Here are a few questions or facts you may be exploring right now:
WE’D LOVE TO GET MARRIED THIS YEAR BUT ARE UNSURE ABOUT COMMITTING TO A DATE.
We are dedicated to being flexible and working with the information we have. All retainer fees and payments are transferable to future events with no rescheduling fees as long as we are available in the new date
HOW DO WE GET OUR MARRIAGE LICENSE NOW THAT THE NYC CITY CLERK’S OFFICE IS CLOSED.
As you probably are aware, the offices of the City Clerk – NYC Marriage Bureau remain closed to the general public until further notice. Marriage licenses are available exclusively on their online platform: Project Cupid.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE TO APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE VIRTUALLY?
The couple should log into Project Cupid to create an account, verify their identity and submit the $35.00 (thirty-five dollar) marriage license fee. After the fee is paid, they can select an appointment date for a video conference with a marriage license clerk to complete their application. To participate in this appointment, they will need a device capable of videoconferencing, such as a laptop, Smartphone, or tablet. For further information regarding identification requirements and fees please see the Marriage License section on their website.
I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO OBTAIN AN APPOINTMENT TO GET MY LICENSE. WHAT CAN I DO?
Since you still need to do a virtual appointment with a City Clerk and their staff is limited at this moment they release appointments periodically and they may be none available at the time you check their website.
- Check the Twitter account of the NY City Clerk. That’s where they announce when new appointments will be released (usually they post it the night before).
- In case you haven’t been able to get a marriage license via Project Cupid and still want to get married there are counties in New York State and Town Clerks where their offices are open and would be able to issue you a valid marriage license. Check out your closest town clerk on Google and give them a call!
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE GET THE MARRIAGE LICENSE
If you got your license via the Project Cupid they will send you a PDF file with your marriage license right after you finish your meeting. You can bring a printed copy to your event and David (the officiant) will fill in the details and sign the license. Then he will scan it at the spot and email you the completed marriage license so you can upload it back to the Project Cupid platform.
WHAT ARE OUR OPTIONS FOR GETTING MARRIED NOW SINCE LARGE GATHERINGS ARE RESTRICTED?
Most of our 2020 couples opted for smaller backyard and outdoor elopement ceremonies and minimonys in parks like Central Park, Prospect Park, Domino Park and also private suites with a terrace which are great since you have a lot of privacy. Also keep in mind that the hotel room prices are now quite low for NYC so it’s a good thing to take advantage of that while supporting the local businesses.
DO WE HAVE TO WEAR MASKS WHILE GETTING MARRIED?
The couple will be our main focus on the day of so we will make sure to maintain the distance and wear masks ourselves. It’s your wedding day and the pandemic is a temporary situation so we totally understand if you want to be in the photos not wearing a mask during the ceremony and personal photoshoot. If you have guests we can’t keep track of their position and they may be too close to us so we require guests wear masks while we are performing/shooting the ceremony.
I STILL HAVE A LOT OF DOUBTS, NOT SURE HOW TO START PLANNING MY WEDDING IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES.
Trust us, you are not alone. Everybody is trying to navigate this situation as best as they can, but we can offer is a lot of experience and resources on how to elope and plan a wedding in this amazing city. As a photographer + elopement team couple we will guide you through all the steps and will be more than happy to share our 10+ years of experience and resources with you. Feel free to contact us with any ideas for your wedding, plans or just to say hi.
Leila & David