we are looking to elope somewhere within the country, USA, that is unique and affordable. We live in miami , fl. We were considering vegas, but the decent chapels charge a lot of money for the photo rights , and the photos are important to us. Therefore we are looking at other options. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
It's a really broad question. I'd think, if it is just you and your FI, the only cost would be the marriage license and the officiant. Plus travel expenses. By definition, that would all be pretty affordable. Except potentially the travel, but that is something you all can control.
On the bad side, it takes forever to get out of FL (by car) from Miami. On the good side, Miami is a big enough airport to probably be able to find good flight deals to all kinds of places.
I'd narrow it down to where you all want to travel to and then seek out cool, unique places around there. There are probably over a million places that could fit a description of being fun, cool, and/or quirky.
Heck, in Las Vegas, there are all kinds of quirky places. Though typically tons of people around. It doesn't have to be a chapel. Choose a spot, make sure it is okay with the owner (if applicable), book an officiant, and get married.
Ooohhh...get married at the top of Hoover Dam! That'd be pretty sweet, unique, and have amazing photo ops. And still near Vegas to enjoy your trip/honeymoon in that city.
Now that I've thought of Hoover Dam, I want a re-do, lol.