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For some couples, the prospect of elopement can seem like a massive undertaking. There’s certainly a lot of misconceptions when it comes to just what an elopement entails. In this “How to Elope Guide” I want to provide you with some help to overcome these hurdles. It’s common to wonder if an elopement is right for you, or what you can or cannot do in an elopement. This guide will demystify your fears and set the record straight. I want couples feeling happy and confident with their decision to have an elopement, and there’s no better way to accomplish this than informing them. Here’s everything you need to know on how to get eloped! How to Elope Guide Pick a Location! It all starts here. Part of the appeal of having an elopement is that you’re not bound to the traditional expectations of holding your ceremony at your family church or local hotel or similar venue. You’re free to pretty much tie the knot wherever your heart desires. Think of an elopement as a wedding and honeymoon in one, and you can see why the practice is becoming more and more popular. Having the option to fully control every aspect of your ceremony and truly make it your own, in every way, this is something that a traditional wedding can’t really offer. It’s also worth mentioning here that a location can largely dictate what kind of elopement you want to have. Looking for a tropical getaway and an elopement ceremony on the beach? Someone where in the mountains? A gorgeous historical park like the kind found in New Orleans? Do some research into the kind of ceremony you want and then plan your location accordingly. Intimate or Inclusive? The next major step in planning an elopement is deciding the size and style of it. Do you want your ceremony to be nearly as complex as a wedding, with dozens of guests, full catering, and tons of decorations? Or are you looking for something far more intimate, perhaps only you, your significant other, and a magical week together for just the two of you to share? Something in between? The size of an elopement largely dictates what you can and cannot do, as well as where you can hold the actual ceremony, what kinds of catering and planning expenses you incur, as well as the overall “feel.” Part of the appeal of elopements are the ability to have a much more intimate, simplified experience compared to the average wedding. Less people you hardly know, less expenses, less stuff to think about, less stress, less drama. Elopements tend to focus on the couple, not just traditions. This is why small, intimate elopements are so popular. The small size of most elopements enables you to save money on accommodations and catering, which gives you the ability to book really nice hotels and spend more money on fun and enriching experiences rather than suits and flowers. On the other hand, if you have an extended family that really wants to see you get married but you just can’t fathom going the traditional route, there’s nothing wrong with packing your entire family and holding your ceremony halfway across the country. You just have to plan for it first! Plan Your Budget! The least fun part of any wedding, but the good news is, elopements certainly simplify the process quite a bit. In fact, compared to most weddings, you’re going to be cutting out a lot of the fat and saving a ton of money. There’s just certain things that don’t really come up in an elopement. You’re not going to be decking out a wedding hall for 60 people, buying expensive catering, hundreds of floral displays, balloons, confetti, decorations, table settings, and all the other little things that make planning a wedding a financial nightmare most of the time. When planning your elopement budget, you want to focus on three main things: Your marriage license (typically very cheap) Your travel expenses Your accommodations Once you have these three points down, you can kind of play around with your budget a bit and add or subtract as you like. The next most important thing you should splurge a bit on is either an elopement package, elopement planner or elopement photographer, or all if you’re lucky. You should also take your time looking for airfare and hotel deals. Don’t make snap decisions, you can save a lot of money if you just take your time, plan your destination, and hunt for deals. Every penny you save in the travel and accommodations, you can spend having the time of your life once you finally tie the knot! The Legal Side of Things Of course, the marriage license aspect of an elopement is important too. This is why you have to decide where you want to get married before most of the rest of your planning, because the laws on marriage licenses differ from state to state and at times even from county to county in those states. The majority of the time, there is a slight waiting period after you sign a marriage certificate application, that can range from 24 hours to about 72 hours. There is also always a clerical fee attached to the process of filing a marriage license application. Please do your homework in this area. The last thing you want is have your ceremony bungled because you mistimed the waiting period or worse yet, decided to get married during a federal holiday! If you’re interested in getting eloped in New Orleans, we’ve already written an extensive guide that covers everything you could ever need to know about getting a marriage license there along with professional and experienced officiants who will help with all the legalities required. There are also a few other legal matters to research before taking the leap and spending money, such as the regulations a park might have for the size of certain groups, park or beach permits for parties or gatherings, and

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Where To Get A Marriage License In Louisiana

Do You Want To Know Where To Get A Marriage License In Louisiana? As your wedding day draws near, the excitement can be overwhelming. You’ve found the perfect dress, a picturesque venue, a talented Wedding Photographer (Hi! ??‍♀️ ) and it’s starting to all come together. Planning your perfect day is nothing short of exciting. However, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget about the legal side of a marriage. Sure, you’ve found your officiant, but do you know the ins and outs of getting a marriage license? If you don’t, don’t panic. Getting a marriage license in Louisiana is actually quite easy! Before you walk down the aisle, here are a few questions you need answered. Where can I get a marriage license in Louisiana? You can get a marriage license in any Clerk of Court office in Louisiana. There are clerk of court offices in every parish in the state and, depending on the size of the parish, there may be multiple office locations where you can obtain your marriage license. Marriage licenses obtained in any Clerk of Court office are valid throughout the entire state- meaning even if you get your license in another city, you can still get married in NoLA! More details from the clerk of courts office is HERE. Do I need to make an appointment to get a marriage license in Louisiana? Due to COVID restrictions, many offices are only taking marriage license requests online or by appointment. Call your parish of choice before arriving. If marrying in New Orleans, I recommend going to get a license in nearby Jefferson Parish in Jefferson, LA. Address and phone number are at the bottom of this article. At the time of writing this, they are accepting walk-ins! What documents do I need to get a marriage license in Louisiana? Both you and your fiancé need to bring the following documents when applying for your marriage license: A current driver’s license, current state ID or passport A certified copy of a birth certificate or a certified birth card Social Security numbers if born in the United States. If not born in the US or territories, you must bring a valid passport from your country of birth or a visa with an attached I-94 form A certified copy of the final divorce decree (if previously married) A certified copy of the death certificate of the former spouse (if widowed) Is there a fee to get a marriage license in Louisiana? Yes, but don’t worry! The fee is minimal. It ranges from $25-$45 depending on the parish. How old do I need to be to get a marriage license in Louisiana? You need to be at least 16 years old to get a marriage license in Louisiana. If you are under 18 years old, you need to have both written consent from both of your parents and judicial authorization. However, if you are under the age of 18, you will not be issued a marriage license if you have an age difference of more than 2 years. When can I get a marriage license? Clerk of Court office hours vary by parish, but they are typically open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm except for Federal and State holidays. It’s best to get your marriage license a few days before your wedding ceremony for two reasons: Marriage licenses are only valid for 30 days. There is a 24-hour waiting period between when your license is issued and when you can get married (can possibly be waived in certain circumstances – reach out to us if need a waiver) If you’re ready to say “I Do,” be sure you know how to get a marriage license in Louisiana. Thankfully, the process is fairly simple and straightforward. If you need help planning your elopement- or you want a photographer for your special day- get in touch with us! We would love to be a part of your wedding – Resources and Contact Info for offices in New Orleans: Orleans Parish Marriage Office (Appointment only) 1450 Poydras Street (Benson Tower) 4th Floor New Orleans, LA 70112 Ph: 504-593-5100 Hours: 8:30am to 3:00pm Mon-Fri (except state holidays) Click here to go to New Orleans Clerk of Court Jefferson Parish Marriage Office (Accepts walk-ins) 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd #603 Jefferson, LA 70121 Ph: 504-736-6390 Click here to go to the Jefferson Parish Clerk of Courts office Grab our 5 secrets to a successful (and stress-free) elopement and receive a FREE checklist!

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