A guide to elope in Croatia

Pioneers of outdoor elopements in Croatia

Love and Ventures is Andrea and Mario, elopement photographer and videographer, based in Croatia. With years of experience shooting elopements and intimate weddings in all kinds of landscapes, we decided to create this guide to serve you as a good starting point for planning your elopement in Croatia. 

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adventure elopements and intimate weddings in croatia - all you need to know

Are you planning an elopement in Croatia? Well, you have chosen a beautiful country with versatile landscapes. Elopements and weddings in Croatia are very popular among couples from all around the world and there are many reasons for that. To all of you considering Croatia as your elopement destination, you came to the right place. Because this guide to elope to Croatia is designed to narrow down some of the most beautiful places to elope in Croatia as well as useful information.

Why is Croatia a perfect elopement destination?

Hands down, it is famous for its coast, but all Croatian regions are also beautiful gems if you are searching for a unique elopement location. There are four types of natural regions in Croatia: Mediterranean, Alpine, Pannonian, and Continental. It is interesting how in such a small territory one can find such huge biodiversity: sea, islands, peninsulas, mountains, hills, and valleys. Everything is there, you just have to choose what fits your elopement idea most.

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Beautiful Elopement Locations in Croatia

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Beach and waterfront elopement ideas

Hvar is among most the famous places to get married in Croatia. Relaxed wedding venues include beach restaurants Zori and Laganini on nearby islands. Hvar itself has picturesque narrow streets and stone buildings perfect for your bridal backdrop photos.

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Vis is for years one of the most popular wedding locations in Croatia. It gives a perfect blend of the traditional island lifestyle and amazing nature with panoramic sea views.

Dubrovnik is famous for Game of Thrones but also for small weddings in Croatia. There are many options whether you want an intimate wedding within city walls or an elopement on the Srđ Hill above Dubrovnik. As a nearby destinations worth considering as your elopement location in Croatia we suggest to check out Pasjača beach – one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole world and Arboretum Trsteno – with its park and mansion, it is perfect for a small wedding in Croatia.

If you dream about eloping in Dubrovnik, then check out our Dubrovnik elopement guide.

If you are planing on getting married in Dubrovnik,  read our Dubrovnik wedding guide.

While we are in Dubrovnik, we can’t skip amazing Lokrum Island. This is one of the must see places and it has some beautiful locations for the elopement ceremony that can be booked for private use. Also, the whole island is an amazing backdrop for your elopement photos.

Istria region is one of the favourite areas in Croatia for anyone planning their elopement. It’s versatile landscapes and rich offer will for sure give you some ideas.

Mljet, also famous as green island, is perfect elopement location for nature lovers that also like to use the opportunity to do a boat elopement or sailboat tour. If you are looking for an island with rich culture but also nature and a easy going island vibe, then definitely check up Korčula and Šolta islands.

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Pelješac peninsula is a hidden gem when speaking of destination weddings in Croatia. It is a paradise for wine-lovers, so if you are one of them, Pelješac is worth checking up. Vineyard weddings are great way to celebrate your love within a unique setting and perfect food and wine. 

Mountain elopement ideas

Dinara is the highest Croatian mountain and one of our favorite locations when it comes to adventure elopements in Croatia. Also, many other locations offer a breathtaking view for your mountain elopement in Croatia. Most beautiful Croatian mountains are parts of Nature or National parks. That is why we have made it a separate section of this guide. Scroll down for more info.

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Lakes and rivers elopement ideas

Red and Blue lake, Baćina Lakes, Cetina River, and Zrmanja River near Zadar are among the famous natural locations for adventure elopement in Croatia. Located in different parts of Croatia, each of them offers unique landscape, culture, and gastronomy. Although the Croatian coast is trending for years, these natural gems are worth considering for your intimate wedding or elopement in Croatia. 

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Waterfalls and canyons elopement ideas

Plitvice Waterfalls are absolutely the most famous natural gem in Croatia. It has its pros and cons. The sceneries there are epic in all seasons. However, the waterfall trails can be busy even in the coldest days of the winter. But with some careful planning, you can get amazing memories from elopement on Plitvice Lakes and Waterfalls.

Krka Waterfalls, being part of National Park Krka, are also pretty busy but in certain times of the day and out of peak tourist season, the Krka River and its waterfalls can be a great location for your elopement photos.

The Devil’s Passage Canyon is for real adventurers. This canyon has amazing beauty and is not that crowded, especially during weekdays. We see it as a perfect location for utterly adventurous elopement in Croatia.

