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Complete Georgia Elopement Guide: Locations, Lodging & More

Hey there wanderers and lovebirds! So, you’re dreaming of a magical elopement in the stunning landscapes of Georgia? Well, hold onto your hats because this complete Georgia Elopement guide is filled with all the insider tips you need to make your elopement dreams a reality.

Picture this: saying “I do” with the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop, or exchanging vows as the sun dips below the horizon, casting a golden glow over the sandy shores. Yep, Georgia is the ultimate playground for adventurous couples looking to ditch the traditional wedding scene and opt for something a little more intimate.

But wait, before you start packing your bags and booking your flights, there are a few things you need to know. Like where to find the most picturesque spots to exchange your vows, where to cozy up for the night after saying “forever”, and let’s not forget about navigating those marriage laws – because nobody wants any unexpected surprises on their big day.

So, grab your partner’s hand, get comfy, and let’s dive into everything you need to know about eloping in the beautiful state of Georgia. Trust me, it’s going to be one heck of an adventure!

Where is Georgia?

Alright, let’s set the stage for your Georgia elopement adventure!

So, if you’re not quite sure where Georgia is on the map, let me paint you a picture. Picture the southeastern corner of the United States, nestled between Tennessee & North Carolina to the north and Florida to the south. Yep, that’s where you’ll find this hidden gem of a state.

Now, let’s talk geography. Georgia is pretty diverse when it comes to landscapes. In North Georgia, you’ve got the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, offering up some seriously jaw-dropping views and some of the best hiking trails this side of the Mississippi. Seriously, folks, you won’t want to miss catching a sunrise from the top of Cloudland Canyon State Park or hiking through the lush forests of Tallulah Gorge State Park.

But if you’re more of a beach bum, fear not, because Georgia has got you covered. Head south towards the coast and you’ll find yourself surrounded by miles of sandy shores, charming beach towns, and some of the most epic sunsets you’ll ever lay eyes on. From the adventurous vibes of Jekyll Island to the laid-back vibes of Savannah, there’s a little something for everyone on the coast.

Major Cities in Georgia

  • Savannah
    • Nearby elopement locations:
      • Tybee Island
      • Driftwood Beach
  • Atlanta
    • Nearby elopement locations:
      • Toccoa Falls
      • Georgia State Botanical Gardens
      • Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area

State Parks in Georgia

  • Tallulah Gorge State Park
  • Cloudland Canyon State Park
  • Vogel State Park
  • Providence Canyon State Park
  • Black Rock Mountain State Park
  • Jekyll Island State Park
  • Skidaway Island State Park
  • High Falls State Park

Why Elope in Georgia?

Here’s why Georgia is the ultimate elopement destination:

  1. Stunning Scenery: Let’s start with the obvious – Georgia is drop-dead gorgeous. From the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the sandy shores of the Lowcountry, this state is like a postcard come to life. Imagine saying your vows with the Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop or feeling the sand between your toes as you exchange rings on a secluded beach. Yep, it doesn’t get much better than that.
  2. Intimate Settings: Say goodbye to the stress of planning a big, elaborate wedding and hello to intimacy. One of the best things about eloping in Georgia is that you can truly focus on what matters most – each other. Whether you’re stealing away to a cozy cabin in the mountains or renting a beachfront bungalow, you’ll have all the privacy you need to celebrate your love in your own special way.
  3. Endless Options: No matter what kind of vibe you’re going for, Georgia has got you covered. Want to keep things rustic and charming? Head for the hills and tie the knot in a picturesque vineyard or a quaint mountain chapel. Craving a little coastal charm? Say “I do” with your toes in the sand or opt for a romantic ceremony overlooking the ocean. With so many options to choose from, the hardest part will be deciding where to elope!
  4. Memories to Last a Lifetime: Let’s be real – your wedding day is all about creating memories that will last a lifetime. And trust me when I say that eloping in Georgia will give you plenty of those. Whether you’re exploring hidden waterfalls, indulging in fresh seafood, or dancing under the stars, you’ll be making memories that you’ll cherish for years to come.

How to Travel Around Georgia

When it comes to navigating through Georgia, you’ve got a range of transportation options at your fingertips.

For those craving flexibility and freedom, renting a car is the go-to choice. With numerous rental companies scattered throughout the state, securing a set of wheels is a breeze. Whether you’re arriving via one of the major airports or other modes of transport, having your own vehicle means you can chart your own course, exploring Georgia’s mountains, coastlines, and everything in between at your own leisure.

