What is an Elopement?

This is a great question and one that is sometimes hotly debated even amongst wedding industry professionals. It was once when a couple ran away to be secretly married. Now, not so much. The defining characteristic of an elopement is that it is a smaller event planned on shorter notice, often with flexibility as to the date, time, and location. This is where we can help!

Elope Long Island also makes it more convenient to get married. We’ve got extended hours and greater flexibility than at Long Island’s Town Halls and have officiants in Northport, Old Bethpage, Glen Cove, Centerport, Westbury and more!

Tell Me More About Eloping on Long Island

Sure! What would you like to know?

Is there a ceremony performed during an elopement? Only if you want one, though an exchange of marriage vows is a legal requirement to be married in New York State.

Some people use the term “elopement” when they have a marriage license to be signed, but are postponing or not planning a formal event. These are the couples who don’t want to “get married” as much as “be married”. There are many reasons to choose this option and we celebrate that by offering everything from the five lines that make you legally married, to something a little more in depth.

For other couples, it’s about a small gathering at home or at a local park with a gazebo with a lunch or dinner to follow. There are many such beautiful locations on Long Island – Northport Harbor, Argyle Gazebo, Garden City Gazebo, Bayard Cutting Arboreteum, Bailey Arboretum, Old Westbury Gardens – and lets not forget our beautiful beaches!

Of course if a meal is in the plans, perhaps getting married at your favorite restaurant would be the perfect choice? The Country House in Stony Brook has a ceremony site and fabulous food. Morton’s Steak House in Great Neck is a classy choice too! Many of Long Island’s premiere Catering Halls have public restaurants too and are happy to provide access to their ceremony areas on Monday through Wednesday. The Polo Lounge at Westbury Manor, Volpe at the Fox Hollow, and Mirabelle at the Three Village Inn are all great choices for small events.

Long Island and NYC also have many hotels with amazing suites. An intimate wedding ceremony can easily be set in the suite’s living room, with dinner to follow downstairs in the restaurant, and then cake and coffee back at the suite set up by room service. A stunning place for this is of course, Oheka Castle. The Three Village Inn also has Cottages with cozy fireplaces perfect for ceremony and your first night as a married couple.

Are you thinking Guerrilla or Surprise Wedding? Absolutely Fabulous! This trend is where your witnesses or guests don’t know that you are getting married. We can blend in with guests at any family or holiday gathering till you are ready to let everyone know! Then we slip in at your table between the appetizer and the main course and ask for the license. Some people invite their loved ones to an engagement party where they surprise announce that this is the wedding date! That’s a personal favorite of us as it’s a lot of fun and stress free to plan.

How about something a little more along the lines of a traditional elopement? Just the two of you with your photographer as witness somewhere in the Hamptons, Montauk, or on Long Island’s North Fork? Discover Long Island has links to some of the most beautiful places to come for a Romantic Getaway and go home as Newlyweds.

For fuller ceremonies and larger events see our sister site, churchofancientways.org

How it Works

Elope on Long Island in Just Three Easy Steps!

1. Get Your License | 2. Pick A Service Level | 3. Say, “I do!”

There are so many reasons for choosing an elopement and we’re here to celebrate them all! If you are looking for a private wedding ceremony, micro wedding, minimony or a simple marriage license signature service, we’re here to help! Elope Long Island has been helping folks get hitched in New York State, joyfully and legally, for over twenty five years.

Whether you want just the five lines that make you legally married, a short and sweet civil ceremony where you speak vows of commitment and exchange rings, or even a custom creation that’s all about you and your love story… Whichever way you choose to go, if you’re looking to elope and get married on Long Island, we’re here to make your marriage not just perfect, but perfectly legal too!

This is the only step we can’t take with you. The marriage license is the permission slip to get married in New York State. You and your fiancé will need to show up together in front of the Town Clerk with appropriate documentation to verify your identity, fill out a form and pay a small fee. So long as everything is in order, the Town Clerk with issue a marriage license right then which will become valid 24 hours after it’s issued and remains valid for 60 days. Once you have the license, you’re ready for Step 2.

CLICK HERE for more information and a link to Town Hall locations.

Got your marriage license? Great! Now let’s pick a level of service! An elopement can be something as simple as a license signing at one of our locations, a small gathering in a park, or as comprehensive as a custom-written ceremony in a location that’s special to you.

CLICK HERE for pricing and info about some of the most common ways we work with our couples.

You’ve got your marriage license and chosen how you’d like to be married… All that’s left is booking your elopement and showing up with your fiancé, your marriage license and a witness (you can have two witnesses, but only one is needed to make it legal). The next step is contacting us!

You can reach us by calling 516.785.4191, emailing info@elopeli.com or click the image above to get to our contact form.

CLICK HERE to book your date, drop us a line, or to get more info.

We love you! Thank you for being amazing the whole way through our wedding process!!!

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When you come for a simple elopement or license signing at one of our officiant locations.