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Elope in Washington DC

Washington, DC is the perfect blend of history and modern appeal, with endless places to explore and an up-and-coming culinary scene that simply can’t be beat – and if you elope in Washington DC, you’ll have an iconic backdrop for your big day. For some serious culture, the Smithsonian Institution and National Art Gallery are all easily accessible on the National Mall. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an ideal time to take in all the capital has to offer, with the most gorgeous display of Cherry Blossom trees that come to life each spring. We offer a Washington DC elopement package that’s great t for each and every couple!

Washington DC

Why is Washington DC awesome

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The perfect blend between history and the modern era, Washington, DC. is the place for a sophisticated elopement.

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The iconic backdrop of America’s capital, with its art and culinary scenes, is perfect for elopement celebrations!

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Say “I do” in a springtime elopement ceremony among the gorgeous display of cherry blossom trees.

Places to elope in Washington DC

Union Station

The historic, restored, mixed-use train station and transportation hub may be the easiest outdoor elopement location in DC. The outside has several alcoves and archways for an architecturally-enlightening ceremony. It’s...

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DC War Memorial

The DC War Memorial’s white marble columns, trees, and open grass area feel like a little escape. The memorial commemorates the citizens of the District of Columbia who served during...

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Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps are a neighborhood gem amidst the embassies in Northwest DC. At the top, a small fountain offers an ideal ceremony location. Now the steps are on the...

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Fathom Gallery

Fathom Gallery is multi-level space that combines historic elements of old 14th Street and modern simplicity. Choose the beautiful rooftop garden or indoor gallery for your ceremony. Venue rental fee...

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Old Stone House Garden Area

Built in 1765, this home is the oldest standing unchanged building in the country’s capital. If you are looking for historical charm paired with garden green foliage then Old Stone...

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Montrose Park

Montrose Park is a beautiful area that expands across 16 acres overlooking the northwest part of Washington DC. This park provides tons of greenery in the warmer months. Walk along...

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Georgetown Waterfront Park

Georgetown Waterfront Park extends along the borders of the Potomac River. The park has a beautiful fountain, lots of walking paths and unique design elements. It is a popular spot...

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Meridian Hill Park

Meridian Hill Park is full of architectural elements and sculptures. It is also home to a stunning mansion with a cascading fountain and a reflecting pool. Escape the hustle of...

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Washington DC Elopement Packages

Our Washington, DC elopement packages include everything you will need to have an historic and meaningful elopement.

If you’re looking to elope in Washington, DC, we’ve got the right DC elopement package for you!

Seed
Seed
  • Officiation services

    Personalization of vows

  • Enactment of ceremony

    Advice on obtaining wedding license

  • Advice on ceremony locations

Starting at

$500

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)

*You can add on extra hours of photography after booking

Starting at

$1,000

Bloom
Bloom
  • Everything from the

    SPROUT PACKAGE

  • Nosegay bouquet & boutonniere of your choosing

*You can add on extra hours of photography after booking

Starting at

$1,250

Oasis
Oasis
  • Everything from the

    BLOOM PACKAGE

  • 2 hours total of Photography

  • Hair & Makeup for One Person

  • On-Site Helper

*You can add on extra hours of photography after booking

Starting at

$2,450

Wildflower Experience

How about a dreamy adventure elopement?

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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

$400/hr
Expect an extra week of editing for every additional hour of photography!

Extra Photography

$400/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

$500

Engagement Shoot

$500

On-Site Helper

On-Site Helper

$450

On-Site Helper

$450

On-Site Helper

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It was amazing working with your company for our elopement.

Kylie and Justin
Kylie and Justin

I really enjoyed my experience with this company. Everyone made planning a breeze, even during last minute changes.

Amber and Michael
Amber and Michael

We had a great experience with Simply Eloped and would choose you guys again in a heartbeat.

Tess and Brandon
Tess and Brandon

I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to work with Simply Eloped.

Kristin and Marin
Kristin and Marin

We really liked the reviews we found online and everyone was very responsive and helpful with everything.

Sam and Katie
Sam and Katie

Simply Eloped was definitely the most affordable option and allowed for the most flexibility in location and size of wedding guests which was important to us.

Natalie and Austin
Natalie and Austin

Thank you to the Simply Eloped team for helping us throughout the planning process and events day-of. We were taken aback by your know-how and kindness. It really felt like working with people we’d known for years. Thank you!! Our elopement went without a hitch – more perfect than we could’ve imagined. We couldn’t have done it without your help!

