Waterfall Wedding Venues + Epic Elopement Locations

Waterfall weddings, who could ask for a more magical wedding venue than that? Hey new friend, we’re Celebrate Again, we’re on a mission to help couples break down all the rules of weddings so that they can then go celebrate in ways that reflect them and not old traditions or obligations that don’t match their wild, adventurous hearts.

Based in Colorado and Oregon, we’ve fallen literally head over heels for waterfalls. They take your breath away, sweep your hair back and make you feel alive (and maybe get you soaked!). And while we wish these states held the best of the best, we know that there are so many amazing waterfall wedding venues throughout the world, which is why we’ve gathered some of our friends to have them share their favorite waterfall wedding venues to give you plenty of options to choose from.

But before we begin, we want to share with you some of our best tips about how to have a waterfall wedding and make it a success. Ultimately, you’ll find having a guide like us or our friends through the process is going to ease all the stress. Nonetheless, we hope these tips will help you in your planning and dreaming.

(Wanna dream with us? Schedule a call: it’s our favorite thing to do as fairy godmothers of wildly different weddings).

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Can you get married by a waterfall?

Yes, you can! Check with who owns the land. You can read more about permits down below. Having a local photographer or elopement guide like us to guide you through the process is extremely helpful!

Dealing with the conditions and what to wear to a waterfall wedding

waterfall wedding venue in Oregon

Many times, waterfalls are located in water-heavy areas, meaning that summertime may be the only time the trails aren’t muddy, but depending on where you are in the world, it may just be muddy constantly. So make sure to read below about recommended gear.

  • Waterfalls are loud: You’ll also want to be mindful that waterfalls generally are loud especially if they are dropping from hundreds of feet. It can be hard to hear for your guests which is something to consider if this is an important piece of your ceremony.
  • Large waterfalls spray: as you get closer to them, you will get wet. Depending on how close you get to them or where a good spot is for your actual ceremony, this may be part of the experience.
  • Waterfalls are cold: Most waterfalls are very cold as they are coming from snowmelt off the mountains. However, in some tropical areas they can be warm, keep in mind it still will be chillier than some tropical ocean waters.
  • Bugs, snakes, and critters: Depending on where you’re at in the world you may be dealing with different critters. Talk to your local photographer about what to prepare for.

Pro Tip: here in Oregon you usually only have to deal with mosquitos and in some parts of the woods, ticks. A decent bug spray and staying on the trail will keep most ticks off of you. 

Ah, the elements of the wild. We hope this doesn’t deter you from your grand adventures but simply reminds you that outdoor weddings will mean your dress is going to get dirty. You may not want to wear heels, but as we really believe, what is life if you don’t have some dirt under your nails?

Recommended Gear

  • Crampons: are a wonderful addition to have if you know the area you’ll be in is going to be muddy. This will help you have more traction as you’re hiking or walking around.
  • Ponchos: if you know you may hit some rain it can be helpful to not get completely soaked.
  • Good hiking or walking shoes: are a must for you and all your guests unless you are going to an easily accessible waterfall. If you have a pair of shoes you love that aren’t walking-friendly we recommend putting them in a bag and changing when you get to your exact ceremony spot.

Elopement Packing List: if you’re looking for a full packing list check out our  packing list for elopements!

Permit Info

Work with your local photographer or contact the landowners (usually forest services, state parks, or other government agencies) to check about the current status of permits. While many locations may have some info online, it’s always best to check in real-time for updated information as things can change quickly and some articles online may have not been updated especially if they are from third-party websites. Waterfall Wedding location permits can range from zero to hundreds of dollars depending on the location. Which is still a far cry from the thousands most traditional wedding venues cost.

Leave No Trace

couple walking on a trail practicing leave no trace

Please make sure to stay on the trails, follow the area’s rules (read them when you arrive or ahead of time), pack out whatever you bring into the area, and don’t disturb wildlife. This includes not using champagne sprays, as this attracts wildlife to the trails and things like confetti or smoke bombs which historically have started large wildfires in dry areas. As elopement photographers, we want to make sure that we all respect the places we are going to so that we can all enjoy them for years to come.

Let’s keep these places more beautiful than when we arrived. We want you to be able to go visit your anniversaries and Celebrate Again too. 😉

Waterfall Wedding Locations in Oregon

With over 238 known waterfalls in Oregon, it’s no surprise this is one of the best states to come to if you want to have a waterfall wedding. Some of the most popular waterfalls you’ll find are in the Columbia River Gorge and many more are peppered throughout the state. Some are accessible. Some requiring long hikes and a few are hidden on coves of the beaches.

While we wish we could say we’ve been to all 238, we’ve really only visited a handful and often discover new ones with all our exploring. So, here are our top favorites that are perfect for a waterfall wedding in Oregon.

