Elope in New York City

Once you have made the decision that New York is the place to get hitched and you have hired me to officiate the wedding (wink, wink) and we’ve started the planning process, the next question usually is: Now what?

Couples who intend to get married in New York must obtain a ‘Marriage License’ from the “Office of the City Clerk : Marriage Bureau” which is located at 141 Worth Street in Manhattan. Opening hours are Monday through Friday from 8.30am to 3.45pm, except on major holidays. So make sure to check before you go. Sometimes the wait time at the City Clerk’s office can be long, so if you’d like to speed up the process you can begin filling out the application for the license online. You then have to complete the application in person at the City Clerk’s office.

The fee for the license is $35, which can be paid by credit card or money order, payable to the City Clerk. Make sure to bring proper identification when applying. This license is valid for 60 days and can be used anywhere within the state of New York.

Also, if you were married before, you will be asked to list all prior marriages. You are required to include your previous spouse’s full name and the date the divorce decree was granted. You also have to provide the city, state, and country where the divorce was issued.

Even though you might have to wait a bit for your license at the clerk’s office, ‘people watching’ will by far make up for the wait time. Relax and enjoy the sights.

Now before we can make it official, one more technicality but probably the most important…You must wait a minimum of 24 hours after obtaining your marriage license before you can have your wedding. (Unless you obtain a ‘Judicial Waiver’. I would suggest, though, to wait the 24 hours because isn’t anticipation awesome?) Once the 24 hours have passed, let’s get you two hitched.

Anything else we should know? Well, I have many resources to recommend to help make all your planning easier. In fact, my husband,  a highly sought after wedding & elopement photographer and I work on many weddings together to make the day even more special. Take a look at his work at love.saschareinking.com to see if you are interested.

If you are looking for a photographer who can capture the true essence of your wedding day please visit www.SaschaReinking.com.
Or even better, book us as Jackie & Sascha | The New York Elopement Team.


Are you ready to get married? I would love to talk to you. Please call me at (646) 456-4555 or shoot me an email at JJReinking@gmail.com

I cannot wait to hear from you!
Jackie Reinking | New York City Wedding and Elopement Officiant