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 microwedding or elopement packages do you provide?
Whether you call it an “elopement” or a “microwedding,” any intimate wedding with 50 or fewer guests is perfect for my NYC elopement packages, which include multiple hours of photography and a licensed wedding 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 $2,950. Custom-designed wedding albums and fine art prints are available a la carte.
We don’t live in New York. Can we still have a legal NYC elopement?
Yes! Anyone — including visiting internationals — are able to get married in NYC.
How do we get a New York marriage license?
The first thing thing you need to do to elope in NYC is apply for a marriage license. Typically you can start the application online, then finish in person at one of the New York Marriage Bureau offices (here’s the full step-by-step instructions). However, with Covid-19 temporarily closing the marriage bureau, you can now obtain your marriage license online via Project Cupid. 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 (though during Covid-19, there is no expiration as long as New York has declared a State of Emergency). 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 City elopement — can you make it happen?
Brooklyn Bridge sunrise micro-wedding? 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?
Typically 50 or fewer is the right size for these packages, but reach out for a custom quote!
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 wedding officiants?
Yes, all the wedding 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.