Where will you choose?
It’s no secret that Washington is an adventure lover’s paradise. With its old-growth forests, alpine lakes, glaciated peaks, and downright breathtaking mountain ranges that have made this state a must-explore-right-now destination, there’s certainly nothing quite like Washington. (Hey, they don’t call it the PNWonderland for nothing). Filled with diverse landscapes, stunning national parks, rugged coastlines, a gorgeous chain of islaNds dotting the puget sound, and more adventurous activities than you ever could imagine, washington is a dreamy spot for adventurous couples out there hoping to create a unique, intimate, and exceptional elopement experience.
On this page, you’ll find everything you need to know about eloping in the pnwonderland state of Washington—and then some. Ready to figure out if Washington is just the spot for your wildly different wedding experience? Let’s get to scrolling!
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From rugged and stunning coastlines to glacier mountaintops, Washington is as diverse as it is breathtaking. Though famous for its giant peaks and expansive mountain ranges—Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, the North Cascades, the Olympic mountains, Mount St. Helens—Washington’s landscape is so much more diverse than you might think. With acres upon acres of enchanting old-growth rainforests covered in evergreens and moss, glaciers, mountain meadows, and active volcanoes, Washington is truly as unreal as it sounds. Whether you seek a mountain vista that’s sure to steal your breath, a backpacking loop that takes you on a multi-day journey following the coastline, or pad through a fairytale forest with your love on your elopement day, Washington might just be the perfect place for you.
Choosing Your Washington Elopement Location
From rugged and stunning coastlines to glacier mountaintops, Washington is as diverse as it is breathtaking. Though famous for its giant peaks and expansive mountain ranges—Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, the North Cascades, the Olympic mountains, Mount St. Helens—Washington’s landscape is so much more diverse than you might think. With acres upon acres of enchanting old-growth rainforests covered in evergreens and moss, glaciers, mountain meadows, and active volcanoes, washington is truly as unreal as it sounds. Whether you seek a mountain vista that’s sure to steal your breath, a backpacking loop that takes you on a multi-day journey following the coastline, or pad through a fairytale forest with your love on your elopement day, Washington might just be the perfect place for you.
The Best Time of Year to Elope in Washington
Washington is well-known for its misty, foggy wet season that gives off those famous “moody-feels.” The best part about Washington? You get all that, but you get so much more, too. Washington’s summer, fall, and winter are mind-blowing, too. Sounds too good to be true? It’s all real. We promise.
Larches, aspens, mountains saturated with golds, reds, oranges—Washington’s fall is no joke (especially when you take the ferry over to the San Juan islands to see the colors truly pop). Washington fall is dry, gorgeous, and full of beauty.
Months: Mid-September – October
Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, mushroom hunting
Even if all that moisture from the rainy season isn’t your favorite, you better believe that it’s worth it if you’re all about springtime blooms. Washington is absolutely famous for its alpine meadows, stunning flora & fauna, and cool temperatures. Bonus: it’s the start of whale-watching season!
Months: April – June
Activities: Hiking, biking, discovering waterfalls
Here comes the rainy season—and with it come that drizzly, foggy, gorgeous moodiness you’re likely in love with. Winter brings snow & skiing in the mountains, lots of adventurous opportunities, and frigid temps (so keep this in mind if you’re all about a winter wonderland wedding)
Months: November – March
Activities: Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing
Here’s a secret the locals don’t want you to know—Washington summers are downright beautiful. With plenty of coastline to enjoy, bright-and-sunshiney weather, and temperatures so comfortable you won’t stop smiling, Washington summers are downright delightful.
Months: July – Early September
Activities: Hiking, kayaking, peak-bagging
Best Places to
Elope in Washington
Washington is a non-stop wonderland that’s full of enchanting landscape, breathtaking scenery, and infinite opportunity for adventure—no matter what you love to do. We could go on and on (and on) about Washington (and if you chat with us on the phone, we might)—but for now, we’ll just share a few of our very favorite spots.
