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Elopement in Croatia - all you need to know

Are you planning an elopement in Croatia? Well, you have chosen a beautiful country with versatile landscapes. Elopements and weddings in Croatia are very popular among couples from all around the world and there are many reasons for that. To all of you considering Croatia as your elopement destination, you came to the right place. Because this guide to elope to Croatia is designed to narrow down some of the most beautiful places to elope in Croatia as well as useful information.

Why is Croatia a perfect elopement destination?

Hands down, it is famous for its coast, but all Croatian regions are also beautiful gems if you are searching for a unique elopement location. There are four types of natural regions in Croatia: Mediterranean, Alpine, Pannonian, and Continental. It is interesting how in such a small territory one can find such huge biodiversity: sea, islands, peninsulas, mountains, hills, and valleys. Everything is there, you just have to choose what fits your elopement idea most.

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Beautiful Elopement Locations in Croatia

Beach and waterfront elopement ideas

Hvar is among most the famous places to get married in Croatia. Relaxed wedding venues include beach restaurants Zori and Laganini on nearby islands. Hvar itself has picturesque narrow streets and stone buildings perfect for your bridal backdrop photos.

Vis is for years one of the most popular wedding locations in Croatia. It gives a perfect blend of the traditional island lifestyle and amazing nature with panoramic sea views.

Dubrovnik is famous for Game of Thrones but also for small weddings in Croatia. There are many options whether you want an intimate wedding within city walls or an elopement on the hill Srđ above Dubrovnik. As a nearby destinations worth considering as your elopement location in Croatia we suggest to check out Pasjača beach – one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole world and Arboretum Trsteno – with its park and mansion, it is perfect for a small wedding in Croatia.

Pelješac peninsula is a hidden gem when speaking of destination weddings in Croatia. It is a paradise for wine-lovers, so if you are one of them, Pelješac is worth checking up. Vineyard weddings are great way to celebrate your love within a unique setting and perfect food and wine. 

Mountain elopement ideas

Dinara is the highest Croatian mountain and one of our favorite locations when it comes to adventure elopements in Croatia. Also, many other locations offer a breathtaking view for your mountain elopement in Croatia. Most beautiful Croatian mountains are parts of Nature or National parks. That is why we have made it a separate section of this guide. Scroll down for more info.

Lakes and rivers elopement ideas

Red and Blue lake, Baćina Lakes, Cetina River, and Zrmanja River are among the famous natural locations for adventure elopement in Croatia. Located in different parts of Croatia, each of them offers unique landscape, culture, and gastronomy. Although the Croatian coast is trending for years, these natural gems are worth considering for your intimate wedding or elopement in Croatia.

Waterfalls and canyons elopement ideas

Plitvice Waterfalls are absolutely the most famous natural gem in Croatia. It has its pros and cons. The sceneries there are epic in all seasons. However, the waterfall trails can be busy even in the coldest days of the winter. But with some careful planning, you can get amazing memories from elopement on Plitvice Lakes and Waterfalls.

Krka Waterfalls, being part of National Park Krka, are also pretty busy but in certain times of the day and out of peak tourist season, the Krka River and its waterfalls can be a great location for your elopement photos.

The Devil’s Passage Canyon is for real adventurers. This canyon has amazing beauty and is not that crowded, especially during weekdays. We see it as a perfect location for utterly adventurous elopement in Croatia.

Elopement in Nature parks in Croatia

Did you know that Croatia has 8 National parks and 11 Nature parks? Hey, that is a lot! And just that fact can guarantee you that you will find the most amazing locations for your adventure elopement in Croatia.  

National parks:  PlitviceKrkaRisnjakNorthern VelebitPaklenicaMljetKornatiBrijuni
Nature parks: Official website of Croatian Nature parks

Each National, as well as Nature park, offers a truly unique experience thanks to their’s exceptional biodiversity. They are located across the country, in different landscapes, each featuring its specific character. If you are eloping or just want to have an additional experience during your wedding in Croatia, we highly recommend adding one of these on your travel list. 

Ideas for adventure celebration of your Croatian elopement

Besides epic elopement photos, Croatian Nature parks and other natural locations are also a great place to celebrate your elopement or an intimate wedding with some of the adventure activities. Maybe you want to try sea kayaking and paddle into the sunset or if you are more of adrenaline type, you can try rock climbing, paragliding, kitesurfing. There is a wide range of activities for anyone. If you can’t decide about how to celebrate your elopement in Croatia, have a look at this list of best adventures to celebrate your elopement in Croatia.