Now, if you’re planning to stay within the city limits or prefer to let someone else do the driving, public transportation might be more your speed. While Georgia’s public transit system isn’t as extensive as some other states, cities like Savannah and Atlanta offer bus and public transportation services for getting around town. Keep in mind, though, that these options may have limited routes and schedules, so plan accordingly if you’re venturing off the beaten path.

And let’s not forget about the modern convenience of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft! In urban areas and tourist hotspots, these apps can be lifesavers for getting around town without the hassle of parking or navigating unfamiliar streets. Simply pull up the app, request a ride, and you’ll be picked up in no time. So whether you’re heading to a romantic dinner in downtown Savannah or exploring the vibrant nightlife of Atlanta, ridesharing apps offer another convenient option for getting around Georgia with ease.

For those arriving from out of state, flying into one of Georgia’s major airports is likely your best bet. And if you’re headed to one of the coastal or resort areas, smaller regional airports offer additional flight options to get you closer to your destination.

Major Airports in Georgia

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) – Serving the Atlanta area
  • Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) – Serving the Savannah area

Smaller Airports in Georgia

  • Southwest Georgia Regional (ABY) – Serving the Albany area
  • Valdosta Regional (VLD) – Serving the Valdosta area

Best Time of Year to Elope in Georgia

“When is the best time to elope in Georgia?” is always a hard question to give a clear answer to, because it really depends on what kind of atmosphere you’re dreaming up for your elopement. So let’s go through what the weather tends to look like in each season; that way, you can decide for yourself which season will help you craft the day you’re envisioning!

Spring (March – May):

As the flowers begin to bloom and the temperatures start to rise, springtime in Georgia is the perfect time for your elopement. Expect mild weather and blooming flowers, making it ideal for eloping amidst wildflowers. During spring, temperatures in Georgia typically range from the mid-50s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit.

Summer (June – August):

Ah, summertime in Georgia – hot and humid conditions, with temperatures often ranging from the upper 70s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. Despite the heat, the long days and warm nights create an ideal setting for beach elopements.

Fall (September – November):

Fall sees a drop in temperatures, ranging from the upper 50s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit. Whether you’re saying “I do” amidst a sea of vibrant fall foliage in the mountains or beneath a canopy of oak trees draped in Spanish moss, fall is the ideal time to capture that cozy, romantic vibe.

Winter (December – February):

While winter in Georgia may or may not bring snow-covered landscapes, it does offer a quieter, more serene setting for your elopement. With mild temperatures, typically ranging from the mid-30s to the upper 50s Fahrenheit, and fewer crowds, this season is perfect for couples seeking a more intimate celebration.

So, whether you’re dreaming of a springtime affair among wildflowers, a fall celebration surrounded by fiery foliage, or a summertime beach elopement, Georgia has something to offer every couple. Just remember to plan ahead, consider the weather and climate in different parts of the state, and most importantly, follow your heart. After all, your love story deserves to be told in the most beautiful way possible, no matter the season!

Top 6 Georgia Elopement Locations

Alright, lovebirds, if you’re on the hunt for the perfect spot to tie the knot in Georgia, you’re in luck! In this section, I’m spilling the beans on the Top 6 Best Places to Elope in the state. From jaw-dropping mountain views to dreamy coastal escapes, each spot has its own special charm that’ll make your elopement unforgettable. So cozy up and let’s dive into the most enchanting places to say “I do” in Georgia!

1. Cloudland Canyon State Park

Cloudland Canyon offers couples an awe-inspiring backdrop for their elopement. With panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and incredible waterfalls, it’s perfect for exchanging vows amidst breathtaking scenery.

Closest airport + driving time: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; 2hr 30min

Closest cities/towns: Rome, GA

Best time of year to elope/get married: Fall

Cost: $0

2. Toccoa Falls

Located on the Toccoa Falls college campus, Toccoa Falls is the highest waterfall this side of the Mississippi and slightly taller than Niagara Falls. It’s open all year, sunrise to sunset.

Closest airport + driving time: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; 2 hours

Closest cities/towns: Toccoa, GA

Best time of year to elope/get married: Spring

Cost: Starting at ~$500 (must call venue for rates)

3. Amicalola Falls

Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Amicalola Falls, is a heavenly spot for couples seeking a dreamy setting for their elopement.

Closest airport + driving time: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; 1hr 50min

Closest cities/towns: Ellijay, GA

Best time of year to elope/get married: Spring

Cost: Must call for pricing

4. Providence Canyon State Park

Providence Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the east, offers adventurous couples a stunning backdrop for their elopement amidst the canyons.

Closest airport + driving time: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; 2hr

Closest cities/towns: Columbus, GA

Best time of year to elope/get married: Fall

Cost: $0

5. Georgia State Botanical Garden

Georgia State Botanical Gardens with its greenhouse and gazebos, provides a unique and enchanting setting for an unforgettable garden elopement.

