How tO Elope in New York


So you've decided to elope in New York City! Needless to say, this is a great idea and such a fun way to get hitched. Beautiful skyline views, art and graffiti, cobblestone streets and old brownstones, the bright lights of Time Square, the classic feel of Central Park, and everything in-between. The vibrant energy of New York in unparalleled to anywhere else in the world - you'll love it!

Before we jump two steps ahead though, it's important to check off a few important items (such as paperwork for your marriage license!) before saying "I do" in this magnificent city. The process isn't too complicated, but it does need to be completed before your ceremony commences.

Once you have a general idea of where and when you want to elope in NYC, it's time to start the process of securing your license. This is a government document that authorizes you to get married in New York State, so it must be completed before your wedding day.

There are a few awesome planning companies in New York (such as Simply Eloped) who can secure it for you - but of course this is not required. Below, you'll find the steps that are needed to plan your New York City elopement from start to finish!


You can apply for your New York State license online through the City Clerk. Once your form is ready, you can book an appointment for either a virtual or in-person marriage license through Project Cupid.

Note: both you and your partner will need to be present in the same room together for any marriage license appointment. You will also need a valid form of ID and to confirm that you are in "New York."

Once you have received your license, you must wait 24 hours before getting legally married. And then your new license is valid for 60 days.

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Once you have secured your officiant, the only legal requirement is that you need to have one witness over the age of 18 present (which can also be me - the photographer, or your officiant!)

With that out of the way now, it's time to secure your elopement plans: ceremony location, officiant, flowers, makeup artist, etc! For all couples who inquire with me, you will receive a recommended vendor list. By no means a requirement to use, but it can certainly help to move things along! (Note: make sure to double check on any permit requirements or restrictions for your ceremony location.)



Now it's time for the big day! No matter what your plans are, be sure to relax and have a blast!

Once the ceremony is finished you'll need to submit the signed and completed license so you can get your legal marriage certificate.

Your certificate will be mailed to you, and this certificate will officially acknowledge your marriage in the U.S, not just in New York. However, if you’re from overseas, your country may have additional requirements to legally verify the marriage.


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