Elopement Packages

Elopement Packages

So, you’ve decided to elope. Congratulations!! Eloping gives you the freedom to kick tradition to the curb and plan a day that truly feels like you. No relatives giving you opinions, and no restrictive wedding venue planning your day for you. Eloping is the best way to make sure your wedding is for who it’s supposed to be about…Just the two of you.

But, even eloping comes with a lot of planning that feels overwhelming! It might be tempting to find one of those “all in one” elopement packages in a pretty location, but that just puts you back where you started: having a wedding that doesn’t fit what YOU want. 

Enter us! Wandering Weddings. We’re an elopement vendor directory and planning resource that’s a one-stop-shop to plan your elopement. But, instead of handing you a prebuilt elopement package with all your decisions made, we want to give you access to amazing qualified vendors so you can curate your own perfect day. 

We think there should be a middle ground between researching everything yourself and having a service plan the whole day without letting you make the decisions. If that sounds like you, we’re here to help you build the best elopement package for your wedding day!

In this guide to elopement packages, we’ll teach you everything you need to know to build your dream elopement package. You’ll learn how to make sure your elopement is: 

  • Easy and Stress-Free
  • Personal and Meaningful
  • Perfectly Documented

What you need in an Elopement Package

So what do you need for an elopement package? This is where the fun begins. You can do this thing simply with just yourselves, a gorgeous location, and an officiant. Or, you can pull out all the stops with all day fun incorporating all the things you love the most. From private chefs to basking in hot springs, to climbing a 14-er, the elopement world is your oyster. 

Here are the basics we think are a great place to get started: 

  • Location
  • Permits
  • Officiant
  • Photographer
  • Florist
  • Planner
  • Videographer
  • Hair and Makeup Artist
  • Accommodation
  • Catering

Need to go back to the basics? Learn how to elope first, then revisit your elopement package with us.

How much is your elopement package going to cost?

If you looked at that list and thought, “oh no, I guess I need to create a budget” you hit the nail right on the head! You’ll need to work out what you want to spend, and how much an elopement costs where you want to elope. 

We’ve seen elopements cost anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000 so it’s really up to you to decide how much you want to spend. On the lowest possible end, you can find public land in a state where you can self solemnize, and just pay $30 for your marriage license. 

Pricing for vendors can also vary widely from state to state, but we’ve calculated some averages from our vendor directory so you can start building your budget. 

  • Location: Free to $3,000
  • Permits: Free to $800
  • Officiants: $300 to $800
  • Photographers: $500 to $8,000
  • Videographers: $750 to $7,000
  • Outfits: $200 to $1,500 per person
  • Florists: $200-$1,000
  • Hair and Makeup Artists: $100-$300 per person
  • Planners: $1,000 to $3,000
  • Accommodations: $250 to $1,200 per night
  • Catering: $80 to $1,200 
  • Travel: $200 to $1,000 per person

Obviously, there are some pretty wide ranges here, and much of that varies based on the amount of time, the scope of your day, or just how much you are willing to spend on a total rockstar vendor! 

Example Elopement Packages

With the big range in average costs for vendors, we thought it might be helpful to see some example elopement packages so you can see just how much freedom you have planning your own wedding day. Again, these are average figures that may vary depending on location.

Example #1

  • Marriage License: $30
  • Self Solemnize (make sure your state allows you to)
  • Location: Free
  • Local photographer for one hour of coverage and help finding a location: $1,200
  • Hair and Makeup: DIY
  • Clothing: $380 
  • Florals: DIY ($50 in materials)
  • Travel: $20 in gas to get to a local hike
  • Dinner afterward at a nice local restaurant: $120

Total: $1,600

Example #2

  • Marriage License: $30
  • Officiant for Ceremony: $400
  • Permit for Ceremony Location in a National Park: $250
  • Photographer for half-day coverage with digital images included: $3,500
  • Florals for two people (like two bouquets, or a bouquet and a boutonniere): $500
  • Hair and Makeup: DIY
  • Clothing and Accessories: $440
  • Ceremony Decoration: DIY ($100 for materials)
  • Travel: $80 in gas for driving to the National Park
  • Airbnb for three nights near the National Park: $600

