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Katarina Kovacevic is a freelance travel writer specializing in hotels and resorts. She's the author of The Food Lovers' Guide to Phoenix & Scottsdale and founder/editor of Style Jaunt, a blog about fashionable travel. Her work has appea...

Where to elope

Walk down the aisle got you tripping? Forget the big wedding stresses and say “I do” to a private elopement for two.

Where to elope

Where to Elope

Walk down the aisle got you tripping? Forget the big wedding stresses and say “I do” to a private elopement for two.

Bespoke Inn, Café & Bicycles

Where to elope

Low-key couples will love Bespoke Inn, Café & Bicycles, a new (and the city's only!) bed and breakfast in downtown Scottsdale, AZ. The Bespoke Elopement package starts at $1,200 and includes one night in the signature suite, romantic turndown with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, and breakfast for two. Staff will also coordinate your personal onsite wedding ceremony, including providing an officiant and witness. Afterward, toast to your new life as a married couple with small plates at the Outspoken Hour wine reception.

Sandton Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club

Where to elope

Looking for a little Caribbean romance? Consider a Caribbean Fairytale Wedding at Sandton Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club in Curacao. Tucked into the island's rugged western cliffs, the beachfront resort is quiet and relaxed, with fewer than 75 rooms. This wedding-for-two special is $2,795 and includes a minister, bridal salon appointment, dinner for two with a bottle of wine, wedding arch and bouquet. You’ll also go home with a set of professional photos to share with family and friends.

Moonlight Basin Resort

Where to elope

A mountainside elopement at Moonlight Basin Resort in Big Sky, MT comes complete with the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop. The idyllic resort has a variety of wedding ceremony settings to choose from, including dramatic mountains and valleys and The Moonlight Lodge, whose terrace affords picturesque views of the Spanish Peaks. Moonlight Basin is located just 30 minutes from Yellowstone National Park, but you'll find it tough to escape with heated outdoor pools and the Moonlight Spa at your disposal. The Cowboy Heaven Cabins come with a private hot tub on the deck.

West Inn & Suites

Where to elope

Small weddings at Carlsbad, CA's West Inn & Suites are a family affair — the general manager's wife is ordained and conducts the ceremonies! Plus, the hotel is pet-friendly if you want to bring along a four-legged witness. Starting at $179 per night, the Elopement Package includes your choice of ceremony location (The beach? The cliffs? The flower fields?), plus a chef-created special menu tailored to your tastes, which includes ingredients sourced from the inn's own three-acre farm. You'll also receive champagne, rose petals and chocolate-covered strawberries in your suite.

Rendezvous Saint Lucia

Where to elope

A couples-only boutique hotel in Saint Lucia, Rendezvous is an all-inclusive but intimate hideaway. The 100-room hotel lies on a two-mile stretch of white sand, surrounded by seven acres of tropical gardens. Along with a champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres, private dinner and honeymoon massage, the new Elope Package (starting at $379 per person, per night) includes private airport transfer, bamboo canopy for the ceremony, exotic bridal bouquet, wedding cake, Pampered Bride facial, and breakfast in bed for the morning after, as well as many other perks.

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