When some couples discover that just feeding their guests costs $200 per person (whaaaat), it suddenly becomes clear why you would trade in the traditional big wedding reception for an alternative. Because when you cut the guest list to two, you have a lot more options. From private islands to five-star resorts, these hotel elopement packages make getting married a breeze amid the most breathtaking backdrops.
Dreamy Elopement Packages That Will Make You Rethink a Big Wedding
Montpelier Plantation & Beach (nevis)
This historic five-star Caribbean destination is known for, among many things (great food, wine and fresh sea air), romance. With three elopement packages, the hotel accommodations make a secluded beach wedding totally doable—license, registration and minister included. All you have to do is decide whether you want to say “I do” under the weeping ficus tree, inside an 18th-century sugar mill or on a private beach. Decisions, decisions.
Packages start at $800
Royal Davui (fiji)
We’re not gonna lie, we were already thinking about a wedding in Fiji, but this tropical setting surrounded by the blue waters of the Beqa Lagoon might just seal the deal. With only a few guests staying at the resort at time, it’ll seem like you’re on your own private island. Plus, you’ll feel extra special sporting a gorgeous salusalu (Fijian lei)…oh, and the whole you-just-got-married thing.
Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam (thailand)
Peak luxury? Getting picked up and dropped off at the airport. And sure, a beachfront pool villa and 90-minute couple’s massage are also up there. So if any of that sounds dreamy—along with boundless views of the wild, lush west coast of Koh Samui island—then consider exchanging your vows here. (You have your choice of the pier, beach, poolside bar or even your own villa.) And while you’ll be enamored with everything around you (read: new hubby), remember to look up—you can actually see the stars.
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The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (alberta, Canada)
In any other place, this famous hotel would seem far more palatial, but the sublime surroundings (soaring mountain peaks and glistening emerald lake) are definitely doing some grade-A photobombing. And isn’t that perfect for an outdoorsy couple that can hike, ski, canoe or even snowshoe before or after they exchange vows? Our favorite part: Your ceremony includes a harpist. A harpist. Not bad.
Packages begin at $4,150
Carneros Resort & Spa (napa, California)
Serene and elegant, a ceremony at this wine country resort is best for the couple who want to keep it small but know their families will never speak to them again if they elope in the literal sense of the word. Here, you can host a simple celebration for parties up to 18 (including the couple), which means your dad’s fraternity brothers probably won’t make the cut (no offense, Tanker). While the venue emphasizes the importance of the ceremony over the reception, a post-vow dinner at the on-site farm-to-table restaurant is the ideal end to the evening.
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Four Seasons Resort Maui At Wailea (maui, Hawaii)
Wherever you go and whatever you do—snorkeling in the Pacific, hiking the bamboo forest, walking the bay at sunset—you’ll be constantly reminded that you’re at one of the most beautiful hotels in the world in one of the most beautiful places in the world. And while you’re busy contemplating officially moving to Hawaii, the resort will arrange the marriage license appointment, provide the officiant, the music, photographer and more. Plus, no passport required. Talk about ease.