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Why Elope in PA or Pennsylvania? It’s one of the top 5 vacation destinations in the USA with 54,000 miles of rivers and streams and 116 state parks. Plus Pennsylvania is the Keystone State and is blessed with many great elopement destinations like the Poconos, Philadelphia and the Pittsburgh areas.

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Pennsylvania is a fantastic location for a wedding, with a range of options for couples looking for a unique and unforgettable wedding experience. Pennsylvania is home to some of the most charming and historic towns and cities in the United States, such as Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and Lancaster. These locations can provide a unique and memorable backdrop for your wedding ceremony and photos. Pennsylvania is also home to a range of natural landscapes, including mountains, forests, and lakes. These scenic locations can provide a stunning and unforgettable setting for your wedding, whether you want an outdoor ceremony or photoshoot.

As shown below, there are many interesting places and activities that a couple can enjoy when you Elope in PA or Pennsylvania either before, during or after your destination wedding.

Pocono Mountains, PA

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Harmony Gardens-Lois Heckman, Celebrant

Harmony Gardens, in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, is a gorgeous outdoor wedding site, with a large covered pavilion. Your package includes Celebrant Lois Heckman, who will create a meaningful and personal ceremony for you and officiate it in this peaceful, lush setting. Local information and referrals are also provided for an elegant or casual elopement. Only an hour and half from NYC and Philadelphia ****

127 Harmony Lane

Poconos (Saylorsburg), Pennsylvania




Phone: 570.350.9514

Hersey, Pennsylvania

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The Inn at Westwynd Farm

A magical elopement experience awaits at The Inn at Westwynd Farm. Customize your special day with An Elopement Designed for You. Select the perfect location to exchange your vows: whether it is indoors in front of the fireplace with snow falling outside, or a summer garden wedding by the waterfall. The beautiful sites on the farm are many and the choice is yours. Everything else is included but the stress! From the officiant and witnesses, to the flowers, cake, champagne, accommodations and photography, The Inn at Westwynd Farm has thought of it all, so you don’t have to. Review all The Inn at Westwynd Farm’s intimate wedding, honeymoon and elopement details and packages on their website and begin planning your dream elopement today!****

1620 Sand Beach Road

Hummelstown, PA




Phone: (717) 533-6764 or (877) 937-8996

Stahlstown, Pennsylvania

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Foggy Mountain Lodge and Pub

If your dream venue is somewhere that can provide enchanted woodland, then Foggy Mountain could be the answer. Sitting on 40 acres of the Laurel Highlands, you can exchange your vows in a number of locations including the pondside gazebo or their intimate log chapel. Summer celebrations can be hosted by the stone hearth in their outdoor pavilion, while Winter weddings are perfect for the wood burning fireplace in the chapel. With on-site lodging Foggy Mountain can offer a fully inclusive venue for your wedding day.****

117 Foggy Mountain Lane, PO Box 165

Stahlstown, PA




Phone: 1-877-FoggyMt or 877-364-4968

wrightsville (york), Pennsylvania
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Historic Ashland Elopement Packages

A Historic Ashland intimate elopement is timeless; with 5 outdoor ceremony options and 4 indoor ceremony options, any time of year for your Elopement is ideal. Couples seeking an elopement package can choose from 3 different elopement packages including the private estate venue, flowers, an officiant, and photography. Historic Ashland is an ideal country-side, private estate nestled just outside of Lancaster and York counties. Choosing Historic Ashland for your Pennsylvania elopement is sure to be both a memorable and stress-free experience!*****

6219 Lincoln Highway

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Wrightsville, PA




Phone: (717) 740-0090

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Allentown (Lehigh valley), Eastern Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley Elopement Package - Katherine Hunter

