The Oregon Coast is a whopping 363 miles long, all of which is open to the public. There are a total of 11 lighthouses, 79 state parks, and 100+ different locations to choose from for your elopement. The entire coastline is diverse and offers something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a super remote spot, or a beach closer to Portland.
This is the ultimate Oregon Coast elopement guide. It includes everything you need to know about planning your very own elopement along this stretch of coastal magic.
Oregon Coast Elopement Locations
Whether you’re looking to stay south or make a trip up north, these are some of the best and most popular places to elope along the Oregon Coast.
Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
Located in Southern Oregon near a small town named Brookings lies Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor. This short 12-mile long stretch of coast is famous for its rocky formations, thick forests, and numerous beaches. It’s less crowded than other well-known locations in Oregon and continues to be a hidden gem year after year. Plus, it’s incredibly close to Redwood National Park!
Oregon’s most popular beach, Cannon Beach, is a short hour and half drive from Portland. It’s famous for Haystack Rock, a giant rock formation right on the beach. The quaint town has some awesome shops, dining, and accommodations. I usually don’t recommend this spot in the summer, as it can get extremely busy, but it’s a must-see on your trip along the coast.
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Heceta Head Lighthouse is one of my personal favorite places for elopements along the Oregon Coast. The area not only has the beautiful lighthouse itself, but also has various lookouts, beaches, forests, and even a bridge. There’s even a nearby river surrounded with trees. It’s the perfect place for any intimate elopement.
Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park is famous for its gorgeous cliffsides and beaches. In fact, one of its more popular beaches, Indian Beach, was used in the film “Twilight” to portray La Push. You know, the scene where Bella and Jacob walk along the beach together? Anyway, Ecola State Park has a variety of different landscapes to choose from, all of which will be sure to take your breath away.
When Should I Elope on the Oregon Coast?
While the coast tends to have similar weather year-round in most places, Oregon is a bit different. Check out how the temperature varies from season to season.
Summer is the warmest and most pleasant season along the coast. However, with great weather comes lots of tourists. This means that pricing is higher, traffic is abundant, and the beaches are crowded. While it’s nice to have warmer weather, I usually recommend eloping along the coast during a different season to avoid the crowds. However, if you’re set on summer, consider having your elopement during a weekday during sunrise or sunset.
September and October are amazing months to elope along the coast. The weather is still nice, the crowds have subsided, and prices are lower. Towards the end of October, you’ll start seeing a bit of rain, so plan before then if you’re wanting nicer weather. The fall is my favorite time to photograph along the Oregon Coast.
Winter, in my opinion, is severely underrated along the coast. While it is the rainiest and coldest season yet (hear me out), it’s often the least crowded. I personally adore shooting during this season, as 9/10, the lighting is even throughout the whole day. Plus, there’s nothing better than snuggling up next to a fire after running around the beach all day. This season is great if you like those moody, Twilightesque images.
Spring is unpredictable along the coast, though mostly brings in rain like the winter months. However, the greens are vibrant as ever in the forests, the wildflowers are beginning to bloom, and there are no crowds in sight. This is another underrated season to elope along the Oregon Coast.
Can I Bring My Dog?
Yes! Oregon is one of the most dog-friendly states and has a plethora of dog-friendly locations to choose from along the coast. When bringing your dog to your elopement, always remember to follow BARK principles and Leave No Trace.
Do I Need a Permit to Elope on the Oregon Coast?
Most of the time, you won’t need a permit to elope on the Oregon Coast unless you have more than 75 people or any decor/props. This is rare, as most locations in the U.S. do require permits. However, the rules are always changing, so it’s best to get in contact with the special events coordinator of your preferred location.
Pro tip: Some elopement photographers, myself included, completely handle permits for their couples. Paperwork is never the fun part of planning an elopement, so let me do it for you. Permit assistance is included in all of my Oregon Coast elopement packages.
