CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: We are fully vaccinated and back shooting & officiating elopements, minimonies and intimate weddings outdoors or in private spaces as well as larger weddings. However we take the pandemic very seriously and always use masks and maintain social distancing. As the NY City Hall is closed until further notice you will be able to obtain a marriage license with the CUPID platform. Then our officiant will fill in and sign the document so you can upload it back to the platform. Check out our COVID-19 Info page for more details and information on how to get your marriage license and plan your elopement.
We are proudly offering the Sweet Elopement package which includes photos of the ceremony and photos at the location of the ceremony and also includes a short and sweet legal ceremony. We would love to hear which location you envision for your day and will also be happy to recommend great locations for the ceremony. The Sweet Elopement package is designed for weddings with just the couple or with a few guests. In case of being just the two of you the photographer would act as witness at no additional cost.
It’s amazing to see how more and more couples are opting for an elopement or a mini-mony where they can just plan their wedding with just a few months or even days ahead and still have an amazing day that celebrates them.
The City Hall is usually the no brainer for elopement weddings since they seem to handle all the paperwork and give you the marriage certificate at the end of the session which is great. However the marriage bureau can get extremely busy, especially Fridays which naturally is one of the most demanded dates, marking the beginning of the weekend. We have experienced that on a busy day it can take up to 3 hours. The down side of this is that the couple and the guests can get tired of waiting and the whole process can really be a little stressful. Also if you hired a photographer you will have to keep in mind that the longer the wait, the longer is the coverage and therefore the price they will charge so that’s definitely something to consider!
In our experience as City Hall wedding photographers we have seen so many scenarios, even one time that the computer system broke and we had to wait with the couple for hours until it got fixed :O
Last year we decided it was time to offer a new service to our clients in order to prevent these situations and make things as smooth and pleasant as possible for our couples. David went ahead and became a non-denominational registered NYC officiant and we’ve been offering this service complimentary with all our elopement packages. The reason is that we can now dedicate more time to what’s really important, the ceremony and the photos with the couples and guests and not so much of the stressful time looking at a screen to see if your number has been finally called :)
Couples just need to apply for the marriage license 24 hours prior to the ceremony and then David will handle the paperwork after the ceremony. If you need to have the certificate right away you can also do so by going to the marriage bureau with the license signed and validated by David. In case you are traveling from abroad, David can also give you info on the steps to make it valid in your country.
You may see some examples of Sweet Elopements below and feel free to contact us with any questions or fill the contact form below!