Katherine Hunter Celebrant specializes in overseeing elopements and micro weddings with beautiful custom ceremonies you will cherish. Katherine has a keen interest in the emotional investment human beings put into those special milestones in life. Her extensive travels across Europe, South America, Asia, and the Middle East have allowed Katherine to study a range of cultures and languages, giving her a unique perspective when it comes to helping her clients bring their vision of their perfect marriage ceremony to life. As a Humanist Celebrant, Katherine works with all faiths and spiritualities, including interfaith couples and those with no religious or spiritual affiliations. While based in Lehigh Valley in Eastern Pennsylvania, Katherine also works all over the state and in New Jersey. She is also happy to discuss travel.***


Ambridge, Pennsylvania

A Simple Vow

An elopement wedding can happen anywhere starting with a promise and a ring… standing in the middle of a creek feeling the cool water against your ankles, snug among the local park trees, a view from the west end overlook of the Pittsburgh skyline or the warmth and intimacy of your home all ending with a kiss. Whether they come to you or you to them, they promise you will receive the same care and respect that all couples receive. Add their basic 10 minute spiritual, religious, or civil ceremony that includes travel to your location within 25 miles of Ambridge and filing of your Marriage License. See all the details and options here.**

Ambridge, PA




Phone: (724) 241-8697

Boyertown, Pennsylvania

Reverend Pamela L Brehm

Plan your elopement with a wedding Officiant who will create a ceremony that is a reflection of your relationship, both in spirituality and personality by listening to your private concerns. Reverend Brehm offers a variety of packages or will custom design services for you.**

Boyertown, PA




Phone: (610) 367-7244

Angie Candell Photography

Your Love Story is One of a Kind. Your Wedding Photos Should be, too. Whether you're having a sweet, backyard elopement or an epic adventure elopement, Angie would love to help you create the wedding photos of your dreams.**

2568 E. Finley Dr

Claysville, PA




Phone: (724) 710-5800

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

Historic Acres of Hershey

Eloping couples have the option of an open pavilion, pond and lawn or farmhouse and fire pit as venue settings at the Historic Acres of Hershey wedding venue offering arrangement flexibility for staging your own celebration event.**

3425 Old Hershey Road

Elizabethtown, PA



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Phone: (717) 298-6340

Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Pun Nuptials-Wedding Officiants

The Pun Nuptials group of non-denominational Professional Wedding Ministers and Officiants welcome new ideas and enjoy themed weddings! They come from all denominational backgrounds, so you don’t have to have religious affiliations or be of a certain religion to be married by them and they don’t mind performing secular weddings. Take a look at their evolving website to see who, what they are about. While there take a look at their budget friendly package offerings, such as the simple and quick, Sapphire Package held at their Serenity office in Emmaus.**

860 Broad Street, Suite 102

Emmaus, PA




Phone: (484) 602-5477

Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Historic Smithton Inn

Historic Smithton Inn is a historic-hip and wonderfully unique venue for your small elopement wedding gathering. Located in Lancaster County, they offer pre-planned packages like their Wedding for Two or will help customized one especially for you.**


Phone: (717) 733-6094

Foxburg, Pennsylvania

The Foxburg Inn

Consider a mid-week ceremony and save some money while still having a choice of outdoor or indoor venues, catered receptions and planning assistance for an intimate, magical elopement celebration at The Foxburg Inn.**

20 Main Street

Foxburg, PA




Phone: (724) 659-3116

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Battlefield Bed & Breakfast

For couples seeking a simple elopement package with 10 guests or less, and options on venue settings, a cake reception and officiant assistance contact the Event Coordinator at Battlefield Bed & Breakfast and relax and enjoy your exchange of vows ceremony!**

2264 Emmitsburg Road

Gettysburg, PA




Phone: (717) 334-7330

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The Inn at White Oak

Nestled on 30 acres of private ponds, gardens and woodlands, with beautiful waterfalls and wildlife to enjoy while just minutes from the attractions of Gettysburg’s Lincoln Square, couples looking for a historic small town for their PA elopement and honeymoon should consider The White Oak Inn as their destination.**

1 White Oak Trail

Gettysburg, PA




Phone: (717) 334-8448

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Rev. Kelly Jo Singleton Officiant

