Top 3 Things To Consider When Planning An Elopement In California
Thinking about elopement in California?
Traditional weddings don’t come cheap and can be demanding. What’s more, it’s hard for you and your spouse-to-be to focus on each other when there are so many things that need to be done. The timeline, the to-do lists, the guests, and the event itself can be stressful. If you’re someone who wants to avoid the anxieties of planning a traditional celebration, you should consider an elopement in California. Here are a few tips to bear in mind.
Know the law.
As you plan your California destination wedding, be sure to be informed about the legal requirements for marriages. You must be at least 18 years old, and if not, you will need written consent from at least one parent or guardian and permission from a California superior court judge. Also, make sure that both of you are present to apply and sign your marriage license application (sorry, virtual signing is a no-go).
In terms of documents for your elopement in California, you must present a valid, government-issued ID, like a valid driver’s license, passport, military ID, or a state-issued ID. You also need to pay about $100 for the application fee. We say “about” because the exact amount varies from county to county.
If you were previously divorced, you must provide the date of the dissolution. In the case that it was finalized within the last six months, then you will also need a copy of your recent divorce decree.
Depending on the county, you may also be asked to provide copies of your birth certificates.
Choose a location.
The Golden State has some of the most picturesque mountain locations, including the Yosemite National Park and Big Sur as well as stunning beaches like Malibu. And don’t forget Los Angeles, one of the most recognized and dramatic cities in the world. It’s no wonder elopement in California has hugely gained in popularity in recent years.
Find out if there are permits you need to secure and check if the location you’re looking into allows elopements. More importantly, adhere to any COVID-19 rules implemented by your venue. Some counties may restrict your elopement ceremony and celebrations to 10 people or less, depending on the situation.
Pick a date.
Not only should you determine the “where,” but you should also specify the “when” of your California destination wedding. While you can elope any time in this state, you want to know what season works best for you.
Getting married in spring means breezy air, SoCal wildflowers, and vibrant colors for your day’s backdrop. If it’s happening in summer, expect fun activities with mild summer zephyrs in the mountains. Fall is perfect for lakeside elopements. As for winter, imagine a stunning snow-capped mountain vibe as you exchange your vows. Whatever the season, your big day will be magical!
We hope these three tips will help you plan your perfect elopement in California. Do you want to know more, or are you looking for an elopement photographer to capture your intimate ceremony? Then contact us, we would love to know your dreams and vision.
We specialize in elopement and can guide you for your dream wedding.
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