How To Elope In The Dolomites

I’ve been in love with the Dolomites ever since my first visit in 2017. I can’t believe I lived so close to them for so long, and hadn’t discovered the area sooner. But as they say, better late than never! If you are wondering how to elope in the Dolomites, then hopefully this post will help you.

How To Elope In The Dolomites

How to elope in the Dolomites in Summer by Wild Connections Photography

Let’s start by looking at the regulations for getting married in Italy:

Legal Marriages

In Italy both civil and catholic ceremonies are recognised as being legally binding, and whilst you do not need to be Italian or have Italian residency to get married in the Dolomites, you will need to submit all of your paperwork months in advance. Civil ceremonies can take place either indoors or outdoors as long as the location has been pre-approved by the Italian Authorities. The ceremony is usually conducted by the local Mayor or a government official in Italian or German (for the bilingual regions of South Tirol), so you’ll need a translator if you don’t speak the language. Unfortunately Italy doesn’t yet have marriage equality so LGBTQ+ couples can’t get married, they can only have a civil partnership. Fingers crossed this will change soon. If you need someone to help you with the legal paperwork, local wedding planner Jlenia can help you.

Elopement Ceremonies

Fewer and fewer couples are choosing to have their civil ceremony in Italy on the same day as their elopement. More couples are choosing to sign the legal paperwork in their home country before travelling or having the civil ceremony the day before.

Going down this route means that you are free to plan your elopement day exactly as you want, without the restrictions of all the legal stuff. With the boring, legal bit taken care of, the day is free for you to have the best adventure of your lives. If your dream is to hike up a mountain, have a picnic by a crystal clear alpine lake and say your vows to one another at sunset, you can absolutely do that!

You could choose to have a celebrant conduct a ceremony for you in your chosen location, bring your closest friends and family to officiate, or plan a private vow reading with just the two of you. The beauty is that possibilities are endless.

Planning Your Day

You’re eloping, which means you aren’t bound by family traditions or age-old superstitions. If you could picture the best day ever what would you do? Where would you go? What would you see and what would you eat? Image the best adventure you’ve ever had combined with getting married to your soulmate. Doesn’t that sound pretty perfect to you?

Time Of Year

If you love adventure, the Dolomites are just as incredible in winter as they are in the summer. For skiing elopements and weddings in the snow, January to April are the best months to come. Sometimes there is snow from November already, but unfortunately the seasons are getting more unpredictable.

If you’re looking to hike for your elopement then mid-June to October are perfect. The snow is usually melted from most of the hiking trails, many of the mountains huts are open for visitors and most of the mountain lifts will be in operation during this time.


A Dolomites Elopement At Lago di Braies in Winter by Wild Connections Photography

Is It Your Dream To Elope In The Dolomites?

As a local expert, I’ve helped a number of couples plan their perfect adventure across the Dolomites and the Alps.
If you are ready to say YES to your elopement, contact me today and let’s start planning your adventure!


How to elope in the Dolomites by Wild Connections Photography



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