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5 Places to travel for an elopement

In the recent world of postponed weddings, closed borders, and so much uncertainty, planning a big celebration may seem unnecessary for some couples. When faced with the challenges many of us have had to face this past year and a half, it is no wonder some couples are choosing to skip the wedding planning process and simply elope.

As with any decision, there are both pros and cons to choosing this type of marriage ceremony.

On the con side, you may:

  • Be presented with less options to make your wedding unique and specific to you

  • Your loved ones may feel excluded

However, on the pro side:

  • Eloping often saves couples money

  • You can create a more intimate atmosphere for you and your partner

  • You can get married anywhere!

If one does choose to elope, arguably the best perk is the ability to get married wherever you choose. The world is truly yours, even during a pandemic! Let’s take a look at these beautiful 5 places to travel for an elopement for couples looking to travel abroad in a COVID-safe way, allowing travelers that are fully vaccinated into their borders!

1. Greece

Known for its almost year round sunshine and rich culture, elopement in this stunning place will make for an unforgettable memory.

U.S. Citizens may get legally married in Greece however it is recommended to contact the local city/town hall in Greece to see what requirements may be necessary prior to your travel. Greece requires all travelers entering Greece to fill out a Passenger Locator Form, regardless of vaccination status.

2. France

Capital to the “city of love”, who wouldn’t want to escape reality to this gorgeous place? Getting legally married in France can be a bit complicated so it is recommended to get legally married in the United States or your country of residence and then make your way to France with a celebrant or just have a self-uniting ceremony!

Vaccinated individuals can visit France, while non-vaccinated individuals will need to present a negative COVID-19 test upon entry.

3. Mexico

Our border neighbor is the perfect spot for couples looking to take a quick trip without having to travel too far. Legal requirements may vary by state in Mexico but in areas such as Los Cabos recognize civil ceremonies as valid. Additionally, the state of Quintana Roo allows legal same-sex marriage encouraging couples to elope in Cancun.

Although Mexico does not have many Covid restrictions in place, a negative COVID-19 test is required to return to the U.S. after travelling internationally.

4. Iceland

Whether you’re looking for a winter wonderland fairytale or sunny summer, Iceland’s weather and scenery is arguably gorgeous year round making for a perfect elopement!

There are a few legal requirements to elope in Iceland, it is recommended you contact the U.S. Embassy in Iceland.

Negative COVID-19 test results are required, regardless of vaccination status, to enter Iceland. Non-vaccinated individuals will be required to continue presenting negative test results as well as undergo double PCR screening with a five-day quarantine period in between.

5. Costa Rica

Doubling as a beautiful tropical getaway, you should absolutely consider Costa Rica as your elopement destination! Even better, the legal requirements to getting married in Costa Rica are similar to that of the U.S.! The completion of a Health Pass form and proof of vaccination or medical insurance policy to cover any COVID-19 related medical treatment is required to enter.


Whether eloping or going the more traditional wedding route, it is important to remember it is your day to celebrate love. Do so how you wish!

Are you ready to elope!? Contact us to get more info on our International Wedding Planning services!

Happy elopement!



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