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How to Elope in Washington

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The Full Guide On How To Plan Your Adventurous Elopement In Washington

Are you thinking of eloping in Washington State?… If you are wondering how to elope in Washington, I’m here to help! Let me convince you why Washington is one of the best places to elope! Washington has so much diversity to offer – from vast peaks and alpine lakes to old-growth forests filled with moss and magical waterfalls, and it’s romantic and foggy jagged pacific coastlines. Washington is known for its moody misty weather which pairs together beautifully with its dramatic views! Making a Washington the perfect place to elopement!

Olympic National Park Elopement

The Best Locations and The Best Time to Elope in Washington

Planning Your Olympic National Park Elopement

Olympic National Park consists of almost a million acres of public land. If you’re considering eloping in the Pacific Northwest there are tons of options of great locations in Olympic. Located just west of Seattle and Tacoma, getting to Olympic National Park is very easy, making it a great option for anyone coming from different parts of the country.

Crescent Lake Elopement: This vibrant green lake offers a beautiful serene location to read vows, surrounded by old-growth forest trails. You can even rent a rowboat and explore the lake from the water!

Hoh Rainforest Elopement: Imagine exchanging your vows deep in the Hoh Rainforest surrounded by tall and fallen pines covered in green moss. This is one of the largest temperate rainforests in the U.S. and spans 24 miles along the Hoh River. The experience of discovering this forest is truly one you will never forget. It will be one of the most overgrown, lush, and green forests you’ve ever seen! Only 20 minutes from Ruby Beach (another great elopement / portrait location), so you can enjoy two vastly different sceneries on your day!

La Push Beach Elopement: La Push beach, famous for its appearance in the Twilight films, is filled with driftwood and views of haystacks and rocky islands. Close by to Rialto beach this location offers a sort of peaceful dream-like romantic quality that you have to see to understand!

Hurricane Ridge Elopement: This location is super easy to access and doesn’t require hiking, so it’s the perfect place to include family and friends for a small intimate ceremony overlooking the Olympic mountains. On a misty day, you’ll feel lost in the wilderness surrounded by beautiful evergreens, just like a scene out of twilight!

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Best Time to Elope in Olympic National Park

Late spring is the best time to elope here for plants and wildlife to be in their peek season. But fall is also a great option if you are looking for that iconic moody weather that Washington offers and want to avoid crowds! The weather in Washington can be unpredictable, sunny one day and cloud-covered and misty the next, but no matter what weather you experience it will be an immersive and beautiful experience!

Mount Rainier Elopement

Planning Your Mount Rainier National Park Elopement

This fourteener truly stands out amongst the cascade mountains, making this active volcano the perfect jaw-dropping location for your elopement day! Mount Rainier has 4 entrances total Nisqually (Southwest Entrance), Carbon River (Northwest Entrance), Sunrise (Northeast Entrance), and Steven Canyon (Southeast Entrance). Rainier is a huge park with so many options of hiking trails, and outlooks, which makes it perfect for an adventurous elopement day. We’ll work together to find the less popular trails that offer secluded and stunning views for you to enjoy!

Cozy River Cabin Elopement: Enjoy your own secluded Mount Rainier intimate wedding in this tiny A-frame cabin or opt to take a short hike to a gorgeous outlook! When renting an Airbnb for an intimate wedding or elopement it’s important to make sure that they allow events, so definitely check their policies before booking.

Fire Outlook Elopement: For a more secluded feel, hike to one of seven fire outlooks for a view out at the cascade mountains. Enjoy the alpine glow as you watch the sunrise over the mountains and share vows as you watch the colors shift from blue to orange to pink.

Paradise Elopement: Paradise is the perfect elopement spot for more seasoned hikers. At an elevation of 5,400 feet, this area is a bit tricky to get to, but once you do you’ll find out why it’s named Paradise. During the late summer and early fall the area is filled with wildflowers with stunning mountain views. Keep in mind that this part of the mountain ges over 600 inches of snow each year, and the snow can stick around into July!

Old Growth Forest Elopement: Find a cute cabin nestled in an old-growth forest and wander into the deep and magical forests to share your vows surrounded by ferns and giant tree trunks.

Alpine Forest Elopement: Mount Rainier offers many iconic and beautiful alpine lakes that offer glassy reflections of the mountains in the distance making them a stunning backdrop option for any elopement day!

Best Time to Elope in Rainier National Park

Late Summer is typically the best time to elope in Washington in Rainier NP since the high elevations can hold snow on a lot of the mountain even into June. July and August offer the mildest weather with clear skies and warm days. The wildflowers are in full bloom in summer and animals roam the mountainsides!

North Cascades Elopement

Planning Your North Cascades National Park Elopement

North Cascades has more glaciers than any other U.S. park outside the state of Alaska and it is one of the most diverse and underrated national parks! It offers a quiet getaway for couples to elope in. Pick from a few locations and adventures and make sure to give yourself time to explore all this park has to offer!

Artist Point Elopement: Artist Point is a super popular area and it’s no surprise because it is absolutely stunning! With a short walk to stunning views of Mt. Shuksan, you can easily explore this gorgeous outlook!

Skyline Divide Elopement: Take a short hike up a steep incline, for some tremendously rewarding views! This hike is also known for its wildflowers.

