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Elopement in Sedona: A Guide to Planning Your Intimate and Romantic Ceremony

Updated: Apr 2, 2023


Couple poses during Sedona elopement. Photo by Arizona Photo and Video.

Sedona, Arizona, is a breathtaking destination that offers stunning natural landscapes and a serene and romantic atmosphere. It's no wonder that more and more couples are choosing Sedona for their elopement ceremonies. If you're considering an elopement in Sedona, this guide will help you plan your special day, from choosing the perfect location to finding the right vendors and making sure all the legal requirements are met.

  1. Choosing the Perfect Location: Sedona offers a variety of stunning locations for your elopement ceremony, from red rock formations and canyons to lush forests and creeks. Some popular spots for elopements in Sedona include Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and Oak Creek Vista. Choose a location that speaks to you as a couple and fits the vibe you want for your ceremony. Depending on the location, you may need to obtain a permit or pay a fee to elope or hold a small gathering.

  2. Finding the Right Vendors: Finding the right vendors is key to making your elopement ceremony in Sedona special and memorable. Consider hiring a local Sedona photographer or videographer to capture your special day, an officiant to perform the ceremony, and a florist for your bouquet and any floral arrangements. Many couples choose to hire a Sedona Wedding Coordinator to help make their special day a reality. Some vendors may offer elopement packages, so be sure to inquire about any special deals. You will also want to be sure that your vendor is local to Sedona or knows the area very well, as there are many things to take into consideration, such as traffic and location permits, closures, and shuttle services that will highly impact planning your Sedona elopement.

  3. Meeting Legal Requirements: Before you can tie the knot in Sedona, you'll need to make sure you meet all the legal requirements. Arizona requires a marriage license, which can be obtained at any Arizona county clerk's office. Please note that Sedona borders two different counties: Yavapai and Coconino. Obtaining a marriage license from either county will work for your Sedona elopement. You will need two witnesses in addition to your officiant. Many couples choose to utilize their photographer and videographer in true elopement style!

  4. Celebrate Your Marriage: Many Sedona-area restaurants are in high-demand and require advance planning for a reservation, especially during the busy seasons of Spring and Fall. You will want to make a reservation ahead-of-time if planning to celebrate your elopement in Sedona.


All in all, Sedona is an amazing place to tie-the-knot! Our unique landscape and beautiful weather make Sedona a perfect choice to elope. Are you interested in getting married in Sedona but eloping isn't for you? Check out our list of Sedona's top wedding venues.


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