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

by Colleen Stinchcombe
Dec 14, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET

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.

1/11 :Bali

In order to have a legally binding wedding in Bali, it will have to be a religious ceremony under one of the recognized faiths — and you’ll have to be able to prove you’re practicing. However, you can have a symbolic ceremony without religious verification.

2 /11: Albuquerque, New Mexico

2/11 :Albuquerque, New Mexico

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

3 /11: Lake Louise, Canada

3/11 :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.

4 /11: Greenough, Montana

4/11 :Greenough, Montana

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

5/11 :Iceland

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

6 /11: Florence, Italy

6/11 :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

7 /11: Telluride, Colorado

7/11 :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

8 /11: Napa, California

8/11 :Napa, California

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

9 /11: Saint Lucia, Caribbean

9/11 :Saint Lucia, Caribbean

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

10 /11: Malibu, California

10/11 :Malibu, California

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

11 /11: Niagara Falls, Canada

11/11 :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.