a guide to the best places to elope in wales
A list of some of the best places to elope in Wales. Magical glacier lakes, breathtaking views from Snowdon, and general wilderness and wondrousness! Wales has it all, making it one of the ultimate elopement locations perfect location for a dreamy elopement in the UK.
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Dreamy elopements in Wales are beautiful! With over 1,680 miles of coastline and mountains as high as Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), this small but mighty fine country, ‘Cymru’ in Welsh – often referred to as the land of the dragons – is truly magical!
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Wales is, without doubt, one of THE best places to elope in the UK and definitely deserves to feature highly on the list of ultimate UK elopement locations! If you love the sound of a bespoke elopement experience in Wales but you’re not quite sure where to start – I’m here to help!
From the sandstone slopes of the Black Mountains in the east to the Pembrokeshire Coast with its 11 Blue Flag beaches and the ruggedly charming and truly magnificent landscapes Snowdonia boasts at every turn – there are so many options for you to have a once-in-a-lifetime elopement here!
1. snowdonia national park – one of the best places to elope in the UK!
Head to the northwest of Wales to find the mountains and glacial landforms of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. While the summit of Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain, can get pretty busy – particularly during the summer months – there are many other spots in Snowdonia that lend themselves perfectly to a magical elopement in the British Isles. With stunning views across the sea to Ireland, over 100 lakes, and ruggedly charming peaks like Cadair Idris and Tryfan – Snowdonia is undoubtedly one of the most charming places to elope in the UK!
2. Brecon Beacons national park
You’ll find the Brecon Beacons National Park in the South, featuring the iconic skyline of Pen y Fan, Corn Du, and Cribyn. Head to the northern margin of the Black Mountains for Llyn y Fan Fach and the folklore of the lady in the lake.
Treat yourself and stay in the magnificent Cwmmau Farmhouse. It has 5 bedrooms, some with 4 poster beds and a wild flower meadow – perfect if you want to bring family members and/or friends to your elopement in Wales!
3. Cardigan Bay is one of the best places to elope in the UK
On the west coast of Wales, you’ll find the UK’s biggest population of bottleneck dolphins – Cardigan Bay.
Treat yourself to a feast or get married the Fforest way – embracing simple pleasures and natural beauty. Dreamy coastal elopements for the win with awe-inspiring views pretty much anywhere along the Wales Coastal Walk and pretty little fishing villages like Porthgain just north of Llanrhian. If you decide on an elopement wedding near Cardigan Bay – it’s a great place to stay if you want to discover Ceredigion, Pembrokshire and Carmarthenshire on your honeymoon!
4. The Moelwynion Range
The Moelwyns sit between Capel Curig, Beddgelert and Blaenau Ffestiniog, and although the area is a little rugged – it’s also perfect for quiet walking. On sunny days it’s easy to spot the pyramidal peak of Cnicht from the south-west. Consider it one of the best places to elope in Europe for those wanting “The Welsh Matterhorn”, aptly named after its more famous alpine peak, as a backdrop on their elopement wedding photographs.
5. Romantic lakes in Gwynedd
For a totally bespoke off-the-beaten-path elopement in Wales, that’s a bit wild and full of adventure, romantic lakes in Gwynedd and the folklore behind them are the stuff that dreams are made of! Plan to go hiking, biking, or rock climbing on your dream elopement day (or just hang out by a fishing boat) and we’ll capture some memories that’ll last a lifetime! Book one of these 10 perfect love shacks in North Wales you’ll never want to leave and get yourselves to Wales for an unforgettable romantic weekend elopement! Don’t forget to pack a blanket and a few sandwiches if you just fancy spending a couple of hours relaxing in one of the best places to elope in the UK. Champagne optional!
6. enjoy the views across the valleys of the magnificient Cambrian Mountains
Follow in the footsteps of Owain Glyndŵr – the last native Welshman to hold the title of Prince of Wales – and plan a Welsh elopement along the peaceful Glyndŵr’s Way trail. This remote and sparsely-populated area is one of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in Wales – ideal for postcard-perfect UK elopements! For other stunning locations in this area check out the Cambrian Way and also more localised routes such as the Ystwyth Trail, the Rheidol Cycleway and the stunning Wye Valley.
7. wales coast path
Snowdonia is home to 200 miles of coast with more than 35 beaches and an elopement on the beach should definitely feature highly on this list of some of the best places to elope in Wales.
Spend a leisurely afternoon on the beach (in the sun if you’re lucky). Harlech for instance, home to the steepest street in the Northern Hemisphere and a medieval castle set on a rock, has gorgeous sandy beaches and who doesn’t love a romantic castle in the background? For the camping enthusiasts – Shell Island, one of Europe’s largest campsites, boasts stunning views of Cardigan Bay and the Snowdonia National Park. Just imagine yourselves all snug in your tent with a glass of champagne in hand on the day of your elopement watching the sun go down over the sea – priceless!
8. Tan y Pistyll, the little house under the waterfall
For a truly magical small wedding or elopement (How to plan a simple wedding quickly will help if you’re stuck for ideas) – head to the waterfall at Pistyll Rhaeadr! You’ll find Britains tallest single-drop waterfall in Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, in the heart of the Berwyn Mountains. And although the peaks in the Berwyn Range are generally a little lower than those in nearby Snowdonia, the views are just as stunning and the setting is enchanting!
Some other best waterfalls in Wales you could consider are Rhaeadr Ewynnol about two miles west of Betws-y-coed and Sgwd yr Eira in Ystrafellte, one of the gems on the Four Falls Walks near Aberdare.
If you’re at the beginning of your elopement planning journey and have fallen in love with Wales, let’s plan a bespoke elopement in the UK that’s every bit as unique as you! Spend the first night as husband a wife in a cosy log cabin and enjoy champagne in your very own outdoor hot tub. Go skinny dipping at night underneath a thousand stars on a moon-lit beach in Snowdonia. Let your imagination run wild and let’s plan the destination wedding of your dreams!
I’m an experienced and professional North Wales Wedding & Elopement Photographer based not far from Llangollen in the Clywdian Range. I photograph weddings, elopements, vow renewals, anniversaries and proposals in the local area and further afield, throughout Wales and the whole of the UK. I specialise in photographing raw & beautiful moments – perfect for destination wedding & elopement photography in Snowdonia. Get to know me a little better by reading all about me.
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Babs Boardwell is a wedding & elopement photographer based in Llangollen, servicing Wales and the surrounding areas. Often provides services for weddings & elopements across the whole of the U.K. Specialises in capturing artistic portraits paired with unique storytelling moments to produce natural, romantic wedding & elopement photography. The Clwydian Range is home but available for travel across the whole of the U.K.