If you’ve always dreamt of a fairytale wedding in a magic castle with glass slippers, Hollywood glamour and fireworks, then weddings at Disneyland might be your wish upon a star! Imagine a Disneyland wedding where you can arrive in a glass carriage, party with your favourite Disney characters and, of course, share true love’s kiss.

Let’s find out if a magical Disneyland wedding is right for you!

What you need to know about weddings at Disneyland

Disney Weddings will be your hub for everything you need to plan a wedding at Disneyland. In additions to weddings at Disneyland in California, you can also host your wedding at Disney World in Florida, at the Disney Resort in Hawaii or on a Disney cruise!

Most Disneyland weddings are booked 18 months out, though some venues are available 24 months in advance. You’ll work with a Disney Wedding Specialist and dedicated event planner throughout your planning process to ensure everything is perfect for your magical day. As most Disney weddings are destination events, these specialists are experienced in working with couples from all over the world.

Each Disney location has a number of venues to choose from where you can host your ceremony and reception. These include in-park venues and venues in hotels, on beaches, on ships, and more!

Cinderella's glass carriage at East Plaza Garden at Magic Kingdom, Disney World
East Plaza Garden at Magic Kingdom

How much do weddings at Disneyland cost?

Weddings at Disneyland Resort in California start at $15,000 USD. Considering that the average California wedding costs about $40,000 USD, a Disneyland wedding may not be as out of reach as you thought! Note that $15,000 is the minimum spend and can include your ceremony venue cost, food and beverage, decor and more. Check out the pricing page for more information on additional costs.

If you’re open to having your wedding at another Disney location, the most affordable option seems to be a Disney cruise, where weddings for 16 guests start at $4,000 USD. Keep in mind that this is in addition to the cost of the cruise, of course! On the high end, the most expensive Disney wedding would be a Magic Kingdom After Hours wedding at Disney World in Florida with a ceremony venue fee of $40,000 and a minimum spend of up to $100,000.

While Disneyland wedding minimums can include your venue, food, beverages, florals, decor and entertainment costs, most couples end up spending well over the minimum for their wedding. There are also additional wedding services you’ll have to pay for outside of Disneyland, such as your wedding outfits, invitations, beauty services, etc. You will also want to factor in travel and hotel costs if you don’t live near Disneyland.

Many couples who host weddings at Disneyland turn their celebration into a wedding weekend, hosting multiple events throughout the park over a few days. Some may even include park passes for their guests in their wedding budget. And while a ceremony at Sleeping Beauty’s castle, reception at the Disney Animation Building and rehearsal dinner at Small World Mall, followed by a day of going on roller coasters with friends, sounds awesome…it can add up!

Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse statues at Disneyland

A Disneyland wedding can be elegant, sophisticated and timeless

Even if you’re planning a wedding in Disneyland, you don’t have to go full Disney. Contrary to all of the Disney adults you see on social media, it’s possible to visit the parks without wearing Mickey Mouse ears and matching outfits. It’s also possible to have a Disneyland wedding that feels like a timeless, chic affair for adults and not like a little kid’s birthday party!

Across their properties, Disney has over 100 wedding venues for couples to choose from. At California Disneyland, venues like the Adventure Lawn Gazebo, Parkview Terrace and Rose Court Garden feel like sophisticated, beautiful wedding venues that you wouldn’t find at a theme park. At Disney World in Florida, you can truly have your wedding anywhere in the world when you host it at one of the many venues in EPCOT.

You can work with your Disney Wedding Planner to incorporate elegant decor and details that match your wedding style, with nary a mouse ear in sight!

Adventure Lawn Gazebo at Disneyland Hotel, Disney wedding venue
Adventure Lawn Gazebo at Disneyland Hotel

A wedding in Disneyland can also lean into your inner Disney nerd!

On the other hand, you’re getting married at Disneyland for a reason, right? If you want to lean into your inner Disney nerd and let all of your Disney love out, go for it! You can get married in an iconic Disneyland location, like the Sleeping Beauty Castle, and have your reception in the mall of the It’s a Small World ride. You can arrive by glass carriage, à la Cinderella. And you can even hire Disney characters to show up on your special day.

Of course, you can keep the Disney theme going with your decor, menu and entertainment. Choose Disney songs to play throughout your ceremony and reception, serve Mickey waffles at your post-wedding brunch, and incorporate a bunch of Hidden Mickeys for your eagle-eyed guests to find. Your Disney Wedding Planner will be able to make lots of suggestions to ensure your wedding is on-theme, but not too childish.

Sleeping Beauty Castle Forecourt at Disneyland Park, weddings at Disneyland
Sleeping Beauty Castle Forecourt at Disneyland Park

Young Hip & Married at your Disneyland wedding

Wish Young Hip & Married could be a part of your Disneyland wedding? Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, we’ll make that wish come true! Here are three ways we can be a part of your fairytale day:

  1. Check out our online vow writing course to get kick-ass vows for your Disneyland ceremony!
  2. Learn about the Friend Zone, our ceremony writing package that allows you to have a custom YHM ceremony wherever you’re getting married.
  3. Really want Young Hip & Married to officiate your Disneyland wedding? We’d love to! We have officiants on the west coast who would be happy to hop a flight down to Anaheim for your big day. Get in touch for custom pricing.

Woman with mouse ears at Disneyland

So, is a Disneyland wedding right for you?

Lots of couples host their weddings at Disneyland every year…but should you be one of them? If you’ve made it this far in the article, we’ll assume you’re at least thinking about a Disneyland wedding. You likely have a special connection to Disneyland or a big love of Disney movies. Maybe you even got engaged at the parks! If a love for Disney is something you and your partner both share, a Disneyland wedding could be a great way to celebrate that.

Of course, you’ll want to consider the logistics of having a Disney wedding. Assuming you don’t live in Anaheim, do you want to have a destination wedding? Are you comfortable with the cost of a Disneyland wedding and any extra expenses to visit the parks or host an extended wedding weekend? And while you love Disney, do you want to have a themed wedding?

Disney cupcakes to serve at a Disney wedding

If you decide a Disneyland wedding isn’t right for you, there are still lots of ways to incorporate Disney into your wedding day. You can still have a Disney theme, though aim to keep themed items elegant and minimal so you don’t veer into kid’s birthday territory. You can play Disney music, serve Minnie Mouse cupcakes for dessert, and use Disney quotes in your vows and invitations. You can even visit the Disney Boutique and buy wedding rings, outfits and more from their collections.

You can also visit Disneyland as part of your wedding celebrations, even if you don’t host your wedding there. You could head to Disneyland on your honeymoon, with Disney even offering a registry for Disney honeymoons. Your honeymoon could be a great excuse to visit an international Disney park instead, such as the one in Tokyo or Paris. You could also visit a Disney park for your bachelor or bachelorette party. Trade tequila shots and clubs for churros and roller coasters!

Happy Disney wedding planning!

If you’re on the hunt for a Seattle wedding officiant, your search is over! We’re so excited to introduce Janie, Young Hip & Married’s Seattle officiant, to share all about her experience with weddings, how she likes to work with couples, and where you’ll find her when wedding season is over.

To learn more about Janie, you can read her bio here. And you can meet the rest of the Young Hip & Married team, serving locations across the US and Canada, here!

Seattle wedding officiant Janie at wedding ceremony
by Berty Mandagie

Please introduce yourself! Who are you and what do you do?

