Oregon Elopement Packages
Oregon is one of the top elopement destinations in the world. Many of our couples want to elope there, but there are so many areas pick from that many feel overwhelmed. This is why we created a comprehensive list of locations, vendors, and tips for you to be aware of when you elope in Oregon. From permit questions to location ideas, we got you covered.
Are you recently engaged? Do you want to elope somewhere with some epic landscapes? Then you came to the right place to build your Oregon 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.
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.
Oregon Elopement Locations
So you’re ready to start planning your elopement in Oregon, but you aren’t sure where you should exchange your vows with your husband or wife to be. Check out these locations we recommend in Oregon.
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.
Do you love beaches, big haystack rocks, and watching the waves? The Oregon Coast is the perfect destination for a laid back elopement. Bring some cozy blankets and easily drive up to your ceremony spot.
Smith Rock State Park
In the mountain town of Bend, Oregon, you will find Smith Rock State Park. This park is known for its red desert cliffs and awesome rock climbing. If you’re looking for somewhere with epic snowcapped mountain views and waterfalls, then this is your best bet!
Mt. Hood National Forest
Mt. Hood is a popular destination with a huge snowcapped dome. This gorgeous mountain is the perfect destination for couples who love scenic hikes. The Columbia River is right by this forest and is another awesome place to take some beautiful portraits.
Crater Lake National Park
Alright, we have to admit that this location is one of the most picturesque locations in Oregon. Crater Lake National Park is one of our favorite elopement locations. This volcano basin is filled with clear blue water.
There are so many beautiful waterfalls you can find in Oregon. We listed our top 3 favorite waterfalls out of the over 15 you can see! We always recommend getting together with one of our awesome Wandering Weddings members to easily plan which location is the best for you during your elopement.
This 224 feet waterfall, pouring over a wall of basalt, is an incredible sight to see. Latourell Falls is a beautiful stop for your elopement just off the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway.
If you want to witness something impressive, then consider going to Multnomah Falls. Totaling 620 feet, this is an amazing waterfall that has two tiers. Please note, this is a major natural attraction in Oregon, so we highly suggest planning an early elopement ceremony here or a weekday ceremony. There is also a bridge at the bottom tier, facing the waterfall, making this a gorgeous spot for portraits.
The waterfall of Wahkeena Falls is 242 feet high. Some epic vantage points here will give you some great portrait opportunities. This is also a good alternative if you want to avoid the crowds at Multnomah Falls.
How to Plan an Oregon Elopement
When you decide to elope, there is still a fair share of planning you need to do before your big day. Here are some things to remember as you put your Oregon elopement package together:
- Obtain your marriage license. The fee is $60 and is also good for 60 days after a 3 day waiting period.
- Obtain your permits, if needed. 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.
- Oregon beaches are public. These areas can’t be reserved for your elopement, but we have found that finding a quiet place isn’t too difficult!
- Plan your elopement during the week. If you can, plan your elopement during the week to avoid the big crowds, especially during May-September.
- Consider daylight and tides. If you are planning your elopement in Oregon, then you should consider avoiding incoming tides and planning for enough daylight.
Top 5 Things to Remember When Planning an Elopement in Oregon
- The best time to visit Oregon is June-September, the driest months in Oregon.
- There are plenty of state parks to explore.
- Plan your elopement during the week to avoid hikers and tourists, especially in the summer months.
- Remember to obtain permits and pay location fees (if applicable).
- Eastern Oregon has a different climate and gets much less rain compared to the West.