So, you’ve decided to elope in the most beautiful city in the country. Congratulations! Picking your elopement location is the first step. We might be biased, but we think you’ve made a fantastic choice. New Orleans is one of the most unique, vibrant and breathtaking cities and boasts a long list of stunning elopement locations.
It can be all too easy to picture yourself saying “I do” along the Mississippi River or at the base of the Tree of Life in Audubon Park. But before you get ahead of yourself, it might be helpful to look at the whole picture. How exactly do you elope in New Orleans? What is the elopement process?
After photographing and planning elopements for nearly a decade, we have outlined an easy-to-follow step-by-step process to eloping in New Orleans:
Meet with an elopement specialist
The first step to eloping in New Orleans is finding an experienced elopement specialist. Most elopement planners- ourselves included!- offer free consultations. When you book a consultation with us, we start by getting to know you and your spouse-to-be. As passionate New Orleanians, we are experts in all our city has to offer. From the most picturesque locations to the best vendors, we know it all. When we get to know you, we can help you plan an elopement that’s all you dreamed it could be and more. When you work with the right elopement specialist, you won’t need to stress about the details. Just follow steps 2-5 and we’ll handle the rest!
Book travel plans
How are you going to get to New Orleans? Booking your travel plans is the first step to the best day of your life. Whether you plan to drive or fly, be sure to buy your tickets (or save up for gas!) and book your hotel accommodations. If you’re not sure where to stay, we are happy to recommend some of our favorite hotels in the city!
Find wedding attire and rings
This step is arguably the most fun! Most of us have dreamt our whole lives about what we’ll wear on our wedding day- and there are so many looks to choose from! Whether you want to be a princess with a ballgown or go for a flirty mermaid gown, get out there and find a dress that you feel the most you in. After you and your spouse have chosen your attire, don’t forget to get your wedding bands!
Create a guest list
Now, it’s time to decide who you want to include in your special day. Don’t overthink it! Choose your closest friends and family- people you can’t picture celebrating without. Since you are eloping, you have already chosen to have an intimate ceremony, so keep it simple!
Get your marriage license in New Orleans
This step may seem stressful, but it’s actually easier than you may think. To get your marriage license in NoLa, you simply need to go with your spouse-to-be to a Clerk of Court office with the relevant documents including IDs, birth certificates and SSNs. It costs less than $50 and takes less than an hour! Just be sure to apply for your marriage license a few days before your elopement. If you want a full rundown of how to get a marriage license in Louisiana, here is a helpful guide.
Relax and let the experts do the rest!
There is nothing worse than stressing over and meticulously planning every detail of your elopement- so don’t! As experienced elopement planners, we’ve got you covered. We know how important your wedding day is, which is why we strive to make it a seamless, magical experience. All you need to do is show up!
Are you ready for the elopement of your dreams? If you want to work with a photographer who is just as passionate about your wedding as you are, look no further. Your wedding-obsessed, self-proclaimed New Orleans expert photographer is here! At Elope to NOLA, we have helped hundreds of couples plan and capture their dream weddings. Click here to learn more about how we can help you!