Any couple planning an elopement has considered the old continent because who does not want to go to Europe to tie the knot? And it is a great choice since Europe is full of tourist destinations, amazing beaches, beautiful sceneries, and various climates throughout the year.
Europe has something for every kind of couple; it does not matter what type of elopement you want for your special day. Europe has glamour, wonders of nature, rich cultures, beautiful traditions, and amazing food.
SOUTH ICELAND - ICELAND
When you think about eloping to Europe, you probably do not think of a place like Iceland. Still, it is a hidden gem for eloping couples, and especially the south of Iceland is beautiful for an elopement location. Here you will find a unique set of sceneries and backgrounds for pictures that will leave you astonished.
Some of the best places to elope to in southern Iceland are Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, and Reynifjara Black Sand Beach. Each of these locations has something for every kind of couple,
and they serve as great locations to elope to.
The best time to visit Iceland is in the spring or summer since winters can be extreme in Iceland. With the long days that Iceland has during summer due to its location, you will be able to seize the day and enjoy every part of your elopement doing the activities of your choice.
Beware, though, that traveling to Iceland can be cheap, but once you are there, it can get pricey, but this does not matter much when you compare it to the amount of money a traditional wedding cost.
SANTORINI - GREECE
If you love beaches, Mediterranean weather, great food, and amazing wine, then Santorini is the place for your elopement. With beautiful sunsets all year round, this Greek island offers a romantic experience for eloping couples, where you will find great places to eat, gorgeous beaches with vivid blue waters, and great architectural design. All of which makes for an amazing photoshoot with your partner.
But you must know that Santorini is incredibly famous amongst couples looking to get married, so don’t be surprised if the spot for your photoshoot is full of other couples. One thing you can do to secure beautiful spots for your pictures is hiring a photographer who is experienced when it comes to Santorini. That way, you will manage to go to the spots where you will get perfect photos without dealing with other couples stealing the best shots.
THE CAUSEWAY COAST - IRELAND
This location in Northern Ireland is, without a doubt, one of the best destinations for your elopement. Famous for its repeated featuring in the famous series Game of Thrones, this small area is full of world-class destinations perfect for an elopement.
Here you will find fairytale locations with unbelievable scenery, alongside ancient castles to visit and compliment your fairytale fantasy elopement. Allow yourself to be amazed by its huge green slopes, wild mountains, and amazing tourist destinations. Some of the most famous locations in the Causeway Coast are The Dark Hedges, The Giants Causeway, and the Dunluce Castle.
Northern Ireland is not only beautiful but also very friendly to couples who are on a budget. Eloping here is not as expensive as other countries in Europe, so do not think you will spend a crazy amount of money on your elopement here. Obviously, you can also go on a road trip around Ireland or even take a one-hour ferry to Scotland, that way you will make the most out of your visit to this beautiful place.
THE DOLOMITES – ITALY
These mountains located in northern Italy are considered a world heritage site by UNESCO, making it a top-tier place to visit for your elopement. Here you can get all the perks of the amazing Italian culture and the excitement involved in hiking and mountain climbing, perfect for a romantic adventure.
The best places to visit are Lago Di Bries Lake with its amazing mountain ranges, Tre Cime National Park with its famous three peaks, and the Lago Di Carezza. The lakes near the Dolomites are indescribable, where the waters are so clear, reflections are like looking at a mirror, which you will be lucky to see if you get a quiet day.
There you have them, the best places to elope in Europe. Be sure to take this as inspiration to look for more amazing places in this great continent, and you will surely find the perfect place for your elopement adventure. As your European experienced elopement photographer, I can scout and recommend the best places for your elopement photos and ceremony. Please get in touch with me so we can start planning the elopement of the century.
GLENGOE, THE HIGHLANDS – SCOTLAND
This Scottish location at the heart of the Scottish Highlands is famous for its outstanding scenery of epic mountain ranges, which make a beautiful background for your elopement photographs.
Scotland is full of show-stopping sceneries, rich history, and culture, as well as fun outdoor activities. Among hikers, Glencoe is famous for its climbs and paths, which makes great elopement activities with your partner if nature and the outdoors interest you. There is an atmosphere of peace, quiet, and tranquility when wandering around Glencoe’s valleys, dark lochs, and looking at the extreme mountain ranges.
Now, not everything is fun and beautiful; you must be aware of the midge season. Midges are these tiny bugs that swarm The Highlands by the dozen between May and September. These not-so-friendly bugs are like mosquitoes and are certainly not fun to be around or to have as guests during your elopement.
But do not worry, Scotland is an elopement destination made for winter adventures and shines through when it gets colder since its mountain ranges are coated by snow, and the views come to life. It is advised to visit Glencoe between October and April, but if you are worried about cold weather, you can do some research on how to stay warm during winter elopements.
THE SWISS ALPS – SWITZERLAND
Although the entire alpine region is perfect for elopements of all kinds, Switzerland truly stands out from the other alpine countries. The Swiss Alps are famous for their alpine lakes, amazing weather, clear air, and snowcapped mountain tops that make the scenery look straight out of a postcard.
If you are a fan of mountains, this is a location you must check out.
One thing to keep in mind is that Switzerland is on the higher end when it comes to elopement costs, but it truly is worth it. The reason is its central location, which allows you to visit Switzerland and go for a road trip to any of its bordering countries. You will also find many activities and tourist locations to visit during your elopement;
these countries include Germany, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, and Austria,
all of which are great destinations for exploring Europe more in-depth.
THE CLIFFS OF MOHER – IRELAND
Another Irish location, these cliffs are undoubtedly the most famous destination in Ireland, especially for hikers and climbers. These cliffs, up to 700ft tall, rise from the powerful Atlantic Ocean and go right up into the skies, a stunning view for any couple that enjoys thrilling adventures in nature.
It is an epic location for adventurous couples that want to avoid crowds and would rather spend their time doing activities that help them connect with Mother Nature and form beautiful memories while exploring the exciting spots that the Cliffs of Moher have to offer. This Irish destination is perfect for outdoor activities, epic photographs, and an unreal atmosphere during your elopement ceremony.
THE ISLE OF SKYE – SCOTLAND
Yet another Scottish location, this is a unique destination to visit in the UK. On this island on the western coast of Scotland, you will be able to get great pictures and a whole lot of adventure for your elopement. The access to this island is through a bridge you can easily drive through from the airport.
For this location, you will want to pack your hiking boots and gear, so you can explore the great sites this island has to offer to you. Some of these sites are Fairy Glen, The Storr, The Quiraing, Cuillin, and Eilean Donan.
THE LAKE DISTRICT - ENGLAND
This district, located in the northwest of England, is filled with beautiful mountains and deep green lakes. This place is a must-visit for any couple looking for hiking locations and the experience of exploring its gorgeous lakes.
It is one of the most picturesque eloping destinations in the English territory, with unique villages older than a hundred years. There are plenty of outdoor endeavors you can participate in, as well as boat rides around
all the lakes located here.
THE FAROE ISLANDS
In the north Atlantic, around 200 miles north of Scotland, you will find a small self-governed archipelago called the Faroe Islands, where incredible landscapes span across the horizon. This must be one of the best places in Europe to elope to, and it is perfect for the most adventurous of couples.
If hiking in rugged, cold, and wet terrain is what you enjoy in life, then these islands will be the perfect place for you and your partner. The photo potential for this place is huge, and despite its extreme conditions,
it is a place to keep in mind if you love adventuring into the unknown.