I am an Elopement Photographer and I am here to share with you about Eloping in Sedona, a very special place in North America!❤️
I LOVE Sedona Arizona and it’s one of my favorite places in North America!! I live close to Banff, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies and Sedona is the American Banff, in my opinion!!
Sedona, Arizona is one of the most beautiful places in the United States, known for its stunning red rock formations, breathtaking vistas, and tranquil atmosphere. It’s no surprise that Sedona has become a popular destination for couples looking to elope and get married in a romantic and intimate setting. If you love incredible adventures and outdoor activities with STUNNING, unique landscapes then Sedona is an excellent place to choose for your Destination Elopement.
In this guide, we will cover everything you need to know about eloping in Sedona, including information about permits, legal marriage licenses, activities, and locations.
Permits to Elope in Sedona
If you plan on getting married in Sedona, you will need to obtain a permit from the U.S. Forest Service if you plan on holding your ceremony on federal land. The permit will vary depending on the location you choose, the number of guests, and the duration of the event. It’s essential to research and plan ahead of time to ensure that you have all the necessary permits and permissions for your ceremony. In Sedona itself you don’t need one, but if you venture into Red Rock State Park you will need a permit and all the info is here. The best way is to decide where you want to have your vows/ceremony and then contact the land stewards for that spot as they are the best resource for knowing the fees applicable to eloping there.
Legal Marriage License
Before you can get married in Sedona, you will need to obtain a legal marriage license. To do this, you will need to visit the County Clerk’s office in the county where you plan on getting married. You will need to bring your identification, such as a passport or driver’s license, and proof of your Social Security number (US Citizen) or Social Insurance Number (SIN – Canadian citizen). The cost of a marriage license in Arizona is currently $76. You will also need to obtain two witnesses to sign your marriage certificate. NOTE: Be sure to check the marriage license requirements and processing times before you travel.
To legalize your marriage in Arizona you will need:
- a legal officiant
- 2 witness signatures
- 2 marriers signatures
- Pay the filing fee (~$83)
Activities to Include When You Elope in Sedona
One of the best things about eloping in Sedona is the endless possibilities for activities and adventures. From hiking to hot air balloon rides, Sedona has something for everyone. Here are a few ideas to help you plan your dream Sedona elopement:
- Hike to one or two incredible sites; Devil’s Bridge, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and more for breathtaking views and photo opportunities.
- Take a hot air balloon ride over the red rock formations and witness the sunrise or sunset; Arizona sunsets are some of the most incredible I have witnessed in all my travels around the world!
- Rent a Jeep or ATV and explore the rugged terrain and scenic backcountry of Sedona, it is so fun getting off-road to really see the wilds of Red Rock State Park or the surrounding areas.
- Relax and unwind with a couples’ spa day, taking in the stunning views while you enjoy a massage or facial.
- Enjoy a romantic dinner at one of Sedona’s many upscale restaurants.
- Visit one of Sedona’s craft breweries and sip on some incredible beers made locally
- Browse Tlaquepaque, a beautiful Arts & Shopping square right in Sedona.
- Take a guided horseback adventure in the beautiful red rock buttes at one of the few Horseback Tours in the area
Locations to Elope in Sedona
Sedona offers a wide variety of stunning locations for your elopement ceremony, from red rock formations to creekside chapels. Here are a few of our favorite locations for eloping in Sedona:
- Merry Go Round Rock: This location offers panoramic views of Sedona’s red rock formations and is perfect for an intimate ceremony.
- Red Rock Crossing: A popular spot for weddings, Red Rock Crossing offers stunning views of Cathedral Rock and a tranquil setting beside Oak Creek.
- Enchantment Resort: This luxurious resort offers a variety of ceremony locations, including a red rock overlook and a creekside chapel.
- Tlaquepaque Chapel: This historic chapel is a popular location for elopements, featuring Spanish-style architecture and a peaceful courtyard.
- L’Auberge de Sedona: This luxury resort offers a variety of ceremony locations, including a creekside gazebo and a private dining room.
- Cathedral Rock: With its iconic red rock formations and stunning views, Cathedral Rock is a popular spot for elopements in Sedona.
- Munds Wagon Trailhead: This location offers stunning views of the surrounding red rocks and is a popular spot for hiking elopements.
- Bell Rock: This striking red rock formation offers breathtaking views and is a popular spot for elopements in Sedona.
- Boynton Canyon: This serene and picturesque location offers stunning views of the red rocks and is an excellent spot for an intimate elopement.
- Doe Mountain Trailhead: This location offers breathtaking panoramic views of Sedona and is a popular spot for adventurous elopements.
- Any Adventure you want, we will make happen!
