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Elope Abroad

Eloping is an evocative word, conjuring up images of young lovers running away to get married against the wishes of their families. These days many couples still elope (i.e. get married without telling anyone*), and more often than not they decide to get married abroad.

So, how is an elopement any different from a "regular" wedding abroad? Firstly, it may be planned in more of a hurry - the couple decide to "run" and marry on their terms. Secondly, there are probably no guests invited, just the couple, the officiant, and perhaps a photographer as a witness?

If you'd like to elope just make sure you choose a country where the paperwork doesn't take much time. That way you can elope and enjoy it without it turning into a regular wedding! All the wedding providers on our country pages are happy to provide an elopement package, and take a look below to see some great eloping destinations.
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Wedding Paperwork

As elopements are generally not planned too far in advance, the main issue tends to end up being arranging the legal paperwork in time.

Many countries require the legal documents to be sent through to them a certain number of months before the ceremony in order to process the marriage licence, so that can rule out a "quickie" wedding.

Eloping Destinations

Countries which make good eloping destinations, with simple paperwork formalities, include:

 

Things to Remember

If you're thinking of eloping bear the following in mind before you book a flight:

 

  • Make sure you have all the required paperwork before you leave.
  • Make sure you aren’t going to regret not inviting your friends and family.
  • Arrange your officiant/celebrant/wedding planner before you go - you want to make sure you get married legally!
  • Don't forget a camera!


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Our Elope Wedding Providers

Maple Leaf Weddings - Canada

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Location: Ontario and UK
Business Type: Wedding Facilitators
Contact: Pennie Limming

Experience the magic of a place where people dream big, where they have wide smiles and where their welcome is really meant … Ontario, Canada!
We searched long and hard to find unusual venues, fun destinations, and romantic getaway places. Whether sparkling white in the snow, gloriously golden in the fall or sun kissed in summer, they all represent Canada at its best. Each venue is committed to providing you with a detail perfect wedding to create a magical memory. So whether there is just the two of you, a small intimate group or a larger party, Maple Leaf Weddings has THE location for you.
Your wedding day is one day in your life when you should live your dream.  

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Elegant Weddings of Orlando - Florida, USA

Location: Orlando
Business Type: Wedding Coordination
Contact: Helen Ronchetti

Having your dream wedding in a different Country makes it more important than ever that you work with someone you can trust to take care of all of the details and make sure that your dream day comes true. We have packages that can include as many or as few of the services listed as you choose.

There are some sample packages on our website but you can add or remove anything you see to make your perfect wedding. Some of the most beautiful weddings we create are just the Bride and Groom saying their vows in a stunning setting or with immediate family and close friends watching them say their vows.   

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Custom Las Vegas Weddings

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Location: Las Vegas
Business Type: Wedding and Event Planning
Contact: Julie Nourish

EXPERTISE: Custom Las Vegas Weddings is an event planning and destination wedding packages in and around Las Vegas since 1996. Our services include planning for small to large wedding and party planning packages for destination Las Vegas events.  We specialize in destination wedding packages, party bus tours, event coordination and full service wedding and event planning, to include party planning. 

REVIEWS: We have over 150 reviews and testimonials.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner services: The Las Vegas wedding vendors and Las Vegas wedding venues we work with are only the best. Our Las Vegas wedding planning team provides the guidance for an array of Las Vegas wedding and event options that are stylish, elegant and unique and customized for our customers.

Las Vegas destination weddings: If you are eloping to Las Vegas or attempting to make arrangements from a distance it can be challenging. The owner Julie Nourish has the experience to provide the individualized instruction and guidance you need   

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Sweet Gibraltar Weddings

Location: Gibraltar
Business Type: Wedding Planning Company
Contact: Chamaine Cruz

Over the years, Sweet Gibraltar Weddings have arranged more than 600 weddings. Between 2015 and 2016 alone they assisted over 400 couples, who came from all around the world, to tie the knot in Gibraltar.  

Sweet Gibraltar Weddings make it simple for you. They guide you every step of the way and the best part is, the marriage certificates issued in Gibraltar are then recognised globally. 

4 interesting facts from Sweet Gibraltar Weddings:

  • They have direct contact with the Registrar and all venue representatives. They meet with them, in person, on a daily basis;
  • They deal with the best florists, makeup/hair artists, bakers etc;
  • They provide assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (including bank holidays);
  • Unlike other companies, they are the only Wedding Planning Company to be located in Gibraltar that deals “exclusively” with weddings at the Rock, and all of their packages include “no hidden fees”.


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Amour Affairs - Bahamas

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Location: Nassau
Business Type: Wedding & Events Planning
Contact: Paulette Davis

With beautiful blue waters as your wedding backdrop, soft white sand at your feet and cool ocean breezes gently blowing, the Bahamas is the ideal destination wedding get away.

Easily accessible and with modern amenities, the Bahamas provides island charm and home comforts.

Amour Affairs are the professionals who make it easy for you to come and say 'I DO'.

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My Wedding in Turkey by EGG

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Location: Fethiye
Business Type: Destination Wedding Planner
Contact: Hayal Dedeoglu

Turkey is a country full of history and at the crossroads of Europe and Asia; it has a rich culture and a lot to offer to a couple who wish to celebrate their love.

We are Turkey’s first destination wedding specialists. We have great experience in this field and we have helped hundreds of couples organise the wedding of their dreams in Turkey. As we offer tailor-made weddings, we can be as involved as you want while we offer you the expert help you need.

We will design a tailor-made service to meet your needs and requirements. You will not be rushed about, nor have choices already made for you. You will be presented with alternatives and we will explore different options together until we have put together all the elements of your dream wedding! It is your special day and we will help you every step of the way to ensure that you enjoy every second of it.

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Wed in Central Park - New York, USA

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Location: New York
Business Type: Event Planning
Contact: Claire Ady

We can provide one-on-one advice, guidance and suggestions for everything you need for your wedding in New York's Central Park. We can tell you what paperwork you need to complete for a legally binding wedding, help you to find the loveliest spots in Central Park for your ceremony and photos, answer all of your queries, write your ceremony just for you, and secure the best photographers, videographers and celebrants for your wedding day.

In business since 2012, planned over 250 weddings to date.  We are trustworthy and thorough and our people are pleasant, reliable and enthusiastic about weddings and about Central Park. 

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