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How to Elope in NYC – A Chic Guide

Feb 9, 2021

So you want to know how to Elope in NYC? New York City is one of the most exciting and iconic cities in the world. Intimate weddings have become extremely in vogue. Elopements are the perfect way for you and your soul mate to focus on your union and commitment. Need a New York City Elopement Photographer? I’m your girl. Take away the stress of planning by checking out our step by step photography guide and tips below.

How to Elope in NYC
How to Elope in NYC

New York City Elopement Photographer

There is a certain jene sais quoi when it comes to eloping in these modern times. It’s romantic, rebellious and minimalistic all at once. In addition, you will always have this romantic story to tell. Furthermore, in 2021 it’s practical as well as, cool. You can do this all in secret or you can bring some loved ones! There are no rules. That’s the freedom of it all.

How to Elope in NYC
How to Elope in NYC

Top Areas For Elopement Portraits

Central Park | Greenwich Village | Tribeca | Dumbo | Lower East Side + more! The options are endless. Some areas you will need to obtain a permit.

If you are looking for something more personal, I would recommend eloping outdoors. This is a great option if you would like to take your time on personal vows. Central Park or Prospect Park are beautiful and timeless locations for this. You can even hire a guitarist to strum along as you say “I do.” If you are looking for a scenic spot, Bethesda Fountain or The Bow Bridge are amazing options.

How to Elope in NYC
How to Elope in NYC

Truly, having a small union does not mean a sacrifice in refinement. In fact, by eliminating the logistics of a large gathering, you have even more time to focus on your details. Your elopement can be as stylish as you would like it to be. For example, you can use your budget to elevate your ensemble, accessories and bouquet.

New York City Elopement Photographer
How to Elope in NYC

City Hall Elopements

Firstly, in light of Covid-19, the City Clerks Office remains closed with virtual options. Be sure to check the latest updates on their website or twitter.

Step One

Here is how to elope in NYC at City Hall. Typically, the first step is to Arrive to the NYC Marriage Bureau at 141 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013 – between 8:30am to 3:45pm, Monday through Friday. In my experience, early afternoon is best. The lines are typically the busiest around opening and closing. You will need to pass through security to obtain your number. Make sure to bring your marriage certificate as well as your ID’s. I am more than happy to stand in as your witness.

Step Two

Now, we wait until your number is called for the first time to sign the license and pay the $25 fee. After that, it’s a bit more relaxing and waiting. This is when I document all the anticipation! In my experience, The whole process has usually taken around 45 minutes. In truth, you never know exactly what the duration will be. Although it’s unpredictable, it’s all part of the spontaneity!

Step Three

Thirdly, your number is called! Now we head into the oval office while we wait to enter the ceremony room.

Step Four

Once inside, the ceremony is super quick and to the point. You simply exchange rings (if you plan to do so) and say “I do!” Just like that, we are on our way.

How to Elope in NYC

One of my favorite parts of photographing City Hall Elopements is the exit through the famous doors.

New York City Elopement Photographer

After City Hall, stroll over to Tribeca for a classic New York City aesthetic in your photos. The bustling streets slow down and are met with picturesque cobblestone ways.

How to Elope in NYC

There are lots of classic cafes to stop in for an aperitif or cappuccino. After all, this is your day! Enjoy it! There is time for things like this when you elope.

How to Elope in NYC
New York City Elopement Photographer
How to Elope in NYC

Lastly, end your day with some al fresco dining. Take it all in under the bright lights while you celebrate your love. It’s all about the two of you.

New York City Elopement Photographer

In conclusion, now that you know how to Elope in NYC… Do you need a florist? Check out some of my favorites below!
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How to Elope in NYC

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