Oregon is one of the most diverse locations in the United States. Known for its dramatic forests, epic coastlines, snow-covered mountains and colorful deserts, this one-of-a-kind area is perfect for an elopement. Home to Portland, this state also has some of the best night-life activities and restaurants around. And don’t forget all the amazing Airbnbs and lodging options the state has to offer.
If you’re looking to plan your elopement in Oregon, look no further. This guide covers everything you would ever need to know about how to elope in Oregon. Whether you’re looking for an elopement location, marriage license information, or elopement packages, I have you covered.
Oregon Elopement Checklist
- Choose the best place to elope in Oregon.
- Choose what season to elope.
- Hire your elopement vendors.
- Apply for a marriage license.
- Apply for a special use permit.
- Book your lodging.
- Schedule your activities.
- Oregon Elopement Packages
The 18 Best Places to Elope in Oregon
The Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast is famous for being one of the most breathtaking costal lines in the U.S. There are a variety of different elopement locations from Southern to Northern Oregon, all of which are unique in their own way.
God’s Thumb has grown in popularity over the years but continues to be one of the most breathtaking places in Oregon. The 4.3 roundtrip mile hike isn’t for the faint of heart, but the views make it well worth it. Due to the small trail, elopements with over 2 people are not recommended.
Cape Kiwanda is one of the best beaches in Oregon to watch the waves crash. There is a huge sand dune you can climb up to get a beautiful view of the ocean and rock formations. The beach is always busy, but it’s a can’t-miss location regardless.
Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park has a plethora of different beaches and lookout points. There are numerous hiking trails within the park that are perfect for couples wanting an adventure on their special day. Certain areas of the park are busier than others, but with over 9 miles to explore, it’s easy to find a more secluded spot for your elopement.
The iconic Haystack Rock pictured to the left can be found at the popular Cannon Beach. The beach itself is very large but tends to get crowded near the rock. However, there are a variety of “secret” beaches nearby that would be great options if you’re looking for something less crowded.
Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
Located in Southern Oregon, Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is 12 miles of pure cliffsides. There are incredible rock formations and outlooks in the area, some of which require a bit of hiking. It’s also very close to the redwoods, perfect for couples looking to experience multiple locations on their wedding day.
Columbia River Gorge
Columbia River Gorge is a popular destination near Portland known for its variety of waterfalls, hiking trails, and outdoor activities.
One of the most stunning waterfalls in Oregon, Wahclella Falls, is perfect for couples looking to incorporate a waterfall on their wedding day. The 2-mile roundtrip hike is easy and accessible. This location is very popular on the weekends though, so keep that in mind.
Latourell Falls is a small waterfall located an hour from Portland. Known to be a very photogenic waterfall, this location is fairly popular. There are many areas along the 3-mile trail that are perfect for photos.
Especially beautiful in the spring and fall, Rowena Crest has one of the most beautiful views of Columbia River Gorge. The nearby trail is easy to complete and offers multiple areas for photos.
Oregon’s famous mountain, Mount Hood, is the perfect location for couples wanting a dramatic backdrop. Multiple hiking trails, Airbnbs, and activities make this one of the best places to elope in Oregon.
Check out how to plan a mountain elopement here!
Check out my Mt. Hood elopement guide here!
One of America’s best cities has some of the most beautiful locations, all close to the downtown area. Enjoy a nature-filled elopement ceremony by day and a delicious burger at the local pub by night.
Located under St. Johns Bridge, Cathedral Park is equipped with a beautiful ceremony space right next to a nearby river. There are acres of trees that line the area. It’s perfect for couples wanting something grand, yet quiet.
Washington Park has everything you’re looking for. Redwood and Douglas fir trees, hiking trails, a zoo, picnic areas, and even museums. This elopement location is one of the most diverse in Oregon.
Mt. Tabor Park
Mt. Tabor Park is a very casual park known for its walking trails, views of Portland, and water reservoirs. This elopement location is great for couples wanting to stay close to the city.
Located in Washington Park, Hoyt Arboretum has four different ceremony locations all filled with extravagant redwood, sequoia, and Douglas fir trees. My favorite location is the Redwood Deck.
Central + Eastern Oregon
Very different from other areas of Oregon, Central and Eastern Oregon have a variety of beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and deserts-like locations.
Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park is a famous national park is known for its beautiful deep blue water. There are a few hiking trails around the area for couples looking for a more intimate experience in a semi-crowded park.
One of my favorite waterfalls in Oregon, Sahalie Falls, is located on a 2.6 mile loop that features another waterfall, Koosah Falls. This unique area is one of the best elopement locations in Oregon!
If you love unique and one-of-a-kind locations, Painted Hills is the spot for you. The natural colors of red, gold, and black are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. There’s nothing like it!
When Is the Best Time to Elope in Oregon?
If you’re wanting both great weather and smaller crowds, fall is the best time to elope in Oregon. Due to the different climates and terrain Oregon has to offer, each area of the state will have drastically different weather during each season. However, you’re pretty safe going with a fall date no matter where you go. I also recommend the spring, as this is another time when the crowds are small. There is a higher chance of rain during this time, but it makes all the colors beautiful and vibrant!
