” or “PEI Potato Pancakes.” PEI Potato Pie is a hearty and comforting dish made with layers of thinly sliced potatoes, cream, and cheese, often baked to golden perfection. Potato pancakes are a delicious side dish, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
Elope on Prince Edward Island – Your Checklist
Select a Date
Sit down with your partner and choose a date that works best for both of you. Consider travel times and aim to book your elopement during those preferred months.
Verify Wedding Requirements
Gather information about travel visas and the necessary wedding documentation to ensure you have everything in order for your legal marriage on Prince Edward Island.
Secure Flights and Accommodation
Take the time to book your flights and accommodations promptly, allowing you to secure special deals and discounts for your PEI elopement.
Reach out to essential vendors, such as your officiant, consultant, venue and accommodation. Confirm their availability and secure their services to make your elopement truly memorable.
Embrace Your Dream Elopement
Above all, remember to savor every moment of this remarkable occasion and create cherished memories with your life partner. Enjoy the beauty of your Prince Edward Island elopement as you embark on this extraordinary journey together.
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