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Elope in California

Elope in California amongst the beautiful mountaintops, desert vibes, epic rock formations, world-famous beaches, and enchanting forests and greenery. Or choose to embrace some of the most iconic destinations in the USA. California elopement packages have it all! Choose your adventure package and be a part of the classic vibes of the Golden State.

How do you Elope in California?

Eloping in California means you can tie the knot on one of the famous coastal beaches or under the ancient redwoods. Perhaps you prefer the iconic San Francisco City Hall or a cliff with the San Diego Coronado as your backdrop. Or do you dream of desert colors with cacti as your witnesses? Whatever your vision, your California elopement will be iconic. California is simply the best when it comes to weddings. It's larger than most countries in the world and boasts some of the most beautiful state parks in the country. The natural diversity and cultural fusion are so amazing that it has become a worldwide catchphrase in people's minds. There is a reason that there are hundreds of songs about California! So picture what you want your ceremony to look like and find the California elopement package that will tell your authentic love story. And be sure to have flowers in your hair, flowers everywhere - lol!

Simply Eloped will help you have a no-stress, fun, and romantic elopement in California - we take care of everything from the officiant to the flowers for your big day. It's simple!

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What are the best places to elope in California?

Romance, adventure, and a love story. Your California elopement sounds like a movie, right? So, where will be the location shoot? If you are a fan of sunshine, palm trees, and beaches, you will likely choose SoCal. If you are into the dramatic coastline, pine trees, and misty fog then you will head for Northern California. Choose the destination that speaks to your love story.

So, what are Simply Eloped’s fav spots, you ask? Let’s start in San Francisco. How can you truly describe this city? (Trust us, just about everybody has tried!) You can choose to wed at the iconic San Francisco City Hall, where love has been the story for decades. LGBTQ rights have been a San Francisco beacon, and you can tie the knot where so many have before you. City Hall is truly an architectural beauty if you are wonder why all the fuss over a government building! However, you can also choose to wed in Fay Park, which boasts a peaked gazebo and sundial with the inscription ‘grow old with me’ and some epic San Fran views. Not to be forgotten is the Botanical Garden in the Golden Gate Park. You are surrounded by 8000 plants and trees from around the world with five ceremony gardens. If you are into the whole boat theme, hop on board the San Francisco Bay Ferry! Or, choose the former steamer ship called the China Cabin. Soak in the sea views of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Did you know that you can have your winter wonderland wedding in California? Most do not think of snow and the Golden State, but Lake Tahoe can bring you plenty of the white stuff! And then the area turns on a dime for the summer and brings you incredible lake scenery. The most famous Lake Tahoe ceremony photos always come from Emerald Bay State Park Lookout. Google it…you will be shocked. Mountain peaks surround the turquoise waters of the bay. The two of you stand above it all as the sun sets and colors reflect off everything. It’s a ‘come to God’ moment. Lake Tahoe has plenty of beauty to go around. Tahoe Paradise Park, where you wed under a 1000-year-old Redwood tree. Sugar Pine Point Park State Pier may be a mouthful, but it’s just as blue as blue can be. Stand on the pier and look out into nothing but water (and mountain ranges way away). Regan Beach West and D.L. Bliss State Park Beach will make you happy with perfect beaches, blue water and many trees! The Lake Tahoe look. Logan Shoals Vista Point offers an intimate look-out experience where the golden hour is exceptional. Just a short walk so you can arrive looking fashionably pristine! Revive Coffee & Wine is a rustic cabin indoor/outdoor experience and very pretty. You can choose to elope under the trees with up to 20 guests or inside for a cozy experience. Comfort and boho all in one.

You can’t talk about California elopements without the Big Sur. It’s as if all the best things about the state were thrown in a blender. Majestic cliffs, ancient redwoods, and waves crashing on the beaches come together to create adventure elopements for nature lovers. Carmel River State Beach is a lovely, secluded coastline with rocky shores and blue skies just waiting for your intimate ceremony. Glen Oaks Big Sur is a grove of redwoods that have stood the test of time. A perfect way to begin your forever. Are you looking for a cabin elopement in the woods? Then Carmel Redwoods Cabin is for you. The ultimate in a forest wedding. Last but not least, we have Big Sur Lodge. Stylish west coast meets chic vibe is all over this gorgeous venue. You can choose under the ancient redwood grove or Redwood Patio that is nestled up to the river. Romantic and tranquil, this is the spot where you don’t have to leave to have it all.