Wahclella Falls

coulple standing on rocks in front of waterfall in Oregon

This waterfall has stolen our hearts in particular because of the turquoise pool it creates, boundaried by fallen logs and a river that you can go splash in on a warm summer’s day. We love that it’s only 1.9 miles even though it’s a little uphill (223 feet elevation gain to be exact). The parking lot is small, so expect crowds if you pick a weekend or busy holiday season. Don’t forget to head to rec.gov to purchase your $5 parking pass! For more info about having a wahclella falls wedding check out our more detailed guide!

Latourell Falls

latoruell falls wedding venue in Oregon
One of the most accessible waterfalls. We adore this location because of just that. If you have any guests in wheelchairs this waterfall has a short push up a hill that will take you to a nook off the corner of the upper falls trail with the view of Latourell lower falls that is a perfect place for a small ceremony. However, you can also easily access the base of the falls, get splashed if you dare on the slippery rocks, or head up a mile to the upper falls for an even more gorgeous look.

Bridal Veil Falls

bridal veil falls in Oregon

Bridal Veil Falls is a lesser-known location, that cannot accommodate many guests. We wanted to include Bridal Veil Falls because it is gorgeous on its own, with rocks you can climb at your own daredevil risk and an overlook. This is a lovely spot for some afternoon exploring. If you love bridges you’ll also find this has a lovely one that crosses the stream below.

Multnomah Falls

Iconic for its 620-foot drop, the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon, it will take your breath away, but make sure to remember there will be lots of gaping mouths right next to you (its very crowded). For this reason, it’s not a very recommended ceremony spot but perfect for sneaking some pictures after dinner when all the crowds have gone home. You’ll find parking at exit 22 instead of along the Columbia river highway unless you have a handicap permit. So, when asked if you can elope at Multnomah falls we’ll answer yes but recommend you work with your Oregon elopement photographer (learn more about us as Oregon elopement photographers  to find a less crowded place.)

Silver Falls State Park

silver falls waterfalls south falls waterfall wedding venue

Full of 10 waterfalls along an 8-mile loop this park will hit all the itches for waterfalls. North and South falls have been the ones we’ve visited and fallen in love with. However it isn’t ideal for a group and would just be a spot for a ceremony on South Falls bridge or behind North Falls in the cave, that will accommodate 4-6 people. This area also requires a fee with Oregon State parks.

Hug Point

hug point waterfall in Oregon
Tucked along a cove just outside of Cannon Beach this beautiful beach is full of hidden treasures including a small waterfall that is best in the spring. If you love the ocean, the cliffs, and the waterfalls this may be a perfect place for your ceremony. Check out our guide on Cannon Beach elopements for more details about having your ceremony here.

A Hug Point Wedding: check out this guide on Cannon Beach Elopements where you can see more photos from this Hug Point wedding.

Brookings

waterfall on Oregon coast
view of sea rocks on the Oregon ocean coast

A place that has forever changed our lives, Brookings holds these magical coves that also have some small waterfalls. We love these places so much and they require a bit of scrambling to get to so we like to save this spot for our couples ready for a true adventure where you’ll get dirty, wet, and maybe collect some other war wounds to get down the more moderately rated trail.

Waterfall Weddings in Colorado

While Colorado is mostly known for its epic mountains like Rocky Mountain National Park weddings and Telluride Weddings we love all the tucked-away waterfalls. We haven’t explored every waterfall in Colorado and some of them are so special we won’t give full details here as to where they are, but, we have to share them with you because they are too cool not to.

Ice Caves

waterfall wedding venue in Colorado couple standing in front of iced waterfall
These waterfalls are best enjoyed in the wintertime from late January to February when winter is at its peak in Colorado. You’ll find behind these waterfalls are frozen caves that make you feel like you skipped off into a storybook of mystical snowmen and reindeer yearning to tell you the most magnificent story.

Blue Lakes

There are many places named blue lakes in Colorado (which I find quite funny, as it may be hard to find). Its obscurity is helpful to keep the crowds down, and is another reason to hire us as a guide to know which one holds the waterfalls! We love this area because it’s a very short hike to a gorgeous place that is very accessible. We’ll accept the altitude that may get any sea-level dwellers out of breath, but we hope you’ll be well hydrated to enjoy these high desert wonders.

Bridal Veil Falls

couple in front of frozen waterfall wedding venue in Telluride
It seems we’ve been to most waterfalls in the winter or early spring, but this waterfall outside of Telluride is one Colorado taller fall, coming down from 365 feet.

