How to Plan a Magical Elopement in Snowdonia (or Anglesey)
If you're looking for a destination to elope in the UK, North Wales could be the perfect choice. Snowdonia and Anglesey boast stunning landscapes, rugged coastline, and historic castles. There are an abundance of options for a romantic and intimate wedding. Here’s some top tips on how to plan your elopement in North Wales.
1. Choose your location
North Wales has many stunning locations for an elopement, so it's important to decide what type of scenery you want for your special day. Do you want to exchange vows in front of a historic castle or on a beach overlooking the sea? Some popular locations include Snowdonia National Park, Conwy Castle, Llandudno Beach, and Portmeirion.
2. Decide on the date
Once you've chosen your location, you'll need to decide on a date. Consider the weather and the tourist season when planning your elopement. Spring and summer are popular seasons for elopements, but autumn and winter can also offer unique and beautiful backdrops.
3. Plan for the Weather
It is worth considering the time of year and being prepared accordingly. Once you have a date in mind it will be easier to anticipate and plan B’s in case of inclement weather. Often a simple white gazebo or white umbrellas are a good contingency! I am completely flexible on times, so if we need to pause for a passing shower, we shall do that!!
4. Hire a photographer
Elopements are usually small and intimate, which means you'll have more time to take photographs. Hiring a professional photographer is an essential part of your elopement planning. They'll capture the essence of your special day and provide you with a lifetime of memories.
5. Arrange accommodation
Whether you plan to stay for a few days or a week, you'll need to arrange accommodation for your elopement. North Wales has a range of accommodation options, from cozy cottages to luxury hotels. Consider your budget and the location of your elopement when choosing accommodation. For some accommodation inspiration, check out my blog:
North Wales Micro Weddings and Elopements– Romantic, Secluded and Simply Beautiful Places to Stay! (thesnowdoniacelebrant.com)
6. Ceremony space
Do you have ideas about where you would like the ceremony or how you would like the ceremony space set? Sometimes simplicity is all you need, especially with a spectacular setting. Do remember any props/seating would need to be carried in to the location and set up before the ceremony. For music, a Bluetooth speaker is a great option.
7. Get your paperwork in order (the legal part)
Currently, in England and Wales, elopements at your choice of location will require you to arrange the legal paperwork separately. It is possible to book the “signing room” at the local registration office, take two witnesses along, and literally just sign the documents, saving your vows, rings, and everything else until your wedding day.
A few things to think about, but I am here by your side to help you plan. I may be biased but I honestly believe the magical landscapes in North Wales are hard to beat for an elopement destination.
Interested in making it happen?
Then pop me a message and let’s start a conversation!