Why 50% of Couples I Work With Elope to a Cliff in Ireland
Most couples these days want something distinct and non-traditional to make their big day unforgettable. While some choose a unique color palette or an outside-the-box wedding program, half of the couples I worked with chose to tie the knot 700 feet above the water to make their big day extraordinary!
Yes, 50% (or even more) of those who booked my services for their elopement in Europe chose a venue as extraordinary as a cliff in Ireland to make their wedding truly a special day.
Can’t blame them! It’s such a scenic spot for a destination elopement because the views are breathtaking and you can expect your wedding photos to look stunning. But aside from the obvious reasons, here are the other answers from the brides and grooms when we asked, ‘Why to get married on a cliff?’
Unique and dramatic
Depending on your creativity, you can tweak some elements to make your big day different. But for the couples I photographed, they just had to choose a unique elopement venue such as the cliffs, which immediately turned their wedding into something totally unique.
There are three cliff elopement venues in Ireland where you can get married. One is near Dingle and two are in County Clare. All of them are picturesque and dramatic, thanks to the fresh green landscapes and the heavenly blue Atlantic Ocean that complete the scene of a breathtaking ceremony.
Perfect for an adventure
I’m 100% sure that couples traveling all the way from the US and Canada have one thing in common – an adventurous spirit. This adventurous spirit automatically attracted them to the rugged and picturesque cliffs in Ireland.
The brides I got the chance to take photos of were truly up for an adventure as they wore boots underneath their dresses so they can easily move around. This is the kind of wedding shoes that you’ll need if you’re walking towards the rugged Irish cliffs! But aside from the boots and the unique rocky aisle, you can also see some castle ruins, visit some old villages of Ireland, and even drink a pint of Guinness in a nearby pub after your ceremony. How’s that for an adventure?
If you’re eloping to Europe and you came all the way from the USA or Canada, it will be hard to bring 100 guests or so with you. For most of my couples, that was not a problem. In fact, that’s exactly the reason why they decided to elope – so they can have an intimate ceremony with no guests at all! An elopement for two makes their celebration purely about them.
The couples who booked my services did not have that many worries for their elopement in Ireland. The main reason is that they had no expensive and nitty-gritty wedding details to work on!
No need for venue styling, transportation of over a hundred guests from the ceremony site to the reception, or a catering package for all of them! There are nearby pubs for an intimate dinner and lodges located 10-15 minutes away for accommodation. Most of them hired a wedding planner in Ireland so they won’t have to make those bookings on their own. A local wedding planner knows the best deals there are and the best ways to make your day totally stress-free.
Since more and more couples are starting to notice the beauty of a wedding on the Irish cliffs, hotels, lodges, and a dedicated venue was built a few minutes away from the site. These are the backup plans in case it rains on your wedding day. Some of my couples chose to elope in summer to avoid the rains while some delayed the ceremony for a few hours to wait for the rain to stop. In case you’re wondering, drizzles are normal in Ireland but they usually don’t last long.
The added benefits: Cozy villages
One specific cliff in Ireland is located at the tip of the Dingle Peninsula where you can see a cluster of ancient sites and cozy villages from above. That’s an addition to the breathtaking views of the Atlantic in the background when you get married here.
If the Atlantic and ancient villages are not enough, there are castle ruins in some of these cliff elopement venues too. They add a unique and historic vibe to the scene because they also serve as the background for your exchange of vows!
A honeymoon tour
Lastly, some of the couples I worked with wrapped their wedding and honeymoon in one beautiful trip to Ireland. They capped it off with a rightful honeymoon tour offered by some organizations here while some of the most adventurous ones decided to rent a private car and drove around. Either of these options gave them the chance to visit tourist attractions and enjoy the surreal landscapes of the Emerald Isle.