Rebecca and William
Rebecca and William

Love Simply Eloped and their great staff.

Cassandra and Garrett
Cassandra and Garrett

Your company has great reviews! I wanted to work with a company that already has a reputation of quality work with newlyweds.

Jessica and Alex
Jessica and Alex

Meet our vendors

Andrea, Photographer

Featured Vendors
What do you think makes eloping in Washington DC so special?

Being at the capital city, making your own story next to the love of your life is a unique time. Washington DC has beautiful monuments that have marked memorable moments through out history. Some monuments give a little of European vibes depending where you go. There is so many great spots to eloped around DC.

What’s your favorite elopement venue in Washington DC?

The Fathom Gallery

Joan, Officiant

Featured Vendors
What do you think makes eloping in Washington DC so special?

You are here in our nation’s capital, with so many options (many free!) for exploring our country’s and this city’s rich, intriguing past and present. And you will be surrounded by natural and architectural beauty – whatever the season, and however much time you have to spend!

What’s a fun fact about you?

I’m also a licensed D.C. tour guide!

Our Team

Kimberli
Kimberli
Customer Experience Manager
Andrea
Andrea
Photographer
Joan
Joan
Officiant
Emily
Emily
Hair and Makeup
Raquel
Raquel
Photographer
Elle
Elle
Officiant
Kimberli
Kimberli
Customer Experience Manager
Andrea
Andrea
Photographer
Joan
Joan
Officiant
Emily
Emily
Hair and Makeup
Raquel
Raquel
Photographer
Elle
Elle
Officiant

Eloping in Washington D.C.

Bordering the eastern states of Maryland and Virginia on the Potomac River, Washington D.C. is brimming with culture and history. The compact capital of the United States is one of the most visited cities in the country for good reason. The District of Columbia is a national center for the arts, teeming with iconic — and free — museums and monuments. The city was planned and designed based on the groundbreaking cities of Paris, Milan, and Amsterdam and from some angles, being in Washington D.C. still feels a little like being in Europe.

While the architecture of Washington D.C. varies greatly, the district’s neoclassical icons make for impressive backdrops for small D.C. weddings. There is a lot of powerful history packed into a small space. At the center of the action, the National Mall is home to the White House, the U.S. Capitol building, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument. It is also bordered by the Smithsonian Institution and National Art Gallery. And if you visit in late spring, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the gorgeous display of Cherry Blossom trees that bloom around the nearby Tidal Basin.

How do I elope in Washington D.C.?

Applications for marriage licenses in Washington D.C. need to be submitted in person at the D.C. Superior Court. If you are from out of state, somebody in D.C. can submit your application on your behalf in advance of your special day. Keep in mind that the D.C. Marriage Bureau is only open on weekdays and that applying for your marriage license in person can take a couple of hours as there are typically long lines in the morning. Be sure to plan accordingly. To apply, you will need one form of identification for both you and your partner and $45. You will get your DC marriage license the same day you apply. The license has no expiration date and there is no witness required for your ceremony.

How much does it cost to elope in Washington D.C.?

Our Washington, D.C. elopement packages include everything you need for a monumental and metropolitan elopement. Our offerings range from an affordable $500 for our most basic Seed Package to $2,500 for the Oasis Package, which includes things like a florist, photographer, day-of helper, and hair and makeup services. If there is something extra you’d like to arrange for your D.C. elopement, drop us a note and we will draw up a custom quote just for you!

What are the best places to elope in D.C.?

If you’re looking for a bit of old mixed seamlessly with a bit of new, the Fathom Gallery is a classic and timeless space to hold your D.C. elopement in the heart of Logan Circle. The uptown multi-level space has a few options to choose from, with both a chic rooftop garden and an indoor gallery available for wedding ceremonies. The outdoor space is almost two times larger than the indoor space, so if you plan to have more than a few guests, you should take this into consideration. We also love the Decatur Terrace in the Kalorama neighborhood, affectionately known by locals as the Spanish Steps. Tucked in between some of the city’s many foreign embassies, the Steps vaguely resemble their counterparts in Rome and are a memorable location for any D.C. pop-up wedding. This secluded spot on the National Register of Historic Places is topped off by a sweet stone fountain and cloaked in magnolias. Climb up to the top to say your vows and soak in the ethereal view. While this spot is open to the public, some planning is required to elope here. Lastly, the imposing columns and lush greenery of the D.C. War Memorial can compete with any of the city’s other storied monuments for the most unique place to elope in Washington D.C. The memorial commemorates the residents of the District of Columbia who served during World War I. The domed white marble monument is located right on the National Mall and sets the stage for intimate ceremonies and elopements and the surrounding lawn is perfect for larger parties. This is one of the more popular wedding venues in Washington D.C., so be sure to start considering the permits and processing time required well in advance of your elopement.

