Bride and Groom elope to the Oregon Coast standing on a cliff near Cape Kiwanda Beach

Elopements & Adventure Weddings | What are they?

While planning a wedding can be fun and exciting (especially, if you have a wedding planner ;P), hosting a big party may not be your thing. More and more often, couples are choosing to forego tradition to elope or plan more intimate adventure weddings. Often times, these two ideas are one and the same but not always!

What is an elopement?

Traditionally, it means “to run away”. Now, a few things may have popped into your head upon hearing the term–When Romeo & Juliet ran away from disapproving parents or spontaneous nuptials in Las Vegas, officiated by Elvis. The modern definition of “eloping” is a much more broad term and can encompass a multitude of scenarios–A private ceremony for 2, with a party back home or a small destination wedding with your closest friends and family. Depending on who you ask, guest count can range anywhere from 2-30 people. These days, elopements tend to be slightly more planned out. They’re not always sudden and secretive and people elope for all sorts of reasons. Budget is often a major factor! (Just know, eloping can save you money but it’s not always the “cheap” option.) Sometimes, there are sticky family dynamics. The couple may not want the attention or maybe they don’t have the time to plan a big wedding. They could be on a rushed timeline because their spouse is deploying for the military or they could be adventurous and want to say “I do” in a way that first bonded them. Elopements can take place at the courthouse, at a park, in the mountains, in your own backyard or half way around the globe!

For more on elopements, check out my elopement podcast episode, with the ladies of From Ring To Veil.

What is an adventure wedding?

An adventure wedding can be an elopement or it can be a 75 person yurt sleepover. Think breathtaking views, becoming one with nature, action packed activities. Many of my couples tell me that they want an adventure elopement or wedding (religious or non-religious) because they feel most spiritually connected outdoors. Same! For me, it’s in the mountains!! These couples tend to have a love of travel and passion for exploring. They want to be unique–They aren’t your typical rule-abiders. They are fearless–Definitely not afraid of a little dirt. They live life on the edge, wear their hearts on their sleeves and value experiences over things. With an adventure wedding, the possibilities are endless. From mountains to waterfalls, beaches, caves or glaciers. Helicopter rides and jeep tours. Literally, wherever or however your imagination takes you!

For more information on our elopement and adventure wedding services, visit our elopements page. Don’t forget to take a peek at our  travel schedule and elopement bucket list for special pricing!

If you need a guiding hand to plan and/or officiate your elopement or adventure wedding, contact The Greatest Adventure Weddings & Elopements to set up a complimentary consultation!

Cheers & happy planning!


Bride and Groom on edge of Rattlesnake Ridge with yellow bridal bouquet snowy mountains in background

Bride and Groom at snowy lookout for Elopement

Groom carry Bride in wedding dress on the beach toward the ocean

Photos by:

Henry Tieu Photography

Kamra Fuller Photography

The Foxes Photography

Kelly Lemon Photography

Nick + Danee