So you’re thinking about eloping … but you don’t know where. It’s a tough decision! As an elopement photographer who works with TONS of couples who are planning destination elopements, I totally get it. There are so many incredible places in this world that picking just one can be a challenge … but if you want an outdoorsy, adventurous elopement I’m here to tell you that you should probably just elope in Colorado.
I may be a little bit biased but I truly believe that Colorado is one of the absolute best places to elope in the United States. Here are 5 reasons why!
#1 I Mean, the Scenery is Kind of OK
Ok, this one is probably pretty obvious but HAVE YOU SEEN THIS PLACE?! There is no way around the fact that Colorado is one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. (unless you hate mountains, rivers, and waterfalls in which case I really can’t help you!). There is a reason that Colorado is a wildly popular vacation destination for outdoorsy people. The mountains (and altitude) will take your breath away.
#2 No Need for an Officiant
Colorado is one of just a few states in the country where you don’t need an officiant or witnesses of any sort to make your marriage official. This is awesome for couples who are eloping because it means you can literally get married with just the two of you (and hopefully a photographer to capture it all!). It makes planning easier, leaves you with more money to spend on things that matter, and lets you have a truly private ceremony if that is what you are going for!
#3 It’s Easy to Get to from Just About Anywhere
Denver has a big airport with direct flights to just about anywhere in the U.S. and many places in Europe. Once you make it to Denver its just a couple hour drive to your little slice of mountain paradise! Obviously Colorado is a big state and not everything is that close to Denver but a 2-3 hour drive from the airport gets you to places like Rocky Mountain National Park, Summit County (Breckenridge), and Vail!
#4 Have you Tried Our Beer?!
Maybe it’s just me but I think mountains and craft beer go together like … mountains and craft beer. Colorado’s craft beer scene is booming and our brewers make some of the best beers in the country! I have a long list of my favorite breweries across the state (which I’m always happy to share!) but rest assured that just about everywhere you go you’ll find a friendly brewpub with happy bartenders serving up some delicious drinks. Don’t like beer? We have wine and spirits too, I promise!
#5 Life is just BETTER in the Mountains
Maybe its the thin air (or legal weed) but it seems like people in Colorado are just … happier. Active days spent playing in the mountains are capped with long, slow nights next to a campfire. The people are laid-back, the dress code is super casual, and everywhere you go you get the feeling that life is just damn good.
…. and that list is just the beginning! Colorado is a warm, welcoming, FREAKING BEAUTIFUL place for adventurous couples who want to an outside-the-box … and off-the-grid … elopement!
Have questions about HOW to elope in Colorado? Check out my free guide to planning a Colorado elopement!