Revealed: The Best Wedding Destinations for a ‘Runaway’ Wedding

Move over Gretna Green, California is the new eloping hotspot!

Planning the perfect wedding day brings with it an array of emotions. Laughter, love, pride and excitement can be equally balanced with high costs and stress for engaged couples – so it’s no wonder that 60% of engaged couples consider eloping.

The average price of a wedding in the UK is now a staggering £30,355, which can lead many couple to question if there are better ways to spend the money.

Grosvenor Casinos has revealed the top 15 global eloping destinations and ranked them so which destinations came out on top?

The top 15 wedding destinations for those eloping:

  1. California, USA
  2. Las Vegas, USA
  3. Hawaii, USA
  4. New York, USA
  5. Florida, USA
  6. The Bahamas, Caribbean
  7. The Seychelles
  8. Fiji
  9. Barbados, Caribbean
  10. South Africa
  11. Ontario, CAnada
  12. Gretna Green, Scotland
  13. The British Virgin Islands, Caribbean
  14. Cyprus
  15. Cayman Islands

California revealed as the top destination for a ‘runaway’ wedding

Known for its cliff-lined beaches, warm weather and laid back nature, it’s clear to see why “the golden coast” is topping the Wedding elopement index.

Couples looking to elope scored California a 6 out of 10 in the survey, making it unsurprising that 247,016[6] couples tied the knot there in 2018.

California also ranked highly in the social analysis, with over 580 UK couples tweeting and Instagramming their elopements on social media.

Las Vegas, known for its lavish casinos, neon lights and white chapels came second in the overall rankings.

In the past year alone, 672 UK residents Instagrammed their Vegas elopements, which sees 204 weddings per day. That’s more weddings per day than entire countries, including Austria, Greece and Belgium

Vegas has more weddings per day than these 10 countries!