1. It’s so easy! All you need is a marriage license at least 24 hours before your wedding, a valid photo ID, one witness, and sixty dollars. ($35 for the marriage license and $25 for the ceremony if you’re getting married at City Hall.) You can pick up your marriage license at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau at 141 Worth Street in Lower Manhattan. I recommend filling out your paperwork online before you go: HERE. (Even if you fill out the paperwork online, you still have to pick up the license in person, so don’t forget!) The process really could not be easier.
2. Everyone can get married in New York City! Aside from a 24 hour waiting period, there are no huge restrictions on marriage in New York. Marriage equality was passed in New York last summer, and since then, same sex couples have been able to legally wed in New York City. In addition, whether you’re coming from another state or another country – you can get married in New York City. A majority of my clients are from Europe or Australia, and they don’t have to jump through any extra hoops to marry in New York.
3. You can get to New York City pretty easily from anywhere. Whether you live in Tokyo or London, Honolulu or Paris… it’s pretty easy to hop a direct flight to New York City. New York is accessible from just about anywhere in the world.
4. The Empire State Building. Is there any building in NYC more iconic than the Empire State Building? I am DYING to photograph a late night elopement on the Empire State Building. (The ESB is open until 2am – the last elevator goes up at 1:15am – and it’s mostly empty after midnight. I can’t think of a more romantic setting.) If you just want an amazing view of the Empire State Building when you elope, I recommend getting married on the Top of the Rock.
5. The food. New York City is a foodie’s paradise. After your intimate City Hall elopement, hop in a yellow cab and go out for an amazing dinner for two. My recommendations? Gramercy Tavern, Del Posto, or Marea. (Just make sure to make a reservation a month in advance.)