Hi! I’m Janie, Young Hip & Married’s Seattle wedding officiant. I live in Seattle and am currently pursuing a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. So, mostly, I read. And write. And then read some more.

How long have you been in the wedding industry?

I’m a minister, ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA denomination since 2013, so I’ve been doing weddings since then.

When you’re not busy officiating Seattle weddings, how do you love to spend your time?

I was raised in the PNW and have lived in Seattle for much of my adult life, so I try to take advantage of all the outdoor activities available in the area. I love exploring and am always on the lookout for the best breakfast sandwich.

seattle wedding ceremony

What is the best part about officiating weddings? 

Best part: the celebration! What an honor to be invited to participate in one of the most joy filled moments in people’s lives.

The most challenging part?

Most challenging: trying to capture in words the connection the couple has with one another.

Share a wedding story! What’s the most memorable Seattle wedding you’ve ever officiated?

During summer 2020, I officiated an outdoor wedding, not far from Point Shilshole Beach. Because of lockdown, there were only a few guests in attendance. But it was a gorgeous day, and several paddle boarders and kayakers enthusiastically cheered on the couple throughout the ceremony, giving it a big party vibe. It was fun for the couple to feel so celebrated in such a strange circumstance.

seattle officiant leading wedding ceremony
Above & feature image by Perfect Balance Photography

seattle wedding ceremony

When meeting with a couple, what’s the first question you like to ask them?

“Why did you decide to get married?” As I walk alongside a couple in planning a ceremony, it’s helpful to know what has brought them to taking this step, and when answering, they always seem to share what they love about each other, which is always wonderful to hear.

What is the best compliment a couple or wedding guest has ever given you?

“Thanks for sharing our story.” My primary hope in officiating a ceremony is to highlight the couple and their journey together (with a little humor thrown in). When the couple or guests affirm that was the experience they had from what I said during a ceremony, that always feels like a job well done.

seattle wedding officiant leading ceremony
by Berty Mandagie
signing marriage license at seattle wedding
by Berty Mandagie

If you had one piece of advice for couples looking for a Seattle wedding officiant, what would it be?

Find someone who feels like a partner in helping you shape your day.

Who is your dream ceremony setting?

I’m always stoked for a wedding in the morning with a breakfast/brunch reception, but it doesn’t seem to happen too often!

What song always gets you on the dance floor at weddings?

Shout by The Isley Brothers is always a classic to get everyone on the dance floor. But when Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen hits, it gets me out there every time.

Thank you so much to our incredible Seattle wedding officiant, Janie, for taking the time to share more about herself and her wedding experience. Ready to book Officiant Janie for your Pacific Northwest wedding ceremony? Get in touch now! 

We’re so excited to feature our Montana wedding officiant, Courtney Arntzen, on the blog today! Courtney has been officiating weddings for years and now helps couples tie the knot in Missoula, Montana. Keep reading to learn more about the amazing Courtney!

Check out Courtney’s profile and get in touch to book her as the officiant for your Montana wedding! 

Please introduce yourself! Who are you and what do you do?

Hello, I’m Courtney – a Montana wedding officiant located in Missoula, Montana. After 13 years as a Montana pastor, I ventured beyond the church walls. These days I explore spiritual curiosities and sacred questions among those who otherwise do not have accessible spiritual care.

How long have you been in the wedding industry?

I started officiating weddings when I became a pastor, about 16 years ago. But even before that, I helped coordinate weddings for friends, including Jane’s (fellow Young Hip & Married officiant). But these days, I’ll always recommend hiring a professional instead of having a friend coordinate your wedding!

selfie with bride, groom and Missoula Montana wedding officiant Courtney

When you’re not busy officiating weddings, how do you love to spend your time?

I keep busy with my partner Alec, raising our high schooler and third grader!

Why should couples get married in Missoula, Montana?

Missoula has everything you could want for a wedding venue: mountains, rivers, fields, forests, even a ranch or barn. We have it all in the city limits and just beyond. The vendors are fantastic and they will treat you like family, because that is the Montana way!

What are some of your favorite Missoula wedding venues or elopement locations?

The Barn on Mullan is a great venue for larger weddings. They have many options and will help take care of you and your guests from the moment you arrive. There are so many rental houses in the area that offer stunning views over water or mountains or a cabin in the woods. If you’re planning a micro wedding or elopement, check out some house rentals. You can’t beat the views they offer.

Montana wedding at The Barn on Mullan in Missoula by Alicia Magnus
The Barn on Mullan by Alicia Magnus

What is the best part about officiating weddings? 

My favorite part of officiating a wedding is helping the couple experience the moment as it’s happening. Whether that means inviting them to take a breath, or turning them around to face their family and friends, or giving them a moment to really see each other, helping them experience the fullness of their wedding with all their senses is my favorite part of officiating.

And what about the most challenging part?

The most challenging part is when couples don’t really have opinions about what goes into their wedding!

Share a wedding story! What’s the most memorable wedding you’ve ever officiated?

One of my recent favorites was a couple that got married in the backyard of an AirBnb. They grabbed furniture and a rug from the house and set it up along the lakeshore. It was just the couple and their parents, a photographer and me. Together, we celebrated their decades-long love story and afterwards, everyone met on the porch for some cake and finger food. I loved it for the simplicity and the absolute beauty of the shared moments together.

Missoula Airbnb backyard wedding in Montana

When meeting with a couple, what’s the first question you like to ask them?

Tell me about when you met and the moment you knew you were in love.

What is the best compliment a couple or wedding guest has ever given you?

“Thank you for helping us be at ease during the wedding; you made it really special.”

“Thank you for celebrating the couple’s story and their love.”

If you had one piece of advice for couples looking for a wedding officiant, what would it be?

Make sure you like your wedding officiant and that you feel you can trust them with your story. It’s a big part of your journey as a couple and your wedding day; you want to make sure you find the officiant worthy to hold your story.

Is there anything else you’d like to share as a Montana wedding officiant in Missoula?

Missoula is a beautiful space to explore for you and your guests! We are still small, so you do not have to deal with traffic and heavy parking. Our venues and vendors fill up fast because it is such an amazing place to get married – so book now!

Thanks so much to Montana wedding officiant Courtney for sharing her story, advice for couples and tips for planning a wedding in Missoula! Meet the rest of our team of officiants here and get in touch to book your wedding officiant today!

Did you just have a wedding or elopement in Oregon? Congratulations! Now that you’re married, you may be wondering how to change your last name in Oregon. Wonder no longer because we have you covered! Below we’re sharing all of the steps you need to take to change your last name after marriage in the state of Oregon.

Don’t want the hassle of changing your name yourself? Get everything you need to change your last name in Oregon for just $35! 

If you don’t want to deal with all the steps and paperwork of changing your name yourself, an Easy Name Change Kit may be for you. For just $35 (as of Oct 2022, check their website for the most up to date prices), you’ll be able to access forms from over 750 government agencies and companies, receive ready to mail letters, and have everything you need to easily and quickly change your last name.

Check out Easy Name Change now to get started!

beach wedding elopement, change your last name in oregon after marriage
by Erica Miller Photography

Do you have to change your last name after marriage?

First things first: Do you have to change your last name after marriage in Oregon? Nope! Changing your last name is completely optional.

