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Top Destinations to Elope, According to Instagram

Bali is the Most Popular Destination for Wedding Elopements According to Instagram. Catherine Luther Wedding Films has analyzed 100,000 Instagram images to determine the 25 most popular destinations for wedding elopements.

More and more couples are bucking tradition, choosing to elope near and far for the intimate wedding of their dreams. For some, this decision may be down to avoiding the undesired limelight that naturally comes with a big wedding, and for others, it’s a great excuse to avoid complicated family relationships or simply to keep costs low.


As one of the largest social sharing platforms on the planet, Instagram is a popular place for couples to share their special day with friends and family, with over 1.4 million images posted with the hashtag #elopement.


The research was conducted by analyzing the location data of over 100,000 Instagram images that were tagged #elopement


Not having to consider a large guest list means couples are not limited geographically to where they can choose to tie the knot. For some couples, it’s not just about saving money, but the lure of a beautiful remote location to exchange vows with a beautiful backdrop for photographs.


The top ten destinations were as follows or view the full results here.

1. Bali, Indonesia

2. New York, USA

3. Paris, France

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. Yosemite National Park, USA

6. San Francisco, USA

7. Reykjavik, Iceland

8. Istanbul, Turkey

9. Seattle, USA

10. San Diego, USA


Bali takes the number one spot on the list of most popular elopement destinations for couples. Enchanting forests, jaw-dropping cliff-tops, pristine beaches, and spectacular waterfalls provide incredible settings for the ceremony, and with affordable accommodation, an elopement to Bali won’t break the bank either.


If getting married in the great outdoors of the United States is more of your thing, then 3 of the top 25 destinations were U.S. National Parks. Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and Rocky Mountain National Park are popular destinations for adventurous couples that often marry at sunrise or sunset to take advantage of golden hour.


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