There comes a time when you may think to yourself, “let’s just elope!”. But just how does one elope in Ontario? Here’s a collection of all the things you need to know to make your elopement dream a reality. It may be easier than you think to create a wedding day that you are going to cherish forever.
Think of an elopement as a scaled-back intimate way to share your vows. You get to save money to invest into your future together and have your closest circle of people present (if you wish!). And most importantly, you are keeping the main thing the main thing: you will finally be married! Add-in the beauty found in Ontario, and you have a lot of options! Want to know all perks of eloping? Read more about the benefits of an elopement or intimate wedding in this blog we wrote.
So step number one is to get your marriage licence. To be legally married in Ontario, fill out the Ontario Marriage License Application Form. Then apply in person together 90 days before your elopement date. You’ll get your marriage license in person on the same day you apply for it. Make sure to read over all of the requirements to get married in Ontario, including documents needed to receive your Ontario marriage licence. Once you have a marriage licence, you can get married in any city in Ontario so long as you have an officiant and two(2) witnesses (as your photographers we have that checked off for you!).
Even for an intimate wedding, you will want to have a small handful of vendors in place. This allows you to get the support you need to really relax on your big day. That way you can be fully present to how amazing it all is! The main wedding vendors you will want to have include the following:
Keep in mind that the photographer you choose really influences the feel of your day, so make sure to pick someone you love to be around! Also, it’s so important to find a phtographer that knows how to pose you naturally so you don’t feel the pressure to “make yourself look good”!
When thinking about where to elope in Ontario, pick a location that inspires you. A beautiful location plays a big role in your experience—and your wedding photos, too! The great thing about an elopement is that you can travel a little bit further out to find the venue of your dreams. Without a huge guest list, you have freedom to choose the exact spot you love the most!
Here’s a list of handpicked short-listed Ontario elopement location options that are truly special. Many of them have elopement or intimate wedding packages available. They are perfect for hosting a small weddings and we just adore them.
Here are our favourite options… Which one of these venues can you picture yourself at?:
You cannot go wrong choosing a venue filled with gardens and orchards. With so much greenery and picturesque symmetry, we love these spots!
We’ve always loved historical venues, but there’s a soft spot in our hearts for intimate estates for cozy celebrations of love!
For a gorgeous classic vibe, you will love these venues… You can get married at an epic castle, or ancient ruins that are maintained conservation areas. Good photo location? Check.
Okay, we mentioned symmetry above, but add-in wine and could it get any better? Love these little winery gems.
Renting an Airbnb means you get a change of scenery plus freedom to order in a caterer (or your favourite takeout!). Here are some estates that give you that class you’re looking for, plus catering freedom.
We will never say no to photographing a magical forest or charming rustic chic farmland! Here are some elopement locations to consider if you love the outdoors.
Our most favourite venue to get married at in the winter time is Sydenham Ridge. You can see why we love Sydenham Ridge here!
Okay we have saved the most fun options for last! If you are anything like us, you love adventure, experiencing the best things in life, and making it an experience to remember! Here are some super unique Ontario elopement ideas. They can also double as really fun honeymoon spots!
You didn’t think we’d leave out, did you? We love backyard weddings. It’s the simplest way to elope in Ontario. the key is to use them as a blank slate and create a space that feels truly special. With the savings from a traditional wedding and using your own property, hiring a talented wedding planner like Kassia Tjia to design a gorgeous mecca makes sense and all the difference. You won’t regret it!
At the end of the day, if you choose to elope in Ontario, you are choosing a lot of extra flexibility and freedom in designing your dream day. With so many incredible options for elopement locations, it makes sense to spend that little bit of extra time to make sure it’s a location that is memorable.
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