Elope in Washington
Mount Rainier National Park
Mt. Rainier is undoubtedly an incredible mountain; when she stands out through the clouds there’s absolutely nothing more breathtaking. Eloping with her looming in the background is awe inspiring. With most of the park becoming inaccessible in the Winter, the best time to visit is Summer and early Fall. Summertime brings endless fields of wildflowers and this area’s short Fall brings far fewer crowds. Aside from just the popular (and crowded) park highlight reel, there are SO many trails in the surrounding area that offer incredible views of Mt. Rainier while also less trafficked.
The North Cascades are absolutely magical! There is just so much to explore; turquoise alpine lakes, glacier capped mountains, rocky overlooks, and plenty of beautiful flower filled meadows and forests. And if you are looking for insanely amazing backpacking trails, this is most definitely your place. Most trail access roads are impassable until the snow has melted off in July– making the season here short, and mostly snow-free only between July and October.
There is just nothing like hiking through a moss-covered forest to get to the beach. This section of Washington has it all; lush forests, clear blue lakes, rugged coastline with driftwood filled beaches, waterfalls, and snow-covered mountains. If you are wanting to elope in a vast variety of backdrops on your day, this is your kinda place. There are places to explore year-round, when the coast and rainforests are rainy you can head to the mountains for snow, and the spring and summer brings wildflowers in the mountains and pleasant sunny days on the coast.
Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
If you are obsessed with massive mountain ranges, lots of colourful wildflowers, and pure wilderness stretching in all directions– this might be your place. The number of months where this area isn’t covered in snow is short (next to 0), making July-October your best chance for accessible trailheads with passable roads. However if you are looking to elope in a winter wonderland– snowshoeing and skiing Mt. Baker, can’t be beat
This area is only accessible via hiking, boat, or float plane! It’s remoteness makes it the perfect place to find your very own private elopement spot with nobody else around. Also located here? Ross Lake Resort. Floating cabins directly on Ross Lake! It’s difficult to snag a reservation here, but 100% worth planning your entire elopement around if you can book a night here!
Just outside of Seattle, this area has an abundance of easy-access locations! Beautiful mountain lakes perfect in the summer and fall, endless spots for snowshoeing in the winter– and it’s proximity to the city makes it idea for those needing something near a big airport or looking to celebrate their elopement day at a restaurant in the city.
San Juan Islands
Pacific Northwest forest-y mountain island life is the best way to describe this collection of 172 named islands and reefs. Accessible by ferry (or float plane) this area is amazing for boating, whale watching, and those looking for a peaceful laid back elopement– likely with a killer sunset. This area offers all the moody weather in the wintertime, and absolutely gorgeous weather the rest of the year!
Washington Fire Towers
Washington is filled with old fire towers perched on top of mountains! It’s still possible to access the inside of many of them– talk about an awesome getting ready spot or place to host your celebratory elopement picnic. You could even opt for spending the night in one, snuggled in a sleeping bag, stargazing, with a warm mug of spiked hot chocolate in hand.
Leavenworth is a cheeky little german-inspired town located right in the middle of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. There are an abundance of gorgeous summertime hikes to turquoise lakes and gorgeous mountain views. In the wintertime, while many areas in Washington become inaccessible, there is plenty of snowshoeing to be had near here!
Washington Truly Has It All
If you’re looking for a truly unique place to elope, Washington should be at the top of your list! The state is filled with character, charm and natural beauty. Whether you love mountains, coastlines, deserts or forests, Washington has something for everyone!
If you’re ready to begin planning your own Washington adventure elopement, reach out! We’d love to hear what your vision is, where you’re thinking of eloping and how we can help turn your dreams into reality.
Contact us now and let us know which location from this list of Best Places to Elope in Washington is calling your name! We can’t wait to hear from you to help you plan your destination elopement!
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