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Elopement in Nature parks in Croatia

Did you know that Croatia has 8 National parks and 11 Nature parks? Hey, that is a lot! And just that fact can guarantee you that you will find the most amazing locations for your adventure elopement in Croatia.  

National parks:  PlitviceKrkaRisnjakNorthern VelebitPaklenicaMljetKornatiBrijuni
Nature parks: Official website of Croatian Nature parks

Each National, as well as Nature park, offers a truly unique experience thanks to their’s exceptional biodiversity. They are located across the country, in different landscapes, each featuring its specific character. If you are eloping or just want to have an additional experience during your wedding in Croatia, we highly recommend adding one of these on your travel list. 

Ideas for adventure celebration of your Croatian elopement

Besides epic elopement photos, Croatian Nature parks and other natural locations are also a great place to celebrate your elopement or an intimate wedding with some of the adventure activities. Maybe you want to try sea kayaking and paddle into the sunset or if you are more of adrenaline type, you can try rock climbing, paragliding, kitesurfing. Also, consider to have your elopement wedding on the boat in the beautiful Adriatic sea. There is a wide range of activities for anyone.

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Practical Info for getting married in Croatia

When to elope in Croatia

Croatia has a warm climate so we can say it has warm to hot summers and moderately cold winters. That being said, it is ideal to visit all year round. July and August are the most popular months, however, we would always recommend May/June or September/October. It is not so hot and there are fewer visitors, which means it is more convenient for an elopement anywhere in Croatia. If you have a limited budget, these months are also great because it is low season and prices of accommodation are lower. If you are a fan of winter and snowy scenery, then December and January are the best.

Here is our detailed post about what can you expect from the weather in each month in Croatia.

Croatia is very famous among visitors from all around the world so some of the places are very popular and tend to be overcrowded in seasons. 

But, fear not, because as Croatian elopement photographers and adventurers, we know where and when is the best time to visit these places to beat the crowds. If you want to know how we can provide you with the best elopement experience in Croatia, check out our elopement style and workflow.

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Marriage license in Croatia

Required documentation and the legal process for a marriage license in Croatia may vary from nationality to nationality so we advise you to check the requirements with the Croatian embassy in your country.  Generally, the only legal type of marriage in Croatia is a civil ceremony. For this, you need to have an officiant and two witnesses. Additionally, you can choose to have a religious ceremony or, typically for elopements, you can also have an unofficial ceremony and do the papers in your own country. Price and taxes for officiant vary according to the location of the ceremony.

Where to stay for your elopement in Croatia

Finding a perfect accommodation for your elopement in Croatia depends on your preferences. Croatia is famous tourist destinations so lodging possibilities are various: from luxury accommodation, famous hotels, private accommodation to mountain huts, glamping tents, etc. When searching for unique accommodation options, we always use Airbnb. You can check out the where to stay for your elopement in Croatia.

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Need more inspiration?

We do our best to give you the most up-to-date and useful information about eloping in Croatia That’s why our blog is full of articles and real stories that can help you start planning your dream elopement in Croatia.

Croatia elopement packages

If you are searching for an intimate wedding or elopement photographer in Croatia, you clicked the right link! We offer various elopement packages specially designed for Croatia. We are a team of creatives and adventurers based in Croatia. What that means for you? Well, first and foremost, we make sure you have the best experience whether it is your elopement or intimate wedding. We deliver unique photography and video memories that you will want to go through over and over again. Finally, as we are based in Croatia, it means we know our country really well and our travel and accommodation expenses are covered. Sleek and simple. 

Our packages range for 2-day experiences to half-day sessions which can include both photography and videography as well as guidance for adventure elopements. With any package, you will get our wedding guide, tailored to your needs as well as full support from us, at any moment.

Below is our general Croatia wedding and elopement package which can be tailored up to your preference. Because no elopement or wedding is the same.

Our Croatia intimate wedding and elopement package:

– 4+ hours coverage (photographer + videographer)
– exclusive elopement guide with 90+ pages filled with useful information
– personalised elopement guide, vendor recommendations and timeline ideas, unlimited help
– all edited photos in full resolution delivered within 1 week, with printing rights + elopement film
– personal web gallery with sharing options + print shop
– our travel and accommodation in Croatia is covered

Starting from EUR 2700.


This is Croatia intimate wedding and adventure elopement planning guide created by Love and Ventures. We are constantly updating and adding new content to it. If you think some information is missing or should be in this elopement and wedding guide for Croatia, please let us know. Let’s spread the adventure!