Diablo Lake Elopement: A short hike is required to get to this massively gorgeous outlook onto Diablo Lake. Say your vows over the lake and explore the surrounding hikes for even more views!

Fire Outlooks Elopement: Just like in Mt. Rainier Park, there are several fire outlook points in the North Cascades that offer gorgeous views. These locations are often high up and require more hiking to get to, but they also offer an intimate secluded experience to remember!

Washington Pass Overlook Elopement: Feel like your high up in the mountains without doing the legwork of getting there. This outlook has gorgeous views and is the perfect spot to elope!

Best Time to Elope in North Cascades National Park

The Summer months are the best time to elope in Washington In the North Cascades. Most of the snow has melted off the trails by this point and the park is fully accessible to explore and enjoy any type of landscape you want!

Snoqualmie Pass Elopement

Planning Your Snoqualmie Pass Elopement

Snoqualmie Pass is a close drive from downtown Seattle. It’s full of mountain views, alpine lakes, and waterfalls. While it is less populated than the city, it can still become a bit crowded at times, so make sure to plan with your photographer for times that are less busy.

Snoqualmie Falls Elopement: A short hike through a moss-covered forest, this waterfall is seriously romantic! In springtime this waterfall becomes very strong, so make sure to plan your trip at the right time, usually early spring or mid-summer.

Rattlesnake Lake Elopement: Gorgeous blue water, surrounded by mountain ranges covered in evergreens. Explore the rocky coast and climb up on tree stumps. Read your vows down by the water and enjoy a picnic dinner and a first dance under the stars.

Gold Creek Pond Elopement: Drive right up to this gorgeous reflecting pool of water. Watch the clouds hang low in the sky as the sun sets behind the mountain peaks. This location is great to include family members during an intimate ceremony.

Best Time to Elope at Snoqualmie Pass

Winter is a wonderful time to elope in Washington in Snoqualmie Pass. The mountains are covered in snow and it is truly a winter wonderland! Fall is a perfect time for iconic moody skies, and spring and summer are also great options for warmer days and clearer weather. It all depends on the vibe you are going for!

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Finding Your Vendors: Planner, Photographer, and Officiant


It’s so important that you choose a photographer that you feel a strong connection with. Someone who you trust to help you to find a location you love that fits your vision of the day. I’ve been gathering my list of favorite locations that I am dying for you to see!! I would love to talk with you and get a better sense of your vision for your day so that I’m able to find those secret gems of locations that will make your day extra special. I want to find a place for you to feel far away from the world, where everything else melts away, and it’s just you and your partner together against the world. Your wedding day is a day of celebration and commitment. It should be a day for you to explore, fall deeper in love, and remember all the moments that led you to where you are.


Finding a planner to help you along the process can be a really good idea! I’m happy to help with finding vendors in the area and suggest towns for you to stay in. But, a planner can do even more by helping you with things such as guest accommodations, planning a perfect ceremony, and helping you to stay organized through planning and on the day of your wedding.


When you elope in Washington, the rules on officiating wedding ceremonies is fairly relaxed. Any licensed or ordained minister, as well as any religious official, can officiate a wedding. No registration with the state is required for ordained ministers, and all online ordained ministers are accepted, making it super easy if you’d like a friend or family member to officiate! Two witnesses are required to be present at the wedding, so you can choose to bring family and friends along, or ask your photographer to sign as a witness!

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Where to Stay, Permits, and Guest Accommodations: Everything You Need to Know About Eloping in Washington

WHERE TO STAY in Olympic, Rainier, and North Cascades

These Washington national parks are HUGE and filled with diversity and so many location options for your elopement day. So finding the RIGHT places to stay is super important to make your day flow nicely. You definitely don’t want to spend 2-3+ hours driving on the highway on the day of your elopement. Make sure you determine your elopement location before booking any lodging and always reach out to your photographer or planner to find the best places to stay nearby! There are so many options through Airbnb, VRBO, hip camp, etc. Other ideas include treehouse resorts, cute a-frame cabins, and camping options.


Olympic National Park Permits: For weddings and elopements in Olympic National Park you will need a Washington state marriage license as well as a special use park permit. Information regarding park permits can change, so please check the national park website for the most up-to-date information. For most of Olympic National Park, you don’t need a parking permit.

Mount Rainier National Park Permits: For weddings and elopements in Mount Rainier National Park you will need a Washington state marriage license as well as a special use park permit. Information regarding park permits can change, so please check the national park website for the most up-to-date information. You will also need a parking permit. Check out the park’s official website for the most up-to-date info.

North Cascades National Park Permits: For weddings and elopements in North Cascades National Park you will need a Washington state marriage license as well as a special use park permit. Information regarding park permits can change, so please check the national park website for the most up-to-date information. You will also need a parking permit. Check out the park’s official website for the most up-to-date info.

Snoqualmie Pass Permits: For weddings and elopements at Snoqualmie Pass you will need a Washington state marriage license. You won’t need a permit to elope but depending on the exact location, you might need a parking permit. Check out this website for more Northwest Forest Parking Permit.

If you and your partner are both nature-lovers the Pacific Northwest might be the absolutely perfect spot for you two to elope. Whether you’re looking for coastline, mountain top, or stunning lakefront views, there’s a perfect spot in Washington for your big day. Grab your hiking boots, and let’s start planning your perfect day!

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