Eloping in New York City

Learn About Elopement Packages in New York City

New York City Elopement Details

Some of the best things about New York include its sense of whimsy and excitement. The big apple is genuinely larger than life!

You can have the classic New York experience by getting married in front of historic city hall or something more quaint on the top of the Rock Rockefeller center. New York is a perfect elopement location for the couple who wants the big city thrill! Come and plan your Elopement for New York, New York, a city so wonderful they had to name it twice.

New york Elopement Packages

$2100$Starting at
  • Standard Plan

    • Includes modern wedding officiant, 60 minutes of elopement photography, personal elopement planner, and more!
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$2700$Starting at
  • Standard Plan

    • Includes everything in the standard plan plus cake cutting, champagne, mini picnic reception, and more!
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  • Destination
    New York City, New York
  • Elopement Venues
    Brooklyn Bridge Park, Central Park, City Hall, Highline, Top of the Rock
  • Seasons Available
    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
  • Included
    60min photography
    assistance with ceremony timeline/transportation
    location permits/fees
    marriage license instructions
    modern wedding officiant
    personal elopement planner
    personal vows
    religious or nonreligious ceremony
    vendor referrals (hair makeup transportation)
    witness if necessary
  • Not Included
    90min photography
    alcohol
    bouquet and matching boutonniere
    location permits/fees for up to 10 people
    transportation
  • Extra
    day-of coordinator
    extra photography
    videography

1. HOW CAN I ELOPE IN NEW YORK CITY?

For those that aren’t residents, don’t worry! You can still plan your dream elopement in New York City. But first, you’ll need your marriage license. To get a marriage license in New York City both parties must appear before a clerk at a government marriage bureau. The people getting married must fill out a license application, sign it, and provide an approved photo ID to confirm their identities and ages.   Be sure to do your research ahead of time for office hours, as some clerk offices are only open on weekdays for marriage licenses. The state has a 24-hour waiting period once you receive your marriage license. We encourage all of our couples to take care of your license in advance so there’s no stress on your wedding day.    A marriage license does not mean you are married, and it is not proof of marriage. Rather, it's documentation that shows you are allowed to get married. You still have to do the marriage ceremony/say your vows! But don’t forget to return the actual license to the clerk’s office where it was issued as your final step. They will give you certified copies of your marriage license for records.

2. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ELOPE IN NEW YORK CITY?

We have options to fit every single budget! Our elopement packages can be tailored for any budget-conscious couple or those looking to splurge on additional decor and details. The standard fee is around $35 for a New York marriage license, and there are potential permitting fees if you’re planning to elope at a park or certain outdoor venues. We will be able to provide more info and take care of any required permitting fees in advance of your elopement date. 

3. WHERE CAN YOU ELOPE IN NEW YORK CITY?

The question rather is, “Where do you want to elope in New York?” We’ve had couples opt for Central Park and historic hotels as their ceremony locations. But the options throughout the state are endless. Dreaming of quiet backyard elopement, or saying your vows at the Top of the Rock? Let’s chat more about all of the details!

4. WHAT DOCUMENTS DO YOU NEED TO ELOPE IN NYC?

Both parties must provide government-issued photo IDs that show your photo, name, date of birth (you must be 18 or older to get married in the U.S.) and address, such as a passport. A list of accepted IDs can be found here.

5. DO YOU NEED A WITNESS TO GET MARRIED IN NEW YORK CITY?

When eloping in New York, there must be at least one witness at the ceremony. If you and your partner are traveling alone, one of us is happy to serve as your required witness during the ceremony!

6. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BE OFFICIALLY MARRIED IN NYC?

Once you have your New York marriage license, there is a 24-hour waiting period before your ceremony can happen. After you’re married, you’ll need to return your signed and completed marriage license (witness signatures included!) to the Clerk’s office. After that, you can expect to get the certified copies of your marriage license within 1-6 weeks.  

7. HOW MUCH DOES A COURTHOUSE WEDDING COST IN NEW YORK CITY?

The cost for civil ceremonies can vary based on the country you’re planning to get married in. But on average, civil ceremonies in New York are around $35 depending on whether you will have a witness present or need one to be provided.   

8. CAN I GET A NEW YORK CITY MARRIAGE LICENSE ONLINE?

Couples can now apply for a marriage license in person or online at www.nyc.gov/cupid. In-person marriage licenses are issued by appointment only, and couples must arrive on time or they may forfeit their appointment.

9. CAN A NOTARY MARRY SOMEONE IN NEW YORK CITY?

Yes, if the Notary Public is ordained or receives a one-day officiant designation. New York State law requires any person who performs a marriage ceremony to register with the City Clerk.

New York City, New York

New York, often called New York City to distinguish it from New York State, or NYC for short, is the most populous city in the United States. With a 2020 population of 8,804,190 distributed over 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the State of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban area. With over 20 million people in its metropolitan statistical area and approximately 23 million in its combined statistical area, it is one of the world's most populous megacities. New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, significantly influencing commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports, and is the most photographed city in the world. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy, and has sometimes been called the capital of the world.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City

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Elopement Venues in New York City, New York

These are some of the locations we’ve booked elopements at in the past, if you see one you like let us know -- if you have something else in mind contact us and we’ll see if we can make it work! If you'd like more information about other urban elopements, we've got a short guide with tips and package information. New York offers a mix of urban options as well as options like Central Park however, so there's really something for everyone even in the Big Apple!
Brooklyn Bridge
$2470+
Central Park
$2170+
City Hall
$2170+
Highline
$2170+
Top of the Rock
$2170+

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