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9 Unique Ideas For Your 
Destination Elopement

Elopement weddings started off as two people wanting to marry intimately by themselves or with just a few of their closest people present.

But as this ceremony started developing, it has grown into a beautiful concept of marrying in gorgeous destinations and having amazing photos done in nature.

It is now no longer a way to get away, but it’s a way to show your love in a whole new dimension.

And because it has become so popular, as a professional eloping photographer, I would like to help you make yours the best possible.

So, below you have 9 ideas to choose from for your most unique eloping ceremony.

Eloping ceremony in a hot balloon

Imagine watching the sunrise or the sunset while marrying your loved one.

Reading vows while slowly drifting into the air with the beautiful scenery below and the sun shining behind you. Is there anything more romantic than that?!

Here are the most popular places in the world for a hot balloon elopement ceremony.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia Valley is famous for its rocky landscape with chimney-line rock formations that fascinate visitors every day.

This may be a crowded place, but when you are in the air, the world is silent, and it’s only you and your partner that matter at the moment.

Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan is otherwise known for its many beautiful Buddhist temples and stupas densely concentrated in one area.

With nature around, when you float into the air in a balloon, it looks as if the world has become a real fairytale!

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

It’s no wonder that this place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gorgeous savannah rich with wildlife stretches beneath you as take off in a hot-air balloon.

You can see hundreds of thousands of wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, and other wildlife in this 5700-square-mile park.

Teotihuacan, Mexico

The City of the Gods or Teotihuacan is dated back to 300 B.C., and with such rich history, it has some of the most breathtaking sceneries to show.

You will see enormous pyramids, temples to the moon, sun, and Quetzalcoatl. And you don’t have to explore on foot, but through a bird’s-eye perspective that offers a lot more!

Bedouins camp ceremony

There’s something about the desert that makes the whole world slow down.

Silence, the endless dunes, and the stars above.

Only you and your partner, exchanging vows in the most mesmerizing place on the earth.

Wadi Rum, Jordan

If you are dreaming of a traditional symbolic elopement in the Bedouins camp, Jordan is one of the places to be.

The country has so much to offer in terms of sightseeing, that is an excellent place for staying and traveling after your ceremony as well.


Elopements in the vast Saharan desert offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience you cannot compare to anything else.

You have the pyramids in the back, the high dunes while exchanging vows to each other under a simple rustic arch as the sunsets.

Elopement ceremony in an Ice Igloo

For the hikers and the mountain lovers, take your adventurous spirit up and notch and stay in an igloo for your elopement.

Lapland Elopement

Lapland, Finland

At the Kakslauttanen resort, you can sleep in a glass-made igloo under the starry sky and the northern aurora borealis light. If you want the real northern experience, then you can stay at the charming log cabins.

And, within the resort, you can enjoy five different smoke saunas, two restaurants, and access to ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing in the Urho Kekkonen national park.

Note that the frozen igloos are kept between 21 and 27 degrees Fahrenheit, but at the entrance, you are given a hat, sleeping bag, and pair of woolen socks for extra warmth and comfort.

The best time to visit this unique resort is between September and March when the northern lights season is at its highest peak.

Boat or yacht ceremony

If the sea is your passion and you love everything about the magnificent blue, then there’s nothing better than tying the knot on a private yacht or a boat while sailing into the sunset.

Santorini, Greece

Create a lifelong memory with your beloved one as the two you are united in the glow of the setting sun in the beautiful Aegean Sea.

Santorini Island is known for its blue and white architecture that attracts thousands of tourists each year. But you can have your own little getaway from the crowd and have your partner and closest ones sail across the horizon to celebrate your love.

Lost in the jungle elopement adventures

If you are up for an adventure that involves exotic animals, abundant nature, and beautiful wildlife, then you cannot miss this resort in Belize.

San Ignacio, Belize

The Lodge at Chaa Creek in San Ignacio is in the middle of the Jungle situated along the banks of the Macal River.

The reason why it is considered as the best place to hold an elopement ceremony is that it shows Belize’s very best.

Before and after the ceremony, you can enjoy the top spa in the country, a gourmet restaurant, a butterfly farm, and an infinity pool, all on the grounds of this gorgeous nature reserve.

Elopement fairytale in a castle

When you think of elopements in Europe, France is undoubtedly the most romantic place to say ‘I do.’

Couples from all around the world come to get married in one of the hundreds of castles across the country.

Château de Challain

Eloping in France is the very definition of elegance. And this castle in Challain-la-Potherie will prove it.

You have the option to have a simple, intimate ceremony, or one with guests. This castle can accommodate more than 120 people, so flexibility is on your side.

You can exchange vows in the gardens of the castle in front of this magnificent heritage of the neo-Gothic building, or you can choose from three other options for a ceremony.

Cave elopement ceremony

Yes, you read that right. Italy offers you to make your love eternal in a cave hotel dated back to the Bronze Age.

If history fascinates you and you want to see more of it in the real form, then the next elopement option is what you have been waiting for.

Matera, Basilicata, Italy

You can now live the history firsthand at Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita. A hotel with 18 fully restored caves complete with original shape, materials, and décor. You can have your ceremony in a hall carved out of a rock.

The best part? There are tons of activities you can take for after the ceremony, so why not plan your honeymoon there too?

Ancient ruins elopement

While you can find an array of ancient architecture across the globe, here, I choose Ireland as the best option to tie the knot. ‘Why?’ you may ask.

Ireland offers endless rugged coastlines, numerous ancient Castles down the rolling green hills, and each of those places has a compelling story to tell because of the rich history and people who live there.

With all the natural attractions you and your partner can adventure it, Ireland is truly a fairytale setting for elopement ceremonies.

Safari Elopement

Africa Elopement

Safaris in Africa are an indescribable experience that you have to live through at least once in your lifetime.

So pairing it with something as pure as love in your elopement ceremony will be a fantastic memory.

While you are on a safari, you have the chance to be one with nature and truly grasping what the “circle of life” means.

This is an area untouched by humans, and you can have a whole tracking adventure planned out after the ceremony.

You can track families of cheetahs or even elephants, see how the wildlife there lives, and survives.

If you are up for an adventurous and active elopement, it doesn’t get any better than this.

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