The current rise in the trend of eloping has many couples running to the altar without even so much as an idea of getting married in their state is. Getting turned away at the courthouse can be embarrassing, frustrating, and can put a damper on the spontaneity aspect of eloping, but there are certain costs that many couples may not realize ahead of time:
A marriage license can range anywhere from $10-115 and prices vary by state. For some states there is also an application process that can take anywhere from a week to a month to process, a blood test requirement and even premarital classes that need to be taken before the license is produced.
Once you obtain your license (depending on the state) it is usually valid anywhere between 30 and 90 days after issuance. Once the license has expired, it will not be honored and you will need to obtain a new one.
If you’re planning a destination elopement, this may drive up your costs. Depending on where you plan on going, traveling costs can range anywhere between $600-4,000 (hotel and airfare included). Thankfully, sites such as Groupon has GREAT deals on All-inclusive trips for two for as low as $199 per person!
I know what you’re thinking, “Who needs a wedding planner for an elopement?” But this idea goes far beyond having someone orchestrate your day. As a matter of fact, your “wedding planner” doesn’t have to be a person at all. The newest craze of ‘Wedding in a Box’ provides couples with everything they need to put on a lovely ceremony without the hassle (or price) of a conventional wedding. These pre-planned wedding kits feature things like: a bouquet, a backdrop, décor, champagne, cupcakes and much more, all for the reasonable price of $999. The best thing about these kits is that they can be set up literally anywhere you plan on having your elopement, which is perfect for those couples who are always on-the-go.