Rev. Singleton is an ordained Interfaith Minister who has been officiating wedding ceremonies since 2010. She offers heart-centered ceremonies for all couples including non-religious, religious, interfaith, and spiritual. She is based in Lancaster County and serves the Central PA region and beyond.**

PO Box 8374

Lancaster, PA




Phone: (717) 471-3599

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

Cameron Estate Inn

The elegant and picturesque surroundings of this premier Lancaster County wedding venue is the ideal setting for a perfect storybook elopement tucked away midway between historic Lancaster, Hershey, and York and Harrisburg, PA.**

1855 Mansion Lane

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania




Phone: (717) 492-0111

The Olde Square Inn

This beautiful venue is a perfect Lancaster County setting for Brides & Grooms to enjoy the Inn's elopement package and for capturing their ceremony in pictures. The gardens are in full bloom from May to September and host a cast iron fountain, and along with the building architectural details your photos will remind you of your romantic visit.**

127 East Main Street

Mount Joy, PA




Phone: (717) 653-4525

New Holland, Pennsylvania

Harvest Moon Bed & Breakfast

Geared towards a private elopement or smaller ceremonies, The Harvest Moon has the perfect evening ambiance for couples with soft music and candlelight and catered dinners all wrapped into an elopement package that will make your time together as special as you are!**

311 East Main Street

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New Holland, PA




Phone: (717) 723-5251

New Hope, Pennsylvania

1870 Wedgewood Inn

When you choose the 1870 Wedgwood Inn for your elopement, you also get to enjoy breakfast and bed and accommodation in one of the jacuzzi and fireplace suites. How romantic!**

111 West Bridge St

New Hope, PA




Phone: 215-862-2570

Sharon, Pennsylvania

Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa

This 1890s stone ‘castle’, a National Register of Historic Places listing is now one of America’s most romantic inns! Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa offers Brides & Grooms a luxury elopement escape and optional indulgent spa treatments with an overnight stay purchase and the Elopement Ceremony Package that includes photographs, wedding cake and champagne, flowers, staff services, and keepsake gifts. Explore all the package details along with other package offerings here.**

422 East State Street

Sharon, PA




Phone: (724) 346-3046

Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

This vendor shares their strong sense of responsibility to the Pocono Mountains community with every visitor and their commitment is a vital part of what makes this region such a fascinating destination. Celebrate your PA Northeastern destination elopement at The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort by choosing their Two Person Wedding Package that includes an overnight stay, wedding cake, dinner and champagne, flowers, and morning breakfast and see for yourself the special care and relationship shared between staff members, families and neighbors. Review the details of all their packages here.**

100 Shawnee Inn Drive

Shawnee on Delaware, PA




Phone: (800) 742-9633

Upper Black Eddy (Bucks County), PA

Bridgeton House

Bridgeton House on the Delaware specializes in creating a dream elopement package tailored just for you. With the Delaware River as your backdrop, along with the talented chefs & staff and luxurious accommodations–Bridgeton House is truly the ultimate romantic Bucks County elopement destination.**

1525 River Road

Upper Black Eddy, PA




Phone: (610) 982-5856

Elope in PA or Pennsylvania Marriage License Requirements:

To be married in Pennsylvania you must have a valid marriage license issued by any county clerk. Here is a summary of the license requirements when you Elope in PA or Pennsylvania:



to marry

18 yrs$55 – $903 daysnone60 daysno
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All you have to do is tell the clerk at the courthouse that you'd like a self-uniting marriage license and mail it back in afterward, just as you would any other marriage license. With this, you can state your own vows or even have any family member or friend "officiate" the ceremony with readings of your choice.

How much does it cost to get eloped in Pennsylvania? ›

Elope in PA or Pennsylvania Marriage License Requirements:
Minimum AgeLicense CostApplication Waiting period
18 yrs$55 – $903 days

How do you elope in PA? ›

All you have to do is tell the clerk at the courthouse that you'd like a self-uniting marriage license and mail it back in afterward, just as you would any other marriage license. With this, you can state your own vows or even have any family member or friend "officiate" the ceremony with readings of your choice.

