The 9 Best Elopement Packages of 2020

Noble Horvath

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Now more than ever, couples are getting creative when it comes to saying “I do,” whether it’s with a city hall ceremony or a small backyard celebration. Another special, intimate way to celebrate your love? By taking advantage of the elopement packages many hotels and wedding venues offer.

But elopement packages have always been a fabulous, jetsetter-approved way to tie the knot, with wanderlusters opting to elope in far-flung locations in lieu of dealing with all the exasperations and expenses that planning a traditional wedding often bring. So, what are the best elopement packages, you ask? Here’s a comprehensive list we put together.


The 9 Best Elopement Packages of 2020


How We Chose the Best Elopement Packages

For the purposes of this list, we narrowed our search to the best elopement packages offered specifically by venues. And while there are of course elopement packages offered in gorgeous locations all over the world, we limited our list to the continental United States. Then, we scoured reviews and recommendations from brides and grooms like you to get insider, first-person insight. We also considered factors such as affordability (we wanted these to be suitable for a wide range of budgets) and the venues’ unique offerings (they should include more than just the bridal basics) to bring you the best elopement packages that we would personally say “I do” to.

For our best overall pick, we chose The Resort at Paws Up for its gorgeous and romantic wilderness setting and overall value. The French Quarter Wedding Chapel was our top pick for a city venue because it was budget-friendly, captured the essence of New Orleans, and allowed the bride and groom to have a small gathering if they so desired. The Red Mountain Resort stood out as the most unique option because couples could involve a spiritual element to their nuptials.


What Are Elopement Packages?

Elopement packages are your one-stop-shop for tying the knot. Most often offered by wedding venues and hotels, they include everything you need for an intimate wedding for just you and your spouse, along with a witness or two, or a small handful of friends and family members. Highlights may include an elopement ceremony with a provided officiant, accommodations for the newlyweds, photography, and a bouquet (although these details vary from location to location).

Some wedding planners offer elopement options too, taking charge planning every last detail, such as securing a space and officiant—just like you’d expect them to do for a classic big bash. Basically, elopement packages make this whole wedding planning thing a total breeze, so all you need to say “I do” are some cool clothes and the love of your life.


Who Should Get an Elopement Package?

Elopement packages appeal to jetsetting couples, as well as those who would rather forgo the stress and expense that planning a traditional wedding brings.

Ultimately though, elopement packages are tailor-made for couples who are in search of a more intimate way to tie the knot, whether due to pandemic-related safety regulations or just because you never really wanted all of your second and third cousins flashing their iPhones as you’re saying your vows—your wedding is about you and your spouse, after all,


How Much Do Elopement Packages Cost?

Cost varies greatly from location to location, but the grand total is often far less than the price tag of your average, more traditional wedding. For reference, the options that made the cut on our list of the best elopement packages range between roughly $500 and $20,000.

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