How to Elope in Ontario (Plus the most beautiful elopement venues!)

How to Elope in Ontario (Plus the most beautiful elopement venues!)

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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, including elopement locations! It’s easier than you think to create a fun wedding day that you are going to cherish forever!

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Okay, so why Elope in Ontario?

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 you can also have your closest circle of people present (if you wish!). Most importantly, you are keeping the main thing the main thing: you will finally be married! And are committing the rest of your lives to each other, 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 defining features and benefits of eloping in Our Elopement Guide, where we share our 5 best tips for an amazing elopement!

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How to be legally married in Ontario

Here are the steps to getting legally married in Ontario:

  1. Get your marriage licence. To be legally married in Ontario, fill out the Ontario Marriage License Application Form.
  2. Apply in person together 90 days before your wedding 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.
  3. 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!).
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Checklist to Elope in Ontario

Even for an intimate wedding, you will want to have a small handful of wonderful wedding 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!

Once you have your marriage certificate, the key wedding vendors you will want to have for an elopement include:

  • an officiant
  • photographer
  • florist for a fresh flower bouquet (trust us you will be so happy you had this!)
  • hair and makeup artist
  • dress/suit
  • Recommended extras: catering, videographer
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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”!

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Find an Ontario elopement location that inspires you

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!

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Here’s our list of Ontario’s most beautiful elopement gems

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.

Which one of these venues can you picture yourself at?:

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Garden & Orchard elopement venues

We adore the romantic grounds at Arrowwood Farm!

You cannot go wrong choosing a venue filled with gardens and orchards. With so much greenery and picturesque symmetry, we love these spots!

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City chic elopement locations

We are always big fans of city vibes. By day or under the stars, city streets offer a timeless urban adventurous feel that we’ll always love. Whether yours is a city hall wedding or you want a city spot for your vows, consider including some photos in these beautiful city locations!

  • Goudies Lane in Kitchener Ontario, as well as the Clock Tower in Victoria Park in Kitchener Ontario
  • Kitchener, Ontario City Hall Stairwell and Fountains and King Street
  • The Walper Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Downtown London Ontario has some great spots too, including the London Life Building, Queens and Wellington, and the Old Courthouse
  • Downtown Toronto’s Financial & Entertainment areas
  • The Distillery District in Toronto
  • Yorkville and Esplanade in Toronto, Ontario
  • Galt, Ontario has a great mix of options for city vibes plus water and nice architecture
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Intimate estates

Elsie Perrin Williams Estate is the perfect mix of classic elegance surrounded by nature

We’ve always loved historical venues, but there’s a soft spot in our hearts for intimate estates for cozy celebrations of love!

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Historic elopement locations

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.

The art-deco inspired building at R.C. Harris are stunning & just a stones throw from the lake
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Serene by the Water elopement locations

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Adventurous Ontario elopement locations by the Water

Want your elopement to have adventures vibes, complete with hiking and jaw-dropping views? You might just love these elopement location ideas that are not as far as you would think!

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Winery elopement venues

Burning Kiln provide a great mix of landscapes and hospitality

Okay, we mentioned symmetry above, but add-in wine and could it get any better? Love these little winery gems.

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Airbnb Estate elopement venues

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.

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Private Rustic Cottage Getaway Elopements

Sometimes you just want to getaway together. Find a spot to unwind, surrounded by nature, and explore together for an adventurous elopement doing what you love.

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Outdoor Forest Elopements

We have a bunch of top-secret locations like this one that are private & gorgeous!

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.

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Winter Elopement Venues

Our most favourite venue to get married at in the winter time is Sydenham Ridge. You can see why we love Sydenham Ridge here!

handsome man kissing a beautiful woman in a lulus lace burgundy dress at a winter engagement session
Sydenham Ridge Estates is a true winter wonderland once the snow falls!
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Really unique elopement locations & ideas

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!

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About Backyard Weddings

You didn’t think we’d leave backyards out, did you? If you are considering this one, make sure to read Our Definitive Guide to Backyard Weddings! They have been increasingly more common! We love backyard weddings. It’s one of the simpler ways 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 do all the designing and coordinating for you takes all the stress off and means your day will be a gorgeous experience! That’s why we now offer Petite Elopement & Wedding Packages which includes photography and complete ceremony & reception styling by Kassia Tjia Events, in addition to offering our regular wedding coverage. Designing a gorgeous mecca makes all the difference. You won’t regret it!

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Making it your own

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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Keep Reading for more elopement tips!

The Ultimate Elopement Guide on how to plan an incredible elopement

Want a styled Elopement Wedding Packages? Let’s design your vision!

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