Suncadia Resort Wedding Guide – How to Elope at Suncadia

Tucked in the Cascade Mountains, you’ll find the incredible Suncadia Resort – a gorgeous PNW getaway with forests, mountain views, wildflowers, and hiking trails, along with spas, restaurants, and more! A Suncadia Resort wedding is perfect for any couple who wants to elope in a place that’s far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but still feels luxurious and refreshing. Whether you tie the knot just the two of you, or you bring your loved ones, you’re guaranteed an amazing experience! 

Here’s what you’ll find in this Suncadia Resort Wedding & Elopement Guide:

  1. About Suncadia Resort
  2. Places to Elope at Suncadia Resort
  3. When to Elope at Suncadia Resort
  4. Things to Do During Your Suncadia Elopement
  5. Getting Legally Married When You Elope
  6. Suncadia Resort Elopement Packages

About Suncadia Resort

The Suncadia Resort is close to the small mountain town of Cle Elum, just 90 miles east of Seattle. It’s a convenient place to elope if you’re traveling from the city, and a fun getaway year round! 

With tons of options for lodging, the resort can accommodate groups of any size. The Inn has rooms with views of the mountains and the golf course, the Lodge offers panoramic views of the river, and the vacation rental homes give you a more private place to stay with all of your guests! As an added bonus, Suncadia Resort welcomes pets – so your pup can be there when you get married!

Suncadia Resort Wedding Venues

When you get married at Suncadia, you’ll have a few different options for your ceremony and reception around the resort! 

The Lodge

There are a few options for venues in the Lodge. The Strawberry field is an outdoor lawn behind the Lodge that overlooks the Cle Elum River, with mountains in the background! Inside the Lodge, there are ballrooms that can accomodate bigger celebrations, or can be divided if you want to have an intimate reception with family or friends. 

The Village Amphitheater

This Suncadia Resort Wedding Venue is tiered, with outdoor patios that overlook the lake, surrounded by lush pine trees! 

Historic Nelson Farm

The farm is a charming, rustic venue with a restored farmhouse, log cabin, and a barn. It’s surrounded by open meadows and wildflower fields that bloom in the spring, and a gorgeous view of the mountains!

The Lookout

The Lookout is mainly used for bigger weddings at Suncadia Resort. The big canvas tent can be decorated however you want, hosting up to 220 guests.

Other Elopement Locations Around Suncadia Resort

If you’re planning an intimate elopement, you can also stay at the Suncadia Resort and have your ceremony on the trails in nearby mountains or forest groves. Gold Creek Pond is a great spot nearby, and there are lots of places to elope around Cle Elum Lake, and trails in the surrounding forest!

When to Elope at Suncadia Resort

Suncadia Resort is an amazing destination year round, so you can’t go wrong with setting a wedding date! The weather changes dramatically, and each season brings something a little different.

Winter at Suncadia

Winters are very cold and snowy, but there are tons of opportunities for winter fun! You can go sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, or rent a snowmobile. Your elopement ceremony will be in an amazing winter wonderland, and afterwards you can get cozy by the fire!

Spring at Suncadia

In the mountains around Suncadia, there will likely be snow until July. But the lower elevations get warmer beginning in March, and wildflowers start to bloom towards the end of May. The weather can be a little unpredictable, but it’s a gorgeous time to elope, and you can avoid the crowds by eloping before peak season.

Summer at Suncadia

And speaking of peak season, that would be summer! The weather is warm and sunny, perfect for hiking the trails around the Suncadia Resort, golfing, biking, and enjoying the outdoor pool.

Fall at Suncadia

After the summer is over, September and October are usually sunny, with warm weather that’s amazing for hiking. You can spot some autumn foliage, and explore amongst the fall colors! In the mountains, snow usually starts piling up around mid-October.

Things to Do During Your Suncadia Elopement

When you elope, it should be all about the experience – making sure your wedding day is a reflection of the two of you and your relationship, and that you start your marriage off with a fun, unique adventure! As an elopement photographer, part of my job is making a unique elopement timeline for each couple, which means I’ll give you ideas and things to do on your day.

Here are just a few of the fun adventures you can have at Suncadia Resort!

  • Go hiking
  • Have a picnic by Cle Elum Lake
  • Take a bike ride
  • Sled at the resort
  • Snowshoe the trails
  • Cross country ski or go to one of the nearby ski resorts
  • Go ice skating
  • Hit the golf course
  • Visit the spa
  • Swim at the outdoor pool
  • Have dinner at one of the restaurants at the resort

Getting Legally Married When You Elope at Suncadia

To make your Suncadia Resort wedding officially official, you’ll need a marriage license! This needs to be obtained at any county clerk’s office in the state of Washington. If you live here, I recommend going to the office closest to home.

If you’re traveling, the Kittitas County office is closest to Suncadia. However, it’s often easier to apply at the King County office in Seattle – they’ll allow you to complete the entire process online and get your marriage license in the mail! After you get your marriage license, there’s a 3 day waiting period, and it expires after 90 days.

To ensure you’re legally married, an officiant and two witnesses will need to sign the marriage license.

 Suncadia Resort Elopement Packages

Once you’re ready to start planning an adventurous wedding at the Suncadia Resort, I’ll help you plan every detail! From personalized recommendations for things to do and places to have your ceremony, a custom timeline, and all the tips, advice, and support you need for a perfect day, I’ve got your back. 

Contact me to learn more about Suncadia Resort elopement packages, and to start planning your unique, meaningful wedding day!



that mountain view is everything!!! what a great resource for couples

YOUR guide can help us get more information to have an elopement wedding there. What a beautiful spot to get married at!

Such a helpful guide with so many beautiful wedding ideas. Suncadia looks like the perfect place for an intimate wedding or elopement!

It seems like there are tons amazing options for weddings in Suncadia!

What a great resource for people looking to elope somewhere in the PNW that has everything they are looking for!

The pnw has no shortage of gorgeous elopement spots, and Suncadia is no exception!

Oh wow, I really love that mountain overlook. What a beautiful spot to get married at!

What a brilliant resource for any couples considering getting married at Suncadia. The explanations of the seasons are particularly helpful for choosing the correct date.


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