Small Ceremony and Elopement Tips in Washington

Something about January makes couples look out over the New Year and want to deepen their connection to one another. Whether they decide to have a small wedding, renew vows or plan a springtime elopement, the new year brings new adventures for those in love. If you’re looking to do the same this New Year, here’s our list of small ceremony and elopement tips to plan your special day.


Experienced Wedding Support

While small weddings, vow renewal ceremonies and elopements mean lighter planning than bigger events, there will still be planning to do. So, get backup! Having experienced help who arranges details like the cake, flowers and officiant will take loads off your plate. Here at the Cabins, our event packages have helped hundreds of couples organize their ceremony for a sweet and breezy day on the property. We work with only the best Columbia Gorge vendors like, Windflower Cakes and Bloomsbury Flowers so even the smallest gatherings feel grand and opulent.


Hire a Professional Photographer

Because this is your special day, you’ll want to have photos that are just as special. An experienced photographer knows how to capture the moments that will warm your hearts for years to come. Especially for winter and springtime elopements when the light is trickier, a seasoned photographer can catch the glow of your connection.

Photo credits for this blog belong to Rebecca Hicks PDX Photography.

Get the Papers in Order

Perhaps a less romantic wedding and elopement tip is to make sure you take care of the legalities. In Washington, for example, you must apply for a Washington State marriage license at a county auditor’s office at least three days before your ceremony. Vow renewals are ceremonial events, so they won’t need the paperwork. But a key to making it official, is to consult your local county auditor office to ensure you have your all papers for your big day.


Enjoy Making it About Your Love

Here at the Cabins, we’ve been graced to witness so many declarations of love. Especially during the pandemic, many couples have booked winter or springtime elopements and save the larger celebrations for the outdoor summer air.

Interestingly, whether it’s a vow renewal, small wedding party or impromptu elopement, guests often share with us one particular unexpected joy from their stay. With fewer elements to manage, couples find their ceremony becomes less about a planning the big event and more about the love they share.


And this brings us to our final ceremony and elopement tip: savor your moment and make it forever yours.

Lavish in your time together before and after the ceremony. Take a hike together or relax with a couples massage. Put the finishing touches on your vows while sitting in glorious nature. Embarking on a new adventure in love is truly a unique occasion, make it about you!


Make the Cabins the Setting for Your Special Day

With manicured lawns and covered porches, Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins is the perfect backdrop for a vow renewal, small wedding or elopement any time of year. We have a variety of small ceremony and elopement packages for winter, summer and springtime to help you get started. We also offer romance packages to make your stay extra special.

However you celebrate your love, we hope these ceremony and elopement tips give you some ideas for taking your relationship to new levels in this New Year!

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