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The Oregon Coast is a magical place. With its iconic rock formations, rugged seaside cliffs, sandy beaches, and cute coastal towns – it’s no wonder the Oregon Coast is a popular elopement location. Are you dreaming of those quintessential PNW vibes? If so, this Oregon Coast elopement guide is for you!
The best time to elope on the coast is from late May/ early June to early October. You’ll experience warmer temperatures and less rain. During the Fall and late spring, you can expect rain or a light drizzle. However, if you’re hoping for those moody pacific coast elopements, this is an ideal time for you.
I’d also recommend opting for a weekday elopement to avoid crowds. Monday-Thursday, especially if you’re hoping to elope at one of the more popular locations like Cannon Beach.
To legally get married in Oregon, you’ll need to obtain a marriage license from the county. You’ll have to pay the $60 fee, but it’s good for 60 days. You’ll also need an officiant to marry you and two witnesses to sign your marriage license.
Depending on the size of your party, and whether or not you plan to include decor such as arches, chairs, arbors, or etc. you may be required to obtain a permit. You can read more about permits and whatnot by contacting the State Park Coastal office.
So you’re probably wondering when this Oregon Coast Elopement guide is going to tell you where on the Oregon coast you can get married. Without further ado, below are some of my favorite elopement locations.
One of the most popular Oregon Coast elopement locations is Cannon Beach. Famously known for its iconic landmark, Haystack Rock. The basalt sea stack stands 235 feet from the shore and makes the perfect backdrop for a quintessential Oregon elopement. I love this cozy coastal town because it’s home to some of the best beachfront hotels, a wide range of Airbnbs, and some of the best local breweries and fine dining restaurants around.
If you’re thinking about including your family in your Cannon Beach elopement – check out The Cutest Family Elopement at Cannon Beach for inspiration!
Screw and Brew – a fun local public house and hardware store. Don’t be fooled by the name or the lingering nails. They serve refreshing brews and some of the best burgers around.
Pelican Brewing – is one of this sleepy coastal town’s finest tap houses. Perfect for a post-elopement gathering with our crew. It’s a more casual establishment, but the vibes are top-notch.
If you’re looking for a post-elopement accommodation that offers those luxury hotel honeymoon vibes, I highly encourage you to check out Stephanie Inn. But fair warning, you may never leave.
Insider Tip: If you’re big day visions include this popular coastal town, I encourage you to opt for Monday-Thursday elopement. Due to its popularity, it can become quite crowded, especially on a sunny summer day. Don’t let this steer you away, though. The Oregon Coast on a cloudy Fall day offers some pretty romantic and moody vibes.
Ecola State Park is located between Seaside and Cannon Beach and offers some of the most breathtaking ocean views of the Pacific. The park is a popular elopement location because of its endless hiking trails, prime picnic real estate, cliffside viewpoints, secluded coves, and lush green forest. You can’t go wrong here. Every inch of this State Park has jaw-dropping views.
Hug Point State Park is a hidden gem, and a stunning slice of the Oregon Coast. It is a less popular option compared to Cannon Beach but with equally amazing views. With rock formations, caves, and some pretty incredible waterfalls, Hug Points is an ideal elopement location.
Rockaway Beach is an entire vibe all on its own. Located between Manzanita and Gariablidi, is a 7-mile stretch of sandy beach. Rockaway Beach is a perfect elopement destination for couples who crave an intimate celebration in a beautiful location.
This Oregon Coast elopement guide wouldn’t be complete without mentioning those stunning old-growth forests that reside on the Southern Coast of Oregon. If you haven’t had the chance to visit, consider this your sign to do so!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this Oregon Coast elopement guide. If you’re interested in learning How to Elope in Oregon or need more resources to plan your Oregon Coast elopement – check out my detailed Oregon Elopement Guide!