We offer everything you need for an amazing elopement in NYC, from candid New York elopement photography and officiant packages to cool add-ons like private ceremony locations, vintage taxis, ceremony videos and boudoir sessions (🔥).
At Eloping is Fun, our specialty is all-inclusive elopement packages: photographer + officiant + planning. We offer three base elopement packages, as well as super cool add-ons to totally personalize your experience.
When you book with Eloping is Fun, you have FULL-TIME access to our in-house planning gurus, Jenny and Ashley, so you don’t have to spend countless hours stress-Googling questions we can answer for you in a couple of minutes. Most importantly, we get to know you, your style, and your personality so that we can customize every detail of your day.
Our goal is to take the traditionally expensive and time-consuming experience of planning a wedding and flip it on its head so that it’s easy, simple… and most of all, FUN. 🎉
We’re sure you have questions, and we have answers! We’ve done hundreds and hundreds of elopements in NYC for couples from overseas as well as locals, and we’ve fielded every NYC wedding-related question you could possibly think of. Check out our FAQs below, and if there’s anything we haven’t covered, you can send Jenny a VIDEOASK and she will personally get back to you within 24 hours.
frequently asked questions
Anywhere your heart desires! We’ve married people in some of the coolest places to elope in NYC, like Grand Central Station, the Williamsburg Waterfront, The Highline, NYC rooftops, and the Roosevelt Island tram. We’ll work with you and guide you to find the perfect location for you and your boo, whether it’s something totally secluded and serene like a private garden, or smack in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge to a chorus of cheers from dozens of well-wishers.
Three things: a license ($35USD), an officiant, and a witness. In order to receive your New York marriage license, you and your fiance must appear together at the City Clerk’s office to file the application and present proof of age and identity. Acceptable ID is usually government-issued and includes a photograph; the most common forms of proof are a driver’s license or passport.
Absolutely. You can add extra photography hours or any of our add-ons (i.e. video of the ceremony, chauffeured transportation, etc.) up to 48 hours in advance. Ceremony music and videography usually need a bit more time to coordinate, so let us know as early as possible if you’re interested in those options.
Every ceremony is totally unique and personal. We send each of you a questionnaire with fun, intimate, and sweet questions about you, how you met, your future plans, your funny stories. We weave that into an engaging, poetic, entertaining script. You can also choose any readings or cultural/spiritual traditions you would like to include. Each ceremony is about 15 minutes and we’ll send you your customized ceremony afterwards as a keepsake.
Yes! When you book our photographer we’ll work with you on a custom photo itinerary, but you’ll be responsible for ceremony location and details to be coordinated with your officiant.
You sure can! Our officiants are the best, and they would love to marry you. Your officiant will send you a love questionnaire and create a custom ceremony for you, weaving in your unique love story. Keep in mind that booking a standalone service does not include our Eloping Is Fun planning assistance. Our intimate wedding planners in NYC are only included in our full-service packages.
We don’t. We recommend reaching out to our friends at Modern Rebel Co. if you’re looking for a fun elopement planner in NYC.
Unfortunately, no. These relationships with our exclusive vendors are contingent on working with the full Eloping Is Fun team.
You have two options here. If you’re staying in NYC a few days after the ceremony and have time, you can go back down to the city clerk with your license to receive your marriage certificate (the actual paper that binds you together for life – amen!). It’s an additional $25 fee, but a lot of couples choose this option so that they’re not at the mercy of the postal system.
The other option is to have us submit your license for you and have the certificate mailed to you. Just a note: we have no control over the city clerk, and they can get a bit swamped, especially in the summer. On a good day the license takes two weeks; on a bad day it can take up to eight weeks. We do, however, have the direct phone number for the commissioner if we ever run into a bump.
Couples from most English-speaking countries do NOT need an extended license (e.g. Australia and the UK). If your native country is non-English-speaking, you will most likely need one. The requirement for an extended license is not dictated by the US – once you’re married here, you are legally married no matter where you live. This requirement is dictated by your home country, so check with your consulate or local governance.
Some of our favorite locations like Grand Central and the Brooklyn Bridge do not require a permit. If your ceremony is in DUMBO and you’ll have more than 20 people, you will need one. There are some spots in Central Park that require permits, which are $35. The only exception is the Conservatory Garden, which requires a $400 permit (and it’s strictly enforced)! There are a ton of security guards patrolling the park at all times and they will kick you out if you don’t have a permit. Let us know where you’re thinking of having your ceremony and we can send you the necessary details.
This is the million-dollar question. We have a few options: if it’s awful, torrential, hurricane-force water pouring from the sky, we can (based on availability) move your elopement up a day. If it’s just one of those mild drizzly rains, or if you can’t move your elopement date, then we have the option to use some unique New York elopement locations like the Manhattan Bridge Overpass in Dumbo, Grand Central Terminal, or The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (The Met option would be guerrilla-style, meaning we would not have permission – but we know a beautiful secluded spot where we can have some peace and privacy. This option is definitely more for the adventurous types!) We also have a few indoor spaces hidden up our sleeves, available for a fee.
We can (with the help of strong coffee) pull together an amazing elopement in 36 hours! We also book up to one year in advance, so reach out if you have a particular date in mind. The holidays fill up very quickly!
Absolutely. Destination weddings, micro weddings – we do it all! For all gatherings with over five people, we do add an additional planning fee to coordinate all the extra details to make the day smooth and seamless. We make sure your guests have directions to the nearest bar during our photoshoot, transportation arranged to get to dinner afterwards, and a place to sit during the ceremony if they need it.
You’ll get a beautiful web gallery with all your edited images that you can share with your friends and family. You can also order prints and download all your images in high resolution. Your photos are ready within 6–8 weeks, with a sneak peek sent out within a week of your wedding.
YES! We can be your witness and have been for many elopements.