alternatives to eloping in national park

Getting married in a national park is one of the easiest, and most popular ways to elope. Weddings in national parks are low-key, budget-friendly and provide one-of-a-kind views of some of the country’s most stunning destinations.

However, if you’re looking for something a bit more intimate or smaller in size, but come with all of the same benefits, there are several alternatives to a national park elopement.

Deception Pass State Park Elopement + Wedding Guide

State Parks

You don’t to travel far to have the wedding of your dreams–just head to one of the parks in your state! Holding just about the same significance as a national park, a state park is an ideal alternative for those looking to keep their elopement closer to home. Luckily, Washington is brimming with state parks that offer plenty of greenery, water, and wildlife, showcasing the beauty of nature in an environment made for a romantic wedding ceremony.

City + County Parks

Want to keep it even more local? While faraway destinations typically come to mind when we think of eloping, who’s to say you can’t elope to a nearby park? City parks are the perfect setting for a small ceremony between two loved ones and maybe a few close friends or family members.

Private property

Know somebody with a well-landscaped backyard? Keep costs very low by holding your wedding on  a private property like a backyard, farm, or even a ranch. Eloping to a private property gives you a chance to omit the venue cost and hold your ceremony somewhere familiar. Best of all, you can probably guarantee that no one else has used this “venue” before, making it a one-of-a-kind space for a memorable wedding ceremony.

National Forests

Imagine being enveloped in a sea of green trees, surrounded by fresh air, and saying ‘I do’ to the love of your life. The charming woodland wedding of your dreams can become a reality if you choose to elope to a national forest. Head into the woods with your partner for a whimsical adventure that’s equally romantic as it is intimate.


Similar to a state park, campgrounds offer an abundance of nature and a level of privacy that can’t be beat when it comes to eloping. If you and your future spouse are the adventurous types, consider heading to a state or local campground to celebrate your nuptials. Check with the campground prior to getting hitched to see if there are any guidelines for private ceremonies, and don’t forget to wear sensible shoes if there’s any hiking involved!

Eloping in Washington?

Skyewater Photo + Film is a photography and videography team based in Washington that specializes in destination and outdoor weddings. Whether you’re looking for a meaningful wedding video or an adventurous photographer, contact Skyewater Photo + Film for your big day!

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