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Elope in St. Augustine

Your sun & sea St. Augustine elopement or intimate wedding ceremony can be as unique as you wish. The city is famous for traditional inns, Spanish architecture, picturesque gardens, and beautiful beaches. Let us help you elope in St. Augustine and make your wedding day simple and stress-free.

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Your own dream venue

We can come to you. Do you have a great venue or even an awesome backyard?

We can help you find vendors for nearly anywhere in the country.

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Your own dream venue

We can come to you. Do you have a great venue or even an awesome backyard?

We can help you find vendors for nearly anywhere in the country.

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Your own dream venue

We can come to you. Do you have a great venue or even an awesome backyard?

We can help you find vendors for nearly anywhere in the country.

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About Eloping in St. Augustine

Embark on an unforgettable elopement journey in St. Augustine, a city where every cobblestone and historic landmark echoes with romance. Picture strolling hand-in-hand through the enchanting streets, exchanging vows on idyllic beaches, and savoring every moment in the beautiful historic gardens. The National Historic Landmark District, offering a Parisian ambiance, invites couples to make memories against its iconic backdrop. For a touch of old-world charm, celebrate your ceremony with a horse and carriage ride along the charming brick streets. St. Augustine boasts a unique blend of traditional inns, Spanish architecture, picturesque gardens, and stunning beaches, making it the perfect canvas for your romantic elopement.

As you plan your special day, consider St. Augustine’s favorable weather throughout the year. With mild winters rarely dropping below the ’40s, you can eliminate weather worries from your list. Summers may get hot, so opt for a candlelit evening ceremony for a touch of magic. Spring and fall offer balmy weather, and St. Augustine’s beautiful beaches to the north and south provide breathtaking sunrises and unique coquina rock formations. Whether you envision a casual beach ceremony or a garden affair, let us assist in making your St. Augustine elopement simple, stress-free, and truly memorable. The city is generally accessible, but it’s recommended to check specific locations for wheelchair accessibility. Dress comfortably yet elegantly to navigate the historic streets and create lasting memories in this romantic haven.

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Why Eloping in St. Augustine is awesome

Elope in St. Augustine, a destination that epitomizes timeless romance with its captivating blend of history and natural beauty.

  • Historic Charm: Immerse yourself in the allure of a National Historic Landmark District, where cobblestone streets and Spanish architecture transport you to another era.
  • Diverse Venues: Choose from a variety of unique venues, from traditional inns to beautiful gardens, ensuring your elopement is a reflection of your unique love story.
  • Weather Bliss: Enjoy a mild climate year-round, offering the flexibility to plan your ceremony in any season without the worry of extreme temperatures or unpredictable weather.

Find your perfect St. Augustine package

We’re firm believers that there’s magic within each and every wedding that takes place.

Seed Starting Price

You, your SO, and someone to make it official. For couples all about the essentials, the Seed package sets you up for a simply perfect day.

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  • Professional officiant who is legally registered
  • Personalized Ceremony
  • Advice on obtaining marriage license
  • High quality meaningful & joyful ceremony!
  • Your remote wedding planner
  • Responsible for coordinating your venue or permit (if you book one of ours)
  • In charge of your itinerary
  • Can customize your package with other services (hair & makeup, for example)
  • Personalized dashboard with your elopement details
  • Wedding page you can share with friends and family
  • Easy avenue to book your hotel at a discount
  • 0% installment payment plan
  • Access to our brand partners

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Sprout Starting Price

The Sprout package offers a professional officiant, one hour of photography, your Personal Elopement Planner and access to our best-in-class tech platform. Your stress-free elopement starts here!

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  • Professional officiant who is legally registered
  • Personalized Ceremony
  • Advice on obtaining marriage license
  • High quality meaningful & joyful ceremony!
  • One full hour of photography including ceremony and brief portrait session
  • Digital gallery delivered 15 days or less after your ceremony (industry standard is months not days!)
  • Digital gallery of 75 or more unique images
  • Ability to order prints directly from our platform
  • Your remote wedding planner
  • Responsible for coordinating your venue or permit (if you book one of ours)
  • In charge of your itinerary
  • Can customize your package with other services (hair & makeup, for example)
  • Personalized dashboard with your elopement details
  • Wedding page you can share with friends and family
  • Easy avenue to book your hotel at a discount
  • 0% installment payment plan
  • Access to our brand partners

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Bloom Starting Price

Bloom couples enjoy all of the Sprout services and more—namely, a matching bouquet and boutonniere delivered to your suite or ceremony site.

