Your complete guide to planning your elopement in Dolomites

This guide on how to elope in Dolomites is packed with all important information that we have gathered in our 10+ years of covering elopements and weddings in the Dolomites.

The Dolomites are renowned for their stunning landscapes, towering peaks and picturesque alpine lakes.

This north-east part of Italy is one of the most breathtaking places in the world and has been recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2009.

No matter which season you pick to visit, you will be amazed by the beautiful views and the incredible landscapes, the picture-perfect lakes, enchanted forests, not to mention fantastic food and charming alpine architecture.

How to get to the Dolomites

The closest major international airports are Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) and Innsbruck Airport (INN) in Austria.

You might have to fly to Milan, Munich or Frankfurt first, if you’re coming overseas, as most connections go through those airports.

You could also check Treviso (TSF), Verona (VRN), and Bergamo (BGY) for low-fare flights within Europe.

The best way to get to and around Dolomites is renting your own car. This gives you the flexibility and the freedom to explore the area at your own pace. There is nothing like driving below the majestic mountains in the front seat.

“What is the best time to visit the Dolomites?”

Spring (May & June)

Spring comes a bit later in the Dolomites area, and even in May there still might be some snow around.

May is a good time to visit the places lower in the valleys, because most mountain roads and cable cars are closed until June.

It’s the perfect time if you’re not really into hiking that much, but still want to have beautiful mountains in the background.

And the best part, since it’s shoulder season, everything is quieter and you just might get that perfect spot for yourself.

Photo: Alpe di Siusi in June

how to elope in dolomites
how to elope in dolomites


Summer (July & August)

This is the peak season in the Dolomites, and everything is green, wildflowers are blooming…

It’s the best time for all outdoor activities, cable cars are running and all mountain huts are open.

Because a lot of people visit the Dolomites during these months, this means we will need to walk a bit further than most tourists, to find a private spot for some photos.

Another way to avoid the crowds is to do a sunrise or sunset elopement (or both), so consider staying in one of the mountain huts the night before.

If you’d like to have your elopement in the summer, make sure you book your accommodation as soon as you can. Rooms and chalets in the area can be sold out even 6 months in advance for some dates.

Photo: Cadini di Misurina in July

Fall (September & October)

This might be the best time to visit the Dolomites: In September the weather is still nice and warm and the number of tourists scales down, which makes exploring the hiking trails much more enjoyable.

October is a great choice if you love golden and orange tones, as the foliage starts to change colour, but it can also get cooler, so make sure to have a jacket ready.

Also keep an eye on the cable car schedules as they usually close mid October, the same goes for mountain roads.

Photo: Valparola Pass in September

Winter (December – April)

Get ready for some snow!

Dolomites are beautiful when covered in snow, and it does sound like magic, however there are a few things to consider, if you are thinking about a winter elopement here:

Skiing on your elopement is fun and there are some amazing ski slopes you should check out. But if you are not a skier, the cable car operator might not let you get to the top of the mountain (in some locations they do, in some not).

Most of the lakes are frozen and are covered in snow, so on photos you can’t really tell there’s a lake at all. If you come in April, the lakes start to warm up and you just might get lucky to see that amazing reflection of the snowy mountains in the background.

As everywhere, December is all about the festivities and visiting the Christmas market can be a cute addition to your photo gallery (if you don’t mind the crowds).

Photo: Frozen Lago di Braies in March

The best locations and places to stay

how to elope in dolomites

Lago di Braies

Lago d Braies has become Insta-famous in the last couple of years and it truly is a spectacular place, but to make the best out of this locations, here are the things you have to know.

The lake is super busy during the day, so if you would like to take photos here, make sure to come super early!

The boathouse is open during the summer and you can reserve the docks just for yourself (either for photos or a symbolic ceremony) before it opens up to public at 9 AM.

The path can be dirty, especially after a rainy day, so make sure to have boots or extra shoes with you.

During the high season (July 10th – September 10th) the road leading to the lake is closed between 9:30 – 16:30 and can only be used when you book your parking spot online.


Tre Cime and Cadini di Misurina

Reaching these spectacular mountains is fairly easy, as there is a road leading up there(toll to be paid when entering the area – 30 Eur per car) and a big parking place just at the start of both hikes.

Both hikes are fairly easy (under 1 hour) and while the hike to Tre Cime is mostly flat, the hike to Cadini is a bit uphill and will require some effort. But the views are definitely worth it.


And many more…

There is so much to see and experience in the Dolomites, so here is just a short list of locations that you can also enjoy:

Alpe di Siusi
Cinque Torri
Val di Funes
Alta Badia
Val di Fassa
Val Gardena
Valparola Pass…
Paso Giau

What your elopement day could look like:

An early start with a sunrise session

A relaxing start with local breakfast before the bride’s styling session

A midday moment to yourself

A relaxing lunch break in a charming village or a short hike rewarded with a hilltop picnic

An afternoon hike + sunset views

Exchange your vows in an intimate wedding experience with stunning mountain backdrops.

how to elope in dolomites

Activities to include in your elopement day(s)

It’s not just about hiking and beautiful views. Here are some ideas you can steal and include to have the most amazing day:

  • have a picnic in the meadow overlooking the mountains;
  • rent a boat (Lago di Braies) and enjoy the lake from another perspective
  • enjoy elevated local cuisine awarded with a Michelin star
  • ski or snowboard in world-famous Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • explore one of the many trails with a mountain bike
  • enjoy cycling on the closed road – SellaRonda Day
  • get a helicopter ride to the top of the mountain for sunset views
  • take a wine tour and enjoy some of the best wines in the world

Where should we stay?

There are so many different places to choose from, this might be the second toughest decision. Dolomites offer everything: from 5 star hotels to charming chalets and mountain huts to beautiful boutique hotels designed by renowned architects, perfect for design-lovers.

Dolomites is a bigger area than you might think, and some places are more than 2 hours of driving apart, so when you search for you accommodation, start your search near your favourite lake or mountain.

These are just some of the most unique places here:
Forestit Dolomites
Anders Suites
Olympic Spa Hotel
The Schgaguler
Floris Green Suites
Strata Hotel
La Pedevilla
Larix Lodge
Mila Montis
The Zallinger

how to elope in dolomites
how to elope in dolomites


Can we get legaly married in Italy?

The short answer is yes, you can, even if you are not Italian. However be prepared to do some work getting all the documents needed, translating them to Italian and then apply for a ceremony in one of the city halls. In most cases, you are limited with the location of the ceremony to the city hall or some pre-approved locations like hotels etc.

If you are already feeling stressed while reading this, don’t worry – more and more couples these days decide to do a symbolic ceremony instead. This gives them the opportunity to have a more meaningful ceremony, custom written for them (which can include all sorts of stories, anecdotes, and traditions…) and the ability to have the ceremony pretty much anywhere. Including the mountains!

The legal stuff? They just sign the paperwork back at home and that’s it!

Elope with a local photographer & guide

If you’re wondering how to elope in Dolomites, 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 and lower impact on the planet;
  • We are flexible to change to the next day, if the weather forecast is really bad or it’s not safe to hike.


Your day. Your adventure!

Reach out and let’s plan your perfect adventure in the Dolomites!