And if you do decide to change your last name, you have options. If you’re in a cis-hetero marriage, the male partner’s last name doesn’t automatically have to be assumed. Why not assume the female partner’s last name? You could also hyphenate both last names, combine both last names, or choose a new last name together.

You could also opt for a social name change where you go by your married name in social situations, like on Facebook, but use your legal, given name for anything official, like travel and taxes. That way no paperwork has to be filed as you’re only using a different name socially, where you can call yourself whatever you want. Note that if you want to do the reverse (use your married name for official purposes and a different name socially), you will need to go through the name change process.

A name change after marriage can apply to one partner, both partners or neither. You have options!

showing off wedding rings after young hip and married wedding
by Erica Miller Photography

How to change your last name in Oregon after marriage

To change your last name in Oregon after marriage, you need to follow these four steps in order:

  1. Step one: Order your marriage certificate
  2. Step two: Change your name with the SSA
  3. Step three: Visit the DMV to get your new ID
  4. Step four: Change your last name everywhere else!

How to order your marriage certificate in Oregon

The first step to changing your last name in Oregon after marriage is getting a certified copy of your marriage certificate, as many organizations will need this as proof of your new name.

You can order a certified copy of your marriage certificate through your local county (where your officiant filed your marriage license) or through the Oregon Center for Health Statistics. Both offer a number of ways for you to order your certificate online, by mail or in person.

Click here to learn how to order a certified copy of your marriage certificate through Oregon Vital Records or check the website of your local county for specific instructions if you prefer to order through them.

Note: We recommend ordering your marriage certificate through your county clerk office as fees are usually cheaper and they’re generally able to get your certificate faster. Mailed applications through Vital Records can take up to 12 weeks to receive.

young hip and married backyard elopement
by Kelsey Goodwin, KGOODPHOTO

How to change your name with the SSA

Once you have your marriage certificate, the next step is contacting the Social Security Administration (SSA) to update the name on your social security card.

To do this, you can begin your application online and then will need to provide documentation to their office:

“If you legally change your name because of marriage, divorce, court order or any other reason, you must tell Social Security so you can get a corrected card. You cannot apply for a corrected card online.

You can start your Social Security number (SSN) card application online. Once you’ve submitted your request, visit your local SSA office for additional guidance for completing your application.”

Click here to start the application process online.

Click here to find the Social Security Office closest to you to complete your application in person.

social security agency online application

When you go into the office, you’ll need to provide documentation to prove your identity and to show your change of name. Visit this webpage to find out what documents you’ll need to bring with you; search for “corrected” under card type.

Once you’ve made the change with the SSA, you’ll need to wait at least three working days for your name change to be visible to other US agencies. Alternatively, you can wait until you receive your new social security card in the mail, which will take up to 14 business days.

how to change your last name in oregon after your wedding, newlywed couple
by Erica Miller Photography

Ensure your new last name is legal in Oregon!

The name change you request at the DMV must be an exact match with the name on file with the SSA. Therefore, the name change application made to the SSA must be allowed by Oregon state law or else it will be refused at the DMV.

Here are your options for legal married names in Oregon:

“Oregon law limits the possible name change options when getting married. Please review the options below before selecting your name taken after marriage.

(a) Retain the party’s middle name, if any, and surname prior to the marriage;

(b) Retain the party’s middle name, if any, and change the party’s surname to the surname of the other party;

(c) Either retain or remove the party’s middle name, if any, and change the party’s surname to one surname or a combination of surnames, or names within the surnames, of either or both parties, with or without a hyphen;

(d) Change the party’s middle name, if any, to the party’s surname at birth or prior to the marriage; or

(e) Add to the party’s middle name, if any, the party’s surname at birth or prior to the marriage and change the party’s surname to the surname of the other party.”

How to change your last name in Oregon at the DMV

Now that you have changed your name with the SSA, and possibly have your corrected social security card in hand, you’re ready to change your name at the DMV. This will update your state ID/license and vehicle registration.

Step 1: Make an appointment online before visiting the DMV in person. Click here to make an appointment.

Step 2: Gather the required documents. What documents are required will depend on if you’re applying for a standard driver’s license or a federally recognized REAL ID. Find the list of documents here.

Note: “Beginning May 3, 2023 every state and territory resident will need to present a REAL ID compliant license/ID, or another acceptable form of identification, for accessing federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and boarding commercial aircraft.”

Step 3: Attend your DMV appointment with your required documents and fee. As of October 2022, the fees are $26 for a standard license, add $30 for REAL ID.

young hip and married elopement, oregon wedding
by Erica Miller Photography

Other places to change your last name in Oregon

After you’ve changed your last name with the SSA and DMV, you can move onto changing your name everywhere else!

How to change your last name with your bank & credit cards

Every bank and credit card company operates differently and will have their own protocols and procedures for changing your name and issuing your updated cards. For most banks, you can go into a branch with your marriage certificate and updated photo ID to request a change.

If your credit card, mortgage and/or insurance is held through your bank or another financial institution, don’t forget to update them with your new name too.

How to change your last name with the US Military

If you are a member of the United States Armed Forces, you will need to update them with your new last name. Note that every branch of the armed forces may have their own specific protocols; it’s best to speak with your commanding officer to ensure you’re following the correct protocols for your branch.

For example, to request a legal name change or correction with the Army, you’ll need to complete DA Form 4187 and have it signed by the company commander. Next, the approval authority will require official documents that contain your name change, such as your marriage certificate or updated social security card. After the documents have been sourced, the approval authority will upload the form and approval memorandum and ensure your name is changed in the HR system.

young hip and married elopement
by Erica Miller Photography

How to change your name on your US Passport

To change the name on your US Passport you can apply by mail using Form DS-82 (if you’re eligible) or in person using Form DS-11.

You are eligible to request your updated passport by mail using Form DS-82 if your most recent passport:

  • Is submitted with your application
  • Is undamaged (other than normal “wear and tear”)
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older
  • Was issued within the last 15 years
  • Was issued in your current name (or you can document your name change with an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order)

If you are eligible to apply by mail, you will need to submit the following documents via USPS:

  • Form DS-82
  • Your most recent U.S. passport
  • Your original or certified name change document, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order
  • One color passport photo
  • Adult Renewal Applicant fees

If instead you are applying in person, you will need to bring the following documents with you:

  • Form DS-11
  • Your evidence of U.S. citizenship and photocopy of that evidence
  • Your original or certified name change document, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order (no photocopies or notarized copies)
  • Valid ID and photocopy of that ID
  • One color passport photo
  • Adult First-Time Applicant fees

Note: If you are requesting the name change less than one year after your current passport was issued, you will not have to submit any fees for regular service.

For more information on the passport process and to access the forms, please click here.

Important travel note: If you are traveling internationally after your wedding, like on your honeymoon, it’s important that the name on your passport matches the name on your transportation tickets. While some airlines will make exceptions if you bring your marriage certificate with you, most require that the name on your passport perfectly match the name on your boarding pass, no exceptions.

If you are travelling right after your wedding and won’t have time to change your name and receive your new documents, it’s best to travel on your pre-marriage name (the name in your current passport). Ensure all of the bookings are made under the name in your current passport so you have no trouble boarding planes or trains.

just married leather jacket, oregon wedding
by Erica Miller Photography

Don’t forget to update your new name with these places! 