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  • Professional officiant who is legally registered
  • Personalized Ceremony
  • Advice on obtaining marriage license
  • High quality meaningful & joyful ceremony!
  • One full hour of photography including ceremony and brief portrait session
  • Digital gallery delivered 15 days or less after your ceremony (industry standard is months not days!)
  • Digital gallery of 75 or more unique images
  • Ability to order prints directly from our platform
  • Nosegay bouquet (8-10″) with matching boutonniere
  • Choice of by arrangement or by palette
  • Includes delivery to your hotel or to your ceremony site
  • Your remote wedding planner
  • Responsible for coordinating your venue or permit (if you book one of ours)
  • In charge of your itinerary
  • Can customize your package with other services (hair & makeup, for example)
  • Personalized dashboard with your elopement details
  • Wedding page you can share with friends and family
  • Easy avenue to book your hotel at a discount
  • 0% installment payment plan
  • Access to our brand partners

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Oasis Starting Price

Why should big weddings have all the fun? If your dream elopement includes an exotic photo sesh, a first-look video, and a dedicated glam team, Oasis is your destination.

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  • Professional officiant who is legally registered
  • Personalized Ceremony
  • Advice on obtaining marriage license
  • High quality meaningful & joyful ceremony!
  • Two full hours of photography including ceremony and robust portrait session
  • Digital gallery delivered 22 days or less after your ceremony (industry standard is months not days!)
  • Digital gallery of 150 or more unique images
  • Ability to order prints directly from our platform
  • One Hour of Videography including ceremony and b-roll portraits
  • Video delivery 6-8 weeks after your ceremony
  • Delivers a 1-2 minute highlight reel for social media
  • Also includes long-form video of your ceremony
  • Any style of hair & makeup for one person
  • Travel to your hotel included (if hotel is 30 miles or less from venue)
  • Help putting on dress and/or applying florals to hair
  • Nosegay bouquet (8-10″) with matching boutonniere
  • Choice of by arrangement or by palette
  • Includes delivery to your hotel or to your ceremony site
  • Your remote wedding planner
  • Responsible for coordinating your venue or permit (if you book one of ours)
  • In charge of your itinerary
  • Can customize your package with other services (hair & makeup, for example)
  • Personalized dashboard with your elopement details
  • Wedding page you can share with friends and family
  • Easy avenue to book your hotel at a discount
  • 0% installment payment plan
  • Access to our brand partners

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Rachel & Ricardo St. Augustine
The process was so easy and everyone we worked with were so nice and helpful! Extra thanks to Vianka the officiant and My the photographer!
Sara & Michael St. Augustine
Simply eloped is absolutely wonderful and we will definitely be back for a vow renewal!
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FAQs

Our St. Augustine elopement packages include everything you will need to have an historic, special, and tranquil celebration – whether you’re wanting an intimate wedding in St.Augustine or are looking to elope in St. Augustine, we’d love to make your vision a reality!

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Choosing to elope or have an intimate wedding in St. Augustine allows you to enjoy the historic city and its blissful beaches without breaking the bank. Whether you want to recite your vows with your toes in the sand or under a canopy of large oaks and magnolia, we’ve got you covered. We know just what makes St. Augustine ideal for elopements and small weddings, the best venues and beaches to choose from, plus all the nitty-gritty logistical details, from how to obtain your marriage license to how much a St. Augustine elopement package will cost you.

Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement in the U.S. For more than 200 years, the city served as the capital of Spanish Florida, so the rich history is everywhere in this small town. In addition to a charming downtown with cobblestone streets and historic landmarks, St. Augustine has miles of pristine beaches: some with white sands and calm waters, others ideal for nature watching, fishing, surfing, kayaking, or sailing.

