From Canada and want to possibly elope in the U.S.

posted 3 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

How about the San Francisco city hall? Its gorgeous!! And the process is pretty simple!

Psst its where I am considering eloping too haha 🙂 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

In the US laws for marriage licenses vary by state and county – so you have to decide where you want to get married first.  🙂 Here in Michigan (which is gorgeous up north, like Mackinac Island or Traverse City), there is a 3-day wait, but some cash-strapped cities (looking at you Detroit) will let you pay extra to get it on the spot.  We had the choice of applying in three different counties based on our residences and where we got married, but I think if you aren’t a resident you have to apply where you plan to marry (in person, of course) and it’s good for a month, maybe, once you get it. 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@sabz3003:  I was going to suggest that, too!

OP – you have to get a license (at a city hall) and then they can usually do the ceremony there, too – you have to make an appointment most places. Or, you can find a licensed officiant and have the ceremony pretty much anywhere, so long as you return the signed license/paperwork to make it legal.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It varies depending on where in the US, for sure. Here in St. Louis there’s no waiting period at all, and no blood test. You just need proof that you are who you say you are, not have been divorced within the past 30 days, swear you aren’t related, and be over the age of 18 (or 15 with a parent’s permission, because hey, it’s Missouri, y’all!).

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@ontbride:  Wanting to elope in January! 🙂 And yes, we will just be telling our parents that we are “going to SF for the weekend, and mayyyy just get married there, y’know, because we love it there”. Lol. So yeah, we will be throwing it out there and see if anyone comes!  

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@ontbride:  Another option is a beautiful vineyard in Napa/Sonoma! 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@ontbride:  Yes! We want to elope in Jan, and do a celebration/reception in May when the weather gets better and everyone’s in a more pleasant mood! You? 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

You’ll have to look up the marriage laws for whatever state you want to marry in.  Like many things in the USA, it can differe quite a bit from state to state.  I looked into having my civil ceremony in Washington, but in that case we would have 

1) had to show up to get the marriage lisence together, during regualr busienss hours

2) Had to wait several business days before getting married

This was impractical for us, so we did our civil cermeony in BC where things are super easy.  

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@ontbride:  We are doing it this way because we dont want to wait till May to get married! 🙂 Also, it will probably be less stress that way too.

Do whatever makes you and your man happy! Doing a celebration in the summer is definitely a good idea lol

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