Hey future adventure buddies
I'm Ariel & I'M STOKED YOU'RE HERE!
This beautiful city located in the southern Appalachian Mountains and is a meca for lovers of the great outdoors, fine cuisine, craft beer, great music & a thriving arts scene. There is a little bit of something for everyone so it’s no wonder that couples are choosing Asheville as the place to say I do. This post is filled with tons of information to help you plan your Asheville Elopement.
Making the decision to elope allows you to have a wedding day that focuses solely on the one thing that matters; the two of you and your love for one another. The intimacy of an elopement ceremony is unmatched. Just think about saying your vows, full of emotion on top of a mountain or beside a waterfall with no one to hear you except (if you choose) the few people who mean the very most to you!
A peek some recent elopement adventures in the Appalachian & Blue Ridge Mountains:
You might be saying “Okay, an elopement sounds great and Asheville is amazing but whats next, how do I actually do this?!”… First of all, answering this burning question for couples is what I do as your Asheville elopement photographer and guide. So yes, I had fun writing this post and I hope it helps you plan your dream elopement in Asheville but if you want more personalized assistance, I’m also here to help!
Asheville is quickly becoming one of the top elopement destinations in the United States. With amazing restaurants, craft breweries, hiking, climbing, waterfall chasing and endless outdoor opportunities your Asheville elopement can be a one of a kind, adventure fill experience! So, let’s dive right in with all the good information to help you plan your intimate celebration in the Blue Ridge Mountains!
North Carolina marriage laws are similar to those in most states. Any two people over the age of 18 may apply for a marriage license. Your marriage license is valid for 60 days and there is no hold/waiting period so as soon as you have it in hand you can get married!
Buncombe County Register of Deeds Hours: 9-5 (You must arrive by 4:30)
You must bring a valid drivers license & social security card.
Getting your marriage license is simple in Buncombe County; Click here to view the Buncombe County Register of Deeds webpage & apply online
Permit Cost: $100 – Click Here to Apply for a Permit
Best time of year to elope on the Blue Ridge Parkway: April-September
Things to keep in mind for your Blue Ridge Parkway wedding:
Live florals are not allowed, instead, consider a silk bouquet as a beautiful alternative.
Plan on a weekday or non holiday weekend for less crowds. You cannot get a permit for federal holidays & federal holiday weekends, as well as for the entire month of October.
Regardless of where you are planning to say your vows if you’re looking to get legally married during your Asheville elopement be sure to get your marriage license:
Summer in Asheville
Fall in Asheville
Winter in Asheville
The mountains of Western North Carolina are vast and there are endless options for your adventurous Asheville elopement. From the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains to the higher more rugged Black Mountains to an endless number of waterfalls and wooded forests to explore; Asheville has options for any kind of elopement vision. I’ve listed some favorite locations below divided up into different general areas.
When choosing the place for your elopement ceremony in it’s important to keep in mind a few things:
Here are some of the most popular locations to elope in or near Asheville NC. Most of these options are about an hour from downtown Asheville with fairly easy access so they tend to be busier which is why having a middle of the week elopement is always recommended!!
The Boone, Blowing Rock, Linville area… Often referred to as the North Carolina High Country, is one of my favorite places to explore! From the rugged Linville Gorge Wilderness to Boone’s bustling downtown; there is something for everyone! Below I’ve included some of my favorite locations to elope near Boone North Carolina.
West of Asheville lies the Great Smoky Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with some adorable mountain towns! Included below are just a few of the most beautiful places to elope in the Great Smokies!
Looking for a location to elope near Asheville (or anywhere else in the mountains of western nc) that is a little more off the beaten path? I have secluded locations that I choose to keep off social media and favorites lists! Reach out if you want to chat more about your adventurous Asheville elopement!
Booking a beautiful location for your elopement ceremony is a great option especially if you have guests joining you that may not be quite as mobile. remember if you’re craving an adventurous mountain experience you could always say private vows at sunrise in the mountains before meeting up later for a ceremony with friends/family. I offer full day elopement packages because I truly believe in creating a memory filled experience for my eloping couples.
It’s important to choose vendors who will listen to your vision and are excited to help you craft your dream day! Here are some incredible local to Asheville vendors who specialize in elopements & small weddings.
Bed + Breakfasts/Inns:
For something a little different:
Asheville’s known for some pretty incredible food but here are my favorites for a post wedding dinner:
Or consider having a private chef come to your airbnb. Contact me for recommendations!
While you’re exploring downtown don’t forget to check out one of Asheville’s amazing craft breweries like Wicked Weed Funkatorium and after dinner hit up the popular French Broad Chocolate Lounge for a wonderful dessert!
Sure you could just have a normal day but chances are since you’ve decided to elope you might be craving a day a little out of the ordinary. Consider including one of these fun and adventurous activities into your elopement day timeline! A sunrise hot air balloon ride, what better way to start your wedding day?!
Quick Tips to help you have the best day ever:
Do you offer elopement packages? Yes, My elopement packages begin at 3000 & include planning assistance. My most popular elopement package is the full day package, this allows for the most freedom to plan/have documented a fun, relaxing and amazing elopement experience! I do offer the option to add an album or an engagement session to your elopement package
How many images will I receive? There are many variables, but I usually deliver about 50 images per hour of coverage.
Can I print the images? Yes! You will be able to download your high resolution images and receive a print release so you can make your own prints!
Do you edit all of the images? Yes!
How do you deliver the images? I send a beautiful online gallery where you can view, share and download all your images.
Do you travel for weddings? I travel for a large number of elopements and weddings each year, in fact when you book my full day elopement package my travel fees are included for all destinations within the United States.
How do we book you as our elopement photographer? Drop me a note to get started but it’s super easy. My contract is online and can be filled out securely in about 5 minutes, Contract + A retainer of 50% books me for your day!
I would be honored to document your elopement here in Asheville or beyond! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or to get started planning your dream elopement!
Hey future adventure buddies
I'm Ariel & I'M STOKED YOU'RE HERE!
I get absolutely giddy with excitement when helping fellow adventure seekers, travelers, dreamers & fun-loving couples plan experience based, intentional wedding days.
Some of my favorite adventures include: Backpacking in Alaska, whitewater paddling in Costa Rica, rock climbing in Colorado, hiking the Napali Coast on Kauai.
Meet Ariel & The Bus