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The 11 Most Beautiful Places to Elope (No, We Aren't Talking About Las Vegas)

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The most stunning places to elope

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The most stunning places to elope

Weddings are beautiful, meaningful and one of the biggest parties you’ll likely ever have the chance to throw. They can also be incredibly stressful, rife with conflict and huge budget-killers. Of course you love your friends and family, but many couples are wondering whether it’s worth the downpayment-size dollar figure in order to have them participate in a single day of your life. With the average wedding in the United States costing upward of $35,000, it’s no wonder couples are looking for alternatives.

You’ve heard of destination weddings, but maybe it’s time to start thinking of destination elopements. Just you, your partner and a beautiful part of the world you’ve always wanted to see. You can think of it as a honey-wedding. Elopement-moon? I’ll leave the verbiage to you. Check out these absolutely gorgeous locations and start planning — or plan to have someone else plan — your getaway. You can send your would-be bridesmaids a postcard instead.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Get married in a hot-air balloon while floating above Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Lake Louise, Canada

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Lake Louise, Canada

Run away to the Rocky Mountains. The Fairmont has elopement packages, but make sure you book your own photographer to capture the moment and the incredible views.

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Greenough, Montana

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Greenough, Montana

Escape to the mountains and elope to a charming ranch-style venue like Paws Up Resort.

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Iceland

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Iceland

One local company will even help you organize your photos, private destination and vendor interactions. 

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Florence, Italy

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Florence, Italy

If your eyes light up at gorgeous architecture, Florence, Italy, could be the perfect destination for you. You can even get married in a castle

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Telluride, Colorado

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Telluride, Colorado

Whether you want a winter wedding as a ski buff or want to enjoy the gorgeous blue-sky summers, Telluride is a great place to elope

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Napa, California

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Napa, California

Let someone else do the planning and spend your wedding day among the redwoods in Napa, California. 

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Saint Lucia, Caribbean

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Saint Lucia, Caribbean

Choose one of the many resorts in the area and plan a romantic elopement on the beach.

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Malibu, California

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Malibu, California

DIY your elopement or choose one of the several companies who will put together a beach wedding package for you.

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Niagara Falls, Canada

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Niagara Falls, Canada

Several quickie chapels are nearby, and as long as being in a tourist hot spot doesn’t bother you, it offers one of the world’s most stunning waterfalls as a backdrop.

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