*Updated in December 2023 with the most relevant information
The Asheville area is filled with some of the most gorgeous landscapes, mountain views, and small venues, making it the perfect area for an elopement. Here is everything you need to know about how to elope in Asheville!!
Make sure to do research on hiking distances and conditions before you choose a location to make sure it’s the best fit for your elopement, or ask your photographer/planner for their advice and suggestions!!
Things to Consider:
Getting married on public lands makes for the prettiest wedding venue, but comes with it’s own set of rules and restrictions. These rules vary by area, so here is a breakdown of locations with links to apply for permits!!
The parkway runs through Western North Carolina and is one of the most popular drives in the state. The road is 469 miles long and consists of many overlooks and hiking trails. Lots of couples choose a location along the parkway for their elopement.
This National Forest is in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. Unlike locations along the Parkway, any land within the Pisgah National Forest does not require a permit for weddings with less than 75 guests. You can read all the rules here.
This is one of my absolute favorite elopement ceremony locations! It’s located in Hendersonville, about 30 minutes from Asheville and one of the only spots where chairs are allowed for guests.
There are quite a few venues tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains that allow you to elope in Asheville, while also having a more accessible and private ceremony. A few of my favorites:
Choosing the right vendors for your elopement can make or break your wedding day. The process may seem overwhelming at first with so many vendors to choose from, so I suggest asking vendors (such as a planner or photographer) in the area for suggestions.
My biggest piece of advice is to hire vendors that specialize in elopements and smaller weddings. Most vendors have a lot of traditional wedding experience, and because elopements are so different, you’re going to want to hire someone who is more familiar with the planning process and flow of an elopement. You can read more about what to look for when hiring an adventure elopement photographer here.
Once you have your date & location picked out, your vendors, and any required permits, the next step is to start planning!! I suggest scheduling a date night with your partner to start brainstorming what you want to do on your elopement day. Try not to get too caught up in the little details or timeline, just focus on dreaming up what the perfect day would look like. Nothing is off limits when you’re brainstorming!! If you need a little help getting started, check out Step 6 on my “How To Elope” page here for some ideas.
The next step is to take your list and make a timeline for your day. I work alongside all my couples to help them make a personalized elopement day timeline. Whether you booked a 4 hour elopement, a 2 day elopement, or anything in between, I’ll make a custom timeline with you over to make sure you’ll have the day you imagined without feeling rushed.
Relax and have fun!! Your wedding day only happens once, so soak up every second!!
Thank you so much for reading! If this is your first time here, I’m Erin! I help couples plan beautiful intimate wedding days in Asheville and the North Carolina Mountains. Click here for a more in-depth guide on How to Elope in North Carolina!
January 21, 2021