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Can you be married in a carriage?

Yes, of course. Be sure to tip the driver. He can take pictures. But you need to have an address for the actual ceremony, so the driver will have to stop on a specific location to sign the license (it's less bumpier that way, anyway). Personally, I think carriage rides are better for proposals, and post-nuptial rides. Try the Shakespeare Garden or the Lake or the Harlem Meer or one of the little shelters for a wedding -- or the gondola.


Weddings on the Brooklyn Bridge

Are very windy. Also, you need to actually SIGN the license on the Brooklyn or NY side - as you need a street location for the marriage license. One couple we married were each born in a different borough, and chose the BBridge as a common meeting point. But they couldn't decide whether to sign the license on the Manhattan OR the Brooklyn side! We settled for the Brooklyn Promenade with the VIEW of Manhattan. Very "Moonstruck". You can consider the Fulton Ferry Park UNDER the bridge, but you may have to share the space.

See this discussion of the various parks by the Brooklyn Bridge.


Legal Registration of your Wedding Officiant

It's VERY IMPORTANT to make sure that your marriage officiant is LEGALLY REGISTERED with the City of New York to perform marriages. There are many CLERGY who can perform your ceremony, but who are not also registered with the city. Even judges and Justices of the Peace need to be registered. This was highlighted in an article in the NYTimes in 2007, about couples who thought they were legally married, but were not! [Funny part - Mary was actually listed as an officiant in a wedding story in the NYTimes on the same day this article was published - a good laugh for everyone at the wedding, who teased the bride and groom.]

Here is how to check. Ask your officiant for their license number, and then doublecheck by phoning the City Clerk's office:

"If you are having a marriage ceremony performed outside of our offices, you must present your marriage license to the marriage officiant. Please note that any marriage officiant who performs a marriage in any of the boroughs of New York City must be registered with the Office of the City Clerk. Therefore, if your marriage ceremony will take place in any of the five boroughs you should ensure that the person performing the ceremony is registered with the Office of the City Clerk (call 212-669-2778 to check)".

Marriage Licenses - Other Cities

You can obtain a marriage license at the office of ANY City Clerk in New York State, and still be married in New York City as long as your officiant is licensed in the city. Our officiants can also marry you anywhere in New York State (including Niagara Falls). Rules and fees vary, so check your local clerk's office, and bring the license with you to New York City.

For marriage license regulations in other states, see:


Welcome! This blog started when someone tried to access a wedding ceremony in my GOOGLEDOCS! (gee, I thought those were private - silly silly me). The Doc was "Outdoor elopement", and it was a sample ceremony I had used for a couple who were having a romantic, private wedding in Central Park.

So, as it seems there is some interest from couples surfing for info on how to elope in New yOrk, thus this public blog. I'll be happy to post hints, and ideas, and even some of those ceremonies hidden in my googledocs.

And maybe I can set up a comments section and all that stuff -- it will be a good project.

In the meantime, to all of you considering a New York Elopement -- Congratulations! and Welcome.