You probably know by now that eloping internationally is an incredible option for couples who want to save money by combining their elopement with their honeymoon. It's smart, savvy, and ... well.. pretty freakin' amazing to choose a country from your travel bucket list, and turn it into your elopement and honeymoon destination! '
Adventure elopements have become an increasingly popular choice for couples seeking an intimate and personal way to exchange their vows.
A lot of people think about Ireland as an elopement destination, but I think if you look a little further north, you'll find its northern neighbor really worth considering! Northern Ireland, with its absolutely stunning landscapes, historic castles, charming old world pubs and warm hospitality, provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic elopement. Thanks to its compact size, you can explore some of Northern Ireland’s highlights in just two days. The north of Ireland offers an abundance of experiences that appeal to all types of travelers. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or a movie buff, Northern Ireland has something special in store for you. From the legendary Giant's Causeway to the vibrant streets of Belfast, immerse yourself in the unique blend of ancient tales and modern charm.
In this post, we'll take you through some important steps to planning your dream elopement in Northern Ireland.
Choosing the Perfect Location:
Northern Ireland boasts a diverse range of breathtaking locations, from rugged coastlines to picturesque countryside. Consider iconic spots like the Giant's Causeway (pictured above), Dunluce Castle, or the Mourne Mountains. Research and choose a location that resonates with both of you and reflects the intimacy you seek. I didnt see many places in Northern Ireland that WEREN'T private and completely dreamy, so it would be hard to go wrong here.
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Before diving into the planning process, it's essential to understand the legal requirements for eloping in Northern Ireland. Contact the General Register Office (GRO) to obtain the necessary paperwork, including the Marriage Notice Form. Ensure you meet the residency requirements and book an appointment with the local registrar. Or, have a symbolic ceremony during your elopement, and then completely the legal requirements back at home!
Selecting a Date:
Northern Ireland experiences a temperate maritime climate, so consider the time of year that suits your preferences. Spring and summer offer lush green landscapes, while autumn showcases vibrant colors. Check for any local events or holidays that might affect your plans and choose a date that holds special meaning for you as a couple. And of course, reach out to us for suggestions based on the locations you love!
Whether you opt for a cozy bed and breakfast, a luxurious hotel, a farmhouse or a charming cottage, Northern Ireland offers a variety of accommodations to suit different tastes. Staying along the northern most coastline is my recommendation! We found a fantastic historic hotel with a pub downstairs. It was a great way to meet people without having to venture out after dark or in the rain.
Embracing Local Culture:
It's important to do some research and really take in the local culture wherever you travel. Northern Ireland is no different. NI provides a fascinating and important contrast that is intricately connected to the modern cultural and political landscape of Ireland. Belfast is the best place to start, with museums, art, and history galore. And don't miss the oldest working whisky distillery in the world! Bushmills became my favorite whisky after our first time shooting in Northern Ireland. If you are a whisky connoisseur like I am, skip the Jameson distillery in Ireland, and put Bushmills on your list instead. You're welcome!
Capture the Moment:
Obviously the photography is pretty important. ;) Elope with us! We'll make sure your Northern Ireland elopement is everything you could possibly dream of.
Eloping in Northern Ireland offers a unique and unforgettable experience, surrounded by stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage. By carefully planning each aspect, you can create a day that reflects your love story and provides lasting memories of your intimate adventure in this enchanting part of the world.