I mean…have you seen Door County??
If you look up the most beautiful places in Wisconsin, it’s rare that Door County doesn’t make the list. The peninsula is about 2 hours north of Milwaukee, about 3 hours from Madison. Wisconsin’s easternmost county reaches up into Lake Michigan, past Green Bay.
If you’ve read my article on eloping in Wisconsin (or if you live in Wisconsin), then you know what the weather is like here, on average. Because Door County is a peninsula, surrounded by water, the area is less likely to see late spring freezes.
Other than that, the general climate is similar to the surrounding areas in Wisconsin: freezing winters, breezy springs, warm humid summers, and the most gorgeous autumns.
Seriously. If you want some of the most beautiful autumn colours in the backdrop on your wedding day, Door County in September/October is the place to be.
I’ll always recommend getting near water during the warmer months, and if you’re planning a wedding during the winter, make sure you’ve got warm clothes and some indoor places scoped out to warm up!
Door County has a wealth of hotels and AirBnBs. Here are a few that I found that would be perfect for an elopement getaway. Feel free to look around yourself, too; there are so many options for every style and budget:
This adorable cabin on Bailey’s Harbor
Two words: Water. Glamping.
A cabin with water views, for a more rustic feel
According to the Door County website (as of spring 2020), you need several things when you apply for a marriage license in Door County, including your wedding date, your officiant’s name/address/phone number, valid ID, and proof of residency. There’s a checklist HERE.
If you aren’t a Door County resident but just want to get married there, you can do that too. You’ll just have to get your marriage license elsewhere in Wisconsin.
Have I convinced you? Are you considering a Door County wedding?? Reach out HERE if you want to chat with me about it!