What is the best time of year for my Washington D.C. elopement?

Washington D.C. feels all the seasons in full force. Winters can hover around freezing and snow isn’t uncommon and summers are very hot and muggy. Spring is a beautiful season, but if you’re hoping to avoid the crush of crowds, be sure to avoid the weeks around the Cherry Blossom Festival. The dates of the festival vary slightly from year to year and typically fall between the end of March and the first few weeks of April. Autumn in D.C. boasts the most comfortable weather and the thinnest crowds. It is also far enough north to enjoy beautiful fall foliage that usually peaks around the middle of October.

Kimberli Gunn

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Kimberli Gunn

Kimberli Gunn is a customer experience and elopement specialist for Simply Eloped and has planned small weddings all over the US. In Kimberli's spare time she loves to sing.

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Read the real stories of couples that eloped in Washington DC!

Andrea + Justin

We love that Andrea & Justin chose to spend their 10th wedding anniversary eloping! What a way to celebrate their forever love. These two met at university, married at their local city hall, and have spent a decade as history teachers. Along the way, they also gathered a family with four children. Union Station, dripping in historical beauty, was the perfect place for Andrea and Justin to renew their vows to each other. Be sure to read about how they took no-stress seriously and welcomed Simply Eloped to take care of their romantic elopement details. (We especially loved how everyone in Washington, DC. became instant guests with lots of random congratulations…such a fun side to urban weddings!) Also, teachers rule!

 

How did you meet? What was your first impression of one another?

Andrea: We met in January 2009 as juniors at Jacksonville State University. Both of us were pursuing a degree in education to be history teachers. I had already taken a seat in class. Justin came in and looked around the room. He came over to where I was sitting, and we started talking immediately. From that night on, we were friends.

 

How did you propose or accept the proposal?

Andrea: A year later, we planned to go to the Atlanta Braves game on my birthday. Justin had initially wanted to propose at the game, but he got so nervous he proposed while I was putting my makeup on. The ring he gave me had been his mother’s ring.

 

Where did you choose to elope, and why did you choose that destination?

Andrea: We married on July 1, 2011, at our local city hall. Over ten years, we had two children and adopted two more. We knew that we wanted to spend our 10th wedding anniversary with the wedding and photographs we didn’t get the first time. Being history teachers, we knew we wanted to elope/renew our vows in a special place with a historical connection. Justin had never been to DC, and I had been with students three times. We planned this amazing vow renewal, anniversary honeymoon to last 12 days. We started in DC, then took the train to Philadelphia, New Haven, and last Boston.

What attracted you to the venue you chose for your elopement? What were your favorite parts about eloping there?

Andrea: The architecture and detail of Union Station were the perfect backdrops for our vow renewal. The photos took my breath away and captured precisely what we felt that day.

 

How would you describe your elopement venue to someone who has never been there? 

Andrea: The elegance and decor are breathtaking. Even though you are in a train station, it seems like you are in a ballroom.

 

What things did you do before the wedding? How did you get ready? How did you feel in the moments leading up to your elopement? 

Andrea: We spent the day walking around DC, visiting historical landmarks. We ate breakfast at Lincoln’s Waffles. We headed back to the room at lunch, and a stylist came to my room to do my hair and makeup. My husband walked down to National Harbor to enjoy craft beer and watch baseball while I got ready. When we arrived at Union Station, everyone was so friendly as they walked by to get on their trains inside. So many people talked to us and said congratulations. It was a fairytale evening.

 

How was your experience with Simply Eloped?

Andrea: The ability of Simply Eloped to take care of everything I needed and schedule everyone involved made it so easy. The emails and text message communication were to the point and told me everything I needed to know. It was an amazing experience! I’m so glad we went with Simply Eloped.

 

How did you choose to celebrate your elopement? 

Andrea: After the vow renewal, we went to a Nationals game and headed on a train up the East Coast.

 

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

Andrea: Just take the leap and let someone else do the hard planning for you. Every detail was covered in a city that I would not have been able to accomplish that. The price was affordable, and the payment plan made it even more appealing.

Photography by: Andrea Salazar
Hair & Makeup by: Emily Van Scoy
Planning by: Simply Eloped
Venue: Union Station, Washington DC

Updated: September 7th, 2021

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