Elope to Oregon & Enjoy A Flexible Approach to Marriage

elope to oregonA Guide to Eloping in Oregon

By Dave Westfall

Oregon offers a diverse landscape as can be expected from the Pacific Northwest. Trees and mountains are most definitely the name of the game here! The state is perhaps best known for its highest point, Mount Hood which stands 11,249 feet above sea level and is a popular choice for couples who elope to Oregon. Portland and Oregon City are also popular choices for elopement ceremonies in the Beaver State.

Where to Elope in Oregon

As noted, one of the most popular place to elope in Oregon is Mount Hood, one of the most prominent mountain peaks in North America. One of the main reasons for this is the stunning views and dramatic backdrop that this volcanic peak provides. The Mount Hood Bed & Breakfast offers the ideal setting for a romantic elopement thanks to its location in the upper Hood River valley with views of not only Mount Hood, but also Mount Adams and Mount Rainier.

Alternatively, the historic Timberline Lodge offers a unique location around 6000 feet above sea level on the south face of the mountain. The lodge was built in the 1930’s and has been awarded National Historic Landmark status. What could be more romantic that marrying midst the glistening snow with the option of enjoying skiing or hiking during your stay if you are so inclined – otherwise you could just snuggle up by the fire!

If you are not keen on the mountain, then the city of Portland is close by and offers a range of great options for those wishing to elope to Portland. Local officiant Maureen Haley of Elope to Portland offers elopement packages for around $200 depending on location. She offers the wedding chapel at her offices for use or will travel to other locations in the Portland area for an additional fee. You may also wish to consider the Wedded Your Way Chapel which offers a great alternative to an impersonal courthouse elopement. Ceremonies can be personalized and can be as informal or traditional as you desire. You can also choose to book a photographer or even a cake and cider toast.

When you elope to Oregon it does not necessarily mean that you are turning your back on tradition! Some couples prefer to think of eloping as ‘streamlining’ their wedding! If you are looking for a traditional venue for your elopement ceremony then Baker Cabin’s Pioneer Church in Oregon City could be perfect! This historical woodland chapel is charming and comfortable. One of the easiest ways to arrange a wedding at this particular chapel is via Radiant Touch Weddings, a local officiant offering a range of traditional and non-traditional ceremonies across Oregon and South West Washington starting at just $75.

There are also plenty of other intimate and interesting venues across Oregon including the Stone Crest Cellar Bed & Breakfast in South Beach and to 110 year old Heceta Head Lighthouse in Yachats. For full information on all of the elopement venues and services mentioned on our Oregon state listings page.

Why Elope to Oregon

So why elope to Oregon? One of the big attractions when it comes to Oregon is the fact that the marriage license for the state is valid for 60 days, this is twice as long as most states giving you additional flexibility. In addition, a Washington state marriage license can also be used in Oregon. There is a waiting period of 3 days, but some counties will waive this for an additional fee so it is worth asking. Aside from this flexibility, the State of Oregon offers beautiful scenery and will make your day memorable.

Did you elope in Oregon? We’d love to hear about it in our comments section!

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