Although there are 42 miles of beach to choose from (many of which are wheelchair accessible), St. John’s County Beaches are a great option! We like North, Vilano, and Crescent Beaches. Pretty much all of the beaches have ample parking and restroom facilities. The maximum guest count is 50 people across beaches, however, due to Covid-19, that number is limited to 16 until June 1. No matter where you choose, you can’t go wrong with this stretch of coastline or the price—permits for St. Augustine beach elopements vary in price, but tend to process in about two weeks. Note that no alcohol, fireworks, or fires are permitted. It’s also important to always check tide conditions in advance of your ceremony and account for the requirements of the sea turtle nesting season from May 1 to October 31.

The Peña-Peck House Garden [quote url] is a stunning historical house that sits in the heart of downtown St. Augustine and is walkable from most accommodations. Built in 1750 for the Royal Spanish Treasurer, Juan Estevan de Peña, the second story was added In 1837 by Dr. Seth Peck. Say your “I Dos” beneath the mature oak trees, which provide shade and a buffer to the outside world. This location allows up to eight guests and alcohol.

To the south of St. Augustine is Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, where you can choose between a beachfront wedding or a lush, intimate ceremony in the rose garden. The beach is known for its unique shoreline of coquina rock formations while the park gardens are famous for a giant live oak tree. For this location, reservations need to be booked 10 months out, no alcohol is allowed, and up to 25 guests are permitted. If you’re looking for a holiday wedding, aim for November 15 through December 31 when the park is decorated for the Christmas season.

Lastly, we love the Villa Zorayda Museum, a unique Spanish Revival structure that’s ideal for an intimate, indoor St. Augustine wedding. Built in 1883, the building is adorned with architectural gems in the style of the 12th-century Moorish castle Alhambra. This venue can be booked year-round for an hour and a half ceremony after 5 pm. Up to 20 guests are permitted, although alcohol is not.

Eloping in St. Augustine is surprisingly affordable! Our service offerings include professional officiants, seasoned photographers, industry-popular videographers and more! Our St. Augustine elopement packages pair you with a Personal Elopement Planner to help you navigate all logistics, saving you time and stress. At Simply Eloped, we vet every vendor to ensure they match our values, quality and are just flat out wonderful humans. You can ensure every person on the Simply Eloped team is the best of the best!

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Between March and May, you’ll find St. Augustine with fewer people, comfortable temperatures, and lower rates when it comes to hotels and airfare. Each year, hurricane season is from June to October, with storms typically peaking in August and September. Despite the potential for a storm, summer remains the most popular time to visit St. Augustine. From December through February temperatures can drop to the 40’s at night while daytime temps remain in the high 60’s with plenty of sun.

To get your Florida marriage license you’ll need a driver’s license, state ID card, or valid passport, as well as your social security number if you’re a U.S. citizen (you don’t need the actual card). If you were previously married, you’ll need to know the exact date your previous marriage was terminated (if it was due to death within the last six months, you’ll also need a copy of the death certificate). Once you have all your documents in order, couples are required to show up in person at the County Clerk’s office to obtain a license (St. Augustine is located in St. John’s County).

A Florida marriage license is good for any county in Florida, although once the marriage is solemnized, the license does have to be returned to the county that issued it. The cost of a Florida marriage license is $93.50 (for Florida residents, completing a marriage preparation course will earn you a $32.50 discount). Your license is good for 60 days and must be solemnized by an ordained or licensed clergy, notary public, or a justice of the peace.

Nope! No witnesses are required in the state of Florida.

The best airport to fly into is Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), which is approximately 50 minutes north of St. Augustine. If you’re planning on driving, St. Augustine is located on the northeastern shore of the state, close to the border with Georgia. St. Augustine is very pedestrian-friendly and once you arrive, the easiest way to get around is on foot or by trolley. Additionally, there are many local shuttles that go to the beach and other popular tourist destinations.

