Eloping in NYC is like stepping into your own 90's rom com. You've got this vibrant city as your backdrop, painting each moment with its iconic landmarks. From charming rooftop gardens to quaint cafes, there's a spot for every couple. And let's talk about convenience—the marriage license process? Piece of cake! Plus, there's no shortage of seasoned officiants ready to sprinkle that extra magic onto your ceremony, making it uniquely yours. But what does the process look like logistically? I've got the answers to all your questions below.

How to elope in NYC

An officiant is a person who leads the ceremony when you elope. It's essential to find someone who resonates with you and your partner's values and beliefs. Listens well and understands your vision for the day. A good officiant can help create a meaningful and personal ceremony, tailor-made for you both. When choosing an officiant, consider these factors:


Finding Your Officiant

Ensure the officiant’s style aligns with what you want for your ceremony.


They should be responsive and open to your ideas.


Look for someone with experience in officiating weddings, particularly elopements.

Legal Requirements

Make sure the officiant is legally able to marry you in NYC.


Confirm their fee and what is included in the price.

Here are some of my favorite officiants in NYC:

Rev Annie

Once Upon A Vow

NYC Officiant

Illuminating Ceremonies


To find the perfect location for your NYC elopement, consider spots like Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, or the High Line. These locations offer beautiful backdrops for your special day and are popular choices for couples looking to elope in the city. Think about what scenery you envision for your ceremony and what atmosphere you want to create. Factors such as privacy, accessibility, and any permit requirements should also be taken into account when choosing the best location for your elopement.

/ Central Park
/ Bethesda Terrace
/ Cherry Hill Fountain
/ Private Stoop: Permission necessary
/ NYPL Fountain
/ Gramercy Park: Key needed
/ Gapstow Bridge
/ The Highline
/ NYC Studio
/ Brooklyn Promenade
/ Elizabeth Street Garden
/ Washington Square Park
/ Four Freedoms Park
/ Pebbles Beach
/ Madison Square Park


When eloping in NYC, consider transportation and logistics to make your day run smoothly. Here are some key points:

Choose transportation

Decide how you will get around the city, whether by subway, taxi, ride-sharing services, or renting a car

Plan your route

Map out your locations in advance to avoid last-minute confusion

Check traffic

Consider traffic conditions and peak hours to schedule your activities effectively

Pack essentials

Make sure to have all necessary documents, permits, and items for the day


You've chosen an intentional way of saying your "I do's". You want this day to feel like you. Let your wardrobe mirror that intention!  Invite color. Wear vintage. Wear a pant suit or a shorter dress! And most of all, choose something you're comfortable in. We'll likely be walking around a lot so make sure you bring comfy shoes to swap when walking from location to location. 


Time recommendations depend on the location you're planning to elope:


The earlier the better! Locations are buzzing in the afternoon & evening. I recommend an 8am or 9am elopement. Some couples are even open to a 7am elopement time. I will get to your elopement as early as you'd like so we can get less foot traffic, which means more privacy when saying your vows!


Appointments closer to opening and closing are the best to avoid lots of foot traffic in the building. 8:30am or 3:30pm appointments are ideal!

Once you fill out the contact form, I'll send over a detailed pricing guide.

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We'll hop on a call and chat about your vision, your expectations for photography and see if we are a good fit for each other. 



Once you're ready to book, I'll send over a contract + invoice. Once you pay the deposit, you're officially locked in the calendar and we can do a happy dance!