Where is the cheapest to elope? ›

Cheap elopement destinations in the United States that are still gorgeous
  • Lake Tahoe.
  • British Virgin Islands.
  • Bali.
  • Scotland.
  • Oregon Forrest.
  • In the Montana Mountains.
  • Colorado Mountains.
  • California Coast.
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How much should I budget for elopement? ›

The cost of eloping

While there is no set cost to elope, most couples spend $5,000-$15,000, far less than the national average of $33,000 for a traditional wedding. Eloping couples tend to cut out the things they don't care about, and perhaps pay a little more for the things they do.

Can you get married in one day in PA? ›

Pennsylvania law requires a three-day waiting period between the date applicants apply for a Marriage License and when the license may be issued. If applying on Monday, the license will be ready on Thursday. If applying on Tuesday, the license will be ready on Friday.

Is it cheaper to elope or have a wedding? ›

That being said, elopements typically end up being more affordable than a wedding. The average cost of a wedding is about $34,000 whereas the average cost of an elopement is $6,000 to $15,000. The biggest expense for an elopement will be the travel costs and the photography and videography coverage.

Do I need witnesses to get married in PA? ›

Pennsylvania has a provision in the Marriage Act that recognizes a marriage performed without officiating clergy. This is referred to as a self-uniting license. Two witnesses are required.

Can you go to the courthouse and get married in PA? ›

You need a marriage license before you can legally get married. Both applicants must appear in person at the Register of Wills and provide the required documents, including identification. You can use your marriage license in any county in Pennsylvania. You cannot use it in another state or country.

What are 3 requirements you need in order to have a legal marriage in PA? ›

Both parties must possess a valid Social Security number. Both parties must also provide evidence that any prior marriages have been legally ended through divorce, annulment or death. The bride and groom may not be legally married to any other individual at the time of application.

Is it worth it to elope? ›

Eloping is great for couples that value experience over a big wedding, or would rather put their money toward something that is more important. Most couples that choose to elope crave a day that reflects their relationship. They're rad couples that value a true experience they can remember forever.

What is the cheapest day to get married? ›

Monday is a great day to get married, especially if you're throwing a wedding with a tight budget. Weekday weddings are typically more affordable, with Monday being most affordable and increasing in expense as you get nearer the weekend.

What is cheaper when you get married? ›

Married couples enjoy more Social Security benefits, tax breaks, retirement options, estate planning perks, and cheaper insurance (health and auto).

How many guests is an elopement? ›

Guests. This is one of the biggest contrasts between a traditional wedding and an elopement ceremony. Most traditional weddings have a guest list with 50 to 200+ guests, while an elopement is 20 guests or less. A microwedding is 20-50 guests.

How to budget $15,000 wedding? ›

If your budget is $15,000, you could spend your money like this:
  1. Venue: $8,000 for a seven-bedroom villa for the week.
  2. Flights: $1,000.
  3. Food and beverages: $2,000 for a buffet meal and beverages.
  4. Rentals: $700 for tables, chairs, linens and lighting.
  5. Attire: $300 for a dress; $150 for a suit on sale.

Who can legally marry you in PA? ›

A minister, priest or rabbi of any regularly established church or congregation.

Can a notary marry someone in PA? ›

Notary publics can provide services in the state that they are licensed in. They can complete your wedding documentation, and if they are licensed, they can also officiate your wedding. However, a licensed notary cannot marry couples who are from another state. They also can't go out of the state to perform a wedding.

What documents do you need to get married in PA? ›

Both applicants must appear together in person to complete the marriage license application. Applicants must have valid ID (e.g., current Driver's License, military or Pennsylvania Department of Transportation photo ID ). Birth Certificates are required only when applicants have no other ID .