We define an elopement as a wedding ceremony with 20 guests or less. Elopements are usually an intimate, high quality, generally outdoors ceremony that is personalized to the couple (as opposed to a traditional cookie-cutter wedding ceremony). You never know the magical moments that can take place when you're eloping!
We think there are 1000 reasons you should elope, but here are a few of our favorites:

1. We don't believe a wedding has to be stressful. There is far less to coordinate (and we take on most of that planning anyhow), and your realm of responsibility consists of making a few decisions and getting your marriage license. It's hard to beat a wedding that is actually...wait for it...relaxing!

2. Cost-conscious: Let's be honest, there is so much uncertainty right now! Economic recession? Inflation? Rising cost of living? Save your money for a honeymoon or buying a house and still have a ceremony you'll remember for the rest of your lives.

3. A Ceremony should be About YOU and YOUR LOVE: When did a wedding turn into a party for everyone else? We personalize every aspect of your experience – from the vendors to the vows. We'll even cry real tears with you. We're here to celebrate the core of what makes a wedding ceremony special: you making a lifetime commitment to the one you love. That's a big deal – and we treat it as such.

An elopement package is a bundle of services designed to help couples tie the knot conveniently with one price tag. Elopement packages offer the very basics (like an officiant and venue), but couples can add in a variety of other services, such as a photographer, a musician or flowers.
Simply Eloped has been in business for almost 8 years, and we've married over 13,000 couples. With the combination of our amazing team, nationally renowned vendors, and our innovative technology, we've streamlined the process of planning high-quality, personalized, and cost-conscious ceremonies. We're honored and excited to work with couples to create the most magical day of their lives! Here are a few more reasons why you should choose us:
  1. We've been doing this longer than any elopement company out there— 8 years!
  2. We've performed more ceremonies than any other company—over 13,000 ceremonies.
  3. We personalize every ceremony we do—we don't believe in cookie-cutter weddings.
  4. We vet every team member and vendor to ensure they embody our values and maintain our quality standards.
  5. We're passionate about weddings, and our enthusiasm shines through in everything we do.
  6. We've spent 8 years building our technology, which enables us to do what we love—just better!
Our packages include 20 guests or fewer, but every venue we offer varies in how many guests we're allowed to invite. Just ask us!
We make the process of getting married extremely easy! We'll work with you to establish your destination, venue, date, time, guest count, and the package you'd like to book with us. Then the rest is on our plate! We offer 250 venues around the US, and in most instances, we coordinate on your behalf. We'll pair you with exceptional vendors, an elopement planner who will guide you through every step of the process, and set you up with a dashboard where you can manage your elopement from A to Z. Your biggest responsibility is getting your marriage license, and we'll handle the rest!
Of course! We have all sorts of packages that can offer whatever vendor you're seeking to hire for. We do not, however, just coordinate a venue. You do need to book a package for the rest of the perks of working with Simply Eloped.
Oh my goodness this is such a personal question and one you and your honey must answer together. We highly encourage you to have a deep heart-to-heart about what you each envision for your big day and discuss what's realistic AND exciting to you both. If you ever need additional guidance, our CEO donates half-hour increments to help you ensure you're asking the right questions. You can learn more about that program by clicking here.
Do you mean to ask how stress-free? Generally, elopements are considered a stressless way of getting married.
Since 82% of the ceremonies we perform are destination weddings, the average planning time is 3-9 months in advance of the ceremony date. However, we've planned as far as three years out and with as little notice as a few days. We're flexible, it's one of our biggest strengths as a company!
A huge reason why we designate our ceremonies as twenty guests or less is because we definitely want your clan to be in attendance (should you desire them to be). But once you have more than 20 people, you really start needing infrastructure. Larger groups begin to require things like chairs, ample parking, multiple bathrooms, etc. At that point, you really need a venue that can support larger groups, which is where the cost really begins to add up. Not to mention, it requires more and more vendors to manage larger groups. While an elopement costs $1,000 to $5,000, the average cost of a wedding in the US is $35,000. That's a big difference! We highly encourage you to ascertain what's the best route for you!
Yes! At Simply Eloped we offer over 250 venues (private venues, national, city and state parks, etc) around the nation! While there are some venues that prefer to work directly with couples, we coordinate any that we are able. Just ask!
