Where to elope in Oregon

Oregon is one of the top elopement destinations in the country, for good reason. There is a wide range of venues and nature areas both in the city and surrounding area. Here are a few favorite locations to have a small wedding.

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Portland Elopement Locations


Mt. Tabor Park

Great views, easy parking, and within the city limits. You can share vows, take photos, and go grab a great dinner within a few block radius.


Washington Park

Nestled into the hills of SW Portland, featuring towering redwoods and Douglas firs. There are many trails to explore, allowing you to find just the right spot.


City Hall

In the heart of downtown, getting married at City Hall is quick and painless. There are nearby parks for quick post-wedding photos.


Cathedral Park

Underneath the St.Johns bridge is a beautiful park with gorgeous views of the Willamette river and Forest Park.

You can also reach out to your favorite restaurant, winery, or coffee shop. Many are able to host private events in their space.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has 200+ parks, gardens, and picnic areas that may be reserved for weddings and/or receptions.

A permit must be obtained for any legal union ceremony in a public park when guests are invited. This includes ceremonies consisting of more than the couple, officiant, and two witnesses.

Booking and Permit Information for Portland Parks and Nature Areas

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Wahclella Falls

Best Places to Elope in Oregon

A truly stunning waterfall at the end of a one mile hike. This is the most popular spot in the area, for good reason.


Oregon Waterfall

Oregon Waterfall elopement locations: Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, Proxy Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and more.


Columbia River Gorge

Pick any of the hundreds of scenic hikes, from the Oneonta Gorge to Hood River. Don’t forget about the Washington side, like Dog Mountain or Cape Horn.


Mt. Hood

Either the Silcox Hut , Crag Rat Hut, or Timberline Lodge are great. There are many lakes with views of the mountain like Lost Lake or Trillium Lake.


Crater Lake

One of the most picturesque locations in all of Oregon, a volcano basin filled with crystal clear water. NPS Website

You can also check out my post with the top wedding venues in Portland, many also offer smaller mid-week elopements.

Mid-week elopements at larger venues

Oregon Coast Elopement Locations


There are many spots in/near this popular coastal town. Hug Point, Indian Beach, Haystack Rock, Short Sands, and more.


Pacific City

Another gorgeous coastal area featuring Cape Kiwanda nature areas sand dunes and rock formations. Pelican Brewery offers wedding reception packages.



This lovely fishing town will capture your heart, you’ll soon see why it’s a top pick for elopements.


Further South

Great locations for photography like Lincoln City, Depot Bay, Yaquina Head, Yachats, and Bandon.

Elopement locations elsewhere around the West

A few other favorite locations, if you want to get outside of Portland

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