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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!

Places to elope in Washington DC
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Union Station

Union Station

The historic, restored, mixed-use train station and transportation hub may be the easiest outdoor elopement location in DC. The outside...

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DC War Memorial

DC War Memorial

The DC War Memorial’s white marble columns, trees, and open grass area feel like a little escape. The memorial commemorates...

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Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps are a neighborhood gem amidst the embassies in Northwest DC. At the top, a small fountain offers...

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Fathom Gallery

Fathom Gallery

Fathom Gallery is multi-level space that combines historic elements of old 14th Street and modern simplicity. Choose the beautiful rooftop...

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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)
Starting at

$960

Bloom

Bloom

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

$1270

Oasis

Oasis

  • Everything from the
    BLOOM PACKAGE
  • 2 hours total of Photography
    Hair & Makeup for One Person
  • Day of Helper
Starting at

$2500

Add-Ons

You can optionally add the following to your package:


Flowers

Flowers

we're happy to quote you!

Extra Photography

Extra Photography

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

Hair & Makeup

Hair & Makeup

$390

Engagement Shoot

Engagement Shoot

$460

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 to 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.
What 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 $500 for our most basic Seed Package to $2500 for the Oasis Package with all the bells and whistles. And 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.?

Fathom Gallery
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.

The Spanish Steps
The Decatur Terrace in the Kalorama neighborhood is 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.

D.C. War Memorial
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 to visit D.C.?

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.

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Kimberli Gunn

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