WOOHOO!!! If you're here chances are you recently got engaged and are looking into different options for your big day.
If you want to find out exactly how to elope in Destin FL, then read on my friend!
If you've never been to Destin before (or if you're a seasoned guest), let me start by telling you that I honestly think we have some of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast. Destin is home to crystal clear water, white sand, magical forests, and I think it's an epic location for your intimate elopement!
Depending on how many people you plan on inviting to your elopement you may need to secure a beach wedding permit. Typically the guidelines for this are that a permit is needed for a gathering of more than 20 people or if you plan on bringing decor such as an arch or arbor.
The permit process is fairly straight forward and inexpensive. More information can be found on the Okaloosa County Events site
Know what months to avoid!
I knowwww there's nothing more romantic than a beach wedding in October - the fiery sunsets, deep blue water, and warm weather can all be a draw. But just know that September-early November is prime hurricane season here on the Gulf Coast.
If you're willing to risk it then the reward can be great! But if you'd rather have a milder season with fewer surprises then February-May is ideal.
And this may come as a shock, but my personal favorite month on our beaches is December! Yes, it can be cold, but the water reflects the gorgeous pastel color of the skies and the weather (besides being chilly) is typically pretty mild.
This can be a super fun part of planning your elopement! Destin and 30A is home to so many talented vendors who live to help people elope in Destin FL
Once you have your date and you know how many people will be in attendance, you can decide on a venue! Most of my couples who elope in Destin simply have an officiant on the beach with no setup and just a few loved ones. But if you're feeling like you may want something bigger I'd recommend inquiring with Sunquest Beach Weddings for a nearly all-inclusive experience. You can find more info on their website -
And if you'd like to see a full list of my favorite vendors in the area
Securing your marriage license if you're from out of state is as simple as showing up at the courthouse and leaving with your marriage license.
If you're from the area then there is a three day waiting period. I'm not sure why...
The most difficult part of getting your marriage license is knowing exactly which county you'll be getting married in. Destin straddles both Okaloosa and Walton counties, so just double check your ceremony site to know which courthouse to go to.
It really is as simple as that!
Once you've done all the above work, you can show up and rest easy knowing that your elopement day will be a success. Destin is such a gorgeous place and if you choose to elope here I can promise you won't regret that decision.