Best Places to Elope in Georgia
Whether you live in Georgia or are looking to travel there, these are the best places to elope in Georgia. The most fun part about getting to elope (after, of course, being married to your life partner) is picking the perfect spot for your ceremony. Beautiful mountains, exquisite trails, sunny beaches, quaint and historical spots in town- there are so many different options for where to hold your ceremony.
Tallulah Gorge and Tallulah River are iconic spots in Georgia. It’s a state park that is famous for dense and regal trees towering over the canopies of the park, the full and flowing river that creates beautiful cascades of waterfalls as they travel across the rocks, and earthy and texture rocks that line the walls of the gorge. It’s extremely picturesque, and even if you’ve never been to Georgia, you’re likely to fall in love with this location and all its beautiful scenery. With sunny, blue skies and eerie misty mornings alike, the park looks incredible at any time of the day. If you’re into the outdoors and being in nature or if you simply want to have exquisite photographs, this is a great spot to elope.
Tybee Island is essentially a small vacation island that is just outside Savannah. It’s kind of like Georgia’s version of Hilton Head Island. There are beaches, activities, events, hotels, and plenty of things to do and see. If you are looking to elope and have an entire honeymoon out of the same location, Tybee Island is a great spot to consider. There are restaurants and shopping centers. There are excursions to take. They even have their own offerings for weddings and ceremonies to help with the planning and venue, which you might not need depending on the size of your eloping party.
Sweetwater Creek State Park
As its name suggests, Sweetwater Creek is not only a state park, but its main feature is the creek that runs through it. The creek is stunningly picturesque and makes for beautiful poses and powerful imagery. The creek is mostly slow-moving in parts, with smooth rocks that disrupt the flow. It’s surrounded by rocky shores that lead to tall trees that grace the climbing mountainside. An added element to its unique aesthetic is the ruined building of an old textile mill. As with any state park, you’ll want to do some research to make sure you apply for any needed permits to have an elopement there.
Similar to Tybee Island, Jekyll Island is a beautiful coastal location for a beachy elopement ceremony. It’s calm, relaxing, and resort-like, so if you want to stay around for a honeymoon vacation, this is the perfect spot. The island has golfing, kayaking, horseback riding, water sport rentals, and more to keep you both entertained for your stay. You can take things easy and relax on the beach or get active. Driftwood Beach in particular is an incredible spot, noted, as its name suggests, for miles of exquisitely shape driftwood. Have an intimate ceremony right along the beach at sunset and enjoy the privacy and romance of the island.
Cavender Castle is a unique little establishment in Dahlonega, Georgia. There’s a modern castle (not necessarily a ‘castle’ as one might think), but more importantly, they have a beautiful gazebo area set up among the trees and foliage with lighting and the perfect staging for a small, quick, intimate ceremony. If you need something that doesn’t require too much planning on your own part, this is a great option.
Cloudland Canyon State Park
Cloudland Canyon State Park is nestled right in the northwest corner of Georgia and is easily accessible from Chattanooga, Tennessee. As another state park option, this also requires prior approval from park officials, so make sure to plan ahead. There are hiking and camping, a huge swimming pond, plenty of cabins and huts, waterfalls, woods, caves, and canyons to enjoy. It’s another picturesque spot if you’re wanting something memorable and rooted in nature. You can have a ceremony, then stay behind a few days to enjoy nature.
Cumberland Island is a national seashore that is accessible by ferry from St. Mary’s, Georgia. One of the most stunning features of the coastal shores is the sandy, white beaches, and the level of isolation compared to some of the more touristy locations. There is also plenty of sand dunes and bushes and grass lining the white sand. If you want to have a more private and isolated experience and aren’t looking for all the activities and entertainment of some of the resort islands, this is the perfect spot for a small, day-trip elopement ceremony.
Rock City Gardens
The Rock City Gardens is a unique natural area that encompasses over 4,000 feet of trails. The area is surrounded by flourish gardens, mysterious caves, and stunning rock formations, which are incredible to look at and great to photograph with. It’s a popular tourist attraction in Georgia and sits close to the border of Tennessee. You can also see Lookout Mountain in the same area. If you want to have an outdoor elopement and then enjoy the trails and hiking areas afterward, this is a prime spot for it. Lookout Mountain allows incredible views in every direction.
Red Gate Farms
Red Gate Farms is the perfect elopement location for small to large sized celebrations as it has 4 different locations / backdrops for your celebration. Family owned for over 80 years, they offer a little bit of everything for guests sizes up to 300.
Hopefully, this list of best places to elope in Georgia gave you ideas for some epic locations! But don’t forget to take care of a few important necessities beforehand. This includes checking for reservations or permits that might be needed for a location, arranging dates in advance, checking budgets and costs for ceremonies or stays, and anything else you might need to have planned out prior to your elopement ceremony.
For more elopement planning help, check out this Elopement Planning Guide to give you ideas and tips!
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