I think one of the most fun parts of planning your adventure wedding is choosing the location where you will be saying your vows to one another! There is an entire world of opportunities out there, but it's important to choose one that speaks to you as a couple. Below are a few questions and tips to help you make the right choice...
1.) Think about how far you'd like to travel.
Do you want to stay domestic in the USA or are you thinking international travel? Are you thinking closer to home so you don't have to travel much or are you looking for a well-deserved romantic getaway?
2.) What kind of scenery speaks to you?
Are you a couple who loves the magic of an old forest covered in moss? Are you a couple of beach babes with dreams of sand and palm trees? Do you love the idea of saying your vows in front of a towering waterfall or a cliff overlooking a mountain range? Or do red rocks and canyons make your heart race? An adventure wedding can even be in a city, like the French Quarter of New Orleans or Times Square!
3.) Seasons and Temperature
If you have a specific date or season in mind be sure to choose a location that will be comfortable for you during that time. Consider the level of humidity an island in the summer may have, and that sometimes spring and fall in the mountains can mean cold and snow.
4.) Seclusion and Accessibility
Are you looking for a location with lots of privacy? There's plenty to be had in many locations throughout the world, but the trouble is getting there sometimes. Take the money you're saving from not having a big wedding and invest in a UTV rental, an off-road Jeep tour, or a helicopter ride to get to your destination! How much more amazing would your wedding story be if it started with a helicopter ride to the top of a glacier??
Another thought to consider is how popular of a destination your dream location may be. For example, the beautiful Lago di Braies in the Italian Dolomites looks absolutely amazing in photos online, but in reality, it can be crawling with tourists since it became Instagram famous a few years ago. You may consider visiting in the off-season, having a sunrise ceremony, or having your ceremony in another location (like an Airbnb or somewhere less visited) and visiting for portraits at another time.
5.) Are You Bringing Guests?
If so be sure that you choose a place that's accessible to them and their capabilities. If you have anyone with mobility issues it's best to plan a location with a short and easy walk or that's accessible to walkers and wheelchairs. You'll also want to consider how you will obtain chairs for them to sit in and how they'll get to the location. It can be as easy as purchasing a few chairs when you arrive at your destination if your ceremony will be short and if you only need a few for guests with mobility issues. But renting may be the play for groups over 10 and with longer ceremonies.
7.) What Else Would You Like To Do At Your Destination?
Are you wine or beer enthusiasts who would love nothing more than to do some winery/brewery hopping? Are you looking for a luxurious getaway at an ocean-side 5-star resort? Or are you more of a camping-under-the-stars couple with your first dance fireside? Think about all of the other fun things you can do (or not do if you're into some relaxation!) during your stay!
6.) Do You Need Permits?
Always be sure that you're acquired permission to have your wedding at a location. An "ask for forgiveness" or "show up and see what happens" policy is setting you up for trouble! Often times public locations, like national and state parks, require permits and registration in advance. There may be fees involved, as is with most churches and other venues that traditional weddings are held at.
Sometimes life gets the best of us and we don't take time to travel or be adventurous and spontaneous, but your wedding day might be the perfect time for that! Make it an adventure you'll never forget by choosing the destination of your dreams. And if you still need a little help, let's talk! As an elopement photographer, part of the experience includes me doing research for you. All you do is fill out a questionnaire so I can get a better idea of what you're looking for as a couple and in return I'll send you some recommendations and pictures of destinations that might just be the perfect place for the two of you!
If you're ready to take the first step towards the best day of your life, fill out the contact form here at wildnorthweddings.com, and let's talk about the possibilities! No pressure or commitment, no annoying sales pitch, just a fun conversation and answers to all of your questions about having an adventure wedding!
Hey there! I'm Carly D'Angelo-Hall - a photographer specializing in documenting weddings across the U.S. If you love adventure, experiencing new things, and if you like to live "outside of the box", let's talk about how I can help you create and capture the wedding day of your dreams! Visit wildnorthweddings.com to view all-inclusive wedding day and adventure session packages.