Your workplace may need formal proof of your new name to update your payment and tax paperwork. This can usually be done by providing your marriage certificate or any of your updated identification, like your license or social security card.

You’ll want to make sure that the name on your pay stubs matches the name the SSA has on file come tax season, so be sure to contact HR as soon as your name change occurs. You may also want to have your new name used in your work email address or other places around the office, such as the name slot on your office door.

Phone, internet & utilities:
To change your name, log into the online accounts for your phone, internet and utility companies where most will allow you to update your personal information. Some companies may require you to phone or provide proof of name change by mail.

Social media:
Lucky for you there are no applications, fees, long lines or paperwork required to change your name online. Simply log into your favorite social media apps and have fun updating and using your new name!

No time to change your name yourself? Get everything you need to change your last name in Oregon for just $35! 

Skip the hassle and headache of changing your name yourself and check out the Easy Name Change Kit. For just $35 (as of Oct 2022, check their website for the most up to date prices), you’ll gain access to forms from 750 government agencies and companies, receive ready to send emails and letters, and have everything you need to easily and quickly change your last name in Oregon.

Check out Easy Name Change today to get started!

We’re so excited to introduce you to a beautiful Missoula wedding venue, The Barn on Mullan. We sat down with The Barn’s venue host, Alex, to learn more about this gorgeous space and get her top tips for couples booking their wedding venue.

Read on for our interview with Alex and don’t forget to book your Missoula wedding officiant for your big day!

All photos in this post are by Alicia Magnus Photography.

Please introduce yourself! Who are you and what do you do?

Hi! I’m Alexandra Love, a venue host at The Barn and Ranch Club (located just outside of Missoula). I grew up in Asheville, North Carolina and moved to Missoula, Montana in 2019.

My roles definitely vary quite a bit, but generally you’ll find me on the floor running around at every event setting up, decorating, prepping the buffet line, bartending, serving, cutting cake, lighting sparklers and everything in between. Luckily we have a pretty rad, tight knit team to tackle it all.

What first attracted you to working in events and the wedding industry specifically? 

I was thrown into the coordinating scene at a young age and would tag alongside my mother (a coordinator at the time) to various events. From weddings to fundraisers to Renaissance Fairs, I saw it all. I think the intensity and unpredictable nature of each event became somewhat of an addiction.

In 2011, I moved to Boulder, Colorado for an internship at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. It was here that I began to shift my concentration from curating to event coordination.

wedding reception in missoula at the barn on mullan
by Alicia Magnus Photography

When you’re not busy at The Barn on Mullan, how do you love to spend your time? 

These days, you’ll find me out in the garden pulling weeds and pushing puppies off of my face. I also find solace in painting and creating art with pressed flowers (usually used ones from events that are about to be tossed).

How long has The Barn on Mullan been hosting weddings?

When it first opened in 2009, The Barn was hosting just 20-25 weddings a year. These days, the venue is holding over 100 each year and booking out for the year by mid September.

What makes The Barn stand out from other venues in the Missoula area?

Located just six miles from downtown Missoula, yet still surrounded by 360 degree views of mountains, The Barn checks off all of the boxes for that iconic Montana wedding. The beautiful interior woodworking, high ceilings and atmospheric romantic lighting truly completes the rustic look.

And with its close access to town, couples and their guests are able to easily transfer the party for a celebratory nightcap.

wedding reception exit at the barn on mullan, missoula montana wedding venue
by Alicia Magnus Photography

What is the process of booking an event at The Barn on Mullan? How can couples work with you?

Most couples will book a venue tour with us where we’ll walk-thru the space, our packages, a typical layout and timeline, and answer any questions. If the couple has a date in mind and it’s available, we book on the spot! We’re already booking a few years out, so as you can imagine, we’re filling up our calendars fast.

What are the biggest mistakes couples make when choosing a venue?

The total cost can quickly and easily throw a lot of couples off. It’s so important to take the time to break down the cost of everything that will be needed. You’ll find a lot of venues may not provide tables, chairs, linens, cutlery and glassware, which can add up very quickly.

the barn on mullan, missoula wedding venue
by Alicia Magnus Photography

What are the current trends you’re seeing in weddings? What’s on its way out? 

Last year, we saw a lot of velvet sofas, eucalyptus, champagne accent colors and neon signs. We truly see it all but we’ve been seeing more black and darker accent colors this year so far. We did have one wedding unlike any other, with a very jungle feel complete with palm leaves, tropical flowers, dim lighting and soft bass house music.

Where should couples invest some money on their wedding day? 

I highly recommend putting money into a good MC. The MC is going to provide a smooth flow of your ceremony and event as you transition throughout the evening. Think, crowd control. We’ve had too many weddings with the couple relying on their uncle or cousin for the song change during the processional.

What’s something people need to understand about wedding venues? 

Depending on the venue, it’s important to take note of what roles are covered with each venue. There’s a big difference between a Venue Manager and a Day-of Wedding Coordinator. Most venues do not provide a Day-of Coordinator, so understanding what this encompasses will ensure you won’t have tasks go unnoticed.

missoula wedding
by Alicia Magnus Photography

Any final tips for couples planning a wedding in Missoula? 

No wedding ever goes exactly how you planned, so just enjoy the day and don’t sweat the small stuff!

Lastly, how can couples get in touch?

Thanks so much to Alex from The Barn on Mullan for taking part in this vendor interview. Get in touch with Alex and her team at The Barn above and don’t forget to book your Missoula wedding officiant for your big day! 

Are you planning to elope in Missoula? Looking for the perfect place to get married in Montana? Below we’re sharing some of the most scenic places for intimate weddings and elopements in Missoula and the best places to elope in Montana.

Montana, and especially Missoula, is all about appreciating the beautiful nature all around you. So we chatted with Young Hip & Married Missoula Officiant Courtney all about her favorite places to elope in and around Missoula!

Once you’ve chosen your spot, get in touch to book an officiant for your Missoula, Montana elopement!

Waterworks Hill

Wedding Officiant Courtney says, “If you want to hike to your elopement, there are beautiful spots all over Missoula, with both short hikes and longer hikes to get there.” Waterworks Hill is one of Courtney’s favorite elopement spots in Missoula. An easy walk to the top provides beautiful views of the mountains, river and Missoula right underneath you.

Mount Sentinel 


Mount Sentinel is an iconic landmark in Missoula – you can’t miss the giant “M” on the mountainside. While it’s a popular hiking spot, most people only hike halfway up to the M. If you want to make the trek to the top, you’ll find more solitude and a better view for your Montana elopement!

Pattee Canyon

Pattee Canyon Recreation Area is a beautiful place to elope in Missoula, as well as a previous military reserve. With lots of trails to choose from and picnic spots to celebrate afterwards, it’s a great option for your elopement!

Clark Fork Riverside & Riverfront Trail

The Riverfront Trail along Clark Fork River is one of the most popular spots in Missoula – and for good reason! This beautiful trail is perfect for exploring downtown Missoula, enjoying time by the water and maybe even your elopement.

Greenough Park

Wedding Officiant Courtney suggests Greenough Park, a beautiful forested area along the Clark Fork, for your elopement. Fun fact: Greenough Park is actually Missoula’s first park, donated by the Greenough family in 1902.

