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alright ladies so this is going to sound very crazy but my fiance and I have moved up our wedding date 4 times and in the end we just decide to go out with the wedding and in with an elopement. Even though we are so releaved and excited to no longer have the stress of planning a wedding well he is no longer stressed about planning a wedding but I’m still stressed with the task of trying to figure out an elopement plan. We live about 20 minutes north of Philadelphia in the suburbs and we have not a clue as to how we’re going to elope. At first we were thinking of driving down to Virginia and just doing an elopement and staying 3 or 4 days and having a mini moon. Now he’s complaining that its too far of a drive (well actually he has always complains about long car rides that has never been his thing). so I’m now trying to figure out if we can elope in Pennsylvania but I know their law is that you need to have a marriage license at least 3 days before you can get married.so even if we were to get a marriage license I don’t even know where we would go elope and we are not going to honeymoon anywhere because we live in pennsylvania so that seems kind of pointless. plus our budget is really tight ($500 or less). if you ladies have any elopmement ideas I’d be so grateful. A couple hours drive is fine max 3 hours and i’m not a huge fan of nj but again im open. Thanks all!!!
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I’d start by finding a marriage officiant/commissioner (that’s what they’re called here in Canada, anyway). Some book up fast, so you might want to get this done ASAP. Then get your marriage license. The ones here are valid for 3 months. You probably also need witnesses, so be sure to mention that to your marriage officiant – they usually charge extra to supply them. I would talk to your officiant (maybe before you hire him/her) and ask them where couples have eloped in the past. Any cute/scenic locations in or near your city etc. I know some people who get married in their own homes/backyards as well. Eloping does take a bit of planning, but it’s nothing compared to a full-blown ceremony and reception. Good luck!
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@dollface313: Haha, I am not a fan of NJ either!
First of all, do you want to get married ina courthouse or city office – like where they actually issue the marriage liences?
Or are you looking a place- like a museum, state capitol buliding, etc?
I’m guessing outdoors it off the list, since Nov in PA is probably going to be blah.
I got married with 3 days notice back in 2000. The county clerk does officiate weddings where I am (that’s a Justice of the Peace here). We did the paperwork at the County office, walked right into her office, she stood up from her desk and married us there. Sounds like your county wants 3 days notice? Is that for the whole state of PA or just Philly’s County?
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@dollface313: What about Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey or Wilmington, Delaware or the Poconos?
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Found this on The KNot:
Luzerne County, PA Courthouse
Post # 7
@dollface313: Do you want something in a city with buildings, or something in the country more quiet?
This couple had a judge marry them at city hall.
This couple had a judge marry them on the 52nd floor of the BNY Mellon Center in Center City, Philadelphia
Elopement packages are available at The Waterview Lounge – Philadelphia. Prices range from $100 to $600, a beautiful hall & beautiful view.
Yerkes Wedding Salon
(Note I’ve never been to PA, I’m just googling!)
Post # 8
Have you thought about going the route of Mrs Wizard? Here is the link to what she did
Then you could still have a nice long weekend for a minimoon!
Post # 9
@MissRedneck: I did now PA had this too! Interesting. I thought Colorado was the only place you can self-unite. No witnesses necessary.
Post # 10
@sienna76 I thought this would be a solution to her having a low budget. 🙂
If you could do the self-uniting then you could have more money to work with and maybe have flowers, or a prettier dress, or even a photographer for an hour. Maybe more nights in a hotel, whichever you find more important.
Post # 11
@dollface313: Hey there, I’m 10 minutes away from you in Montgomeryville! Congrats on your upcoming wedding! We eloped in June, we had the ceremony in our backyard on a weekday (cheaper) then had a photographer take our photos at Byers Choice in Chalfont (free). If you pm me, I can send you our slideshow. We tried to get photos taken at the Loft at Sweetwater Country Club in Pennsburg (45 minutes away, cost would have been $50-$100) but it was flooded that day due to a storm.
For marriage license: You can go to the Montco county courthouse in Norristown (you and FH both have to go) and get a license , it costs $50 and there is a 3 day waiting period before you can get married. You don’t need witnesses but you do need someone to marry you. If you get a self officiating license, you need to tell the courthouse that on the day that you are there, you don’t need anyone to marry you with that kind of license and it gets rid of the hassle if trying to find an officiant but you need 2 witnesses and you can use your friends for that.
For officiant: Try a Justice of the Peace because its free. I used journeys of the heart and paid $300 so any private officiant is going to kill your budget. Maybe you could get married at the Justice of the Peace’s office then have photos taken at a park. This would all be free if you had a friend take your photos. Prophecy Park in Plymouth Meeting is nice, I had engagement photos taken there (free). There’s an arboretum in Wayne PA that is also lovely (less than 1 hour away from you and free) and Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square is another beautiful venue for photos (less than 1.5 hours and cost is I think about $20 per person to get in).
Decor/Cake: Whole foods has awesome bouquets that are reasonably priced, cupcakes or a small cake and a decorative cake stand would really add a lot to an elopement. You could get some nice fall decor items there and use them as props for your wedding photos. I got nice champagne glasses at Macy’s and took “first toast” photoS. You could also get a crafty chalkboard at Michaels or Joanns and write “we eloped” or “just married” and add your wedding date!
Music: Use an iPod and create a wedding playlist and have that playing during your ceremony and photo session.
Best of luck!