Fish Creek Falls

couple on a cliff in front of Fish Creek Falls

We’re big fans of winter wonderlands which is why we also have Fish Creek Falls. Gorgeous year-round, these falls are famous for ice climbers but we also love how accessible they are tucked in the canyons just outside of Steamboat Springs. Bring your snowshoes or crampons if you want to play in the wintertime! And don’t forget your swimsuit to head to the iconic Strawberry Hot Springs after to warm back up!

A Real Fish Creek Falls Wedding: check out this real Fish Creek Falls Wedding in Steamboat Springs!

We wanted to bring you the best of the waterfalls around the world so the rest of the waterfall wedding venues are from other photographers! We highly encourage you to work with a local or someone who has been to your location for your elopement as they will best know the details and nuances of what it means to get eloped in that area plus give you all the insider tips!

Waterfall Weddings in Tennessee

Fall Creek Falls

fall creek falls waterfall wedding venue with a couple standing in front of a waterfall photo by Jessica Kovach Photography
photo by Jessica Kovach Photography

“Getting married at Fall Creek Falls State Parks means you’ll get to choose from multiple waterfalls (or find a way to include them all in your day!) The main falls of the park is the most strenuous of the hikes, but is worth every step when you stand beside the 256′ waterfall. Known as the most visited state park in Tennessee, you may not be enjoying the views alone; however, if you’re not afraid to set your alarm to rise before dawn, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the park before crowds gather. An extra bonus to Fall Creek Falls is that most of the falls flow throughout the year so even if you’re eloping during a dry season, the falls will still be flowing!”  – Jessica Kovach Photography a North Carolina Elopement Photographer

Waterfall Wedding Venues in Georgia

Cloudland Canyon State Park

couple sitting on a rock in front of a waterfall having a waterfall wedding in Georgia photo by Jessica Kovach Photography
photo by Jessica Kovach Photography

“Boasting stunning overlooks, delicate forests, expansive meadows, and two cascading waterfalls, Cloudland Canyon State Park has a little bit of everything. It’s a popular destination for both elopements and weddings alike as it offer pavilion and cabin rentals for even large wedding groups. Experiencing this location in autumn will blow your mind as the trees are known for being brilliant in color set against the stunning waterfalls. Do keep in mind that the hike down to the falls does require a strenuous decent down 600 stairs! Yes, it’s crazy but worth it!!”- Jessica Kovach Photography a North Carolina Elopement Photographer

California Waterfall Wedding Venues

Burney Falls

couple having a waterfall wedding in Northern California standing on rocks photo by Brianna Parks Photography
photo by Brianna Parks Photography

“Burney Falls is an epic waterfall located within the mountains of Northern California. Known as the 8th wonder of the world, Burney Falls makes an incredible place for an elopement. If you want a quiet ceremony here, opt for an evening during the fall. The stunning colors compliment the beautiful blue water, and there are hardly any tourists. There are also multiple hiking trails around the area so you can see the falls from various viewpoints.” – Briana Parks Photography

Lower Yosemite Falls

couple standing in Yosemite meadows a waterfall wedding venue in California photo by BH Picture CO
photo by BH Picture CO

“Lower Yosemite Falls is a breathtaking site to see and a truly incredible location to say “I do”. This location can be fully accessible to those who are unable to hike uphill if you stay on the flat path that leads to a paved viewing station. However, in order to find a private space for you and your partner, I highly recommend walking the 15-20 minutes uphill to the craggy rocks just beneath the mouth of the waterfall. Definitely bring hiking boots or be prepared to take your shoes off to reach the mouth of the waterfall since the rocks can be slick! The best time to visit the falls are from Late April to early June while Yosemite’s waterfalls are still flowing and the meadows are lush with wildflowers. For even more privacy during your ceremony, you could opt for saying your vows in Cooks Meadow, which still offers breathtaking views of Lower and Upper Yosemite Falls in the background. You could then head up to the mouth of Lower Yosemite Falls for portraits.” – California Elopement Photographer

Waterfall Wedding Venues in Hawaii - Kaui

Kauai's Red Dirt Falls

couple standing in front of Red Dirt Falls in Kauai a good waterfall wedding venue photo by Briana Parks Photography
photo by Briana Parks Photography

“Kauai’s Red Dirt Falls are extremely accessible and located within the famous Waimea Canyon. Known as a seasonal waterfall, these falls are at their peak during the winter months. If you’re wanting the falls to yourself, opt for a sunrise or sunset time. The red soil is easily transferred onto clothes, so don’t be afraid to get your dress or suit a little dirty! Unfortunately, ceremonies are not permitted within the canyon, but photos are, so don’t skip out on this hidden gem!”- Briana Parks Photography

Maui Waterfalls Road To Hana

waterfall wedding venue in Maui Hawaii

Emmy here, I just had to pipe in about The Road to Hana in Maui. This road has endless waterfalls. Usually they are packed and most of them aren’t ideal for having more than your two witnesses and a photographer. I recommend you carpool too. But this one is worth sharing. I loved that people were jumping into the waterfall too which I only recommend with the utmost caution. You never know how deep the waters are currently. It gets muddy here with the amount of rain Hana gets, so be prepared to get dirty.