Milltown State Park Confluence


Officiant Courtney shares, “Just outside of town there is the confluence of two rivers, the Clark Fork River and the Blackfoot River, at Milltown Park.” Milltown State Park Confluence is a great spot for nature lovers, and fans of “A River Runs Through It” – set on Blackfoot River!

Caras Park

Caras Park, set on Clark Foot River, is a popular spot for festivals, farmer’s markets and live music in Missoula. It might also be the perfect spot for your elopement! Don’t miss the view of Brennan’s Wave, a surf spot in the middle of the city.

University of Montana

The University of Montana is the hub of Missoula and the campus is a beautiful spot for an elopement, especially in the fall. Check out the interesting sculptures around the Oval and try not to get in the way of any freshmen running off to class!

Blue Mountain


Wedding Officiant Courtney says, “South of town is the Blue Mountain Recreation area. It is 5000 acres of land that has views on all sides. So even when there are a lot of people, you can find a spot to get away for a private elopement.”

Where to elope in Montana, near Missoula

While there are tons of beautiful spots to elope in Missoula, you’ll find even more options within a few hours’ drive of the city. Check out a few more awesome Montana elopement locations:

Blodgett Canyon

They say Blodgett Canyon is like the Yosemite of Montana. Check out epic granite walls and a lookout just a mile from the parking area.

Mission Reservoir

This stunning lake offers view of waterfalls and snow-capped mountains, as well as beautifully peaceful areas to tie the knot.

Bison Range

Beautiful views and the chance to spot elk, bison and antelope? Sounds like an epic elopement to us!

Lolo National Forest

Lolo National Forest is 2 million acres of natural beauty. You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing an elopement spot!

Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the US, offering crystal clear views and a great place for a swim before or after your elopement.

Ninepipe Reservoir

Nothing beats a sunset over Ninepipes and awesome animal spotting at Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge!

4 tips for eloping in Missoula & how to elope in Montana

  1. It’s important to note that some of the Missoula and Montana elopement locations above require a permit to visit or use for a wedding. Make sure you do your research so you don’t get turned away or in trouble on your big day.
  2. Montana is a place for nature lovers. Respect the wildlife and nature your encounter. Remember to pack out everything and leave no trace from your elopement.
  3. Because Montana is full of nature lovers, you may be sharing these elopement spots with others. We suggest visiting in off-peak times (such as weekday mornings) if you want fewer crowds and more privacy for your Missoula elopement.
  4. Besides nature, Missoula is known for its legendary local food and beer scene. Don’t miss out on celebrating your elopement with a delicious meal and toast with a local brew!


Book your Missoula elopement today!

We love elopements and there’s a special place in our hearts for PNW elopements with mountains, trees and the ocean as your backdrop. Below we’re sharing 20+ incredible places where you can elope in Oregon.

Ready to tie the knot in a beautiful Oregon elopement? Check out our list below now! And once you’ve narrowed down your elopement location, meet our Portland officiants and book your officiant for your ceremony!

Where to elope in Oregon (MAP)

Where to elope on the Oregon Coast

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Head to Cannon Beach in northwest Oregon for a beautiful elopement on the coast. Enjoy sandy shores, hidden coves and a picturesque lighthouse. Don’t miss a post-elopement photo opp in front of Haystack Rock, a large rock in the middle of the ocean home to a colony of puffins.

Pacific City

Elope on the beach in Pacific City and enjoy sand dunes and epic rock formations, as well as the perfect tide for surfers and anglers. Toast your nuptials at nearby Pelican Brewery!


Where to elope in Oregon, Astoria

The port city of Astoria is a great spot to elope in Oregon. You have beautiful beaches, river ways, forests and more to choose from for your elopement. Spend your wedding weekend enjoying more of Astoria’s natural beauty as well as its museums, viewpoints and breweries.

Ecola State Park

Where to elope in Oregon, Ecola State Park

Just north of Cannon Beach is Ecola State Park, home to some of the most beautiful coastline in Oregon. Find your perfect elopement spot looking out at the rock formations in the ocean or along one of many hiking trails. Don’t miss the views from Ecola Point and Indian Beach.

Manzanita Beach

Manzanita Beach

Manzanita is another beautiful town on Oregon’s coast, perfect for your Oregon elopement! Say your vows on the shore with rock formations in the distance or go on a hike to find a viewpoint all to yourselves. Celebrate your wedding day with a lovely meal back in Manzanita town.

Lincoln City

Lincoln City

If you want to elope in Oregon in a charming, seaside small town with nautical flair, Lincoln City is the place! For quirky couples, you can also enjoy Lincoln City’s kite festivals, glass blowing and homemade salt water taffy after your I do’s.

Cape Kiwanda

Cape Kiwanda, where to elope in Oregon

Cape Kiwanda has it all if you’re looking for a coastal Oregon elopement with views! Enjoy epic waves, rock formations, sand dunes and hills. Plus, be on the lookout for whales! Nothing says epic elopement like a pod of orcas swimming up behind you.



Another beautiful small town for your Oregon coast elopement is Yachats. Say your vows on the rocky coast or beachfront, enjoy a post-nuptials hike and keep your eyes open for whales.

Hug Point 

Hug Point, Oregon

Hug Point State Recreation Site lies on the north end of the Oregon Coast and is the perfect place to elope. Imagine taking your wedding photos on the beach, in front of a waterfall, by tide pools or with limestone rocks in the background!

The best place to elope in Southern Oregon 

South Umpqua Falls

Described as “a little taste of Yosemite,” South Umpqua Falls is a great spot to elope in Oregon if you’re based on the southern side of the state. Say your vows in front of the small but mighty 15-foot waterfall and keep your eye open for a bald eagle sighting.

Dillon Falls & Benham Falls

Benham Falls, Oregon elopement

Just outside of Bend, Oregon you’ll find Deschutes National Forest, hope to Dillon Falls and Benham Falls. Stroll along the Deschutes River and marked hiking trails to come across these waterfalls, both perfect backdrops for your Oregon elopement!

Crater Lake

Where to elope in Oregon, Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park might just be the most beautiful place in Oregon to get married. This epic volcanic crater is filled with breathtaking blue water and surrounded by stunning trees and mountains. One photo will prove this elopement spot is well worth the drive!

Where to elope around Portland, Oregon

Need more Portland elopement inspiration? Check out our favourite places to elope in Portland!

Wahclella Falls

Wahclella Falls Oregon elopement

Wahclella Falls is known as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge and makes for a popular day hike for outdoor enthusiasts and eloping couples! Luckily, it’s an easy out-and-back hike and the waterfall runs almost year-round.

Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls Oregon elopement

Also found within the Columbia River Gorge is Latourell Falls, the third tallest waterfall in the gorge and one of the closest falls to Portland. While the drive from Portland may be quick and easy, the trail to the falls will take a bit more work. But the picturesque waterfall and bridges awaiting you there will be well worth it!

Government Cove

For incredibly epic views of the Columbia River Gorge, rocky shorelines, tree-lined mountains, beautiful blue water and more, there’s no better spot to elope in Oregon than Government Cove. An hour’s drive from Portland, you won’t want to miss this place at sunset.

Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood Oregon

Mt. Hood is the highest point in Oregon and, obviously, makes for a pretty awesome elopement backdrop. Drive the Mt. Hood Scenic Loop to find a beautiful spot to elope, check out one of the huts or lodges in the area, or elope at nearby Lost Lake for mountain views in the background.

