Over the past 18 months, the wedding world has seen a significant increase in the number of couples looking to elope, with online searches for ‘elopement’ rising significantly. Many have put it down to the rising cost of weddings, but whilst that may be the reason for some, it certainly doesn’t hold true for all of the couples we see looking to elope. As wedding planners, we are seeing more and more couples seeking luxury elopement ideas – wanting something smaller and more intimate, without compromising on quality or style.
Many couples are wanting modern weddings and throwing out the rulebook when it comes to tradition. With increased ability to travel, couples are opening their minds when it comes to how and where they marry. As opposed to choosing a destination wedding with all of their friends and family, a number are seeking to get away from it all and enjoy the time alone, creating the ultimate trip of a lifetime.
Wedding days themselves go by in the blink of an eye, and couples can often feel pulled in all directions – so much so that by trying to spend time with all of their friends and family, they don’t get to spend any time together, just savouring the moment. Add into that mix complicated family dynamics and the rising pressure from social media, and it’s little wonder more couples are looking to elope.
Whilst it may not be for everyone, elopement weddings can be a fantastic way to start off your new married life, creating a day where you only have to worry about yourselves, not keeping your guests happy. And with fewer people to invite, you can be left with more money to spend on creating your ultimate luxury wedding, and planning the honeymoon of a lifetime!
Read on for our top 5 destinations to create your dream luxury elopement…
With Amalfi Coast weddings always proving popular with those seeking a luxury destination wedding, it’s no surprise that the region is also a hit with those looking to elope. Combine great weather, incredible food and amazing scenery and you have the perfect combination for a luxury elopement.
Whilst there are many beautiful spots along the coastline, the charming town of Positano remains one of the most popular for elopements. Lined with pastel painted houses, there are so many beautiful narrow streets to explore, creating the perfect backdrop to your wedding photos.
Hire a boat and spend your day on the water exploring the coastline with a bottle of champagne, then choose from one of the many high-end restaurants, dining on a terrace overlooking the sunset. Try Michelin-starred Ristorante La Sponda or Adamo ed Eva, for great food and beautiful views.
For the ultimate wow-factor, elope to Iceland for breath-taking scenery and activities aplenty – the ultimate destination for those seeking an adventurous, fun wedding that breaks all traditions.
Get out and explore the wilderness, from mossy mountains to refreshing waterfalls. A nature lovers paradise, where else can you choose to marry on top of a glacier, in a cave, on a cliff, or on an empty beach?
Combine with a few days in Reykjavík, enjoying the many great restaurants and soaking up the buzz!
New York weddings speak for themselves. Effortlessly chic and cool, The Big Apple is the perfect destination for stylish couples seeking a luxurious yet fun day.
The city makes for the most incredible photos, wandering amongst iconic landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge or the High Line, and of course not forgetting Central Park.
With luxurious hotels, glamorous rooftop bars overlooking the skyline and exquisite fine-dining aplenty, New York is made for luxury weddings and elopements. Treat yourself to a swish penthouse suite, book yourself into one of the top restaurants for a champagne-fuelled feast, hit one of the many speakeasy cocktail bars to party, and relive it all the next day over a boozy brunch to continue the celebrations.
If you really want to remove yourselves from the pressures of friends and family and are looking for a slice of heaven away from reality, then how about New Zealand? The ultimate escapism for your elopement, as well as an incredible place to stay on for your honeymoon, immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings and relax.
New Zealand has no shortage of beautiful places to marry, from the dramatic hilltops of laidback Wanaka overlooking the lake, through to the wild beaches of Waiheke Island. With dramatic landscapes, fantastic food and vineyards aplenty, New Zealand is a foodie’s paradise. For the ultimate laidback luxury wedding experience, check yourselves in to The Boatshed on Waiheke, for incredible sea views, private dining experiences and top-notch service like nowhere else.
Isle of Skye
If you’re looking for somewhere a little closer to home, the wild, rugged landscapes of the Isle of Skye can’t be beaten. Remote enough to make you feel like you’ve truly escaped, yet close enough to home to be accessible, it’s the perfect blend.
Nestle yourselves between the lochs and mountains for a truly laidback, personal experience, before celebrating with freshly caught seafood and of course champagne. Perfection!
For any questions on where to go or how to begin planning your luxury elopement, get in touch!