(Closed) How do you elope?

posted 8 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can contact your county clerk for information!  Lots of people get married in courthouses.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

oh!  If you want a destination elopement, you could try places like napa valley or mackinac island.  They have lots of deals for small weddings/elopements.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

If you want to go somewhere other than a courthouse (and there’s nothing wrong with a courthouse, I got married in one!), you can google “elopement packages” and the area where you are looking, you will find lots of prearranged packages that will set you up with a location, an officiant, maybe flowers/champagne/cake and a photographer.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

generally speaking you have to both (you and your spouse) go to the court house, present identification, purchase a marriage license and then use the license before it expires (in Canada you have 3months from the date of issue before expiration).

Usually you get married within the county/district that the license was issued (i.e.: you get it at court house A, you get married at court house A; or courthouse B just across town etc).

With a courthouse marriage/wedding you basically (generally) have a statement, vows, rings, sign sign and you’re done. It can be longer if you like, but that usually depends on the flexibility of the officiant.

I would check with a clerk @ the courthouse you are considering. They will be able to provide you with more information. Depending on their workload/restrictions, there may be certain days you can get married, or other fees involved (our local courthouse will rent silk flowers for an addition $50 for example).

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Yeah, the rules and procedure will vary courthouse to courthouse (and in some cities, it will actually be city hall or another government office that does weddings).  Probably the easiest thing to do is to figure out where, specifically, you’d like to go, and call them.  If you’re looking to travel, San Francisco has an amazingly beautiful city hall where marriages are done.  I’m sure there are some beautiful historic buildings around ND as well – if you look on the blog, Mrs Mary Jane had a courthouse wedding in what looked like a lovely building.

And I have to say, it’s true that you don’t really need to pay someone a lot of money to buy you a bottle of champagne and a bouquet…you can get those yourself for $50 if you feel the need.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Eloping follows the same system as a “regular” wedding up to a point. You still get your licence from the courthouse. The only difference is that you don’t have any guests (but you still need witnesses) and it’s a spur of the moment event that does not utilize months of planning, if any at all, that other weddings do. It can be (and is) done anywhere. As long as you have a legal officiant, be it a minister or a judge or whoever performs weddings in your area, you can get married anywhere you wish.

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