San Diego elopements are world-famous for plenty of reasons. The Spanish influence, the beautiful scenery, perfect white sand beaches, and seaside cliffs. The cherry on top is the wonderful architecture throughout the city, just waiting to witness your ceremony. Let's talk about Balboa Park - a 1200 acre color explosion of history, culture, art, gardens, restaurants, and museums. Also, a lot of fountains! It's impossible to describe all the amazing places to elope in Balboa Park but let's just say that whatever your vision, you are will find it! Just steps away, you will discover Parq West which is a full-service venue. This Colonial building exudes timeless elegance and classic charm. The lovely courtyard is just too perfect for words. Sunset Cliffs is a ridiculously beautiful outlook point over the ocean. And, you guessed it, some of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. The golden hour is epic, so plan your ceremony around it. The Wedding Bowl in Cuvier Park is a grassy area just above the ocean, perfect for you and a few guests. Once you are newlyweds, you can have your photo session on the secluded beach and cliffs below. If you are looking for the chill Cali vibe, then Ocean Beach is your new fav place. You can feel the sand between your toes as you say 'I Do', and then head over to the nearby taco stand to celebrate! If you feel like flying when you elope, you should wed at Torrey Pines Gliderport. A history of 100 years of aviation is set along the bluffs of La Jolla and the Pacific Ocean. Celebrate your ceremony by paragliding! That's a memory you won't soon forget! We think of the iconic and beautiful Hotel Del Coronado (famous for Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot) when it comes to romance and glamour. The Coronado Beach runs from the hotel, all along the small village full of quaint shops and restaurants. The best part, we think, is that you can have the landmark hotel as your backdrop and choose to spend your wedding night there!

As you can see, the hardest part of eloping in California is choosing where to tie the knot! So, sit down together with a glass of Golden State wine, and remember there is no wrong answer. There is only what reflects your authentic romance. So choose your California elopement package and dream of your big day!

San Diego elopements are world-famous for plenty of reasons. The Spanish influence, the beautiful scenery, perfect white sand beaches, and seaside cliffs. The cherry on top is the wonderful architecture throughout the city, just waiting to witness your ceremony. Let's talk about Balboa Park - a 1200 acre color explosion of history, culture, art, gardens, restaurants, and museums. Also, a lot of fountains! It's impossible to describe all the amazing places to elope in Balboa Park but let's just say that whatever your vision, you are will find it! Just steps away, you will discover Parq West which is a full-service venue. This Colonial building exudes timeless elegance and classic charm. The lovely courtyard is just too perfect for words. Sunset Cliffs is a ridiculously beautiful outlook point over the ocean. And, you guessed it, some of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. The golden hour is epic, so plan your ceremony around it. The Wedding Bowl in Cuvier Park is a grassy area just above the ocean, perfect for you and a few guests. Once you are newlyweds, you can have your photo session on the secluded beach and cliffs below. If you are looking for the chill Cali vibe, then Ocean Beach is your new fav place. You can feel the sand between your toes as you say 'I Do', and then head over to the nearby taco stand to celebrate! If you feel like flying when you elope, you should wed at Torrey Pines Gliderport. A history of 100 years of aviation is set along the bluffs of La Jolla and the Pacific Ocean. Celebrate your ceremony by paragliding! That's a memory you won't soon forget! We think of the iconic and beautiful Hotel Del Coronado (famous for Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot) when it comes to romance and glamour. The Coronado Beach runs from the hotel, all along the small village full of quaint shops and restaurants. The best part, we think, is that you can have the landmark hotel as your backdrop and choose to spend your wedding night there!

As you can see, the hardest part of eloping in California is choosing where to tie the knot! So, sit down together with a glass of Golden State wine, and remember there is no wrong answer. There is only what reflects your authentic romance. So choose your California elopement package and dream of your big day!

How do I find the right vendors for my small California wedding?

California wedding vendors are known for their glamour and laid-back vibe. Simply Eloped was amped to find some of the best for your California elopement. We know you have to really feel comfortable that your wedding pros will be there for you.

So let's start with your florist. California floral designers are famous for their work. So we have found you some of the best local creators who will fashion you an Insta-worthy bridal bouquet! Your officiant will bring just the right amount of romance and drama to your ceremony. California officiants are well-known for seeing just about everything, so open up your imagination and customize your wedding.

It's the Hollywood state, and the two of you will want the movie star version of yourselves for your big day. Simply Eloped has wonderful choices for your hair and makeup team. They know how to deal with the dry heat and ocean breezes when it comes to your look.

One thing California is not short on is hopelessly talented photographers and filmmakers. Your authentic love story will be all over your epic California elopement photos. The only problem will be choosing which shots to blow up for your walls!

So you think you would like some tunes at your elopement? There is music everywhere so what is your thing? Jazz, rock-n-roll, classical harp? Or a soloist? It's all possible, so let us know what you are dreaming of!

Can't picture dealing with the details without an assistant by your side? If anyplace will understand that, it's California! So choose the Simply Eloped package that will match you to your wedding helper.