That hugely depends on the date, time of year, or budget you have in mind. You can use our venue finder at https://reserve.simplyeloped.com/venue-finder to help you determine the best fit for you!
Absolutely! Whether or not your venue is in a destination we offer, we can definitely do our best to provide vendors or a team based on the services and experiences you're after.
When you're using our quote request process, a lot of the venue fees are grouped into the final package offering. That's why you may be unable to see a line item or specific breakdown of how much the venue costs. If the venue requires you to make the reservation, we let you know in our quote builder how much that costs and how to do that. Everything else is included in the package quote. Just one less thing for you to worry about.
If you cancel services with us your deposit is nonrefundable. The reason for this is the moment you book our services, we get to work! Your Customer Experience Rep will start the planning process; we?ll introduce you to your vendors and team; we even get started on coordinating with a venue or a permit. Because of this, there is a lot of time and often upfront costs that we front as soon as you book with us. When you cancel your booking with us, that doesn?t change the time or money we invested to begin the planning process for your big day. Thank you for understanding! If you need to postpone, change your venue/date/time, your deposit remains as your placeholder. There are no penalties or fees to change details for your elopement. Our deposits range from only $250 ? $450.
Simply Eloped is by far the most flexible wedding company in the nation! Because we are set up in over thirty destinations in the US, not only can we postpone your big day at any time, but we can also easily move from one destination to another! There are no fees or consequences to postponing with us ? we understand sometimes life just happens!
Yes! When we save your invoice you have the opportunity to pay in installment payments at 0% APR, and in any amount you like. Just ask us!
We are not fans of hidden fees, and we do our best to be as transparent as possible. If you have more than 20 guests or desire additional services, there may be added fees. However, we are always communicative about them and give you the opportunity to work with us! For some services like our hair & makeup, if you happen to be staying at a hotel or Airbnb outside of our area, there may be fees to get our hair & makeup artist to where you are. You just never know how far away things are in some areas until you are in the planning stages!
There are a lot of variables to consider with whatever type of ceremony you're planning. 82% of the ceremonies we perform are destination, meaning couples don't live in the area they're choosing to get eloped. Therefore, additional costs like airfare, hotel, eating out, and activities are all line items that should be considered in your budget. No two ceremonies are the same, so be sure to understand all of the costs associated with performing your ceremony prior to booking with any company!
Yes ? every state requires you to get a marriage license IN the state you are holding your ceremony. So if you live in Michigan, and are getting married in Hawaii, you?ll need to get a license in Hawaii. You will then submit the license to the state of Hawaii and they will mail you a marriage certificate which will then translate to a certificate in the state you live in. If you are holding a symbolic ceremony, you can get a license in your state, but if you intend for your ceremony to be legal you?ll need to abide by state guidelines to get your marriage license in the state you are holding your ceremony.
All Simply Eloped packages include 20 guests or less. The reason for this is because when you have more than 20 guests, you end up needing more infrastructure, planning and teamwork from my vendors. While we do have some venues that can support larger groups, we do charge extra for any guests above 20. Short answer ? yes you may, it just increases your cost.
Absolutely! We have a wide variety of vendors in each destination and can definitely work with you to find someone you?re excited about. We don?t confirm prior to your booking but once you confirm your date, your Customer Experience Rep will be in touch and can guide you through the process of expressing your preference.
For lighting, we recommend holding your elopement ceremony in the morning or in the evening. Direct lighting can create harsh lines or shadows and isn?t very flattering on anyone. We definitely recommend holding your ceremony prior to 11am or after 4pm. Feel free to ask us for timing based on your date and destination!
Due to our nationwide setup, we do not provide custom flowers. If you choose to book a package with us that includes flowers or add-on florals to your custom package, we offer a variety of selections for your florals:

1. Flowers by Palette We have arrangements based on a color palette, which means the types of flowers may not be exactly as pictured, but the colors and arrangement style will match. You can explore our options for Flowers by Palette here (excluding Hawaii).

2. Hawaiian Arrangements Hawaii is a unique destination, and we have our stunning tropical arrangements for ceremonies taking place in Hawaii. You can view these arrangements here. Please note that these arrangements are only available in Hawaii.