Let’s start dreaming about how we can be your Hawaii elopement photographers!

Waterfall Wedding Venues in Kentucky

Creation Falls

couple standing in the river with a waterfall behind them photo by Sarah Katherine Davis Photography
photo by Sarah Katherine Davis Photography

“Creation Falls in Red River Gorge is one of the most magical places to elope in Kentucky! As if the falls weren’t reason enough to love the area— just downstream is Red River Gorge’s only arch that goes over water— so you get two amazing sights on one trail. If you visit in the spring you’ll be treated to rhododendrons blooming along the ravine, in summer it feels amazing to wade in the water, & in autumn the leaves put on an amazing show!”- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography Kentucky elopement photographer

Waterfall Wedding Venues in North Carolina

High Falls

couple walking on rocks with a waterfall wedding venue High Falls behind them photo by Flit Photography
photo by Flit Photography

“High Falls is an epic find at the end of a short, but relatively grueling, hike near Tuckasegee, NC. Conveniently located near a small public park on a lake, there is ample parking and primitive bathroom facilities right across the street. No permit or usage fee is required. Bring plenty of water for your way back up, and remember to Leave No Trace!”- Leah MacDaniel with Flit Photography Virginia Elopement Photographer

Waterfall Wedding Venues in Virginia

Wigwam Falls

couple near the Wigwam Falls waterfall wedding venue photo by Flit Photography
photo by Flit Photography

“Wigwam Falls, along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, is a must-stop location along the parkway. The falls are less than a quarter mile from the small parking area, and there is a neat old, disused logging railroad nearby. This location does require a permit from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and can be busy especially during peak “leaf season!” Plan to go during the week and/or early to have the area to yourself. “- Leah MacDaniel with Flit Photography Virginia Elopement Photographer

Waterfall Wedding Venues Outside the USA

Wailing Widow Falls - Scotland

bride spinning around near a canyon and waterfalls photo by Raini Rowell Photography
photo by Raini Rowell Photography

“Wailing Widow Falls near Assynt is a remarkable spot for a private elopement. As with most things in the far north of the Scottish Highlands, it can be a little tricky to find but that makes it all the more special. There is an unmarked layby and from there is an easy 5 minute scramble to the waterfall itself.” – Raini Rowell Photography Scotland elopement photographer

Argyll + Bute - Scotland

couple sitting near a bridge and waterfall photo by Raini Rowell Photography
photo by Raini Rowell Photography

“Though a modest set of waterfalls, these glen falls in Argyll + Bute are worth a look because of the incredible fairytale-like bridge which crosses them. Hidden away in the Glen, it’s a 10 mins hike up the falls using an unmarked deer path.” – Raini Rowell Photography Scotland elopement photographer

Skogafoss Waterfall - Iceland

couple walking away from a waterfall photo by Diamond Elopements

“Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland is easily accessible by car and by foot. One can walk right up to the base of the waterfall, though you will get wet! There’s a river running out from the waterfall that makes for some beautiful pictures of the waterfall in the background. If you arrive early, you won’t have to deal with crowdes. If there are other people, however, they are easily photoshopped out.” – Diamond Elopements Destination Elopement Photographer

Chutes de la Marmite aux Sorcières - Montreal Canada

couple in a river bed with a little waterfall by them photo by Mirona Photography

“It’s an easily accesible waterfall 5 min from the parking lot. It’s defenetly not a touristy attraction and more of a secret place only knowed by locals. The shape of the falls are like nothing I’ve ever seen in Canada it’s trully magical to be there in the summer.” – Mirona Photographie

Other Waterfall Wedding Locations Around The World

While we haven’t visited these waterfalls ourselves we wanted to leave you with some extra inspiration for epic waterfalls around the world. If you love photos above of any photographers much travel and can help you know if you really can have a waterfall wedding here. We’re currently serving the USA so if any fall under these we’d love to schedule a call!

Gocta Cataracts

One of the tallest waterfalls in Peru.

Sutherland Falls outside of Milford Sound in New Zealand

a country you’ll find lush with adventure galore. I’ve gotten to visit this beautiful country in their winter. It’s a great idea if you’re looking for a warm location during the northern hemispheres winter.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

This waterfall links 16 lakes in Croatia. Its accessibility is wonderful and can also be enjoyed by free boat rides.

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