Top Five Locations to Elope in Oregon
Updated: Aug 3, 2020
The Comprehensive location Guide to Eloping in Oregon
When it comes to romantic getaways, family vacations – and yes, elopement weddings, Oregon is the perfect destination.
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Oregon is one of the top places in the country to have an elopement or small, intimate wedding.
Oregon is rich in nature, beautiful throughout the year, and brimming with positive energy. Today we are going to tell you why “The Beaver State” is a hidden gem in the world of elopement weddings.
One thing people who visit Oregon are always amazed by is its shocking contrasts.
From the moody Oregon coast to the snow-dappled mountains in Central Oregon, this state offers something for everyone.
The Oregon Coast
One of the most dramatic coastlines in the world, this is a raw and magical place to elope.
Picture for a second in your mind – you’re on the edge of a cliff with the wind ruffling your hair. Beneath and beyond is the beautiful ocean.
Whales play on the horizon and the sun paints the sky in a spectacular display of orange and pink. In the distance rises a lighthouse on the peak of a small bluff. In front of you is your partner, smiling as you are joined forever on the cusp of nature.
Breathtaking, right? This is only one of the thousands of possibilities when having an elopement wedding on the Oregon coast.
One of the greatest things about getting married on the Oregon coast is the lack of crowds. It has a solitary and wide-open atmosphere, making it feel like it’s only you and your partner in the whole world.
You can stroll along the sandy beaches, go whale watching, hike through the lush pine forests, or take a rest in one of the cute towns like Cannon Beach, Pacific City, or Lincoln City.
Only two hours from the Portland International Airport, the Oregon coast is a must for your dream destination shortlist.
Beautiful in summer and, some would say, even more stunning in winter, this is a place for people who want to elope in privacy and the splendor of nature.
Rentals with a jacuzzi, ocean view, and beach access are available all year. Don’t miss this great opportunity.
We all love waterfalls. There’s just something hypnotizing about all that water cascading hundreds of feet into the pool below. It’s one of nature’s most impressive spectacles.
But hey, have you ever thought about having your elopement wedding at a waterfall?
In Oregon the options are plenty. If you’re feeling brave, you might even be able to convince your partner to get married inside the falls itself!
Almost all the waterfalls in Oregon are open throughout the year. Plus, many of them are a short day trip from Portland, so you don’t have to go far.
If you’re coming in summer, it’s worth taking a nearby hike to see the iconic views. In winter, some of the waterfalls may be frozen.
But this is hardly a problem. Dress warm and get married with a stunning frozen waterfall in the background.
Sound magical? That’s because it is! We highly suggest any of these options for your once in a lifetime elopement wedding.
Multnomah Falls is the Columbia River Gorge’s tallest waterfall, and one of Oregon’s most famous. While it can be busy in the high season, it is still a great choice.
The bridge straddling the falls is a fairytale location for any wedding.
Silver Falls is another top choice. It’s one of the best in terms of photographic value. The falls drops into a serene pool, and elopers can gather on the shore and marvel at the weathered stone of the grotto and the serenity of the encroaching forest.
There are also many quaint forest cabins to choose from where you and your partner can spend the night or two.
For those who love the mountains, Oregon is the destination for you.
Smith Rock National Park in Central Oregon is an ideal destination for an elopement wedding year-round.
Snowy but still not crazy cold in the winter, hot and rocky in the summer, and lushes with wet pine forests in the fall and spring – this is an “it’s got everything” kind of place.
There are many Airbnb rentals available around the park. If you prefer to camp, there is no shortage of space.
Painted Hills is another fabulous option for your elopement wedding. It has the same all-year appeal as Smith Rock National Park, with an abundance of rentals, hotels, and camping.
But what’s beautiful at Painted Hills is the time between meed of April till early May when the Hills looks really "painted" and bride in color.
I suggest planning your elopement between April-May or September - October as it can be very hot in summer and there is not a lot of shade and in winter is can be cold (but actually very picturesque).
Mt. Hood is for the winter adventure couples. It’s one of the most popular ski resorts in the country, resting an easy two-hour drive from Portland.
Keep in mind that if you wish to elope at Mt. Hood itself, the weekends can get seriously crowded in the winter. It’s better to go on a weekday.
That way you can find your own little patch of seclusion to perform the ceremony.
Afterward, strap on the skis and hit the slopes! Snowmobiles are also available.
For those interested in a romantic hike through the snow, you can rent a pair of snowshoes and get lost in the many trails.
No matter which mountain you choose, you can’t go wrong when eloping in Oregon.
Every one of these places will offer breathtaking mountain scenery and infinite possibilities for adventure.
The Columbia River Gorge
There is no shortage of choice when it comes to the Columbia River Gorge. This is the largest national scenic area in the entire country, and it’s easy to see why.
Anyone looking to add a bit of natural beauty to their elopement wedding should seriously consider one of the dozens of waterfalls, hundreds of vistas, and near countless romantic cabins for their event.
Not only can you elope here, but you can become lost.
The Columbia River Gorge has more to offer than Multnomah Falls or Dog Mountain. This is wine country.
Enjoy a wine tour with your partner or check out the local craft beer.
Whatever your decision, this is a jaw-dropping expanse of wilderness like no other. It really is the perfect place to elope in Oregon.
The lakes in Oregon are just as plentiful as the rivers, mountains, and waterfalls.
Crater Lake National Park is the most well-known, which means picture-snapping crowds in the summer. But don’t let this dissuade you.
There is always a place for you and your partner to perform the ceremony in private especially in early morning.
In winter, you can rent snowmobiles and indulge in a little cross-country skiing.
My favorite is Lost Lake and Mirror Lake. You may have seen the lakes in pictures but not known their name.
This is because the impressive Mt. Hood is mirrored in the lake’s pristine waters – and yes, it does look that good!
On the Lost Lake you can rent a small boat or kayak and paddle the lake.
You can also camp or park the R.V. and roast marshmallows over the fire.
Whatever you enjoy doing with your partner, Lost Lake and Mirror Lake have it. Only a ninety-minute drive from Portland.