Total: $5,900

Example #3

  • Marriage License: $30
  • Self Solemnize (make sure your state allows you to)
  • Permit to use National Park: $100
  • Photographer for a full day of coverage with digital images included: $7,500
  • Videographer for ceremony only with highlight film: $1,200
  • Hair OR Makeup (not both!): $70/person
  • Clothing: $750
  • Florals for one person (like just one bouquet): $150
  • Travel: $50 in gas for a drive up into your local mountain range
  • Dinner afterward at a nice local restaurant: $200

Total: $10,000

Example #4

  • Marriage License: $30
  • Officiant for Ceremony: $400
  • Permit for Ceremony Location at a National Monument: $390
  • Photographer for four hours of coverage with digital images included: $5,000
  • Videographer for four hours of coverage with a highlight film included plus ceremony footage with audio: $4,000
  • Elopement Planner: $2,500
  • Florals for two people plus ceremony decoration: $1,000
  • Hair and Makeup: $75 per person
  • Clothing and Accessories: $2,000
  • Arch Rental for Ceremony: $200
  • Travel: $300 for flights + $325 for car rental
  • Luxury Hotel Accommodations for three nights: $1,200
  • Picnic Grazing Board from a Local Butcher: $80

Total: $17,500

How to build your Elopement Package with Wandering Weddings

Now that you have a budget and a sense of what kind of vendors you might want to look for, you can start getting a feel for locations! We’ve put together some elopement packages for you in some of our most popular locations, from Hawaii to Utah. Now you can start dreaming up your adventure! Do you want to ride horses along a beach, or stand at the edge of a turquoise alpine lake surrounded by epic peaks?? 

Each of these elopement package location pages has suggested local vendors, amazing location suggestions, timeline guidelines for different adventures, and more pricing information about how much it costs to elope in each state. 

Our Favorite Elopement Package Locations

We are professional adventurers who love romance and all things elopement planning. After talking to a bunch of couples and photographers, we realized there is a need for a resource guide to help couples build their elopement packages.

These packages will also allow couples to find all the information they need in one place without hopping around to multiple websites to do their elopement planning research. Let’s talk about some of our favorite elopement packages that will help guide you through your elopement planning journey.



If you are looking for sunshine, beaches, and tropical vibes, then you should already have Hawaii on your mind. Hawaii is full of possible locations that are all stunning, but we took the extra step and broke down all of our favorite places by island.

Explore our Hawaii elopement package. 



Iceland is a wonderful location for your elopement. It is one of those locations that just makes you fall in love over and over again. It is no surprise this is one of our favorite elopement packages we have put together for you all. From Iceland’s stunning waterfalls to its moody caves, we are sure Iceland has something for every couple.

Explore our Iceland Elopement Package.



Washington elopement locations and inspiration

Photo by Nick Plus Danee

We have a special place in our heart for Washington, and so do many of our photographers. Can you blame us? Mount Rainer is always a sight to see, and some of our couples get to see the most spectacular sunsets and sunrises at some of the locations we mention.

Explore our Washington Elopement Package.



Are you interested in self-solemnizing your marriage? Then check out breathtaking Colorado for your elopement destination. Colorado is beautiful year-round and has plenty of accessible mountains. This location is perfect for couples who want an adventure without breaking into a sweat.

Explore our Colorado Elopement Packages. 



If you’re looking to elope in a state where you have a little bit of everything to explore, then Oregon is an awesome place to consider. There is a diversity of gorgeous landscapes to explore including forests, mountains, and beaches. Our Oregon elopement wedding package is the perfect guide for you to get started.

Explore our Oregon Elopement Packages. 



If you are from Texas, or if you always wanted to visit Texas, then you should consider planning your elopement there. We think Texas is one of the most beautiful and down-to-earth places to elope not many people initially consider at first. Don’t believe us? Check out some of the awesome places you could visit and plan your elopement ceremony.

Explore our Texas Elopement Packages. 


North Carolina

North Carolina is known for its coastal plains, sweeping plateaus, and towering mountains. We love NC for many reasons, including its down-to-earth nature and scenic views. If you are looking for a location with multiple landscapes and plenty of outdoor activities, then we suggest looking at the different locations NC has to explore.

Explore our NC Elopement Packages. 