While no company can legally obtain your marriage license on your behalf, we are very familiar with state guidelines and simplify the process for you by walking you through all of the steps, documentation and information you?ll need to acquire your marriage license. We?re also always here for any questions you may have at any time!
Every state has different guidelines for whether or not you need a legal officiant or any witnesses. When you book our services, we?ll send you a guide that walks you through these details on a state-by-state basis. However, *most* states do require an officiant that is registered in the state and a witness or two (which cannot be yourselves or your officiant; but can definitely be your photographer!).

As soon as you book our services, we get to work! We'll immediately introduce you to your Personal Elopement Planner, who is kind of like your best friend between the date you book and the day you elope! Your Pep will be ensuring every step of the process is smooth and delightful. They will introduce you to your team, answer any questions you have, put your schedule and invoice together, and much more!

We'll also begin the process of personalizing. You'll work with your officiant to ensure your ceremony matches what you envision and dream of. Your photographer will ensure they understand the kind of shots or photos you're hoping for. Your hair & makeup artist will inquire about the style you're going for with your hair and makeup. Your dashboard is also customized to meet your needs.

We offer many tools to help you feel at ease about your decision to book Simply Eloped, including your personalized Elopement Checklist, your marriage license guide, your Wedding Page, and more! You can even make installment payments on your invoice at 0% APR. Weeks prior to your ceremony, we'll send your itinerary with all the details you and your guests need. Your team will meet at your ceremony site, and the rest, as they say, is history.

First off, know that every moment of your elopement day, we are available to you for whatever you need! We're very prompt on timing with floral delivery, hair & makeup, etc.

Your team will always meet at your venue prior to your ceremony time to ensure everyone is collected, introduced, and ready for a gorgeous ceremony right on time. Your officiant will kick off your ceremony and ensure that all of your requests are beautifully exhibited in your personalized ceremony. It's important to note that your dedicated Personal Elopement Planner will not be present at the ceremony, but will definitely be accessible by phone or text for your day-of needs.

Ceremonies generally last 15-20 minutes, which will then kick off into your portrait session with your photographer (if you booked one with us). The main task you need to be mindful of on your big day is bringing your marriage license, and we do the rest! 🌼👰🤵

The right answer to this is ? whatever you envision! We?ve seen it all: casual, themed, color UNcoordinated. We think your attire is a great way for you to personalize and make the ceremony your own. (But for inspiration here?s a video of some of our favorite and most unique elopement styles we?ve seen our couples exhibit:
Many of the venues we perform ceremonies at do not have a traditional aisle, but we can definitely create a faux aisle or use the natural settings as a path for you to approach your honey! You?re welcome to have anyone you please walk you down the aisle ? including yourself. We want you to do whatever you feel is right for you!
Absolutely! Just be sure to check with us about what kind of florals (or not) your flower girl can spread at the venue.
Oh we sure do love a first look moment ? they can be so romantic! Be sure to coordinate with us directly if you?re interested in having this moment as it does change the timing of your day. We?ll have to work with your team to ensure everyone is on the same page about the incorporation of that moment.
It?s a fair question. When you?re bringing people together for an event, there is a chance things can go?not exactly according to plan. We?ve experienced undesirable weather, popped tires on a vehicle, a global pandemic?we?ve seen it all! One of the strongest reasons to book Simply Eloped is because we are PROS at adapting and being flexible. We have an armada of backup vendors, a slew of backup venues and we have a contingency plan for whatever comes our way. It goes without saying that we?ll be there for you on your big day, no matter what turns our twists happen.

We wish we could control the weather, but alas, there are some things quite simply out of our realm of power.

In our experience, most weather passes quickly, and we can be flexible about timing. However, we do have recommendations or options for indoor venues, and if worst comes to worst, we can move your ceremony to another day. We'll work with you individually in the case of poor weather.

Pro tip: Though weather can be daunting or scary, some of our FAVORITE ceremonies happen in thunder, rain, or snow storms. Being open-minded about ""undesirable"" weather can create an extremely memorable ceremony. Sometimes it's all about perspective.