How do I make our New York City elopement legal?
Getting married in New York City starts with getting your wedding license. New York state requires both parties to have identification such as a driver’s license or passport, your social security numbers (you can keep your social security card at home, though!), and official copies of your divorce decree, if either of you were previously married. There is a $35 fee to pay for filing the license, so make sure to have a credit card or money order ready.
Can you get married the same day in New York City?
While you can receive a marriage license the same day you apply for it, there is a 24-hour waiting period that needs to occur, no matter if you’re a New York resident or not. If you’re unable to wait 24 hours, you can request a judicial waiver to override the waiting period.
If you’re eloping to New York internationally, make note that, although your marriage certificate is legally valid, your home country might require specific information to ensure your marriage will be recognized. For instance, the UK requires an Extended Marriage Certificate, authenticated by an apostille before it is 100% guaranteed to be recognized. We offer our services to international couples looking for help navigating the rules and regulations of the Extended Marriage Certificate requirements for $250.
Can you get married in Central Park for free?
Yes and no! Some well-known locations within Central Park – like The Ladies Pavilion or Wagner Cove – do require permits, but there are a variety of beautiful locations that do not require a permit for your big day. Areas of the park like Bow Bridge, the North Woods or the Treehouse for Dreaming are all permit-free, meaning you can simply have your ceremony at zero cost – but keep in mind that Central Park is a public space, and there’s no exclusive use of any area, even with a permit!