Elopement Packages in California
In California, we currently book elopements in Lake Tahoe, Laguna Beach, and San Diego.
San Diego, which is known as “America’s finest city,” and really does live up to its hype. With its beautiful year round weather and miles of white sand beaches, San Diego has life in every direction you turn. This place has an abundance of beach related amusement for you to enjoy before and after your lasting nuptials. Some hot spots include the gaslight district, where you can enjoy just about any drink, and Ocean beach where you can shop and surf! Let us help you plan the perfect elopement in sunny San Diego!
Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Nestled between California and Nevada, It is considered one of the most majestic bodies of water you can lay your eyes on. Elope on the divine shore amongst a beautiful natural wonder. Tahoe is gorgeous in the winter covered in a blanket of white snow. It also has so much to offer in the summer that includes hiking trails and of course swimming in the lake! If Lake Tahoe is your dream destination for your elopement let us know!
Popular Elopement Venues in California?
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California Elopement Packages
- Includes personal elopement planner, 60 minutes of photography, permits & fees, modern officiant, and more!
- Includes everything in the epic plan plus cake cutting, champagne, mini picnic reception, and more!
Tips for Eloping in California
How to elope in California
To elope in California, simply bring a driver’s license or passport for both parties wishing to elope to any county clerk office in the state — weekdays only. Note that some counties in California will also require copies of your birth certificates for this process, so check online well before your trip to confirm if this is a requirement for the county you plan to elope in. While you’re on the clerk’s website you may also check to see if you can start the marriage license application online before you travel. This can shorten your eventual visit to the clerk’s office to finalize your application and help to avoid any unforeseen complications that might arise on the week of your elopement when you’re already far from home.
How much does it cost to elope in California?
There are California elopement options to fit any budget. The Golden State has plenty of possibilities for those looking to splurge a little, but if you and your partner are trying to be budget-conscious, you can certainly keep costs low. Your marriage certificate will cost around $100 and, if you’re eloping outdoors, there may be extra fees associated with any permits required to elope in one of the state’s nine national parks.
Where can I elope in California?
California is a huge state with so many different landscapes that it can be daunting to narrow down the location of your small California wedding. Talk with your partner about the kind of weather, scenery, and activities that bring you the most joy before deciding on your elopement destination, venue, and date. The northern half of the state is more pine trees than palms and it celebrates all four seasons out loud while the southern half of California has more of a tropical, beachy feel overall and fewer national parks. Both areas have plenty of perks, so it’s up to you to figure out what your preferences are before honing in on a location for your intimate California wedding.
What do you need to elope in California?
You’ll need to bring $100, one form of government-issued identification per person, and proof of any prior legal separations to any county clerk’s office in the state. You may also need to bring copies of your birth certificates. This varies by county, so do your research.
Do you need a witness to get married in California?
In the State of California, you are required to have one witness present during the ceremony. Note that there is no age requirement in California for witnesses, but any witnesses you choose will need to be old enough to sign their names on the official marriage license.
How long does it take to get married in California?
In California, there is no blood test or waiting period required, so your visit to the county clerk’s office shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. As soon as you’ve completed the application process, the clerk will give you your license immediately and you are ready to elope. California marriage licenses are only valid for 90 days, so make sure you get your marriage license within the 90 days leading up to your elopement date.
Do you need a permit to get married on the beach in California?
All beaches within the State of California require a permit for wedding ceremonies, no matter how small. For example, if you’re getting married in the LA area, be sure to check out LA County’s beach permitting system. These permits typically cost no more than $150, but they won’t limit access to any public areas, so keep in mind that you might not be completely alone when saying your vows.