I usually don’t recommend elopements in Oregon during the summer, as this is the peak travel time. While you’ll have great weather, your elopement will not be as private as it could be. If you’re set on a summer date, consider having your ceremony during a weekday as opposed to a weekend.
Oregon Elopement Vendors
Oregon has some incredible vendors who specialize in adventurous and outdoor elopements. Below are just a few of my favorites.
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How to Get a Marriage License in Oregon
A marriage license is very easy to obtain to Oregon. The marriage license has a 3 day waiting period. The marriage license expires in 60 days.
*Note: I am using Multnomah County in this example. Each county has their own process for obtaining a marriage license. 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.
- Pick up your marriage license at least 3 days before your elopement. You can walk-in or make an appointment online. Be sure to bring your ID and $60 to pay for the license. Currently, you can walk in Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.
- After your elopement, you must drop off the signed marriage license at the same office.
The mail-in option should be done 4-8 weeks before your ceremony.
- Fill out the online marriage license application.
- Print off the completed application along with a copy of the confirmation page with the submission ID listed.
- Mail those two documents, along with a copy of your photo ID and a $60 cashiers check or money order made out to “Multnomah County Marriage Licenses.” to the address below.
- Multnomah County Marriage License Office
- Attn: Marriage Licenses
- PO Box 2716
- Portland OR 97208-2716
4. After your elopement, the officiant must drop off the signed marriage license to be processed.
To see step-by-step intructions for Multnomah County, check out their official website here.
Do You Need an Officiant and Witness to Elope in Oregon?
Yes. You will need an officiant and two witnesses to elope in Oregon.
Friendly tip: A friend or family member can officiate your ceremony for free! All they need to do is fill out the application on the Universal Life Church website to become an ordained officiant. The application takes less less than 5 minutes.
Do You Need a Permit to Elope in Oregon?
Depending on your chosen elopement location, you may need a special use permit. However, most locations in Oregon, particularly on the coast, don’t require one if you have less than 75 people. That being said, be sure to ask your photographer. They will know where to send you if you need one. Failure to obtain a permit will result in hefty fines and cancellation of your elopement.
Best Airbnbs in Oregon
Oregon has some of the most beautiful Airbnbs, especially near the coast and mountainous areas. Below are some of my favorites in each area.
Oregon Coast Airbnbs
Columbia River Gorge Airbnbs
- Mountain A-Frame
- Mt. Hood Mountain Cottage
- Columbia River Gorge Treehouse
- Mountain Escape
- Historic Cedarwood Cabin
- Garden Oasis in the City
- Eagles Nest Treehouse
- Handbuilt Cottage
- Sauvie Island Sanctuary
- Eco-Friendly House
Central + Eastern Oregon Airbnbs
- Charming Wooded Getaway
- Cozy Three Story Lookout Tower
- The Tree Surrounded Log Cabin
- Modern Cecil House
- Ripple at River Camp
Best Oregon Elopement Activities
Oregon has some of the best restaurants, hiking trails, and indoor activities you can do on your elopement day. Below are just a few ideas!
- Try a famous doughnut from Voodoo Doughnuts
- Soak in the hot tub after a long hike
- Pick up some new books at Powell’s City of Books
- Take a private waterfall tour
- Listen to the Sea Lions at Sea Lion Caves
- Ride horses along the coastline
- Go paddleboarding on Devil’s Lake
- Take a challenging hike on South Sister
- Roast hot dogs and s’mores around a campfire
- Have your first dance under the moonlight at the sand dunes
- Go wine tasting
- Try skiing or snowboarding at Mt. Hood
- Find a hidden hot springs in the mountains
Oregon Elopement Packages
I’m Brianna, an Oregon elopement photographer who specializes in planning and photographing outdoor elopements with under 15 guests along the Pacific Northwest. I have a few different packages to choose from and love helping my couples experience wedding days in epic places.
Oregon Elopement Package Pricing
- 4 hours – 1.5 days of elopement coverage anywhere in Oregon State
- A hands-on elopement planning experience with unlimited assistance
- personalized elopement locations and questionnaires
- vendor recommendations
- permit assistance
- customized elopement timeline
- activity suggestions
- Online gallery with full resolution and printing rights
- 24-48 hour sneak peak images
- Travel fees to ANYWHERE in Oregon are already included
- Starting at $4,500
You can legally elope in Oregon by applying for a marriage license. You must have an officiant and two witnesses to elope in Oregon.
You can elope anywhere on the Oregon Coast. A few well-known locations include Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park, and Cape Kiwanda.
You can elope anywhere in the Columbia River Gorge area. A few well-known areas include Latourell Falls, Wahclella Falls, and Mount Hood.
It costs $60 to elope in Oregon. This fee comes from the marriage license. If you’re wanting more vendors, expect to spend up to $10,000 for your elopement.
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