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Updated: April 16th, 2021

Elope in St. Augustine

St. Augustine has centuries-old architecture, unspoiled beaches, and peaceful shaded gardens. The National Historic Landmark District offers easy strolling opportunities. Spectacular sunrise rays hit beaches to the north and south where unique coquina rock formations spread along the coastline – a truly magical place to elope or plan an intimate wedding in St. Augustine! Let us help you elope in St. Augustine and make your big day simple and spectacular.

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Places to elope in St. Augustine

St. John’s County Beaches

St. John’s County Beaches

Over 40 miles of white, soft, sandy beaches stretch near St. Augustine. Pick your favorite spot – we like North,...

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Peña-Peck House Garden

Peña-Peck House Garden

The garden and house are located in historic downtown St. Augustine. Large oaks and magnolia provide a canopy of shade...

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Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

South and slightly inland of St. Augustine lies Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. The beach or space in the rose...

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Villa Zorayda Museum

Villa Zorayda Museum

The Villa Zorayda Museum is a unique Spanish Revival structure that provides a superb indoor ceremony option in St. Augustine....

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St. Augustine Elopement Packages

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!

Seed
Seed
  • Officiation services

    Personalization of vows

  • Enactment of ceremony

    Advice on obtaining wedding license

  • Advice on ceremony locations

Starting at

$450

Sprout
Sprout
  • Everything from the

    SEED PACKAGE

  • Photography of ceremony

    Brief portrait session after
    (up to one hour of photography)

  • Digital transfer of 75+ edited images

    Delivery of Photos (15 days or less after ceremony)

Starting at

$950

Bloom
Bloom
  • Everything from the

    SPROUT PACKAGE

  • Nosegay bouquet & boutonniere of your choosing

Starting at

$1,225

Oasis
Oasis
  • Everything from the

    BLOOM PACKAGE

  • 2 Hours Total of Photography

  • 1 Hour of Videography

  • Long-form video of ceremony & 1-2 minute highlight reel

  • Hair & Makeup for one Person

  • On-Site Helper

Starting at

$3,025

Add-Ons

You can optionally add the following to your package:


Flowers

Flowers

we're happy to quote you!

Flowers

we're happy to quote you!

Flowers
Extra Photography

Extra Photography

$350/HR
Expect an extra week of editing for every additional hour of photography!

Extra Photography

$350/HR
Expect an extra week of editing for every additional hour of photography!

Extra Photography
Hair & Makeup

Hair & Makeup

*Powered by Pink Chique
$390

Hair & Makeup

*Powered by Pink Chique
$390

Hair & Makeup

Engagement Shoot

$550

Engagement Shoot

$550

On-Site Helper

On-Site Helper

$415

On-Site Helper

$415

On-Site Helper

Add videography to
your St. Augustine
elopement

$700/HR

Our videography package comes with an edited 1 – 2 minute highlight reel (perfect for sharing on socials!), as well as a longform, minimally-edited film of the full ceremony.

It’s No Secret…

Traditional weddings are incredibly expensive and can take years to plan. When couples choose to elope, their ceremonies can be planned quickly at a fraction of the cost. But don’t take our word for it!

Simply Eloped was everything I needed in order to make my wedding happen.

Merlin and Dayron

Everything was perfect!! So happy that we went with this company. 🙂

Amanda and Scott

We decided to elope because we wanted the day to be all about us and our love! We knew that having a private ceremony would allow us to enjoy our day without any added stress or anxiety. It was the best decision we could have made, as we look back on our photos with so much joy!

Summer and Seth

We had such a pleasant experience with Simply Eloped, maybe in 20 years we can renew our vows with you guys!

Hailey and Thomas

Simply Eloped was a dream to work with.

Chelsey and Andrew

Seamless experience and stress free! Thanks!

Vicki and Michael

Loved everything. Thank you for making our day perfect!

