Malibu Elopement guide

Malibu has always been the spot that has a lot to offer. A few miles west of LA you will get the most gorgeous beaches, what could be better for an elopement? Eloping has becoming more and more usual in the US. Ever since Covid happened the elopement business has been booming. Why spend a year planning a wedding when you can easily just elope, just the two of you. I got the honor to capture Lankavi and Jesses Elopement at Leo Carrillo beach.

One big tip is to Elope on a weekday - that way you will avoid the big crowds on the beaches.

Places to elope in Malibu

Point Dume

Malibu creek state park

Leo carrillo state park

Point dume state beach

Point mugu state park

Getting legally married in malibu

Malibu wedding permits

Some of the locations in Malibu requires you to get a wedding permit, this depends on when you are planning to elope. On the upside many of the beaches in Malibu dont require permits for ceremonies under 25 guests.

Malibu marriage license

The marriage license is what you need to get legally married. The nearest office is in Los Angeles, Its recommended to make an appointment (you can do so up to two weeks in advance) Bring both your photo id´s and the marriage license will be valid for the next 90 days.

Malibu elopement officiant

For the elopement you need an officiant to perform the ceremony and sign the marriage license.

Avoid harsh sunlight for photos, plan your elopement during sunset or sunrise within 3 hours are best.

Alternatives to a malibu elopement

Big Sur elopement

San Diego elopement

Bay area elopement

Wedding attire

What should you wear to your elopement? Usually for the bride the dress is a bit more casual when it comes to an elopement- but that is definitely up to you! Just remember sometimes you will have to hike to your elopement locations, so make sure you are able to move in your dress.

Hair and makeup

When it comes down to your hair and makeup for your wedding day you want to feel your most beautiful self. I would always suggest doing a trial if you choose to have makeup and hair professional done to avoid being disappointed with your final look. If you choose to do hair and makeup yourself there are so many tutorials on youtube and TikTok that you can watch to get the perfect look for your special day.


There are so many options when it comes to florals. You can choose to hire a florist or why not do your own bouquet with flowers from trader joes. You can find a lot of inspiration on Pinterest.


You want to love your photos!! Make sure you choose the right photographer. You want to choose a photographer that can capture your love as a couple and incorporate your love story in your pictures.