New England Elopement Packages
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. We put together everything you need to know including locations, permits, and vendors!
Whether you’re looking to plan a beach elopement or a mountain adventure, New England has some of the best views you can ask for.
We personally love the New England area because of its historical past, Atlantic coastline, and beautiful forested mountains. If you want to elope somewhere different, beautiful, and not as crowded, then consider planning a New England elopement package with our vendors.
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 amazing vendors to ask questions. These members have plenty of experience curating awesome elopement experiences for couples.
This is a long resource packed with awesome tips and inspiration. Use the links below to jump right to the section you’d like to check out.
- Best Places to Elope in New England
- When to Elope in New England
- New England Permits and Marriage Licenses
- Tips for Eloping in New England
- New England Elopement Vendors
Best Places to Elope in New England
Since New England is comprised of multiple states, the list of places you can elope can get pretty long. Our biggest advice here is to check out our favorite places to elope in this region, and then team up with one of our members to further build out your New England elopement package.
Here are some of the most beautiful areas we have come to love in the northeast region:
Acadia National Park, Maine
Probably the most popular area to plan your New England elopement adventure has to be Acadia National Park in Maine.
This 47,000-acre national park is filled with endless spots to pick from for your elopement ceremony. Couples can choose from rocky beaches, woodlands, and granite mountain peaks.
A permit is required for weddings and commitment ceremonies ($50 application fee) with more than 10 people.
With that said, there is a list of regulations that you must also follow even if you’re planning a simple elopement ceremony. Acadia National Park is one of the most beautiful places to elope, but it’s important to leave no trace to protect it.
Rhode Island Coastline
Even though Rhode Island is the smallest state within New England, it has the biggest and grandest shoreline. The Rhode Island coastline is 400 miles and one of the most beautiful scenic drives and beach elopement locations in New England.
Plan a sunrise or sunset elopement at one of the beautiful beach shores. You can also plan a drive after your ceremony and stop at multiple locations to document your journey together.
Keep in mind that a lot of this area is public, so we recommend planning your elopement during the week!
White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
In New Hampshire, you’ll find the gorgeous White Mountains. This is probably the most popular place to elope in the area since the mountain range covers about a quarter of the state and even a small portion of Maine!
This rugged mountain landscape with gorgeous greenery views will give you spectacular views during your elopement ceremony together. This is also a great place to elope in New England because it’s beautiful year-round.
Even though you don’t need a permit for weddings smaller than 75 people, which makes this an ideal spot for elopements and micro weddings. There are, however, still regulations and considerations to keep in mind when eloping here. Some of these regulations include avoiding certain decorations and not closing off any trail or public area.
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
This area is a rural region in the mountains of western Massachusetts. A lot of people love to come here for vacation or just to enjoy the fall foliage. We love this area because couples can explore waterfalls and forests, perfect settings for a secluded New England elopement adventure together.
Stowe and Burlington, Vermont
Stowe is a town in Northern Vermont and overlooks Mount Mansfield, which is popular for its trails and ski slopes. This area is probably one of those elopement locations where a couple can elope and not be overcrowded by tourists.
Smugglers’ Notch State Park is a great option to consider to explore here filled with forest and mountain passes to explore. We love Stowe because there are so many different mountain views and waterfall views to appreciate. It’s no surprise that this town is one of the best places to visit in New England, so we made sure to include it in our list.
Baxter State Park, Maine
If you’re looking to elope in Maine, but not somewhere as popular as Acadia, then Baxter State Park is an amazing place to consider.
Known for its high peaks and mountain lakes, this park holds a special place in our hearts as one of the most beautiful elopement destinations in Maine. Explore some of the popular trails in the area, or get together with one of our members to find a secluded trail not many tourists know about!
Even though you don’t need a permit for your elopement ceremony here, your photographer sure does! It’s also important to always double-check each state park’s rules and regulations before your wedding day to make sure you’re leaving no trace and protecting the land.
Kent Falls State Park Connecticut
If you’re looking for a whimsical and waterfall option in Connecticut, then Kent Falls State Park is perfect for your wedding day. Wander together across the covered bridge, hike to multiple falls, and enjoy the view!
One thing to note here is to plan your elopement during the off-season, during the week, or sunrise since the park has limited parking and does close once full.
Elope Somewhere Completely Off the Beaten Path
The beauty of New England elopements is you have plenty of little areas to discover and claim as your elopement location. People tend to forget how amazing these off the beaten path locations are because 100% of the time, no one knows about them!
This does require a bit of research and teamwork with your local photographer and/or planner. We have seen gorgeous treehouse weddings in New Hampshire like the one above, or elope near a bed and breakfast or cute Airbnb wedding in Connecticut.
When to Elope in New England
The New England area is gorgeous year-round. With multiple states to choose from, couples really can’t go wrong. It all depends on what type of elopement style you and your partner are going for.
Our team’s favorite elopement season here is Fall. You really can’t go wrong with bright yellow, orange, and red hues as your backdrop on your wedding day. Keep in mind, however, Fall is a popular time to visit New England.
If beach elopements are more your style, then definitely check the weather and make sure to plan outside of popular weekends. If you’re feeling stuck on when you should elope, then connect with one of our featured vendors below and see what they think is the best option!
New England Permits and Marriage Licenses
For all elopement locations in New England, it’s important for you to double-check with your vendors and location websites regarding the latest updates on permits and regulations required for elopements, commitment ceremonies, and micro weddings.
It may be tempting to just run to your elopement destination and get married, but we urge you to follow the rules. These permits and rules are in place to protect the land you’re visiting. If you have any questions, please contact our team or team up with an experienced vendor in the area.
All states in New England require an officiant and two witnesses to sign your marriage certificate after your ceremony. In Maine, you can actually self-solemnize if you’re a couple who fall within the Quaker and Baha’i faiths. Besides that, make sure to pay your respected application fee to the state and area you are planning your ceremony and check the waiting periods for each state when applying.
For more information on marriage license requirements visit the state’s respected websites.
Tips For Eloping in New England
Here are some tips from photographers when planning your New England elopement package:
- “We have SO MUCH variety here! Stunning waterfalls and mountain vistas, rocky coastlines or sandy beaches, farms, and campgrounds, forests, and fields of wildflowers. You can also incorporate any outdoor adventurous activities you might want – skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, you name it.” [Allie Dearie Photography]
- “If eloping downtown/in the historic area, make sure to have a permit if it’s going to be in Prescott Park or any of the other gardens. Also, if you’re aiming for the fall leaves, they tend to turn earlier – around the end of September/early October.” [Trump Photography]
- “Whether you’re coming from the west coast or from a place that has less hiking, keep in mind that New England trails are different from West Coast hiking trails. In comparison, many west coast trails are mostly dirt with switchbacks. In New England, you’re dealing with Canadian Shield material (I’m a geology nerd). The hiking involves much more scrambling over granite boulders and often straight-up ascents as opposed to switchbacks. Sometimes there isn’t as obvious of a trail because of the ground material (boulders vs dirt). It’s a different kind of hiking.” [Sam Starns]
New England Elopement Vendors
Now that you have an idea of some of our favorite elopement spots in New England and some of our tips and tricks, now it’s time to team up with one of our awesome elopement vendors.
These New England vendors are perfect to help you put together everything you’re dreaming about for your New England elopement package. They are the pros to all things eloping in the area, and they are super excited to team up with you. Don’t be shy! Connect with our featured vendors below.