Every year a number of couples decide to get married by eloping instead of a more traditional way of getting married. Although a couple's reasons for eloping may vary, the need to save money on wedding costs and the desire to avoid the stress of planning a wedding are often among the most common reasons. When it's time to tie the knot, there are countless exciting locations to go to elope.
If you want to get married in a hurry, Nevada is a great option. A driver's license buys you a marriage license that can be used the same day and no blood tests or waiting periods are required. Get married by a minister dressed as Elvis, or have a romantic candlelit ceremony with white doves at one of the many Las Vegas chapels. Lovers of the outdoors may enjoy a summer garden wedding next to a large pond or getting married in a public park perched over Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Grab your leis and head to Hawaii for an island wedding where there are no blood tests, state or U.S. citizenship requirements. Say your vows on a yacht or at a Hawaiian ranch in Kona or get married at sunset on Waikiki Beach. The Garden Isle of Kauai offers couples a romantic place to wed on a white sand beach, while nearby Napali Coast offers a wedding backdrop of sea cliffs, waterfalls, dolphins and humpback whales.
Couples who desire the beauty of an island wedding without the inconvenience, may enjoy eloping to a local island escape such as the Florida Keys. Get married at one of the many tiki bars on the beach or aboard a glass-bottomed boat. The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory offer couples a chance to be married in a private ceremony among clouds of 60 different species of butterflies. For a unique wedding adventure, get married in an underwater ceremony at Jules' Underwater Lodge, the world's only underwater hotel.
Niagara Falls, New York
New York offers many locations for weddings, but perhaps none as wet as Niagara Falls, which straddles the international border between Ontario and New York. Couples can choose to get married standing next to the falls or at an outdoor location like Great Lakes Gardens or Upper Rapids. Saying your vows in a helicopter or balloon directly over the waterfalls may also make for an exciting wedding adventure. If an outdoor wedding isn't of interest, hop in a horse-drawn carriage and make your way to one of the many indoor chapels near Niagara Falls.
If you would rather get married in a white swimming costume and scuba gear than a wedding dress, Hotel Caravelle in St. Croix may be a great place to elope. Hotel Caravelle's Wet Wedding Package includes two dives and accommodations. The wedding party is invited to join the couple on board or wait for them at the dock. Once under water, marriage services are performed by Captain Ed Buckley who reads from underwater cue cards written for each couple. Memories of the big day are captured by a camera crew and underwater photographer.