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Eloping In Style: Top 5 Countries for Destination Weddings

Getting engaged is a magical time. The excitement is high, everyone is so happy for you and you feel like you are on top of the world. You can’t wait to create your dream wedding and even though the date is a year-and-a-half away, you’re already staying up to all hours of the night looking for dress ideas on Pinterest. What you don’t realize is that getting married can sometimes feel like you are pursuing a career in event planning. Then, once you’ve stumbled through your vows and walked way too fast back up the aisle, you have to starve all night because nobody will let you eat the food you painstakingly chose and were so very excited to eat. Your grandmother will keep insisting that someone turn the music down and there will always be that, one person who will act so awkward you’ll wish you never invited him or her. Skip it. Wedding stress dreams are the worst and honestly, you can throw a big party at your favorite restaurant when you get back from your honeymoon if you’re worried about not sharing the occasion with loved ones. If they care, they’ll understand. Check out these wonderful locations for eloping. From the cozy to the exotic, we have the best ideas for your destination wedding for two.

Sierra Nevada, USA

People go to Vegas to get married for a reason. Obtaining a marriage license in Nevada is a piece of cake. Why would you want to get married in Vegas of all places? You don’t have to. Opt for a view overlooking the beautiful Lake Tahoe, near Reno, where amazing vistas are par for the course with a Tahoe wedding ceremony. Check out Emerald Bay, which isn’t as windy because of the enclosing mountains—it’s spectacular for pictures.


For less than a grand, you can have a wedding at the Matangi Private Island Resort and stay in a luxury treehouse. Be prepared, tax there is 20%. What you have to pay to get there will be made up for with their all-inclusive elopement packages. They have private island hideaways and the Likuliku Lagoon with over-water bungalows.


Seychelles is a 115-island country in Africa. With its ethereal soft white powder beaches and the fertile and lush jungles, this place is a self-sustaining paradise and it breeds romance. Most hotels offer comprehensive discounts and packages to marrying the couple. Some of the most romantic retreats, here in Seychelles include the Enchanted Island Resort on the Round Island, the Four Seasons Resort in Mahé, and Constance Lémuria Resort in Praslin. Moreover, there are several isolated, far-flung private islands perfect for eloping couples such as North, Denis, Frégate, and Desroches.

Andes, Peru

If scenery for your big day is what you are looking for, it doesn’t get better than Machu Picchu. In Peru, you can get a traditional Andean ceremony among the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu. Of course, your marriage won’t exactly be legal—you’ll still have to go through the civil marriage proceedings, which you can do there in Peru or back home.

Gretna Green, UK

From civil partnerships to traditional weddings, Gretna Green revels in its policies of marriage equality. For more than 250 years, Gretna Green has played a gracious host to eloping couples and those who dreamt of a perfect destination wedding. There have been a lot of changes in that time but the spirit of Gretna Green has remained the same: open-hearted. There are quirky venues including a blacksmith’s shop, which can accommodate 40 guests, and the Anvil Hall, which has a capacity of approximately 200 guests. There are also beautiful gardens in which to hold your ceremony. The prices are affordable and the venues and packages are plentiful.

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