NC Elopement Packages
North Carolina (NC) is a beautiful location to plan your intimate elopement. With its gorgeous mountains to dense forests, NC has plenty to explore. This is why we created a comprehensive list of locations, vendors, and tips for you to be aware of when you elope in NC. From permit questions to location ideas, we got you covered.
Are you recently engaged? Do you want to elope somewhere down to earth and beautiful? Then you came to the right place to build your NC Elopement Package.
Disclaimer: While we don’t offer bundled elopement packages, we do provide you with all of the information and resources you will need to create your perfect elopement package. Our Wandering Weddings members are also amazing vendors to ask questions. These members have plenty of experience curating awesome elopement experiences for couples.
Here are some North Carolina elopements we have featured:
North Carolina Elopement Locations
So you’re ready to start planning your elopement in North Carolina, but you aren’t sure where you should exchange your vows with your husband or wife to be. Check out these locations to elope in NC.
Photo by Blueberry Rocket Studios
North Carolina Park Locations
We love NC for many reasons, including its down to earth nature and scenic views. North Carolina has some fun options when it comes to parks to plan your elopement adventure. Here are some of our favorites:
1. Chimney Rock State Park
This is a perfect spot to elope if you are looking for a destination with a view. There is a 315-foot spire overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure, making Chimney Rock the perfect place if you are looking for some dramatic portraits. There is an admission fee ($10 for the day), but this access comes with a range of things you can explore throughout your day, including trails and more than 5,700 acres of land.
2. Hanging Rock State Park
With more than 20 miles of hiking trails that weave and turn into amazing views, Hanging Rock State Park is the ideal destination for the adventurous couple. Aside from the trails to explore, there are also campgrounds with a lake and canoe rental!
3. Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Your NC elopement package doesn’t have to just include mountains and forests. North Carolina also has some gorgeous beaches to explore off the coast. Cape Hatteras is one of our team’s favorites. Here you will be able to enjoy the beach, kayak, and enjoy the famous lighthouse.
4. DuPont State Recreational Forest
If you are looking to plan a whimsical elopement, then we suggest DuPont State Recreational Forest. This forest has a lot to offer. You can hike the multiple trails during your elopement, or you can also visit multiple falls such as High Falls, Triple Falls and Hooker Falls.
5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
No list would be complete without mentioning the Great Smoky Mountains. There is plenty of scenic views, historic structures, and wildlife to appreciate here. You can also enjoy multiple waterfalls and hiking trails during your wedding day. Fun fact: did you know that this park straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee?
Photo by Forever June
Waterfalls and Mountain NC Elopement Locations
In North Carolina, you have numerous options when it comes to planning your special day. You can plan your romantic elopement at many amazing places including on a mountain, in a forest, by a waterfall, or on a beach.
1. Blue Ridge Parkway
If you both are adventurous and love road trips, then maybe you should plan your elopement overlooking the blue ridge mountains along blue ridge parkway. This is an amazing drive as you and your honey can enjoy the scenery. We are also sure you’ll find an amazing spot to stop and have your ceremony. Get with one of our members to help you decide which one is best.
2. Max Patch
Max Patch is a favorite among our team. This mountain has a 360 view, and you can also see Mt. Mitchell and the Great Smoky Mountains on a clear day. One of the things we love is the grassy trails where you can sit down enjoy the view and the breeze.
3. Whitewater Falls
This waterfall will definitely give you a dramatic look and feel during your elopement. The Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies. The fall plungest at 411 feet, and you can also admire the beautiful wildlife surrounding the area. If you are thinking about eloping here, then we recommend a sunrise elopement to avoid the crowds.
4. Linville Gorge and Falls
If you’re visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains, then we suggest Linville Gorge and Falls for your elopement destination. This waterfall’s trail is 1.6 miles round trip, so this is an easy hike for your elopement adventure! This is also a great place to bring your pets, but they do need to be on a leash.
5. Looking Glass Falls
Looking Glass Falls is an ideal elopement destination if you are planning a winter elopement. The name actually comes from when the falls freeze and glisten like a mirror in the sun during winter. This waterfall also has easy accessibility to get to!
Photo by Maddie Kay Photography
Permits for North Carolina Elopements
If you decide to have your wedding ceremony at one of the locations we mentioned above, then you should check to see if that location requires a permit to get married. State and national parks have these permit applications on their park’s website. If you aren’t sure about the logistics, we suggest you partner up with one of our awesome North Carolina elopement photographers or other vendors to help make sure you cover all the bases.
Photo by Blueberry Rocket Studios
Top 5 Things to Remember When Planning an Elopement in North Carolina
- Fall is the best season to elope as far as weather goes. 43% of weddings take place between September and November.
- The climate varies with the changing elevation, so pack in layers!
- Be aware of thunderstorms and hurricanes from late summer to early fall.
- Remember to obtain permits and pay location fees (if applicable).
- Have fun and enjoy the view!