How to Elope in Oregon in 2022

couple dancing on the cliffside at the oregon coast during their elopement

There are many beautiful places to elope in Oregon, from the rugged coast to the snow-capped mountains. Whether you want a simple ceremony with just the two of you, or a more elaborate celebration with family and friends, there are tons of options to celebrate your special day, so it is completely unique to you.

If you plan on having it just be the two of you, or a handful of your loved ones, and want a truly unique experience, consider eloping in one of Oregon's national park sites, state parks or forests. There are many scenic locations to choose from, and you'll be able to say your vows surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.

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When should you start planning to elope in Oregon?

As soon as you know you want to elope, it's a good idea to start planning. The earlier you start, the more time you'll have to research locations and vendors and make sure everything is perfect for your big day. I recommend hiring an elopement photographer as the first big step towards planning your elopement, as your photographer should help you outline everything you need for planning your day, from ceremony locations to vendors, timelines, and more, they'll be your planner and elopement bestie during the entire process.

How can I elope in Oregon?

  1. To get started, you'll need to obtain a marriage license from the county clerk's office. You can apply in person or online but must plan to get married within 60 days of your license application.
  2. After you complete the application, you'll need to go in person together to pay the $60 application fee, present proof of identity, and pick up the printed application.
  3. There is a 3-day waiting period from the date of issuance, however, an additional fee can be paid to waive the waiting period. After you've picked up the application, you'll need an officiant, and two witnesses to be present to sign the license after the ceremony.
  4. After the ceremony, and application is complete, you'll want to turn it into the county clerk's office to file it, and purchase any copies needed.

Once you've completed all the legal steps, and have your license in hand, you're ready to elope!

Do you need witnesses to get married in Oregon?

Oregon law requires that two witnesses who are at least 18 years old be present at your wedding ceremony in order for it to be legally valid. Neither the officiant nor the couple can act as witnesses. After the ceremony, each witness will need to print their name on the marriage application before filing the license.

Do you need witnesses to elope in Oregon?

The requirements for eloping in Oregon are the same as any couple getting married in the state. The same requirements apply to elopements as traditional weddings.

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How much does it cost to elope in Oregon?

The cost of eloping in Oregon varies depending on how you choose to do it. If you want a simple, private ceremony with just the two of you, it will likely be less expensive than if you have a larger celebration with friends and family. Generally, the average to elope costs anywhere from $5,000-$10,000, but can be more or less depending on your needs.

Some of the things that will affect the total cost of your elopement include:

- The location of your elopement ceremony, and any land or park permits (if necessary)

- The type of officiant you choose

- The size and scope of your celebration

- Whether you choose to have florals or catering

- Your transportation and lodging needs (airfare, Airbnb, rental cars, hotels, etc.)

-Elopement photography & videography

Depending on your wants and needs, Oregon has a wide variety of options for your day, and with a little planning, you can elope with any budget.

couple holding each other as they elope in Oregon at the griffin house in hood river

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you plan your elopement in Oregon:

- First, decide what type of ceremony you want. Do you want something simple and intimate, or something more elaborate?

- Next, choose the location. There are many beautiful places to elope in Oregon, so take some time to explore your options. You may find yourself wanting to elope outdoors, or even at one of the small intimate venues Portland has to offer.

- Once you've decided on the details of your ceremony, it's time to start planning the logistics. Make sure you have all the necessary permits and reservations, and that you know how to get to your chosen location.

- Finally, don't forget to pack everything you need for your Oregon elopement! From clothes and rings to food, attire, or camping gear, make sure you have everything you need for a perfect day.

So if you're thinking of eloping in Oregon, reach out to get started on everything you need to get celebrate your day your way! In addition to documenting your day, I've crafted elopement packages that can help with everything from finding a location, officiant, and vendors to personalized transportation and lodging ideas. If you have any questions or would like more information about the elopement packages, fill out the contact form to get in touch. I would love to help you plan and bring your vision to life for your unforgettable elopement!

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