Closest airport + driving time: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; 1hr 36min

Closest cities/towns: Athens, GA

Best time of year to elope/get married: Spring

Cost: Starting at ~$1,000 (varies based on location; must call for rates)

6. Driftwood Beach

Driftwood Beach in Jekyll Island State Park, with its pristine beaches offers couples a picturesque backdrop for their elopement.

Closest airport + driving time: Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport; 1hr 23min

Closest cities/towns: Brunswick, GA

Best time of year to elope/get married: Spring

Cost: $0

How to Legally Get Married in Georgia

The first step to getting legally married in Georgia is to get your Georgia marriage license. The rules & requirements for marriage licenses varies by state, and may be different from your home state – so let’s go through what you need to know about getting a marriage license in Georgia!

Georgia Marriage License + Laws

Witnesses required: Yes (2)
License is valid for: Varies by County
Waiting period: None
Minimum age requirement: 18
Who can officiate: Any regularly licensed or ordained minister/priest/judge
Self-solemnization allowed? No
Georgia residency required? No
Blood test required? No
Cost: ~$60

You can obtain your GA marriage license by visiting a local county Probate Court in-person or online. To learn more about Georgia marriage license + laws, read my blog >> HERE <<.

Best Places to Stay in Georgia

Whether you’re dreaming of a cozy cabin nestled in the mountains, a luxurious resort with all the bells and whistles, or a rustic campground under the stars, Georgia has you covered. From charming Airbnbs and upscale lodges to serene campgrounds, there’s something for every couple looking to make their elopement weekend as magical as it can be. Below are some of my top picks!


Hotels, Lodges & Resorts


Activities To Do During Your Georgia Elopement

Embarking on your Georgia elopement adventure isn’t just about saying “I do” – it’s about creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime and celebrating with the people you love most (whether that’s just the two of you or you & your BFF’s)! That’s why it’s important to plan some intentional activities during your time in Georgia, both on your actual elopement day (so I can be there to capture it all!) and on the days surrounding it, to make the absolute most out of your trip.

Luckily, the state is brimming with exciting activities and experiences to make your elopement weekend truly special. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a foodie at heart, or an adventure seeker, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during your time in Georgia. So, if you’re ready to take your celebration to the next level, let’s explore some of the fun-filled activities you can add to your elopement itinerary:

  • Go hiking in the mountains of Black Rock Mountain State Park
  • Kayak or paddle board on one of the many lakes
  • Relax on the beach
  • Enjoy a romantic dinner at a waterfront restaurant
  • Explore one of the many waterfalls
  • Do an ATV Off-Roading adventure
  • Tour the Rock City Gardens

Meet Your Georgia Elopement Photographer

Woman sitting on couch with camera in her hand.

Hey y’all, I’m Tessa – your Georgia elopement photographer, adventure buddy, right-hand woman, and lover of all things outdoors! I’m a big believer in the power of crafting an intentional elopement day that represents you & your partner in the most authentic way possible, so that’s why I’m here.

Not only will I capture the moments of your day for you to cherish forever but I’m here to encourage you to build a day that looks & feels like YOU, and no one else!

Georgia Elopement Packages & Pricing

Now that you’ve learned everything there is to know about eloping in Georgia & have gotten to know me a little bit, you might be wondering what it would be like having me as your elopement photographer!!

You can take a look at my Georgia elopement package & pricing below, and then head to my contact page to get in touch about your elopement – I’d be SO honored to photograph your epic day!

4 hours to Multi-Day Coverage Includes:

  • Engagement session 
  • 60+ page Planning Guide w Vendor Recommendations 
  • Custom Location Guide
  • Timeline Planning
  • Professionally Edited, High-Resolution Images
  • Sneak Peeks within 48 hours
  • Online Gallery with Unlimited Downloads
  • Printing Rights
  • Unlimited Number of Photos
  • Travel anywhere within Georgia

Sample Georgia Elopement Timeline

12:00 PM: Photographer Arrival Time

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM: Getting Ready & Details at Airbnb

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM: Partner 1 Puts on Attire

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM: Partner 2 Puts on Attire

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM: First Look

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM: Travel from Airbnb to Ceremony Location

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM: Ceremony

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM: Group Portraits

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM: Picnic w Cake

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Activity Time

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Sunset Couples Portraits

8:00 PM: Photographer Departure Time

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I'm a micro-wedding and elopement photographer in Upstate, South Carolina. My style is documentary—I love capturing the in-between, unposed moments between you and your love. I strive to know you and capture you at your most authentic.