Eloping at City Hall can be a stress-free and intimate way to tie the knot, surrounded by the vibrant energy of the city. Follow this step-by-step guide to plan your perfect NYC City Hall elopement.

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Ceremonies are performed on weekdays in-person only and can be scheduled here 24h after obtaining your marriage license. The calendar is only available for 3 weeks ahead. The fee is $25 and is paid on the day of ceremony. 

To legally marry in NYC, you'll need to obtain a marriage license from the City Clerk's office. You can apply for a license in person (by appointment only) or online. The fee is $35. A New York State Marriage License is valid for 60 days.

Before embarking on your elopement journey, research the requirements for getting married at New York City Hall. Gather all required documents for your marriage license application.

3. schedule your ceremony

2. obtain your marriage license

1. plan, research and prepare documents



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As of August 2023 the NYC City Hall allows 4 guests inside with the couple (including a photographer). Double check if the regulations have changed before inviting more people and plan accordingly. 

After you set you date, you can start booking your vendors - photographer, make up, hair, florist, etc. 
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5. Double check current requirements

4. book your vendor team


If you are coming to get married to NYC from a different country, you may need to obtain an Apostille to register the marriage in your home country. Walk-in same day Apostille services are available 9am-4pm at the New York City Marriage Bureau

6. ApostilLe services

the day of

When your number is called, you proceed to the clerk to sign your marriage license and pay the 25$ fee. Your witness signs too. Hold on to your C-number because you must wait to be called again. This wait time is a good opportunity to take some candid photos before making it official. 

2. Sign your license and pay the fee

Arrive 15min earlier and get through the security. Don't forget to bring your IDs (your witness will ned one too) and your marriage license. You will be issued a C-queue number (C is for Ceremony) and will wait until it's called. 

1. Arrive at the City Hall and get you number

You will be called by your number again to the private ceremony room. The ceremony itself is super short - you can exchange the rings, but will not have time for the vows (so plan accordingly). The officiant will hand you your Marriage Certificate at the end and you will be officially married!

3. Get married!

4. Take photos and celebrate

The iconic exit is probably the most exciting photo part of City Hall. We can plan a confetti toss or bubble exit for you to make it fun and joyful and continue with your plan for the day. 

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