HOW TO ELOPE IN SLOVENIA

Your complete guide to planning your elopement in Slovenia in 2024

Slovenia is a small but incredibly diverse country, known for its stunning natural landscapes, charming medieval towns, and outdoor adventures.

Despite its beauty, it remains relatively undiscovered by mainstream tourism, which makes it a perfect destination for your elopement adventure.

If you are considering Slovenia to be your wedding destination, you are in the right place. This guide is packed with all important information that we have gathered in our 10+ years of covering weddings and elopements in Slovenia.

We will go through all important things you need for planning, a list of best locations and places to stay and much much more.

Let’s dive in!



What is the best time to visit Slovenia?

Slovenia has a lot to offer in any season, from exploring green landscapes in the spring, to enjoying outdoor activities on lakes an rivers in the summer and experiencing wine harvesting in the fall. Let’s take a deeper look into each season:

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HOW TO ELOPE IN SLOVENIA

Spring and summer

Spring is a beautiful time to visit Slovenia as nature awakens from winter, and the landscapes become lush and green. Mid-April to mid-June is the best time to visit places like Lake Bled and Bohinj, the seaside and town of Piran.

Summer is peak tourist season in Slovenia, when the weather is the warmest. If you’re planning a hiking elopement, late June to September is the best time to visit the mountains. Afternoon storms are quite often for the Alps region in July and August, so adapt your plans for the day accordingly.

June, July and September are the most popular months, so if you’re planning to elope within those months, make sure to reach out soon, as our dates get booked pretty fast.

* Photo: Lake Bled in the summer

Fall and Winter

Autumn is another great time to visit Slovenia, especially if you enjoy cooler weather and fall foliage. The tourist spots are less crowded and the thunderstorms in the mountains start to fade out.

Winters are getting warmer in the last years and if you’re wanting a white wedding, you might only be able to find it high in the mountains (ski resorts like Vogel).

* Photo: Alpine village at the end of September

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What is the best way to travel to and around Slovenia?

If you’re flying, your destination could be the Ljubljana airport (LJU), but most international couples actually fly in to Venice (VCE) and then get a rental car to drive to Slovenia, which only takes about 90 minutes.

Having a rental car is also the best way to explore Slovenia: public transport is not developed as you might be used from other European countries and having a car gives you the opportunity to visit the rural parts and scenic landscape Slovenia has to offer.

If you’re looking to spice things up, consider hiring a vintage car for your elopement day.



Most beautiful locations for your elopement

Slovenia offers a lot of stunning locations for an elopement anything from majestic mountains and blue lakess settings and charming historic towns. Here are some of the most beautiful locations for your elopement in Slovenia:

HOW TO ELOPE IN SLOVENIA

Mountains, lakes and rivers

Slovenian Alpine scenery makes the perfect backdrop for your fairytale wedding. Enjoy the views of Lake Bled and it’s little island in the middle or take a cable car to Vogel and enjoy the view of Lake Bohinj from above.

Although Lake Bled is the most visited place in Slovenia, other areas are just as stunning. From Kranjska Gora and Vršič Pass to the Soča Valley, where turqouise river flows through the valleys, there is something for everyone.

And the best part, you can still find quiet, undiscovered places, so you can read your vows in an intimate setting, without any people.

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how to elope in slovenia

Vineyards and stone towns

The region of Karst and Goriška Brda will stun you with the views of rolling vineyards and charming old stone towns and villages.

This is a place for you if you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, enjoying good cuisine and excellent wine, and also if you prefer cycling over hiking.



Best places to stay

From luxury hotels to charming guesthouses and traditional alpine chalets, Slovenia has a variety of place for every budget and style.

Alpine region

Many hotels in Lake Bled offer stunning views of the lake and its iconic island with the church. If you can, ask for a water facing room, so you can enjoy those beautiful views when you get ready for your big day. Check Grand Hotel Toplice, Hotel Park, Vila Bled and Adora Hotel.

Lake Bohinj is more nature-oriented and here you’ll find the best modern alpine-styled boutique hotels and chalets in the region. See Hotel Bohinj, Sunrose 7 and Majerca.

If you’re looking for complete privacy and would like to stay somewhere quiet, in the nature, these off-the-beaten-track places will amaze you: Vila Planinka, Milka Boutique Hotel, Chalet Sofija, Hotel Plesnik, Triangel, Kekčeva domačija, Pristava Lepena.

Mediterranean & Karst

This area is full of rolling hills, vineyards and tiny stone town and can be a perfect base for your adventure in Slovenia.

Consider swaping your usual hotel for a charming apartment within the stone walls of Štanjel, Vipavski Križ, Šmartno and Kozana.

There are plenty of beautiful boutique hotels here too: Hotel St. Daniel, Hotel Gredič, Villa Fabiani, Tavarneta Estate…

If you’re looking for something unique check the Theodosius Forest Village.

Stay in a castle

Slovenia has many castles, some of which have been renovated and transformed into boutique hotels. Why not take this opportunity and experience what it is like to sleep between old stone walls with tons of history.

Otočec Castle is one of a kind – sitting on the water, it’s remote location and beautiful river Krka offer a serene atmosphere, perfect to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet.

There are some other castles all around Slovenia:
Lambergh, Golf Hotel Mokrice, Castle Gredič.

More inspiration and locations

HOW TO ELOPE IN SLOVENIA

Legal vs. Symbolic ceremony

Both civil and catholic ceremonies are recognized as legally binding in Slovenia. You can have a legal ceremony, even if you are not Slovenian, however you will need to do some paperwork (best to do it 5-6 months in advance). A translator will also need to be present during the ceremony. Civil ceremonies can be done in court houses or some other locations, that have been pre-approved by the city hall.

More and more couples decide to have a symbolic ceremony, which gives them the opportunity to create their wedding day without restrictions of all the legalities. Symbolic ceremonies can take place pretty much anywhere you want (as long as it’s a location that is available to public) and anytime you want (sunrise to sunset or even late in the evening). Symbolic ceremonies can be tailored to your personalities and include funny anecdotes, inspiring stories or readings… or whatever other thing you think of.

We can help you plan an organise both legal and civil ceremonies, so do not hesitate to reach out. We’ll figure out which option is better for you.

how to elope in slovenia

HOW TO ELOPE IN SLOVENIA

Elope with a local photographer & guide

If you’re wondering how to elope in Slovenia, we are here to share our knowledge and experience to create a magical day for you!

  • We keep up-to-date with trail conditions and road-closures;
  • We can advise you where to go and when, which areas are less crowded;
  • We will always have a backup plan in case we need to change things last minute;
  • As locals we do not need to fly in or travel, which means lower cost for you;
  • We are flexible to change to another day if the weather forecast is really bad and not safe to hike.

Your day. Your adventure.

Reach out and let’s plan your perfect day in Slovenia.