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Picture-Perfect Elopement Ideas in New York City

Newlyweds coming out of the New York State Building as a few guests cheer, clap, and take pictures outside.

Elopement in NYC has become popular nowadays, especially because of the pandemic.  And New York City is a popular destination for elopements as there are countless picturesque places here. Not to mention, couples in New York can get a marriage license immediately. So if you’re someone considering the idea of eloping, read on for some ideas on having a picture-perfect elopement in the city that never sleeps!

Simple is Beautiful

The best thing about an elopement is its intimate and romantic nature. You can make your wedding uniquely yours by personalizing and highlighting the simple details.  For example, you can showcase your wedding dress, hair garland, and wedding rings in your photos. Moreover, you can show your personality as a couple by making your own wedding invitations (if you have a few guests) and decorating your small venue.

The bride is coming out of a New York yellow taxi cab as the groom holds her hand from outside.
The bride and the groom are sitting on a boat, with the sea and buildings in the background.
The bride and the groom are standing on the front staircase of Wilfie & Nell Pub NYC. In front is an NYC yellow cab.

Commune with Nature

New York City has too many eye-catching outdoor locations where you can make your vows.  And yes, despite it being known as the “city that never sleeps”, NYC also has numerous parks scattered around. This makes your elopement in NYC unique and fun! You can say your “I do’s” at the famous 162-year-old Central Park or while floating on a yacht to have a closer view of the Statue of Liberty. You can also opt for a rooftop garden such as 620 Loft & Garden, where you’ll get magnificent views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Fifth Avenue.

Invite your loved ones

Back in the day, elopement was known as getting married without the knowledge of anyone (including parents). But now, the meaning of elopement has evolved into “a small destination wedding,” according to Merriam-Webster dictionary. Your wedding day is your Big day, and what better way to make it extra special other than having your most favorite people witness your wedding? It can be just your parents or family and friends who have witnessed your love story from the beginning.

Head to City Hall

Are you wondering what is the easiest way for elopement in NYC? It has to be City Hall Weddings! At City hall, your wedding photos will look gorgeous even if you’re just a team of two. The New York City Hall building located in Lower Manhattan is one of the oldest City Hall in the United States.  The French Renaissance and American-Georgian architecture with massive columns will undoubtedly produce a classic and stylish backdrop for your photos.

The bride and the groom are standing in front of the Office of the City Clerk Building in 141 Worth Street, New York City.

Hire a NYC professional wedding photographer

So you finally found the ONE and made the best decision of your life – get married!  If you decide to elope, then you will save heaps of money for sure. So why don’t you splurge a bit on your wedding photography? Besides, it’s great to invest in an exceptional NYC wedding photographer who will capture every detail of your wedding. And as a bonus, your NYC photographer can act as a witness too.

The bride and the groom are kissing in front of the wedding officiant inside the ceremony room at NY City Hall.
The wedding guests are smiling and taking photos of the bride and the groom inside the ceremony room at NY City Hall.

Your wedding photos will tell your beautiful love story that you can relive in the future and pass on for generations to come. It would be an honor for us to capture those precious moments of yours. Let’s connect and talk more about your plans!