It could feel daunting to choose an elopement spot with so many dope locations throughout California’s diverse geography and epic architectural backdrops. Here are some guiding points that might help you choose a spot and my best California elopement locations!
While California is known for being sunny year-round, we still have diverse weather and climates depending on season and location! For example, Yosemite in the winter, full of snow, is going to feel and look different than Yosemite in the fall, full of colorful leaves, or Yosemite in the Spring, full of blooms and a slight chill. The season will not only help determine what you wear, it’ll inform the vibe of your elopement and sometimes inhibit you from reaching certain spots. Many of Yosemite’s trails, for example, are closed down in the winter. Double checking these tiny details will make a big difference when you plan your elopement!
While you may not live in California, if you have a connection to a specific location, celebrating there feels like a no-brainer! My past couples have shared that they chose Palm Springs because their family used to vacation there every winter, or their first trip together was to San Francisco, or they’re really into kayaking/snowboarding so Lake Tahoe is THE spot they want to be at. The nostalgia from already having a connection will forever make your elopement that much more special.
California is one of those states that has every type of landscape. Further north, you’ll find Redwoods, thicker, greener mountain-sides and rugged terrain along the beach. SoCal is more known for long strips of beach and epic desert landscapes. Both offer incredible beauty, but offer a different vibe. Which also leads us to thinking about…
You’re more than likely going to hang out before and after your elopement! Your surroundings not only influence the backdrop, vibe and connection day of, it’ll influence what you guys get to do to celebrate after. I encourage you to google “top 10 things to do in X city” before settling on a location.
Are you eloping in California? Here are 14 beautiful, iconic places to exchange your vows, and a few things to consider before choosing a location!