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So if you’re thinking of a Sedona Adventure Elopement my vote is, DO IT! Sedona is easily one of the most beautiful places in the country in my opinion. Theres 360° of breathtaking views no matter where you’re at, and something for everyone to do. If you’re wanting an epic adventure elopement, Sedona may be just the place for you!
When it comes to planning the perfect day in Sedona here are some key things to think about… when is the best time to go, where do we elope, and what do we do?
This is a layered answer but in order to plan the perfect day you need to know all the details. Time of year, time of day, and day of the week are all important to take into account. Sedona isn’t quite as hot as Phoenix but it still gets toasty, so summer can be a tough month if you’re wanting an all day adventure. Sunrise and sunset are good times to elope if you are really wanting to get married in the summer! It can also be pretty chilly in the winter months so if you’re wanting ideal temperature the best seasons are spring and fall.
The best day(s) of the week are any days other than the weekend! Weekends in Sedona are busy, it’s a huge weekend getaway spot for tons of people and it has become very popular. During the weekend you’re going to be fighting crowds, other couples eloping/proposals/engagement sessions, and you will for sure struggle to find a parking spot at any of the popular spots!
When it comes to time of day many people flock to places like Cathedral Rock and Devil’s Bridge to watch the sunset, but they’re also very popular in the day time and I’ve heard of lines forming to get those iconic shots. So if you’re wanting to beat the crowd I would opt for an earlier start time and do sunrise.
As I mentioned before, there are endless views all around so when it comes to choosing a place you have a lot of options! A few of my favorite spots that are easily accessible are Yavapai Vista and Bell Rock, I put these two together because they’re very close in proximity to each other! These would be perfect spots if you’re wanting to do a picnic but not hike too far. Also, if you’re including family and/or friends on your elopement day then these are great spots if you have anyone who isn’t big into hiking.
Cathedral Rock is one of those places that has blown up in popularity! You have to take a shuttle to get there once the road closes (due to the parking lot being full) but the views are incredible. The hike isn’t super long but it is a bit challenging, so if you’re not into hiking I would bypass this one. But for all my adventurous couples, you’ll love this one!
There are so many options for gorgeous places to exchange vows, go bouldering, have a picnic, etc. in Sedona. For some of those harder to reach areas or long hikes it’s best to use a four wheel drive vehicle to reach those spots! If you don’t own one you can rent one, there are tons of rental companies and jeep tours in Sedona.
Deciding what to do on your elopement day is so personal, and the options are endless! Think about what you like to do as a couple. Are you foodies? Do you love a long hike? Do you want to do something you’ve never done before? Helping my couples brainstorm ideas is one of my favorite things to do! I truly believe your elopement day should be more than just going to the courthouse…I eloped at the courthouse and there’s nothing wrong with that! But my husband and I also had an adventure elopement vow renewal and let me tell ya, it was a lot more fun and memorable than the Pensacola courthouse!
So here are some ideas to help you plan the perfect day in Sedona: