By Dave Westfall
Eloping in Pennsylvania
You don’t have to settle for less if you elope to the Keystone State. A state with a romantic picturesque countryside and scenic drives, Pennsylvania is one of the best US vacation destinations. Choose from the Amish country, or one of the many streams or rivers in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, the Poconos, or one of the 116 state parks.
Where to Elope in Pennsylvania?
Rendezvous in Eastern PA near Philadelphia or Harrisburg, the Poconos or in Western PA near Pittsburgh – you won’t go wrong with the endless possible activities. Do you want a laid back ceremony or something more adventurous? Pick Philadelphia if you are more into the artsy and more cultural side of things. Philly’s cultural feel is remarkable with places to stroll along like the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the heart of downtown. The Pocono Mountains are ideal for the adventurous and more intimate types. It is a thrilling getaway with its romantic atmosphere. A mix of both is what you’ll be getting in Pittsburgh, a hotspot with great people, good views and nice inns and B&B’s to tie the knot and celebrate your love.
At the Campbell House Bed and Breakfast, an hour east of Pittsburgh, you are sure to find something intimate, hush and scenic in one of their 3 elopement packages. This is a perfect little getaway and Patti, the Innkeeper, will marry you at the Gazebo in the historic Village of Ligonier with flowers, photos and the cake. Then explore the Laurel Highlands if you have time. The Olde Square Inn in Amish Country is a bed and breakfast that will keep you cozy after a wonderful celebration. Or have your wedding in a 1900’s mansion at the Mercersburg Inn. Relax in their private baths, or walk along the gardens then end it snuggled up with your special someone on the porch or by the fireplace. The Gateway Lodge in Cook Forest State Park will set the mood for a romantic outdoor getaway. Stay and go back in time in their vintage rooms, or listen to nature on the balcony or get intimate in the Jacuzzi. You also can’t go wrong with their food choices, long list of wines, and heavenly massage services.
For those couples on a tighter budget, the Butler County Courthouse is open Mondays through Fridays, and is one of the cheapest ways to elope in Pennsylvania. You could either tie the knot in front of the judge or get married in one of the nearby Park Shelters. The Pittsburgh Bed & Breakfast Association has listings of great B&B’s surrounding the area. Everything is within an hour away from Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle, so take your pick among the best amenities, offerings, or availability.
A serene and soulful hideaway, the Blair Mountain Bed & Breakfast will take you back to circa 1767 with its farmhouse restorations. Or travel to the Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast in Carlisle for a country side elopement.
The Pocono Mountains offer great elopement packages and honeymoon amenities you will enjoy like the Naomi Village Resort. There are outdoor activities you could enjoy, or just get into the honeymoon mood right away and order room service. Another option would be The French Manor Bed & Breakfast and its Intimate Elopement Package, that is available from November to April. A complete package awaits your arrival, including a view of the Pocono Mountains during your wedding ceremony, a candlelit dinner, a wedding cake, and more. The fireplace and Jacuzzi suite lets you unwind and bond as husband and wife. Meanwhile, for just under a thousand bucks, you can get an elopement package at The Beechmont Inn. The inn has a lot of historic attractions and offers wonderful activities like horseback riding and wineries. The Pocono Hotels offer Elopement Weddings that will fit your budget. Choose from a simple yet elegant park-like area with a view of a stream or inside the dining area. Either way, both are guaranteed memorable and hassle-free. You can also choose to seclude yourself in the historic Carriage House suite at The Sayre Mansion. Tucked in the center of Bethlehem, this place is perfect for you and your loved one to make it official.
Liberty Weddings is your best option for a quick ceremony. They have a wedding Officiant available and you could choose a venue in Fairmont Park, Rittenhouse Square, and more.
Lancaster County is where you can find the Cameron Estate Inn, known for its historic ambiance. An elopement package in Cameron Estate Inn offers choices for great ceremony locations, photos and flowers, and five-course meal and beverages. You may also choose The Philadelphia Wedding Chapel as the place to make your vows official. They are open for customized packages and you can email them with your preferences. You could also check out With this Ring Wedding Chapel on Vine Street. It is perfect for an intimate, inexpensive and stress-free wedding, with the feel of Vegas.
Hassle-free Elopement in Pennsylvania
A Pennsylvania elopement will give you a hassle-free, enjoyable and memorable time. Check out our Where to Elope in Pennsylvania page for more info on destinations to make your day a huge success.
Where are you planning to elope in Pennsylvania? Feel free to comment and suggest places to our readers. We’d love to hear about new places from those who have had an elopement or plan to elope soon. Hope to hear from you!