Once you select which California Elopement package is your world, we will match you to your team of vendors. Locals are your very best source of info in the Golden State - from the best places to eat to the best beaches to surf. And they will know all the pretty spots and intimate nooks that you would miss.

California is all about dreams coming true, and your wedding professionals are there to make that happen. So express your ideas, ask the questions and let them help you design your ceremony. Simply Eloped is all about stress-free and fun, so choose your California Elopement package and relax! We got this!

How much does it cost to elope in California?

A California elopement is truly whatever you make it when it comes to the dollars. You can road trip down the coastal highway, eat at food trucks, and exchange vows on a beach. A full-on California adventure experience. Or you can be the stars in your own movie. 5-star hotels, luxury restaurants, and world-famous resorts as your ceremony backdrop. So what is your California dream?.

The drive down the Pacific Coast Highway is the stuff of legends. The beauty, the culture, the food, and the waves. It's the Golden State at its best. If you fly into San Fran or L.A., pick up a rental, and your ceremony can be your pinnacle destination. A great way to save money and experience California!

If road trips are not your thing, we hear you! We still recommend renting a vehicle simply because California is a big place! If you have decided against the traffic, then fly in to San Fran or San Diego and elope in those wonderful cities. Local cabs will keep you moving, and you can book personal transportation for your big day to save any stress.

Celebrating your California wedding is easy. There is no end to the gourmet food and local wines waiting for you and no end of things to do. You can certainly save money by honeymooning in the Golden State after saying 'I Do'! So, figure out your budget and your vision. Choose the California Elopement package that suits you, and let us take care of the small stuff!

Simply Eloped’s New York elopement packages range from $450 for a basic ceremony (a tailored wedding script, officiant, and help with coordination) to $3,550 for our premium package (which includes hair and makeup, an on-site helper, and videography, amongst other things), with plenty of price points in between.

When to elope in California

California, where the spring comes in the fall, and the fall comes in the summer, and the summer comes in the winter, and the winter never comes at all. – Inez

When you decide to elope in California, one of your first questions should be ‘when should we do it?’. Because the Golden State is so huge, the answer will literally be about your destination for your big day. California, as a whole, boasts mild weather, but Northern California (NorCal) and Southern California (SoCal) have weather diversity! You don’t want to forget that early mornings can bring a thick fog, especially the ‘June gloom’, which is an actual thing! And, climate change has brought a fire season. That being said, you can elope anytime you want in California as each season brings its beauty.

The seasons in Socal mean that spring, fall and winter are wedding favs. Spring has breezy weather, and summer is all about the beach, fall brings the cooler temperatures, and winter is mild. But it’s still winter. Norcal, on the other hand, has more distinct seasons. Spring has colorful wildflowers. Summer has mild temperatures and breezes, fall has the burst of autumn colors, and winter brings the cold with snowcapped mountains.

One of the biggest benefits of eloping in California is that there isn’t a wrong time of year to get married. So choose your California elopement package, and the fabulous weather is free!

What’s the best time of day to elope in California?

California elopements are so diverse that the answer to this will entirely depend on what type of ceremony you are having and your destination. Across the board, the quietest time to elope is early morning. You will find spectacular sunrises and romantic intimacy. And, hopefully, some of that iconic mist!

If you are not a morning person, then aim for the golden hour (the time just before sunset). The two of you will be sharing your first newlywed kiss just as the sun sets, leading to some pretty stunning photos.

How Do I Get A California Marriage License?

California is just too big to have one set of rules. That is where Simply Eloped comes in to help with the distinct county requirements.

However, some things are across the board. You can get a marriage license at any County Clerk’s office, where you will have to appear in person. You can apply online in some counties, but that won’t save you a trip to the clerk’s office. Even if you complete the application online, you may still have to go to the office to pick up your license. So count that into your timeline.

You both must be 18 years or older unless you have parental consent, and your license is valid for 90 days. An officiant has to sign your marriage license to ensure you’re legally married. There is no waiting period, and you must have at least one witness.

Those are the basics, but to elope in California, its all about brushing up on the local laws, and Simply Eloped has done that for you. So imagine your California elopement, pick the package that suits your vision, and start packing!

You are required to have a witness over the age of 18 to be present during your ceremony. (None if you have a confidential license)

Do you need witnesses to elope in California?

Yes, you need at least one witness (there is room for two) over 18 for a California elopement. There is no age requirement, but they must be old enough to know what they are witnessing and sign the paperwork. We are thinking you will have plenty of friends and family volunteering for the job!

What name should you sign on your California marriage license?

The decision to change your name must be made at the time you apply for a marriage license. That means you need to think about it and decide whether to change your name BEFORE you go to the county clerk to apply.

Can you get married the same day in California?

Yes, you can! There is no waiting period for a California elopement.