Eloping In New Hampshire: The Ultimate Guide
If you’re considering eloping in New Hampshire, then you’ve come to the right place! This guide will provide you with all the information you need to plan the perfect elopement in the Granite State.
New Hampshire is a beautiful state filled with the idyllic countryside, quaint towns, and stunning mountain views. It’s the perfect place to declare your love for one another in an intimate ceremony.
There are many things to consider when planning an elopement, such as where to have the ceremony, what time of year to elope, and how to obtain a marriage license. This guide will answer all of your questions and more so that you can plan the perfect New Hampshire elopement!
New Hampshire is the perfect place to elope for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the state is absolutely beautiful. (I’m a little biased as a New Hampshire girl who was born and raised here). From the stunning mountain views to the quaint towns and idyllic countryside, there’s no shortage of beautiful locations to exchange your vows. Another reason why New Hampshire is a great place to elope is that it’s relatively easy to obtain a marriage license in the state. In most New Hampshire counties, you can obtain a marriage license the same day you apply for it. Finally, eloping in New Hampshire can be relatively affordable. The state has several affordable elopement packages that can help you save money on your big day.
Before you elope in New Hampshire, there are a few things you need to know. First and foremost, you need to obtain a marriage license. In New Hampshire, you can apply for a marriage license at the town or city clerk’s office in the municipality where you plan to get married. You will need to bring a few things with you when you apply for your marriage license, such as proof of identity, proof of age, and proof of residency. You will also need to pay a small fee. Currently, the fee is $50, but that may change. Once you have obtained your marriage license, you will need to find an officiant to perform your ceremony. You can choose anyone you wish to officiate your ceremony, as long as they are at least 18 years old and authorized to perform marriages in New Hampshire.
In order to marry someone in New Hampshire, you will need to become ordained online. The popular site to do this for New Hampshire weddings is the Universal Life Church. As long as you are able to ordain a marriage through this site and you have followed all the steps, you are all set! Once the ceremony is complete, you will file all the paperwork to the state of New Hampshire. You can file it to the local Town hall where you got married. You can either bring the signed marriage documents in to the town hall directly or mail it!
The best time of year to elope in New Hampshire depends on what you’re looking for in a ceremony. Honestly, all seasons in New Hampshire are really beautiful depending on what you’re looking for. If you’re hoping for beautiful weather, then the spring, Fall or summer months are the best time to elope. Though, the summer months can become quite hot. The peak season in NH to elope is the Fall, so if you’re looking to avoid crowds, you’ll likely want to avoid this season or pick an elopement spot that is naturally less crowded. (cue hiring a professional elopement photographer based in New Hampshire who knows all the best spots!) The state is full of leaf peepers who are looking for peak foliage during the Fall! Keep in mind that the fall and winter months can be colder in New Hampshire, so you may want to consider eloping in a warmer month if you’re not a fan of the cold.
Eloping on a budget in New Hampshire is easier than you may think. There are a number of ways to save money on your big day. First, you can choose to elope in the off-season. Eloping in the Spring or winter can help you save money on your venue fee. A lot of venues will discount their prices either for mid-week elopements or Sunday elopements, so ask your venue about this! Another way to save money on your elopement is to choose a less popular location. New Hampshire has a number of beautiful, lesser-known locations that can provide you with the perfect backdrop for your ceremony without breaking the bank. Next, you can also choose to have your elopement at an airbnb. I have an entire blog post written about how to do that here. In addition, you can find state parks or public places that don’t require you to pay a ceremony fee. I have a list of places that require either a very small fee or no fee at all. To plan your elopement with me, get in touch here!Finally, you can save money on your elopement by choosing an all-inclusive package with certain venues. Many New Hampshire elopement packages include everything you need for your big day, from the officiant to the cake and florals. I will say, you want to invest in your elopement photography as that’s the only thing left from your day.
There are a number of popular spots to elope in New Hampshire. One of the most popular spots is Cathedral Ledge, with stunning mountain views at the top of an accessible drive. There is also the Mount Washington hotel that offers elopement packages. The hotel is located in the White Mountains and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Another popular spot to elope in New Hampshire is the Omni Mount Washington Resort. The resort is located in the town of Bretton Woods and offers several beautiful ceremony and reception locations.
There are several ways to make your elopement unique. One way to make your elopement unique is to choose an unusual location. Instead of getting married at a hotel or resort, consider eloping in a forest or on a mountaintop. Another way to make your elopement unique is to choose a non-traditional officiant such as a friend. Instead of having a friend or family member officiate your ceremony, consider asking a local celebrity or public figure to officiate your wedding. Finally, you can make your elopement unique by choosing to elope in the off-season. Getting married in the Spring or winter can help you avoid the crowds and save money on your big day. Another way to make your elopement unique is how you choose to spend the day. Many couples choose activities surrounding their ceremony to partake in such as ATVing, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, etc. To make your elopement special to the two of you, try to find something that is new to the both of you or represents you as a couple!
Once you’ve decided to elope in New Hampshire, there are a few steps you need to take to start planning your big day. First, you need to obtain a marriage license. You can apply for a marriage license at the town or city clerk’s office in the municipality where you plan to get married. Second, you need to find an officiant to perform your ceremony. You can ask a friend or family member to officiate your ceremony, or you can choose a local celebrity or public figure. Third, you need to choose a location for your ceremony. New Hampshire has a number of beautiful locations to choose from, so take your time and pick the perfect spot. I have an entire list for all of my couples that sign on with me, so if you’re needing help figuring out your exact location, don’t worry! Finally, you need to choose a date for your elopement. Keep in mind that the best time of year to elope in New Hampshire varies depending on what you’re looking for in a ceremony. If you’re looking for foliage around you, Fall is the obvious choice. If you want mountain views and want to hike, you likely want to avoid Winter. During my inquiry process when you inquire with me, I go through everything you’re hoping for in an elopement and try to determine what the best time + date is with you! It’s actually helpful when you’re flexible and/or don’t know where you’d like to go yet!
Q: Do I need a marriage license to elope in New Hampshire?
A: Yes, you will need to obtain a marriage license in order to elope in New Hampshire. You can apply for a marriage license at the town or city clerk’s office in the municipality where you plan to get married.
Q: Who can officiate my elopement?
Anyone that is ordained in NH!
Q: Can we hire you as our elopement photographer?
A: Absolutely! I would LOVE if you got in touch so we can begin planning your dream day!
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