New York City Hall Elopements

If you’re eloping in New York City, City Hall is a popular place to be!

More and more couples are now opting to have a simple ceremony at New York’s City Hall and follow it up with a more extravagant reception – some even skipping their reception completely and head straight off on to their honeymoons!

Since New York City Hall elopements seem to be such a popular choice with my clients these days, I’m sharing the ins and outs of my Go-To NYC City Hall Elopement Package with all of you, and my tips and tricks for getting the most of out of your time there!

Here’s everything you need to know about planning the perfect elopement at New York City Hall!

Plan for at least two hours to get all the photos done!

My starting package for city hall elopements is 2 hours because that gives us the time we need to cover portraits of the bride and groom, the ceremony, and pictures with friends and family afterward! If for any reason, we are unable to arrive at City Hall early in the morning, this may extend our wait time for the ceremony. In this case, we would need to book an extra 30 minutes of photo coverage to allow for the extra wait.

Newlyweds stroll around the garden at New York City Hall smiling and giggling after eloping minutes before
A new husband and wife walk the New York City Hall gardens after their elopement ceremony inside
A couple who just eloped stand on the steps of New York City Hall smiling at each other
Newly married couple pose in front of the steps of New York City Hall after eloping there

Get there early and bring a friend!

Since it’s a popular venue, I highly recommend arriving early to make sure you get a spot! I usually recommend my couples get there by 7:20 AM and bring a friend to stand in line for them while we head out to get some portraits done in that first hour. Early also works best because the area is basically empty during those early morning hours so we get the best light and photos possible with the least amount of people around!

Keep in mind that Monday and Friday are the busiest days, and the wait time could last up to 2 hours, so plan accordingly!

A man being hugged by his new wife on the steps of New York City Hall smirks and looks off into the distance. Photo by jenny fu
Newlyweds pose on the steps of City Hall in New York City after being married there

By 8:20 AM, we will head back to City Hall and complete the ceremony process.

a man and a woman for their turn to get married at New York City Hall. Photo by Jenny Fu
A man and woman walk down the subway steps on their way to New York City Hall on their way to elope with jenny fu photography

After the ceremony, we will capture an “exit shot” and finish the session with some photos with family and friends in the outdoor Wedding Garden area.

A newly married couple are all smiles as they walk down the steps of New York City Hall
A man at New York City Hall opens the door for a newly married couple who eloped at New York's City Hall

If you want portraits at a couple of different locations, we can definitely add an additional hour at another location in Manhattan—either before or after our time at City Hall—at the A La Carte hourly rate.

husband and wife celebrate their marriage at New York City Hall
A new husband and wife celebrate their marriage at New York City Hall by sharing a first dance in the Wedding Gardens outside

Can I get a witness!

Yes, if a true elopement is in the works for you and you don’t want anyone to know, I can be your witness! That way you can keep your wedding a true surprise to all of your friends and family until you’re ready to announce it!

New York City Hall elopements are so much fun and the perfect way to still go through all the formalities of getting married without the giant price tag or all the pomp and circumstance! Just you, your boo, and your great big love!

Does eloping to City Hall seem like the best idea ever? Let’s connect and make it happen!