How to elope - Guide for Eloping in Iceland
I assume that you are here because you were looking for an alternative to a big wedding. Traditional weddings can be very expensive, and perhaps you wanted to keep your special day intimate, with your own space and privacy. Planning a big wedding can be stressful and time-consuming, which is why you chose to elope to Iceland. Elopement is perfect for those who want to share a special moment with their loved ones in a stunning location, fully focusing on the present moment.
Why elopement is for you?
Eloping in Iceland can be an incredibly special experience for a variety of reasons. Firstly, the natural scenery is simply breathtaking, providing the perfect backdrop for a truly unforgettable ceremony. From dramatic waterfalls to towering mountains, and black sand beaches to impressive glaciers, Iceland has it all and more!
In addition, eloping is often chosen by couples looking for a more intimate and private wedding ceremony, and Iceland's sparsely populated areas provide plenty of secluded spots away from the hustle and bustle of crowds and noise.
Iceland also has easy and accessible legal requirements for getting married, which makes it an appealing option for couples who want a simple and stress-free ceremony. (more details below)
Moreover, Iceland is known for its adventure opportunities, such as hiking, horseback riding, visiting ice caves, or snowmobile rides which we can incorporate into your elopement for an extra touch of excitement and adventure.
Elopement in Iceland 7 easy steps
Iceland offers stunning locations for elopements like Black Sand Beach, Thousands of waterfalls, national parks, and breathtaking glaciers. Think about what scenery you'd see yourself in, and pick a location that suits your preference.
Don't worry. You don't have to know the exact locations, I'm here to assist and suggest the best places customized to your choices.
Make sure you're familiar with the legal requirements before eloping in Iceland. You'll need to gather specific documents such as your birth certificates, valid passports, proof of marital status, and Marriage notification form directly from the District of Magistrate in Reykjavík.
Other important information:
You have to be 18 years of age or older. You also can't be married to someone else.
You will be required to bring proof that you're in Iceland legally. It can simply be proof of your airline ticket or a valid Visa.
If your documents are not in English or another Scandinavian language. You will need to provide a translated version of the paperwork along with it.
Original documents must be submitted and not photocopied.
You can retrieve your original birth certificates and other certificates after the wedding ceremony.
To have a legal marriage in Iceland, an officiant is required, but they do not have to be affiliated with any particular religion. You may choose to have an officiant from the Nordic Pagan or Humanist community.
If you have previously been married, you must provide documentation to prove that you are divorced.
When eloping in Iceland it's crucial to hire a skilled videographer and photographer who not only specializes in capturing breathtaking landscapes but also knows everything about elopements that can help you with further planning. This is something that could be the most important when planning your elopement. Before making any decisions, it's important to talk to your future videographer or photographer online as you will be spending the whole day traveling together.
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Once you have finalized the location and date for your elopement, the next step is to make arrangements for your accommodation and transportation. In Iceland, you can choose from a range of lodging options such as hotels, guesthouses, and Airbnb. Depending on your needs, you may also need to consider renting a car or hiring a driver to take you to less-accessible elopement locations. I would be more than happy to suggest places to stay that could be perfect for the getting ready part or answer any questions you may have about transportation.
Planning your elopement ceremony requires some important decisions. You need to decide what type of ceremony you want, whether you prefer a simple ceremony with only the two of you or want to invite a few close friends or family members. Personalizing the ceremony can make it even more special, so you might consider writing your own vows or selecting a meaningful reading. There are plenty of options out there. I can also give you some great recommendations for local celebrants whom I already worked with.
If you're planning on having a make-up artist for your big day, it's best to book them sooner rather than later. Once you have booked your accommodation, the make-up artist can drive to your location and start the day early with you. We work closely with make-up artists who specialize in elopements. They understand how harsh the weather conditions can be and can prepare you for any weather challenges. Additionally, after booking your Iceland videographer (M-Videography), I will provide you with more details and a list of vendors specific to your elopement
The day of your elopement has arrived, and it's time to fully embrace the moment. Allow yourself to let go of any stress and simply enjoy this intimate experience with your partner. Take in the stunning scenery around you and cherish every special moment. This is a day you'll remember for the rest of your life, so make the most of it. I can't wait to meet you in person! Yayyy