Rowena Crest 

Where to elope in Oregon, Rowena Crest 

Rowena Crest is one of the most unique viewpoints in all of Oregon offering an awesome look at the Columbia River Gorge. The iconic horseshoe curved road will serve as a beautiful backdrop for your Oregon elopement. Don’t miss the dramatic cliffs and wild flowers too!

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls, Oregon

Located on the site of an old lumber mill sits beautiful Bridal Veil Falls. Depending on the view you’re looking for, you can either hike down to the base of the waterfall or take the Overlook Trail for beautiful views from the top of the Columbia River.

Abiqua Falls

Abiqua Falls Portland, Oregon elopement

While Oregon is no stranger to waterfalls, Abiqua Falls might just be the most unique waterfall the state has to offer. These epic falls are the definition of rugged beauty hidden in a moss-covered forest and flowing over basalt cliffs. Your wedding photos are sure to be stunning at Abiqua Falls!

Panther Creek Falls

Panther Creek Falls is a complex waterfall system with a two-tier drop and epic 130 foot tall waterfall. The viewing platform at the bottom offers a safe spot to check out the falls and say your I do’s!

Youngberg Hill Inn & Winery


Oregon’s wine country is a great choice for couples eloping. Youngberg, and other wineries in the area, offer epic views and the perfect place to toast your nuptials. Don’t forget to check in with the winery about venue fees and packages before you tie the knot on private property.

Gordon House


Calling all architecture lovers! It doesn’t get more epic than getting married in front of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House in Silverton, Oregon. Once again, don’t forget to check in with Gordon House before planning your wedding there.

Planning a wedding in Oregon? Our #1 tip for Oregon elopements:

If you’re planning an outdoor in elopement in Oregon, make sure you have a Plan B! As our Oregon Officiant Sarah shares, rain can happen in Oregon at the most inconvenient times and completely out the blue. Even if the forecast is clear, it never hurts to have a rainy day option.

Now that you have found your perfect spot to elope in Oregon, all you need is your Oregon officiant! Get in touch to book your wedding officiant today!  

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When we were first introduced to Beth Kramer and the amazing space she co-founded for the wedding industry, Altared, we knew we had found our people. Fighting against traditions that alienate and exclude people, doing whatever we can to support wedding vendors, and making this industry a happier place for everyone are all missions we stand behind.

Which is why we’re so excited to introduce you to Beth, Altared and the incredible ways they are working to change the wedding industry (and how you can get involved).

Without further ado, let’s meet Beth and learn about Altared!

Please introduce yourself! Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Elisabeth “Beth” Kramer (she/her) and I’m a wedding planner in Portland, Oregon. My mission is to fight the Wedding Industrial Complex.

That term is a shorthand that I use to denote all of the gross things that exist in our society and are also 100 percent a part of the wedding industry. Think: racism, ageism, homophobia — pretty much anything that makes people unsafe and unseen.

I do this through a newsletter, a consulting service, an event, a podcast, and my own writing (on my blog and at various publications), all of which can be found on my website

I also wrote a book about how to plan a wedding that’s in line with your values, and make all of the resources I use as a wedding planner free to use on my site.

What is Altared? 

Altared logo
Logo designed by Small Yard Flowers

Altared is a space for wedding vendors who want to change the wedding industry. This work has taken many different forms since Altared started in February 2020. As of this writing (March 2022) through May 2022, the two main forms are:

  • a series of virtual classes. Each class is a paid partnership with an established educator on the topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the wedding industry for wedding vendors.
  • a series of wedding vendor support sessions. Each 60-minute virtual session will be led by certified trauma support specialist Michelle Jalali and be open to seven wedding vendors.

The list of classes and sessions, including monthly themes, can be found on the Altared homepage.

How did Altared get started? How did it evolve into what it is today?

Altared started as a completely different event.

The Marriage Expo was hosted in April 2019 by Emily Sterling of Rooted & Wild: Spirited Ceremonies, Arielle Zamora of Small Yard Flowers, and me (wedding planner Elisabeth Kramer). The goal was to take the “traditional” wedding show and refocus the conversation on what really matters on a wedding day: the marriage.

The event was successful — eight couples showed up — but it was clear that the most dynamic conversations weren’t happening between couples.

They were happening between wedding vendors.

And thus, Altared was born.

The very first Altared was hosted in Portland, Oregon, on February 9, 2020. It featured three speakers: Kheoshi Owens of Empress Rules Equity Consulting, Jamie Thrower of Studio XIII Photography, and Arielle Zamora of Small Yard Flowers.

The event sold out.

Response was even more overwhelming the next time Altared was hosted: December 12, 2020. This event was virtual and had a very simple goal: Make wedding vendors less sad. Sixty-four vendors attended from nine states and two countries.

Next came a series of virtual classes hosted from February 2021 through June 2021, and a wedding vendor support care package sent in December 2021. Every month, Altared also sends a roundup of wedding industry news with a focus on resources for and by vendors.

Altared wedding industry event
by Studio XIII Photography

Who is Altared for?

Wedding vendors who want to change the wedding industry.

Why does the wedding world need a community like Altared?

In my experience, it’s very easy to feel isolated as a small business owner, which nearly all wedding vendors are. I find it can also be particularly easy to feel isolated in the wedding industry, which historically has focused on societal norms that hurt and alienate people.

Altared exists so that wedding vendors can work together to be more inclusive, sustainable, mindful, and, ultimately, happy with what we do and how we do it. That’s needed because I believe it’s hard to effect positive change from a place of isolation; it’s much easier when you have coworkers and friends working alongside you.

I also want to note that Altared is NOT a membership group. This is a common misconception because there are lots of membership groups in the wedding industry. Altared is very intentionally not this; people can engage with Altared in whatever way serves them best, be that signing up for the free newsletter, joining a support session, going to a class. There’s no right or wrong.

Altared event for wedding industry wedding vendors
by Studio XIII Photography
Altared wedding vendor event
by Studio XIII Photography

How have wedding vendors responded to the classes and events Altared hosts?

Wedding vendors have responded very well to Altared! In the two years that Altared has been around — nearly all of which has been during the COVID-19 pandemic — Altared has grown from a regional networking function to an organization that serves wedding vendors throughout the U.S. and in several nations around the world (so far, Canada, Japan, and Germany). 

A couple examples:

  • The Altared newsletter serves more than 250 wedding vendors with an average open rate of 66. 5 percent and an average click rate of 11.5 percent. It’s a small and engaged group.
  • Last year’s series of classes had an average of 22 students with representation from 22 states and three countries; we are on track for similar numbers for the 2022 class season.

Analytics aside, Altared folks seem to actually like each other! They make friends! I know this because I see them partner on projects, share each other’s work, and refer one another to their clients. 

One recent example:

Every month for the 2022 class season, I’ve put out a call for vendors to sponsor other vendors to go to an Altared class. This is 100 percent a goodwill thing; sure, I give the vendors who sponsor a ticket the option to be called out on the Altared Instagram but it’s really just a “do a nice thing” thing.

Every month, Altared folks have shown up. For February’s class alone, we had FIVE vendors sponsor tickets so that other vendors, whom they’ve never met, could go to the class. I think this is the coolest thing.

What have been some of your biggest takeaways from your work with Altared? What work have you been most proud of? 

