I've helped many couples, both international and local, plan their NYC elopement in the city. If you're planning a New York elopement, this is everything you need to know.
We want to have a New York City Hall wedding. Do you do that?
Absolutely! Click here to see more info on how to have a New York City Hall wedding.
What elopement packages do you provide?
All of my elopement packages include both photography and an NYC-licensed officiant performing a personalized ceremony at your location of choice. Additionally, all packages include a pre-wedding consultation, assistance with location and vendor selection, and edited hi-resolution images up to 8″x12″ delivered in an online gallery.
NYC elopement packages start at $2,300. Custom-designed wedding albums and fine art prints are available a la carte.
How do we get a marriage license?
The first thing thing you need to do to elope in New York is apply for a marriage license, which you can either do online or in person at one of the New York Marriage Bureau offices. Here’s the full step-by-step instructions on the procedure. It costs $35 (only by credit card, they do not accept cash), you both need some form of valid photo ID like a passport or driver’s license, and you must obtain the license at least 24 hours before getting married. Licenses are valid for 60 days. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you should confirm that NYC wedding licenses are valid in your country — a quick call to your consulate should clear this up.
The Manhattan Marriage Bureau Office is located at 141 Worth St. This is where you can apply for your license. Other boroughs have different locations.
We have a specific idea in mind for our New York elopement — can you make it happen?
Brooklyn Bridge sunrise ceremony? Central Park during peak cherry blossom season? On the Top of the Rock with unobstructed city views? Perfect, let’s chat; I’d love to grab some coffee and hear your ideas. If you’re not local, let’s set up a time to FaceTime or Skype, and we can discuss more.
On second thought, there’s so many options. Can you recommend some spots?
Absolutely. Whether you’re looking for a leafy nook with privacy, a location with banging city views, or anything in between, I can definitely make recommendations based on your aesthetic.
How many people can we bring?
As many as you’d like — the more, the merrier.
It’s just the two of us. Can you act as our witness?
Absolutely, I’m happy to do so, and have acted as witnessed for many, many couples.
Do you work with licensed officiants?
Yes, all the officiants I work with are licensed in New York City. You will have an opportunity to chat with them so they can craft a completely personalized ceremony, and will file all necessary paperwork so your marriage is legal.
Can you recommend any hair and makeup artists? Florists? Acoustic musicians? Vintage taxi cabs?
Yes to all of the above, and more. I’ve worked with many talented local vendors and can make recommendations for everything you need.
Will you photograph our same-sex elopement?
Yes! New York has been legally wedding same-sex couples since 2011 when the Marriage Equality Act was passed. See here for more information on having a same-sex civil ceremony in New York City. I am more than happy to photograph any kind of couple getting married.