Shauna and Jacob

Working with Simply Eloped was a dream. Because of COVID our plan A and plan B fell through and we had 4 weeks to plan our wedding- Simply Eloped came to the rescue and made it a stress-free process. The Simply Eloped staff was fantastic, the vendors were amazing, and everything came together beautifully. Our wedding day was a magical and stress-free day, it couldn’t have happened without the Simply Eloped team!

Danielle and Nathan

Organized, good reviews, “one stop shop” for elopement, had just what we were looking for within our budget.

Troimen and Marek

Meet our vendors

Deborah, Officiant

Featured Vendors
What do you think makes eloping in St. Augustine so special?

The historic charm, being the oldest city in the United States, and our 42 miles of romantic beaches, charming hotels & B & B’s.

What’s your favorite elopement venue in St. Augustine?

St Augustine Beach in particular Vilano Beach by the stunning jettie rocks. It’s called Porpoise Point.

Our Team

Janessa Nichole White
Janessa Nichole White
Co-founder
Catherine
Catherine
Officiant
Stephanie
Stephanie
Hair and Makeup
Ashley
Ashley
Photographer
Reverend
Reverend
Officiant
Jeff
Jeff
Videographer
Courtney
Courtney
Photographer
Jessica
Jessica
On-Site Helper
Nguyen
Nguyen
Photorapher
Vianka
Vianka
Officiant
Shelbi
Shelbi
Photorapher
Janessa Nichole White
Janessa Nichole White
Co-founder
Catherine
Catherine
Officiant
Stephanie
Stephanie
Hair and Makeup
Ashley
Ashley
Photographer
Reverend
Reverend
Officiant
Jeff
Jeff
Videographer
Courtney
Courtney
Photographer
Jessica
Jessica
On-Site Helper
Nguyen
Nguyen
Photorapher
Vianka
Vianka
Officiant
Shelbi
Shelbi
Photorapher

How to Elope in St. Augustine

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.

Why elope in St. Augustine?

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 there’s 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.

Where are the best places to elope in St. Augustine?

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 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.

How much does it cost to elope in St. Augustine?

Eloping in St. Augustine is surprisingly affordable! Our St. Augustine elopement packages range from $450 for our most basic ceremonies to $3,025 for our deluxe Oasis package, with plenty of options in between. Our St. Augustine elopement packages pair you with a destination coordinator to help you navigate all logistics, saving you time and stress.

What is the best time to get married in St. Augustine?

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.

How do I obtain a marriage license in Florida?

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.

Do you need witnesses to elope in St. Augustine?

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

What’s the best way to get to and around St. Augustine?

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.

Kiran Herbert

Article written by

Kiran Herbert

Kiran Herbert is an elopement officiant and writer who takes pride in making all of her ceremonies magical. Kiran grew up around the world but having spent a year living in national parks, she’s convinced that the U.S. is the most beautiful.

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Read the real stories of couples who eloped in St. Augustine!

Caran + Jesus

Every ceremony at Simply Eloped is unique because every couple is unique. Caran and Jesus embraced what was right for them and chose a ceremony that matched their style and personalities. Their tiny wedding on the shores of St. John’s Beach in St Augustine, Florida – accompanied by their fur babies and close friends & family – is a darling example of how special a small ceremony can be. Read more about how Caran and Jesus fell in love, got engaged and chose to elope in St Augustine with a darling beach wedding.

How did you meet? What was your first impression of each other?

Caran: I met Jesus at orientation for a local theme park in Orlando. He was easy to talk to and so bubbly but I was shy and not sure why this stranger was talking to me. We only talked for a few minutes that day but in that conversation we found out we would be working in the same department. We did not work together again for about and week and when he saw me he seemed so happy. We became fast friends after that. He was just so positive.

Jesus: We met at Orientation for work, I had come back from Visiting Family in Chicago after a bad beak up. She was really cute and looked a bit lost. I’m naturally shy but I just felt like: ‘I need to talk to this girl’ so after a bad joke we started chatting.

How did you fall in love? How did you know?

