Stats: The Most Popular Destinations to Elope, According to Instagram

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With proposal season almost upon us, Catherine Luther Wedding Films has released a roundup of the most popular destinations to elope, based on an analysis of more than 100,000 images on Instagram

As one of the largest social sharing platforms on the planet, Instagram is a popular place for couples to share their special day with friends and family, with over 1.4 million images posted with the hashtag #elopement. Catherine Luther Wedding Films analyzed the location data of over 100,000 images that had been posted on Instagram under the #elopement hashtag in order to compile the list. 

The top 10 destinations to elope are:


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  1. Bali, Indonesia
  2. New York, USA
  3. Paris, France
  4. Las Vegas, Nevada
  5. Yosemite National Park, USA
  6. San Francisco, USA
  7. Reykjavik, Iceland
  8. Istanbul, Turkey
  9. Seattle, USA
  10. San Diego, USA

Bali topped the list of elopement locations, which the company attributed to its beautiful beaches, forests and clifftops, as well as its affordable accommodations. In the United States, three of the top 25 destinations in the report were National Parks: Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Rocky Mountain National Park. These are especially popular for sunrise and sunset ceremonies in order to take advantage of golden hour, according to the report. 

The most popular continent for elopements is North America, accounting for 14 of the 25 top destinations, including New York, San Diego, Seattle and Las Vegas. The most popular destinations in Europe are Paris, followed by Reykjavik and Tuscany

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