Planning a NYC elopement? We answer your FAQ’s!

From its epic views to its bright lights and busy streets, it’s no wonder that New York City is one of the top elopement destinations in the world. After all, if you’re looking for an exciting elopement, why not choose an exciting destination? As NYC elopement photographers, we’ve been photographing intimate ceremonies and small celebrations in our favorite city for many years. Let us tell you, you will NOT be disappointed by choosing the city that never sleeps to celebrate your forever love.

If you’re planning a NYC elopement, you may find the answers to these FAQ’s helpful.

Is it legal to elope in NYC if we aren’t residents?

The answer is yes. From out-of-state visitors to international travelers, you can legally elope in New York City. We often photograph international couples, like Kate and Kyle pictured below, who came all the way from Australia for their amazing NYC elopement!

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How can we get a NYC marriage license?

Due to COVID-19, the offices of the City Clerk – NYC Marriage Bureau remain closed to the general public until further notice. However, marriage licenses are available exclusively on Project Cupid.

How small of a wedding is an elopement?

From an intimate day for just the two of you, to a small ceremony of 50 or less, we photograph all types of elopements. During the pandemic, micro weddings have become increasingly popular, and they are typically less than 50 guests.

Where are some of the top places for a NYC elopement?

We can recommend so many unique places to elope in the city. Contact us if you’d like to chat about them! In the meantime, here are some of the classics…

Central Park

Central Park has always been a top choice for couples eloping in the city. From the gorgeous cast iron Bow Bridge to the historical Bethesda Arcade and picturesque Wagner Cove – Central Park is the perfect spot for taking photos at any time of year.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

With more than 80 acres of waterfront views, Brooklyn Bridge Park offers couples three different locations to hold an elopement ceremony. You can choose the Granite Prospect at Pier 1 which has incredible views of Manhattan’s skyline (along with bleacher seating). Then there’s the Empire Fulton Ferry Boardwalk, which has views of Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge. And if you’ve dreamed of a beach wedding in NYC, the Main Street pebble beach has sand, small waves and breathtaking views of the city.

Grand Central Station

For many, Grand Central Station is the first thing that comes to mind when they think of NYC. It’s just such an iconic location. Many couples choose it as a backup in case their outdoor elopement falls through due to snow or rain. From its gorgeous arches to its shimmering chandeliers and Tiffany Glass Clock – Grand Central Station is one of our favorites.   

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We’re planning a same-sex NYC elopement. Will you photograph us?

Of course! New York passed the Marriage Equality Act in 2011, making same sex marriage legal throughout the state. We absolutely love working with every type of couple getting married!

We’re concerned about COVID. What do we need to know?

If you’re planning a NYC elopement, it’s really important to understand that the pandemic is still going on. Since we can’t predict whether or not we’ll be locked down again, please make sure that you and your vendors are prepared. Make sure that the vendors you’re hiring will always be able to move your service to a backup date. Whether it’s your photographer, florist or wedding coordinator – ensure that everything is covered by your contract and that you’re protected. After all, you don’t need any types of worries on your wedding day!

Have more questions about planning your big day?

If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask us in the comments!

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Julian Ribinik Wedding Photography

330 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

(212) 256-1646