How to Elope in Washington
Why should you elope in Washington? I’m so glad you asked!
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of the state of Washington. I really believe it is the best state the U.S. has to offer. There are beaches along the coast, numerous mountain ranges, trails leading through magical forests and rugged desserts all within the Washington state lines. Not many places allow you to start your day on a hike up to an amazing view at a historical fire lookout and end your day watching the sun set over the water on the coast. In Washington, this is possible!
Still need more convincing? In this blog, I’m going to be breaking down all the things you need to know about eloping in Washington! And, you can also check out my lists of the best places to elope in Washington and the best elopement backdrops the evergreen state has to offer (warning: these resources will really seal the deal for you to choose Washington has your elopement destination; prepare to fall in love with Washington!).
Choose the Best Time of Year to Elope
Time of year is a really important detail to consider when planning your Washington elopement. You’ll want to think about the average temperatures and weather patterns of the particular season when you’re wanting to elope. There are pros and cons to each season that can vary based on location, too. Because this is such an important detail to think through when planning your elopement, I’m creating a blog post devoted to this specific topic (link to this blog coming soon!).
Find Your Elopement Photographer and Vendor Team
I think a common myth about elopement weddings is that they are 100% details-prep-planning-free (in comparison to larger, traditional weddings). Now, there are definitely fewer details to think through for an elopement, but there are some major to-do’s that you and your partner will not want to gloss over. A few of the important details to think about when planning your elopement include securing a place to stay, creating a timeline, and finding the perfect trail and backdrop for your elopement. Details like these are why it’s so important to hire the right team to help your elopement dreams become reality.
Now, you are in luck! I happen to know a pretty awesome elopement photographer with a fun personality and an incredible recipe for chocolate chip cookies (cough, cough lol). Truly, getting to support my couples with the behind-the-scenes details and planning is one of my favorite parts of my job! I research different hikes and mountain ranges to find the best location based on the couple’s preferences. I have connections to planners, florists, makeup artists and even officiants who specialize in elopements to make your vendor team an all-star lineup. I even offer different elopement packages to best fit your dream elopement, including half-day, all-day and overnight. Want to know more about my elopement packages? Click here and let’s get the conversation started!
Locate the Perfect Washington Elopement Spot
I brag all the time about how beautiful the Pacific Northwest is, and it’s true! This region truly is so beautiful! But, narrowing down all of the beauty can become overwhelming when trying to choose the perfect spot for you elopement. I work with each of my couples to narrow down the options Washington has to offer based on their preferences of backdrop, length of hike, group size and more! Want to read more about some of my favorite areas I recommend to my couples? Check out these elopement resources:
Understand the Logistics of Your Elopement
Remember the dream elopement vendor team I mentioned earlier? This is when it really comes in clutch to have the all-star lineup! You’ve got the incredible partner, the stunning dress, the dreamy flowers and the epic elopement backdrop. But, you cannot forget one of the most important witnesses to your adventure-packed vows: your marriage license! Read about all the information you need to know about getting a marriage license for your Washington elopement by clicking here. Also, you’ll need to have someone ordained to officiate your elopement ceremony and two witnesses present (and yes, I’m happy to be a witness, if needed!).
Plan What to Do After Your Elopement
Congratulations! You eloped!
… now what?
Great question! There are so, so, so many options for adventure to continue after tying the knot! I’ve typed out just a few of the ideas, but truly this list could go on for pages and pages.
You can go camping after your elopement. During the process of narrowing down your elopement location, I’ll help you find the best campsite for the location and size you’re desiring. This is a great option to keep the elopement day or weekend relaxed and easy-going.
Pitching a tent not your cup of tea? No problem! There are amazing cabins for rent throughout the mountain ranges of Washington. I can help suggest some amazing locations and cabin hosts. Check out this intimate Airbnb lodge wedding for some inspiration!
After you’ve tied the knot on top of a mountain at a historic fire lookout or on the bank of a dreamy alpine lake, you can meet up with friends and family for a celebration! There’s an adorable mountain town just a quick drive from Mount Baker that is known for its breweries. Picture this: you just eloped on Mount Baker, descended the mountain, and went to a brewery to be celebrated by your favorite people and drink amazing beer. Sign me up!
You can layout an epic picnic spread after you’ve said, “I do!” This is such a fun way to enjoy a meal with an amazing view by just packing your picnic and hiking it up to your elopement location. Check out this amazing sunset picnic at a Washington fire lookout.
For the couples who want an adventurous elopement from sunrise to sunset, my full-day elopement package is for you! With this package, I’m able to document all the adventures throughout your elopement day. Airbnb Experiences are a great way to plan excursions and adventures on your elopement day. Imagine ending your elopement out on a sailboat as the sun sets. Or, you can spend the evening wine tasting at a local vineyard. Truly, the adventure options in Washington are endless!
Wow! You are now ready to elope in Washington! Are you ready to say, “I do” to the Evergreen State? Still have some questions about planning your adventure elopement? Let’s connect and we’ll make your elopement your greatest adventure yet!
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Between the Pine is an adventure elopement and wedding photography brand created by Mollie Adams. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Mollie travels with her camera in hand to document “I dos” in epic landscapes including Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii.