If you and your partner are thinking of eloping in Minnesota to make your wedding day an intimate experience, Minnesota North Shore will definitely offer you so many gorgeous options to do just that! This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about how to elope on Minnesota North Shore!
By the end of this guide, you will be able to create your elopement experience of a lifetime!!
Spring + Summer (June to August): Everything is in bloom during these months (leaves on the trees and flowers sprouting from the ground) but it can get pretty warm and humid during these months so be prepared!
Fall (September to October): Autumn is one of the best times to experience Minnesota North Shore!! The colors up north are unmatched, and if you’re looking for some moody/beautiful backdrops, the fall season is your best friend!
Winter: If you’re a fan of the snow and cold weather, then you may want to consider eloping in the month of December or January! Be warned though, it can be QUITE cold during these months so plan accordingly! The north shore also experiences lake effect snow so even though the forecast may say it won’t snow, there are good chances it could still snow!
TIP ONE: The North Shore’s busy months are from June to October, so I highly recommend avoiding holiday weekends and weekends in general, unless you’re planning to get up at sunrise! Traffic can be backed up for MILES on Fridays and Sundays.
TIP TWO: The least busiest days of the week will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays, if you want maximum intimacy and privacy for your elopement!
TIP THREE: Airbnbs and hotels book up pretty fast for the busy season, so consider this before being set on a specific date!
Just because you’re choosing to have an intimate wedding day, doesn’t mean you can’t create an entire vision for your big day! I want you and your partner to sit down, close your eyes, and think about your IDEAL elopement day. Here are some questions to think about:
Have some fun with your vision and create your vision board using Pinterest! Your vision board will help you narrow down locations and plan out your big day.
When it comes to locations along the North Shore, your possibilities are simply endless! You can have everything from cliffs, waterfalls, forests, beaches, and lookouts! The question is, where do you see yourselves spending your time? Maybe in one location or two?
Here are some ideas that you can consider:
You will see that when it comes to Minnesota elopements, the possibilities are endless! But have in mind that if it is owned property, you need to check if they allow private events and remember to obtain the permits you’ll need for these locations!
– Black Sand Beach (no permit needed // just marriage license)
– Palisade Head (no permit needed // just marriage license)
The vendors you hire for your elopement day can make or break your experience!! The biggest tip I have for you when hiring vendors, is to make sure they understand your vision and that they have provided experiences for elopements before!! For example, there’s a big difference between photographers that specialize in traditional weddings versus elopements. You want to hire an elopement photographer that can provide the best experience possible for you!
Here are some elopement vendors you should consider hiring:
Another tip for finding the right vendors, is to meet with them over the phone or on a zoom call. Ask all that you need to know!
If you wish to get legally married in the state of Minnesota, then you need to contact the specific county’s clerk’s office and they will explain what you need to do to obtain a marriage license. Depending on where you’d like to have your ceremony, you may also need additional permits (state parks specifically) but your elopement photographer should be able to help you with this step! (Just another small reason why you should hire an elopement-specific photographer! They understand what permits you may need)
Remember – get your marriage license before the elopement ceremony!!!
Your lodging is also a big part of your experience!! There are handfuls of stunning Airbnbs if you’re looking for an adventurous type of stay, and there’s endless hotels/spas if you’re wanting a more luxurious stay! There’s a little something for everyone up on the north shore.
The airbnb experience will make you feel that intimacy and closeness to one another. In addition, it is a great option that serves a double purpose – as a getting-ready space, but also for a part of your photoshoot! (Which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!) Need recommendations? Head over to this link to browse some of my favorite Airbnbs up on the North Shore!
– Hiking + a picnic
– Soak in a hot tub
– Get ready in your wedding attire together
– Go for a dip in a waterfall
– Campfire with s’mores + hot cocoa
– Get a couples massage at Waves of Superior Spa
– Whitewater rafting with Swiftwater Adventures
– Ride down the Alpine Slide in the Lutsen Mountains
– Get a tattoo together at Anchor’s End
– Go wine tasting at the North Shore Winery
– Horseback riding at the Gunflint Lodge
– Take a bubble bath together
– Ice Skating
– Cuddling in a hammock while enjoying nature
It is quite simple really – glam yourself but do it wisely! If you are going to be out in nature and need to hike, then comfortable footwear will be essential! For example, a lot of my couples bring a gorgeous pair of shoes for the moment when we arrive at their elopement location. Also, it is your day, wear whatever you like! You can opt for traditional wedding attire, but also choose casual wear! (FYI Pantsuits and black wedding dresses are definitely a thing!)
Samantha Burke is a traveling adventurous elopement photographer for the wild and goofy soulmates that’s based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota! She’s also an educator for fellow photographers that are wanting to grow their business! Samantha is also a traveling addict that’s always looking for somewhere to travel too! Sam is also obsessed with Star Wars, Marvel, and Chai Tea! Please contact Sam if you would like to have her be your elopement photographer or if you have any questions!
If you're ready to go on a wild adventure with me and get freaking married in a way that calls to your heart - let's start planning! Use the contact form here to start the process of making your dream elopement come to life!
P.S. I cannot WAIT to hear from you!!!