My biggest takeaway from my work with Altared is that I’m not alone. That’s also a theme I often hear from vendors who interact with Altared in some way, whether it’s by subscribing to get the free newsletter or joining a $7 support session or coming to a $50 class. In nearly every situation, I hear from at least one fellow vendor who says, “Wow. I thought I was the only one.” or “This is really refreshing.”

Altared wedding vendor space
by Studio XIII Photography

What are you most looking forward to doing with Altared in 2022/2023? 

I am cautiously optimistic that we’ll be able to host an in-person Altared in December 2022. This is something I was hoping to do in December 2021 but that I opted not to because of COVID.

I see this event as a coming together — in-person and virtually — of all of the amazing people who have entered the Altared universe since we started in February 2020. Many of those folks have been able to meet each other online through Altared’s various offerings so I’m really looking forward to providing a space where those relationships can deepen and grow.

After a tough couple of years in the wedding industry, what message would you want to share with your fellow wedding vendors? 

You’re not alone.

I say this both as a co-founder of Altared who regularly interacts with dozens of vendors all over the world and as a vendor myself who has experienced extreme financial and mental hardship during COVID-19.

I make this joke a lot but it’s applicable: I don’t miss much about my former corporate life but I do miss coworkers so email me. 

Altared wedding industry class for wedding vendors
by Studio XIII Photography

How can people get involved with Altared and get in touch? 

The Altared newsletter is best. You can subscribe via this link.

Altared’s next class on April 19, 2022 is “Your Ableism Is Showing, and How It’s Hurting Your Wedding Business” with deafblind entrepreneur, disabled rights activist, and accessibility educator Erin Perkins. And Altared’s next wedding vendor support session is happening on April 26, 2022 for wedding vendors who are raising a child or children.

To find out about all of Altared’s classes, support sessions and events, visit our website.

I love to hear from people who work in weddings. I’m at elisabeth@elisabethkramer.com. If you’re emailing me specifically about Altared, you can also use altaredpdx@gmail.com

Did you know? Young Hip & Married is now officiating weddings in Portland, Oregon! We are so excited to work with couples in Portland and expand our team in the Pacific Northwest. To inspire your Portland nuptials, we’re sharing our picks for where to elope in Portland.

Check out 17 places in Portland where you can tie the knot! And stay tuned for our next blog post showing off more awesome elopement spots in the rest of Oregon.

Note: Be sure to check with local government organizations, venues and private owners to see if permits or permission is needed for you to elope in your chosen spot! 

Where to elope in Portland, Oregon

Mt. Tabor Park

Mt. Tabor Park is Portland’s version of Vancouver’s Stanley Park or Toronto’s High Park. It offers gorgeous views, greenery, lakes and a stunning escape into nature in the heart of the city. With lots of areas to explore and hiking trails galore, you’ll definitely be able to find a private area for your I do’s.

Mt. Tabor Park is the perfect spot to tie the knot, take beautiful photos and head off for a fun night in the city, right around the corner. It’s also a great place to elope in Portland for those adventurous souls. Mt.Tabor is actual a dormant volcano!

Photo by The City of Portland

Portland Japanese Garden

It does not get more stunning than the Portland Japanese Garden! Here you’ll find an oasis of authentic Japanese landscaping over 12 acres filled with a teahouse, shrines, ponds, waterfalls, bridges and more.

You’ll also catch a fantastic view of Mt. Hood. If you really want the most stunning backdrop for your Portland elopement, check out the Portland Japanese Garden in the fall when the leaves are changing!

Photo by Travel Portland

Elk Rock Island

In the middle of the Willamette River lies Elk Rock Island. This 12 acre island was formed by a volcano and is often a secluded spot, perfect for a private elopement in Portland. In addition to getting hitched, the island is also a great place for swimming, hiking and taking in incredible sunset views.

Be warned: this island is accessible by a land bridge at low tide but at high tide, you may have to wade through the water!

Photo by City of Milwaukie

Washington Park

Washington Park is the perfect place to elope in Portland no matter what you’re looking for. This city park is home to gardens, giant redwood trees, museums, a zoo, playgrounds, sports fields, forests and more. No matter what backdrop you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.

Photo by Great Runs

Lan Su Chinese Garden

If you’re looking for tranquility, rare flowers and beautiful decor, you’ll find all of that and more at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. This garden, located in Chinatown, has an authentic Ming Dynasty style and was created by Su Zhou artists.

More than just a peaceful escape from the busy city, it’s a beautiful place to say your I do’s. Following Chinese traditions, you can even visit the tea shop after your elopement for a tea ceremony.

Photo by Lan Su Chinese Garden

Portland International Rose Test Garden

What could be better than eloping in a beautiful rose garden? Almost nothing. The Portland International Rose Test Garden is home to over 10,000 rose bushes and 650 varieties of roses. This beautiful garden helped gain Portland its nickname as the city of roses.

The flowers bloom from April to October, with peak bloom (and peak crowds) in June. Fun fact: this is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in America, having opened in 1917.

Photo by Portland Tribune

Council Crest Park

Journey to the highest point in West Hills for another scenic spot to elope in Portland. You can drive or hike to the summit, where you’ll be able to watch sunrises and sunsets. On a clear day, you’ll even be able to see local mountains in the distance.

Fun fact: This park used to be known as a local make out spot for high schoolers. How romantic?

Photo by Willamette Week

Cathedral Park

One of the coolest and most stunning places to elope in Portland has got to be Cathedral Park. Located on the banks of the Willamette River, and directly underneath the busy St. Johns Bridge, lies an oasis of greenery and architecture.

Escape the city noise and get back to nature in Cathedral Park’s 23 acres. There’s even a beautiful amphitheatre, perfect for newlyweds to tie the knot!

Pittock Mansion Acres

The Pittock Mansion is a French Renaissance-style château built in 1914 and now offers historic tours to the public. But it’s not just the beautiful home that draws eloping couples here, it’s the beautiful grounds. Pittock Mansion Acres offers some of the nicest views in all of Portland.

Best of all, the grounds are free to discover (while the mansion itself is paid) but do inquire about possible permits needed for elopements.

Photo by Spinlister

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

No matter the season, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is one of the most beautiful places in Portland. It should definitely be on your elopement shortlist! This gorgeous botanic garden has over 2,500 rhododendrons and other flowers across 10 acres.

It’s also home to lakes, fountains, waterfalls, bridges, tunnels and beautiful landscaping. You’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding where to say your vows.

Photo by City of Oregon City

Hoyt Arboretum 

A popular place for large weddings and intimate elopements in Portland is Hoyt Arboretum. This botanical oasis is filled with large trees and beautiful vistas, making it the perfect peaceful place to get married in the city.

The venue is managed by a non-profit organization and rental fees are very budget friendly. If you want to get married in true Pacific Northwest style, you’ll find that at Hoyt Arboretum.

Photo by Here Comes the Guide

Tanner Springs Park

The perfect marriage of city and nature in Tanner Springs Park might be the perfect marriage spot for you and your boo! Tanner Springs is a city park in downtown Portland.

Located high in the sky, this urban area brings together greenery, ponds, fountains and trees with giant art installations and stellar views of the city. If you’re looking for an industrial meets forest vibe, we definitely suggest you check out Tanner Springs Park.

Photo by GreenWorks PC


If you’d prefer to elope indoors, Union/Pine offers up one of the best venues in Portland. Traditionally used for larger weddings and events, there’s no reason your intimate Portland elopement can’t happen here too.