Average Cost to Elope in Sedona
The cost of eloping in Sedona can vary depending on a number of factors such as the location, number of guests, the services you choose, and the season in which you choose to elope.
Overall, the average cost of eloping in Sedona can range from $2,500 to $10,000. However, it’s important to remember that these are just rough estimates, and the cost can vary depending on your preferences and the services you choose to include in your elopement package. It’s always a good idea to research and compare the costs of different services to ensure that you stay within your budget.
Best Time of Year to Elope in Sedona
Sedona is a beautiful place to elope at any time of the year, but there are certain seasons that may be more suitable depending on your preferences and needs. Here is a detailed description of the best time of year to elope in Sedona:
- Spring (March-May): Spring is a popular time to elope in Sedona because the weather is mild and pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from the 60s to the 80s Fahrenheit. The springtime also brings colorful wildflowers and lush greenery to the red rock landscape, making it a great time for outdoor ceremonies and photoshoots. However, it’s worth noting that spring can also bring occasional showers and windy conditions.
- Summer (June-August): Summer in Sedona is hot, with daytime temperatures reaching the 90s and even the low 100s Fahrenheit. However, it’s a great time to elope if you’re looking for a more secluded and private experience, as the summer months tend to be less crowded with tourists. If you plan on eloping in the summer, be sure to stay hydrated, wear sun protection, and consider scheduling your ceremony and photoshoot for early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat.
- Fall (September-November): Fall is a popular time to elope in Sedona because the weather is mild and comfortable, with daytime temperatures ranging from the 60s to the 80s Fahrenheit. The fall foliage also brings a beautiful display of red, orange, and yellow colors to the landscape, making it a great time for outdoor ceremonies and photoshoots. However, it’s worth noting that fall can also bring occasional rain and cooler temperatures.
- Winter (December-February): Winter in Sedona can be cold, with daytime temperatures ranging from the 40s to the 60s Fahrenheit. However, it’s a great time to elope if you’re looking for a romantic and intimate experience, as the winter months tend to be less crowded with tourists. If you plan on eloping in the winter, be sure to bring warm clothing and consider scheduling your ceremony and photoshoot for midday when temperatures are slightly warmer.
Overall, the best time of year to elope in Sedona depends on your preferences and needs. Spring and fall are popular choices for their mild weather and beautiful scenery, while summer and winter offer unique experiences with fewer crowds. Regardless of the season, be sure to plan ahead, check the weather forecast, and consider the factors that are most important to you when choosing the best time to elope in Sedona.
What Should You Pack for a Desert Elopement in Sedona
Packing for a desert elopement in Sedona requires some careful consideration, as the weather and terrain can be unpredictable. Here are some essential items to pack for a desert elopement in Sedona:
- Comfortable and Appropriate Attire: The desert climate in Sedona can be hot and dry during the day and cool at night. Pack clothing that is comfortable, lightweight, and appropriate for the activity and terrain. Layers are key, so consider bringing a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings.
- Sun Protection: The desert sun can be intense, so pack sunscreen with a high SPF, sunglasses, and a hat to protect your skin and eyes from harmful UV rays.
- Hydration: Staying hydrated is essential in the desert, so pack plenty of water, electrolyte drinks, and snacks to keep you energized and hydrated throughout the day. Typically you should bring at least 1 gallon/4L of water
- Proper Footwear: The desert terrain can be rocky and uneven, so pack sturdy and comfortable footwear such as hiking boots or trail shoes.
- Bug Spray: While Sedona is not known for mosquitos, there may be other insects that can be bothersome, especially during sunset or dusk. Pack bug spray to keep insects at bay.
- First Aid Kit: Accidents can happen, so pack a small first aid kit with essentials such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers.
- Marriage License and IDs: Don’t forget to pack your marriage license and IDs, as they are required to make your union official.
- Permits: Depending on the location, you may need to obtain permits for your elopement. Check with the appropriate authorities in advance and pack any permits required.
- Emergency Supplies: Consider packing emergency supplies such as a flashlight, a whistle, and a phone charger in case of unexpected situations.
- Guide Books, Maps & a Compass
- A Hiking backpack: You will need to carry all of this as well as your wedding outfit, bouquet, and any other items pertinent to your elopement.
Remember to pack light and only bring what you need for the day. The key is to stay comfortable, safe, and prepared so you can enjoy your special day in the beautiful Sedona desert.
Eloping in Sedona, Arizona, is a perfect way to celebrate your love in a stunning and romantic setting. With its breathtaking scenery, endless activities, and a variety of ceremony locations, Sedona offers everything you need to make your elopement dreams a reality. Remember to plan ahead, obtain the necessary permits and legal documentation, and enjoy all that Sedona has to offer.
If you would like, check out some of my Sedona work.
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