Practical Info for getting married in Croatia

Climate and When to visit:

Croatia has a warm climate so we can say it has warm to hot summers and moderately cold winters. That being said, it is ideal to visit all year round. July and August are the most popular months, however, we would always recommend May/June or September/October. It is not so hot and there are fewer visitors, which means it is more convenient for an elopement anywhere in Croatia. If you have a limited budget, these months are also great because it is low season and prices of accommodation are lower. If you are a fan of winter and snowy scenery, then December and January are the best.

Croatia is very famous among visitors from all around the world so some of the places are very popular and tend to be overcrowded in seasons. 

But, fear not, because as Croatian elopement photographers and adventurers, we know where and when is the best time to visit these places to beat the crowds. If you want to know how we can provide you with the best elopement experience in Croatia, check out our elopement style and workflow.

Marriage license in Croatia:

Required documentation and the legal process for a marriage license in Croatia may vary from nationality to nationality so we advise you to check the requirements with the Croatian embassy in your country.  Generally, the only legal type of marriage in Croatia is a civil ceremony. For this, you need to have an officiant and two witnesses. Additionally, you can choose to have a religious ceremony or, typically for elopements, you can also have an unofficial ceremony and do the papers in your own country. Price and taxes for officiant vary according to the location of the ceremony.

Where to stay for your elopement in Croatia:

Finding a perfect accommodation for your elopement in Croatia depends on your preferences. Croatia is famous tourist destinations so lodging possibilities are various: from luxury accommodation, famous hotels, private accommodation to mountain huts, glamping tents, etc. When searching for unique accommodation options, we always use Airbnb. You can check out the list of our favorite elopement lodgings in Croatia.

real intimate weddings and elopements in croatia

American couple on their intimate wedding in Dubrovnik standing on the rock looking at the sunset and hugging. This photo is captured by Idearium adventure elopement and intimate wedding photographer in Croatia.

Dubrovnik Intimate Destination Wedding

Jasmina & Matthew have chosen Dubrovnik for their intimate destination wedding. The ceremony took place on the terrace of the hotel in Dubrovnik with stunning waterfront views. We did short photo shooting in Dubrovnik during the day and sunset photo shoot on the rocks next to the dinner venue. This story can serve you as an inspiration for your Dubrovnik intimate wedding

A bride and groom standing on the viewpoint in Biokovo nature park, in a very romantic scene, looking at the sunset - these elopement photos were captured by croatia elopement photographer Idearium Weddings.

Biokovo Nature Park Adventure Elopement

Jeannette and Nigel came all the way from Singapore for their elopement in Croatia. This adventure elopement story on Biokovo mountain includes not only amazing landscapes but also cute horses that were roaming around the mountain.

Relaxed Sunset Elopement in Dubrovnik

Get inspired by this story aboutAannelise & Kevin's relaxed, non-planned sunset elopement on the waterfront of amazing Villa Dubrovnik in Croatia. After having a big, stressed wedding a week before, they have decided to marry again in their own way - alone, focused on one another, during their honeymoon in Dubrovnik.

Bacina Lakes Outdoor Intimate Boho Wedding

This relaxed boho wedding took place on Bacina Lakes. The bride and groom, both surfers, organised a traditional boat ride for international guests on beautiful serene Bacina Lakes, outdoor wedding ceremony on private spot just next to the lake and dinner party on remote location in wilderness of Neretva Valley.

Croatia elopement packages

If you are searching for an intimate wedding or elopement photographer in Croatia, you clicked the right link! We offer various elopement packages specially designed for Croatia. We are a team of creatives and adventurers based in Croatia. What that means for you? Well, first and foremost, we make sure you have the best experience whether it is your elopement or intimate wedding. We deliver unique photography and video memories that you will want to go through over and over again. Finally, as we are based in Croatia, it means we know our country really well and our travel and accommodation expenses are covered. Sleek and simple. 

Our packages range for 2-day experiences to half-day sessions which can include both photography and videography as well as guidance for adventure elopements. With any package, you will get our wedding guide, tailored to your needs as well as full support from us, at any moment.

Below is our general Croatia wedding and elopement package which can be tailored up to your preference. Because no elopement or wedding is the same.

Our Croatia intimate wedding and elopement package:

– 3+ hours coverage
– personalised wedding guide
– all edited photos in full resolution, with printing rights
– wedding film with best moments from your elopement or wedding
– personal web gallery with sharing options
– our travel and accommodation in Croatia is covered

Starting from EUR 1200.

Custom quotes on request.

This is Croatia intimate wedding and adventure elopement planning guide created by Idearium Weddings. We are constantly updating and adding new content to it. If you think some information is missing or should be in this elopement and wedding guide for Croatia, please let us know. Let’s spread the adventure!