Top 5: Best Places to Elope in Washington State
With the average wedding cost coming in around $30,000, it’s no wonder the popularity of elopements has also skyrocketed. More and more couples are realizing that a big wedding is not for them. They’d prefer to commit themselves to one another in a more intimate (and cost efficient!) manner. The answer: an elopement!
But where to do it… Here in the Pacific Northwest, the options are literally infinite. We have filmed countless elopements over the past few years and the destinations have varied so much. Whether it is in the snow-covered mountains, the peaceful forest, or right in someone’s backyard, elopements have a genuine intimacy that gets overshadowed during a larger wedding.
If you’re looking for a location for your upcoming elopement, check out five of our favorite spots below:
1. TreeHouse Point
This past year we had the opportunity to film a ton of intimate elopements at TreeHouse Point in Fall City, WA. If you are planning your elopement and you haven’t yet heard of this venue, you should definitely take a look. Made famous from the popular Animal Planet show, TreeHouse Masters, this venue consists of a number of elegant TreeHouses made by Pete Nelson (the master himself!). Tucked away in a serene forest setting, this location cannot be beat. It is located in the heart of Snoqualmie Valley with tons of surrounding trees and a flowing river along one side of the property. The scenery is straight out of a fairy tale and perfect for a nature-themed elopement or wedding.
2. Olympic National Park
If you’ve ever had the opportunity to venture out to the Olympic Peninsula and visit the Olympic National Park, then you’ll understand the beauty that surrounds this place. There are so many different scenes to choose from. The mountain peaks of Hurricane Ridge create a setting that is literally right out of Sound of Music. Or, the serenity of Lake Crescent makes for a moody/intimate feel. Going more south, the greenness of the Hoh Rainforest simply cannot be beat. There is a backdrop for everyone at Olympic National Park. It’s a bit of a drive from the city, but completely worth it!
3. Suncadia / Swiftwater Cellars
Along I-90 as you make your way east towards Ellensburg, Washington, you’ll pass through the city of Cle Elum. While it may seem like just another scenic stop along the freeway, if you travel a few miles up the hill you’ll see the Suncadia Resort. This place is, in a word, majestic. The views cannot be beat, and whether it is winter or summer, you are sure to be blown away (yes, it’s super windy too) by the stunning setting.
4. Whidbey Island
Whidbey Island provides you with the destination feel, but really just a short ferry ride from the city. This island has a small town feel with lots of local shops and eateries, and of course some truly inspiring views. Fort Ebey in particular is an epic location to say your ‘I Do’s’ and elope.
5. Snohomish, WA (in a Hot Air Balloon)
For the adventurous couples looking for something truly unique, Balloon Depot in Snohomish, WA offers packages to couples wanting to get married in the sky. Just about an hour drive from the city, you can take a magical ride across Snohomish County in a giant hot air balloon. They even have one that holds up to 10 people! The only risk is planning the day, as balloon rides are frequently cancelled due to fog or rain. Whether you choose this for your elopement or not, you should definitely add this to your bucket list!
For more information on our elopement videography, or locations in general, feel free to contact us! You can find more info at www.emeraldmediaseattle.com