Caran: After a couple months working together, I put my number in his phone and we began texting all the time! I even had to teach him how to add emojis on his phone! We talked about everything and I loved his perspective and how funny he can be. After a few months of this, he texted asking if I wanted to go out with him and I told him to ask me in person. He did and we’ve been together ever since! I realized I loved him one night a few weeks later when we decided to make playlists for each other. The songs he had picked instantly put a smile on my face and I probably read too much into the lyrics but I remember thinking “wow, I think I love this guy.”

Jesus: We were sitting at a bar with some friends of ours and I looked over and saw the sun hitting her and it hit me like a brick wall. I knew then and there that I was going to marry that girl.

How did you propose or accept the proposal?

Caran: Jesus proposed December 13th in Chicago where he is from. We had been dating for 5 years at this time so getting engaged was definitely something we talked about. I was completely shocked with his timing though because I had just had a surgery and did not think we had the money. Little did I know he had set everything up months prior! He picked my engagement ring from a store based in Texas where I am from and I love that I get a piece of home to wear forever.

Jesus: I’d like to say I had it planned for months but it wasn’t until we got to Chicago that I picked the day and the place. I bought us tickets to walk through the Chicago Botanical Garden for their Christmas light display. While we walked through the Gardens I was looking at every area of the Garden looking for a private place to pop the question. No luck, I wasn’t sure how much Garden was left and I started to panic, then like out of a dream I saw a bench sitting under mistletoe. I found it! It was a photo opp. I convinced her to take a photo with me and oddly enough she agreed. I looked for someone to take out photo and saw a guy with a wedding ring and knew he was the man for the job, I told him what I was about to do and asked if he was up for it. He agreed and I proposed on the bench under the mistletoe. What we didn’t realize was that he didn’t just take a photo but recorded a video at the the same time. It was perfect.

 

What do you love about your partner?

Caran: I’m very lucky to have met Jesus. He is so caring and responsible and hardworking. He is old fashioned, like me, when it comes to our relationship. He is a great partner and always taking care of me. He is someone I know will be a wonderful father one day.

What is the greatest strength of your relationship?

Caran: I think the greasiest strength of our relationship is how determined we are. We are the type of people to not take no for an answer once we have decided to do something. We use this towards our relationship and have weathered many storms relying on each other.

How did you find Simply Eloped?

Caran: I learned about Simply Eloped from a Reddit page on weddings. The reviews were so good and the website had locations we loved with packages that made sense to us.

How did you know Simply Eloped was the right fit for you?

Caran: After looking at what Simply Eloped offered and how customizable we could make our wedding it felt like a perfect fit and we booked our big day!

What attracted you to a St. Augustine elopement?

Caran: We chose to get married at the beach in St Augustine. We would frequent St Augustine a lot while we were dating and it became a very special place for our relationship. Once Simply Eloped added that location it felt meant to be!

What activities did you do before the wedding? How did you prepare? How did you feel leading up to the moments of your elopement?

Caran: We had our bachelor and bachelorette parties, we picked out our wedding outfits, had our cake tasting, and picked our honeymoon location.

Tell us about your experience with Simply Eloped leading up to and on your big day!

Caran: Working with Simply Eloped was very straightforward. It was easy to sign up for our package online and they reached out right away to match us with our officiant and photographer. They were quick to reply to emails and updated us as quickly as possible with updates.

How did you celebrate after?

Caran: After our wedding ceremony and pictures we celebrated with dinner, cake and champagne! We had our first dance and finished the night by playing loteria with all of our guests.

What words of encouragement do you have for those considering eloping?

Caran: Eloping can be whatever you want it to be! For us that meant including many aspects from a traditional wedding just on a smaller scale. With Simply Eloped they take the stress out of everything for you. At the end of the day your wedding is about you and your love, so do what makes you happy!

Why did you decide to elope?

Caran: It was really important to us not to go into any debt for our wedding. I’m also pretty shy and could not imagine walking out to a big party of people. Once we found out you can elope with a small group of guests it just seemed like the perfect thing for us! An intimate wedding with our closest friends/family around us.

Coordinated by: Simply Eloped
Ordination by: Deborah Ann Montana
Photography by: Ashley Dye

Updated: April 16th, 2021

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