Georiga has so many intimate and romantic elopement locations to pick from. We love Georgia for many reasons, including its endless waterfalls and hospitality. If you are looking for an elopement location with gorgeous scenic views without a major hike, then we suggest you see what Georgia has to offer.

Explore our Georgia Elopement Packages. 



Northern California is known for its towering redwoods, picturesque mountains, and coastal views. Southern California, on the other hand, is known for its perfect weather, breezy beaches, and desert landscapes. Thus, there are so many places to plan your elopement wedding package in California. If you are having a hard time deciding where to elope, then we suggest checking out which places made our list!

Explore our California Elopement Packages. 



Florida is the prime spot for endless beach elopement locations and fun garden spots for your elopement ceremony. We love Florida elopements because they can be simple or extravagant. We also love it when couples are brave enough to jump into the ocean once they exchange vows. If you are interested in eloping, then check out some of the awesome locations Florida has to offer.

Explore our Florida Elopement Packages.


Photo by Sam Starns

Whether you plan on going skiing in the mountains during the winter or explore iconic destinations like Zion National Park, your Utah elopement will be beyond perfect. We love Utah elopements because there’s something for every couple including deserts, red rocks, canyon cliffs, and sparkling rivers.

Explore our Utah Elopement Packages.


New York

There’s so much more to New York beyond NYC. Gorgeous state parks or the picturesque Adirondack mountains would make for the perfect elopement destination for your adventure together.

Explore our New York Elopement Packages.

New England

New England is probably the most diverse region to plan your elopement package together. Comprising of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, couples have a bunch of options to choose from when it comes to elopement locations.

Explore our New England Elopement Packages.


From the Great Smoky Mountains to forests and waterfalls, Tennessee is home to so many whimsical and remote locations to elope to. Tenessee is also a great option to plan a micro wedding with close family and friends!

Explore our Tennessee Elopement Packages.


Gorgeous canyons, huge deserts with red rock formations, sparkling lakes, and mountain tops are just a few things that come to mind when we think about Arizona. Did you know Arizona has 31 state parks and 24 national parks? That’s a whole lot of options for your elopement day!

Explore our Arizona Elopement Packages.


Surrounded by multiple terrains, Michigan has a little bit of everything for every type of adventurer. Take some time to explore the vibrant cities, explore through beautiful forests, or visit a stunning beach.

Explore our Michigan Elopement Packages.


From mountain views to epic icy, glaciers, Alaska is the perfect place to elope if you’re looking for somewhere remote, unique, and adventurous. Explore Hatcher Pass, or rent an Airbnb to have a multi-day helicopter adventure together.

Explore our Alaska Elopement Packages


Montana has gorgeous spots to elope ranging from rocky mountains, great plains, and whimsical forests. Picturesque snow-capped peaks, sparkling lakes, and alpine hiking trails are all waiting for you here.

Explore our Montana Elopement Packages


Ohio is one of the states you may not immediately think about when planning your elopement (which makes it an amazing option). While Ohio isn’t known for mountains, beaches, or deserts, there are so many gorgeous areas to explore together, including forests and waterfalls.

Explore our Ohio Elopement Packages


While we love a good Vegas elopement, there are so many other options to consider in the Nevada area, especially for your elopement. If you love the nightlife and the vibe Vegas has, then go for it, but we want to highlight some options you probably didn’t think of when planning.

Explore our Nevada Elopement Packages


Wisconsin has plenty of open space to explore together, including lakes, hills, mountains, and caves. From endless hiking trails to gorgeous meadows with beautiful mountain views, Wisconsin is a great place to elope. Unlike other famous places, Wisconsin gives couples a scenic adventure without the stress of getting overwhelmed with other hikers nearby.

Explore our Wisconsin Elopement Packages


Since this elopement destination oftentimes goes unnoticed, it makes the perfect place to get away and have a romantic elopement without the stress of huge crowds. From mountains, waterfalls, and vast green open spaces, Idaho has some of the most breathtaking views you’ll hope for when planning.

Explore our Idaho Elopement Packages


Wyoming is probably one of the most beautiful and remote locations to plan your elopement. From Grand Teton National Park to endless mountain ranges to appreciate. We love Wyoming for its forested areas and wildlife, perfect for couples who love animals and adventure.

Explore our Wyoming Elopement Packages.


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