How to Get a Marriage License for Your Oregon Coast Elopement
Obtaining a marriage license for your elopement along the coast is very easy. However, it’s important to note that an Oregon marriage license has a 3 day waiting period, meaning you can’t elope until 3 days have passed after picking up your license. Some counties allow you to pay an extra fee to override this, but it depends on each county. The marriage license expires in 60 days.
*Note: I will be using Curry County (a county along the southern Oregon Coast) in this example. Each county has their own process for marriage licenses. You do not need to get a marriage license from the county you’ll be getting married in, but it does need to be returned to the same county you acquired it from after your elopement.
- Fill out the online marriage license application.
- After you have finished your application, call the Curry County Clerk’s Office, (541) 247-3295, to schedule an appointment.
- You both must show up to the appointment, Bring $50 and a photo ID.
4. After your elopement, the officiant must drop off the signed marriage license to be processed.
To get more information about Curry County in particular (Brookings), check out their official website here.
Pro tip: Your Oregon elopement photographer can also help you with marriage license information! I help all my couples obtain a marriage license if needed in all my Oregon elopement packages.
Best Places to Stay Along the Oregon Coast
Below are some of my favorite towns along the Oregon Coast, along with some of the best places to stay in each of the towns for your elopement.
Located in Southern Oregon, Brookings is famous for its proximity to Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor and Redwood National Park. It’s a smaller town but has a variety of different dining and activity options.
- Harris Beach Bungalow – A bright, modern bungalow less than a mile from Harris Beach with a spacious yard.
- Coastal Cabin Paradise – A rustic cabin right on the Chetco River with a spacious deck.
- Coastal Getaway – A simple beach home with ocean views from every window.
Florence is a small town near Heceta Head Lighthouse. It has some of the best food options for a small town and is close to many hidden gem locations.
- Spacious Riverfront House – A high-end home with a hot tub and stunning architecture right on the Siuslaw River.
- Breathtaking Luxury Home – A log home overlooking Mercer Lake with views of the mighty Pacific Ocean.
- Gem on the Oregon Coast – A riverfront home sitting on top of a bluff overlooking sand dunes and the Pacific Ocean.
While Cannon Beach is the most popular place to stay along the coast, I usually recommend checking out the smaller town of Tillamook. It’s famous for its creamery and nearby forest. It’s very green and lush in this area, which is why I tend to love this area.
- Happy Hollow Retreat – A picturesque riverfront home with a hot tub along the the Wilson River.
- Trask River House – A modern home on 30 private acres that overlook the beautiful Trask River Valley.
- 2 Acre Luxury Villa – A stunning, rustic home surrounded by trees on two acres.
Oregon Coast Elopement Activities
While implementing an activity on your elopement day may not be the first thing that comes to mind during the planning process, it’s something I love recommending to my couples. Even doing something as simple as making s’mores can truly elevate your experience. Plus, they make for some super fun, candid photos. Below are some ideas of activities you can implement during your Oregon Coast elopement to help get you started.
- Have a bonfire on the beach and make s’mores
- Sign up for a dinner cruise
- Rent a boat to explore the ocean for the day
- Go hiking to a lookout point
- Book a tour for whale watching
- Go off roading in the nearby forest
- Check out Astoria, one of the oldest towns along the West Coast
- Go wine tasting
- Soak in the hot tub
- Take your dog to the beach
- Ride bikes along the beach
Oregon Coast Elopement Packages
I’m Brianna, an elopement photographer based in Northern California/Southern Oregon. I help couples from all over the world plan their perfect day. From location lists to permits, the experience goes beyond just photography. To get more information about my elopement packages, check out my elopement packages page here.
- 4 hours – 2 days of elopement coverage anywhere along the Oregon Coast
- A personalized elopement planning experience with unlimited assistance
- Personalized elopement location recommendations
- Vendor, lodging, and activity recommendations
- Assistance and information to help you with permits, licenses, etc.
- 90+ page elopement planning guide filled with tips and tricks
- Customized elopement timelines
- Optional complimentary officiant services
- Online gallery with full resolution images and printing rights
- 24-48 hour sneak peeks to share with the world
- Travel fees to anywhere in Oregon are already included
- Starting at $5,500
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