Okay it might be obvious, but we absolutely love Washington. We’ve both grown up here, and we’ve explored all over the state. There are just so many reasons why Washington is an incredible state. We may or may not be trying to convince you that Washington is the best place to elope! But if you aren’t convinced yet, read our 6 Reasons To Elope In Washington state below and then let us know how you feel!
One of the best reasons to elope in Washington is that there’s a huge diversity of landscapes. All along the western coast of Washington is the great Pacific Ocean. You can explore sandy beaches or the rocky coast line. If you want to know more about eloping on the Washington Coast, check out this blog! Not only does Washington have a gorgeous coast, but you can explore epic mountains like the North Cascades, Olympics, and Mount Rainier National Parks. Plus, if you go east of the Cascades, Washington has vast desert landscapes. In the deserts of Washington, you can find waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and sand dunes. Washington is known for the large Columbia River, as well as the epic Palouse Falls. Lastly, you can definitely expect tons of forest landscapes in Washington! Whether you’re on the west side near the Hoh Rainforest, or more inland near Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest or Gifford Pinchot National Park you can expect towering trees. Some of the most epic trees in Washington include Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, Ponderosa Pine, Western Red Cedar, and Sitka Spruce.
For the most part, Washington has pretty mild weather, which makes it a desirable place to stay. On the west side, you can expect warm summers with an average of 70-80 degrees. But there’s still rainy days, which means that the flora and fauna aren’t super dry. The winter is usually moderately cold and rainy, but obviously gets colder when you climb in elevation. The three tallest mountains in Washington state are Mount Rainier at 14,410 feet, Mount Adams at 12,280 feet, and Mount Baker at 10,781 feet. All three mountains are large and are active stratovolcanoes (although Mount Adams is only potentially active).
On the east side, the weather is a little less mild. The winters are colder than the west side and the summers are definitely a lot hotter. With a lack of trees and forest cover, the east side also has less shade making it significantly hotter.
Okay, so not only is the scenery and weather awesome in Washington, but there are so many awesome places to celebrate your wedding! You can pick an outdoor location or adventure, like the coast, or you can choose a venue or Airbnb. It’s totally up to you!
While we specify in adventurous elopements and small weddings, it’s ultimately YOUR day and we want to accurately document that for you. So, some couples choose to have a small ceremony at a venue and then explore later! Maybe you go on a hike at sunrise the next day after your ceremony/reception to say private vows and celebrate just the two of you. There are endless options and we’re here to help you find the perfect one for you!
And that’s just a few of the ones we’ve found! But there are honestly so many cool spots and options for your wedding celebration. If you want to elope just the two of you, you could book an epic Airbnb to stay near where you want to explore. Or you can reserve a larger Airbnb to celebrate with family and friends.
Washington has a lot of landscapes which also means that there are a lot of great things to do! From tall mountains to the crystal clear lakes, even the ocean has its share of activities to enjoy! Each season is prime time to get outside and try something different. These are activities that you can do just for fun, or you can include them in your elopement adventure, too!
Spring – hiking, white water rafting
Summer – hiking, camping, whale watching, mountain biking
Fall – fishing, hunting
Winter – snowboarding, snowshoeing, skiing
In Washington, there are a ton of places to hike or off-road in order to have a more private elopement/small wedding adventure. While we often recommend some more known hiking trails, we try to scout out lesser-known trails as well. That way, we are able to provide multiple different locations to each of our couples.
We’ve already created epic guides on the best places in Washington to elope, explore, and even things to pack! Here they are:
Okay, we won’t leave you hanging! Don’t worry, we’ll link some of our favorite Washington hikes, too.
Okay, this definitely isn’t the final reason why you should elope in Washington, but it’s a good one! Washington has a ton of incredible local PNW vendors from florists to bakers to rental companies. Elopements and small weddings don’t need to be DIY if you don’t want them to be (but of course feel free if you want). You can make your small wedding as extravagant as you want! We have a lot of awesome vendors that we’ve worked with and a lot of amazing people that we’d love to work with in the future. Every couple that books us gets an unlimited list of the best vendors to help make their day a dream come true! But here are a few of our favorite Washington vendors!
Sift & Gather – Amber Markland – Seattle Wedding Cake Designer
Spilled Butter Desserts – Brianne Day – Tacoma Baker and Cake Designer
Copper and Currant – Sarah, Kora & Carrie – PNW Florist
Rusted Vase Floral Co. – Carlee – Seattle Florist
Anne Timss Makeup & Hair – Anne Timss – PNW Adventure Elopement and Wedding HMUA
Pacific Brides – Wedding and Destination Elopement HMUA
If you want more incredible vendors, ideas on where to elope in Washington, and help planning your day, reach out to us on our contact page!