Union/Pine is as trendy as it gets – an industrial blank space that’s brought to life with decor, florals, arches, seating and more. Have fun turning this canvas into whatever you want for your Portland elopement!

Photo by Wedding Spot

Forest Park

If your perfect elopement is running off into the forest, there’s no better place to elope in Portland than Forest Park. This giant park in the Tualatin Mountains is the largest urban park in the United States.

There are more than 80 miles of trails and roads, meaning you’ll have no problem finding your perfect elopement spot. Choose your trail, take in the views and get hitched in the middle of the forest!

Photo by Portland Monthly

The Colony St. Johns

Another awesome indoor elopement spot is The Colony St. Johns. This venue is all about charm! It’s a colonial mid-century building ready to be turned into your dream elopement location.

While the 10,000 square foot venue can easily accommodate large weddings, they also pride themselves on pulling off intimate gatherings, making it one of the best places to elope in Portland. Your perfect Portland elopement might just be a romantic candle-lit moment at The Colony!

Photo by The Colony St. Johns

Peninsula Park Rose Garden

We’re back to the roses! At Peninsula Park Rose Garden you’ll find over 9,000 rose bushes and 60+ varieties of roses in Portland’s oldest rose garden. The garden itself is sunken, meaning you can easily take in the views of rows and rows of blooming flowers.

The garden also has a swimming pool, if you want to celebrate your elopement by going for a dip!

Photo by the City of Portland

McLean House

If you’re looking to elope in Portland in a charming, cozy and indoor venue, McLean House might be for you. This 17 room house was built in 1927 and has been lovingly restored over the years.

It’s the perfect place for an intimate dinner elopement with just your nearest and dearest. Rain or shine, McLean House offers options for you to tie the knot on the beautiful grounds or inside the historic home.

Photo by McLean House

Planning a wedding in Portland? Get in touch!

So, do you know where to elope in Portland now? Which of our 17 spots is calling your name? If you’re ready to book your Portland elopement, meet our Portland officiant and get in touch now!

Planning to tie the knot in Seattle? We’ve got the best Seattle wedding venues for your big day!

Our Seattle Officiant Janie gave us the scoop on the best places to get married in the city, the coolest farm venues outside of the city, and even some perfect spots for an intimate Seattle elopement. And for more help in planning your Seattle wedding, don’t forget to read our Seattle wedding tips blog post.

Check out her top picks for Seattle wedding venues below:

Best Seattle wedding venues in the city

Kubota Garden

Kubota Garden wedding venue in Seattle

One of the best places to get married in Seattle is at Kubota Garden, a 20 acre Japanese Garden by Rainier Beach. This stunning city garden has some of the most spectacular backdrops for your big day. Schedule your Seattle wedding through Seattle’s Parks and Recreation Department and reserve the Terrace Overlook for your event.

Thompson Hotel

Officiant Janie especially loves the Thompson Hotel’s rooftop bar with gorgeous views of the city. And with this hotel being right next to Pike Place Market, your guests will really love the location.

Arctic Club Hotel

Janie recommends checking out the beautiful ballroom at Arctic Club Hotel. For history buffs, the Arctic Club began as a group for men returning from the Yukon after striking it rich from the gold rush.

Four Seasons Hotel

In the heart of Seattle and with panoramic views of the water, you’ll find the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Bonus tip, Officiant Janie notes that this venue has an amazing bridal suite!

Sodo Park

One of the most gorgeous Seattle wedding venues has got to be Sodo Park, a century-old building and former manufacturing facility that could hold 300-500 guests. If you want to design something magical and you have a big guest list, this could be your place.

Woodmark Hotel

Just outside of Seattle is the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland on the shores of Lake Washington. Get married with the lake and the Olympic Mountains in the background.

Best farm venues outside Seattle 

As Janie mentioned in her Seattle tips post, many Seattle couples prefer to head outside of the city and get married on a scenic farm or winery. Most of these outside Seattle wedding venues have great mountain and farmland vista views.

DeLille Cellars in Woodinville

A wedding at the DeLille Cellars Chateau combines European elegance with Pacific Northwest rustic charm on a beautiful winery in Woodinville. Janie also raves about their beautiful twinkling stars tents – perfect for nighttime outdoor celebrations.

Dairyland in Snohomish

Dairyland, by Woodland Meadow Farms, is where city meets country in Snohomish. Bonus: you’re able to bring your own alcohol and catering into this gorgeous farm venue!

Hidden Meadows in Snohomish

This fifth generation family farm has been hosting weddings for over 12 years. At Hidden Meadows, you can get married inside or out with beautiful farmland and mountain views all around you.

Green Gates at Flowing Lake in Snohomish

Green Gates is a five acre venue on Flowing Lake in Snohomish, Washington. Enjoy the Tuscan-inspired design and photos by the log cabin, grapevines, lake or gazebo.

Lord Hill Farms in Snohomish

Lord Hill Farms offers large spaces on its scenic property, perfect for a wedding with a high guest count. Depending on the weather, you can hold your ceremony outside or upstairs, and then host up to 450 people for your downstairs reception.

Carleton Farms in Lake Stevens

Carleton Farms is a 60 acre family farm that focuses on fall foliage and pumpkins – perfect for a couple tying the knot in the autumn! Host your big day in their Wedding Barn where rustic vibes and elegant design come to meet.

Maplehurst Farm in Mt Vernon

Host your classic country celebration at Maplehurst Farm, a six acre family estate on the Skagit River. Enjoy views of Mount Baker, landscaped gardens and gorgeous grass field views.

Bybee Farms in North Bend

In the family since 1946, Bybee Farms is the place to go for fresh, local berries. And it’s also the perfect place for a picturesque outdoor wedding!

Trinity Tree Farm In Issaquah

Ever dreamt of getting married at a Christmas tree farm? Your dreams could come true at Trinity Tree Farm! In addition to beautiful trees, you’ll also enjoy mountain views from the barn or lodge.

Best venues farther outside of Seattle

Sure, they’re a little farther outside of Seattle. But these venues are worth the trek!

Karma Vineyards in Lake Chelan

Who doesn’t love a winery wedding? Get married on the panoramic patio with unobstructed views of the vineyards and lake. And party the night away in the 3,000 sq foot wine cave. You can also order a custom bottle of sparkling wine for your big day!

Swiftwater Cellars in Suncadia

Groups large and small will enjoy a wedding at Swiftwater Cellars, situated in the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range. With various indoor and outdoor locations to choose from, you’ll have a hard time deciding which beautiful backdrop you want to get married in front of.

Seattle elopement locations: The best places to elope in Seattle

If you’re opting for an elopement, Officiant Janie still has some beautiful places she would recommend you head if you’re looking for more intimate Seattle wedding venues. Here are a few of Janie’s favourites for a Seattle elopement:

  • San Juan Islands, particularly Roche Harbor on San Juan and Doe Bay on Orcas Island
  • Treehouse Point in Olympic National Park
  • Snoqualmie falls & Snoqualmie point park (check out Salish Lodge)
  • Washington State Arboretum & Alki Beach in Seattle
  • On or near the beach in Seabrook, Washington

Special thanks to Seattle Officiant Janie for helping us put together this awesome list of Seattle wedding venues. Which of these Seattle wedding venues would you most want to get married at?