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Elope in Texas

With Texas being the largest state in the lower 48, you can imagine how dynamic and vast its landscape really is – which means there are a variety of places to elope in Texas. Fields upon fields of Blue Bonnets in Hill Country, warm beaches down south in the Gulf of Mexico, music, food and culture in Austin, our Texas elopement packages will bring vibrancy and fun to your big day. If you are interested in eloping in Texas, we have you covered.

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Houston

They say everything is bigger in Texas, so go big and elope in Houston! Houston offers incredible food from all...

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Dallas

Elope in Dallas - an incredibly diverse city with inspiration everywhere you turn. Its downtown area comes to life at...

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Austin

Come and elope in Austin, Texas: it's a hub of so many things yet maintains a small-town charm. It’s the state...

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Texas Elopement Packages

We will help you lock down the ceremony spot and package that best meets your budget, while helping you produce an unforgettable elopement!

Seed

Seed

  • Officiation services
    Personalization of vows
  • Enactment of ceremony
    Advice on obtaining wedding license
  • Advice on ceremony locations
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
    (14 days or less after ceremony)
Bloom

Bloom

  • Everything from the
    SPROUT PACKAGE
  • Nosegay bouquet & boutonniere of your choosing
OASIS PACKAGE

OASIS PACKAGE

  • Everything from the
    BLOOM PACKAGE
  • Two Hours Total of Photography
    Permit for Rocky Mountain National Park
  • 1 Hour of Videography
    Long-form Video of Ceremony & 1-2 Minute Highlight Reel
  • Day of Helper
    Hair & Makeup for One Person

How to Elope in Texas

Everything might be bigger in Texas but your wedding doesn’t need to be. Texas is the perfect place for a small, intimate ceremony, pop-up wedding, or elopement, thanks to the diversity in landscape, friendly population, temperate weather, and central location. Texas is known for its barbecue and Tex-Mex cuisine, country and Tejano music, and cowboy fashion. There are so many amazing venues for eloping in Texas, from fields of Blue Bonnets in Hill Country to vibrant Austin, home to the best live music scene in the world. There are even beaches along the Gulf of Mexico!

If you’re considering an elopement in the Lone Star State, then we’ve got you covered. This guide will outline the best places in Texas for your elopement, options when it comes to elopement packages, what you need to elope in Texas, as well as how much an elopement in Texas will cost you.

Where are the best places to elope in Texas?

Houston is an international city with incredible food, world-class art museums, and a plethora of city parks. Despite being the biggest city in Texas with a population of more than two million, Houston’s elopement venues can still offer intimacy. The Houston Arboretum offers 155 acres of rich, green foliage, conveniently located on the western edge of Memorial Park. Celebration Gardens will also provide your small wedding with a garden backdrop, albeit a more manicured one. If you’re a no-fuss couple, consider getting married at the 1910 Harris County Courthouse, an excellent example of neoclassical architecture.

If you’re game for a drive, about 45-minutes outside of Houston there’s the Oak Atelier and the Galveston Beaches. The Oak Atelier is located in aptly named Woodlands and offers four different studio spaces for rent, all with their own unique charm of classic and modern elements. Drive west of Houston and you’ll hit the coast and the Gulf of Mexico where the sandy beaches are ideal for a small, romantic elopement. The Galveston Beaches and Seawall are especially perfect if you’re interested in a sunrise ceremony!

If you’re hoping to elope in Dallas—another cultural hub known for its breweries, Bishop Arts District, and beautiful neighborhoods—there are a few really stellar options. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is among our favorites, with views looking over White Rock Lake and plenty of hidden nooks, lush foliage, and art pieces perfect for your Texas elopement. We also like the Fort Worth Botanic Garden just a city over, as well as Lake Cliff Park, which boasts mature trees (cypress, red cedar, pecans, and cottonwoods), a sunken lake, and views of the Dallas skyline.

Austin is perhaps the most popular city in Texas for elopements and we can see why: there’s no shortage of things to do or natural beauty. Located in the heart of Texas hill country, Austin is known for being super cool by keeping it weird, as well as cultivating a thriving arts and culinary scene. Our favorite place for a small wedding in Austin is the Sekrit Theater, a garden and revamped greenhouse with an eclectic and DIY-style vibe.

The themed Japanese of Rose gardens at the Zilker Botanical Garden make for a verdant, peaceful Austin elopement, while the open-air Chapel Dulcinea offers a stunning view of Texas Hill Country. Our last Austin elopement pick is The Vineyards at Chappel Lodge, just minutes from downtown. With a California-inspired vibe, this Austin wedding venue offers a stone-paved aisle, a natural backdrop of Texas live oak trees, and uplighting in a canopy. Oh, and it’s a functioning vineyard!

When’s the best time of year to elope in Texas?

Texas is a yearound elopement destination, with warm weather in Austin, Dallas, and Houston all year. That being said, Texan summer, which is roughly June through August, sees temperatures in the high 90s with high humidity. For that reason we recommend September to November or March to May, when temperatures are in the 70s and 80s and the humidity isn’t too bad. When it does rain in Texas, showers tend to be short and intense, although occasionally rainy periods can last a couple of days.

What’s the best time of day for a Texas elopement?

Due to the potential for heat and harsh lighting, we recommend the hours around sunrise and sunset for elopements. For indoor or heavily shaded locations, this is obviously less of an issue. If you’re planning on eloping in a public place, however, avoid crowds by planning a ceremony around opening and closing time.

How much does a Texas elopement cost?

We truly believe your small Texas wedding or elopement shouldn’t be stressful—elopement packages are a great way to save both money and avoid a headache. Simply Eloped’s wedding packages pair you with an experienced, low-cost officiant, as well as a photographer, videographer, hair and makeup artist, and even a day of helper depending on your elopement package.

Ranging from $350 for a basic ceremony to $2,325 for our deluxe elopement package, with a ton of options and flexibility in between, a Texas elopement can be incredibly affordable. Some venues, such as Houston’s Celebration Garden, also offer significant discounts in the off-season (outside the months of March, April, May, and October). If you get married at Houston’s Harris County Courthouse, you can also save money on an officiant.

Austin, Houston, and Dallas all boast major airports (Dallas actually has two) with frequent flight deals and there’s no shortage of affordable lodging options, from Airbnbs to budget hotels. The average cost of a Texas vacation per person is just over $1,000 a week, which includes lodging, dining, transportation, and entertainment. If you decide to rent a car during your time in Texas, know that the state has some of the lowest gas prices in the world.

What do you need to elope in Texas?

To obtain a marriage license in Texas you don’t have to be a state resident. Both parties just need to show up with a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license, copy of a birth certificate, or passport. U.S. citizens will also need to know their social security numbers, although the physical card isn’t necessary. If you get a license in one county in Texas it’s good for all locations, you just have to file it back with the original county. Texas marriage licenses are good for 90 days and costs between $70-$85 depending on the county (some counties only take cash, so check beforehand). If both parties are Texas residents, taking an eight hour premarital class can save you $60.

Can you get married the same day in Texas?

Unless you’re active duty military, there’s a 72 hour waiting period for all marriage licenses in Texas.

Do you need witnesses to elope in Texas?

No witnesses are required in Texas, perfect for elopements!

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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