What is high elopement risk? ›

Increasing Elopement Risks

Residents who have eloped may be exposed to extreme heat or cold. They may suffer a fall when walking over uneven or unfamiliar territory. Additionally, they may suffer injuries or death as a result of wandering into traffic or bodies of water, or as a result of exposure to inclement weather.

Should I make a wedding registry if you elope? ›

Even in an elopement, two people are getting married and starting a new chapter together as one — that certainly calls for a gift! So whether you're the couple debating setting up your elopement registry or you know someone who's eloping and you're wondering if you should send a gift, the answer is a resounding YES!

Is $100 too cheap for wedding? ›

They suggest the following breakdown: coworkers or distant relatives should spend 50 to 75 dollars. Friends or relatives, 75 to 100 dollars. For close friends, family, or if you are in the wedding party, you should spend 100 to 150 dollars—or more.

How much is a marriage license in PA? ›

The license is only valid in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The fee to obtain a marriage license is $50 cash; money order (less than 9 months old) or cashiers check from bank.

How long is a marriage license good for in PA? ›

A marriage license is valid for 60 days from date it is issued. Please note that if you cannot speak English, an independent translator must join the video conference. The translator must present valid photo ID. A marriage license issued in Montgomery County may be used anywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

What happens if a marriage license is never turned in PA? ›

Lost License

If your license was never filed and cannot be found, more steps must be taken for the marriage to be recognized legally. You can request a duplicate license, which then needs to be signed again by both spouses and the officiant.

Can you get your marriage license and get married the same day in PA? ›

The marriage license must be obtained at least three days prior to the marriage ceremony. The three-day waiting period does not start until after your appointment.

How much is a courthouse wedding in Pennsylvania? ›

Fee. Application and License $60. Fee is waived for certified copy only of marriage record with proof of service in U.S. Armed Forces.

How do I get a Quaker marriage license in PA? ›

To hold a Quaker wedding in Pennsylvania, you'll have to follow a few steps. In Philly, you'll need to first make an appointment for a marriage license through the Marriage License Bureau at the Register of Wills. Due to the pandemic, marriage licenses are being offered by appointment only.

What is the Quaker marriage law in PA? ›

The unique Pennsylvania license, which is a Quaker tradition, allows people to marry themselves without an officiant, just witnesses. That means a couple can have someone emcee the ceremony as a symbolic but not legal officiant.

Can I get married without a marriage license in Pennsylvania? ›

To legally get hitched in PA, you and your partner will need to apply for a marriage license—together and in person—at a local Register of Wills, marriage license bureau, or county clerk's office. Pennsylvania does not permit proxy marriages.

When did Pennsylvania stop requiring blood tests for marriage? ›

Since 1979, 33 other states, not including Pennsylvania, have eliminated the test and five never required it. California, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Vermont, the District of Columbia, and New Jersey, still require the test.

What are the consequences of eloping? ›

Cons of eloping: Disapproving Opinions

Your relationships are important to you, and sadly, some of those relationships may be strained by your choice to elope. Friends may be jealous you have chosen such a stellar way to get married while some family may be upset they didn't make the tiny guest list.

Do you have a shower if you're eloping? ›

The elopement could take place anywhere, from a local courthouse to a luxury resort in the Caribbean. So, when it comes to bridal showers and elopements, people are bending the old rules, too. The consensus: Whether or not the elopement is a secret, it's perfectly fine to have a bridal shower.

Do you tell people when you elope? ›

Eloping doesn't have to involve running, and it certainly doesn't have to be secret. In fact, the best way to elope without offending family is to let them know in person. If you're anticipating a negative reaction, it may be tempting to break the news over a text message or in an email. Resist this temptation.

What is the least expensive month to get married? ›

In the U.S., off-season wedding months can vary by region, but usually they are January, February, July, and November. These are usually also the cheapest months to get married in.

What is the least popular month to get married? ›

When Is Wedding Off-Season? In contrast, winter is considered the off-season for weddings. Only 11% of weddings took place between December and February last year, making it the least popular season to get married. February is the least popular month for weddings, accounting for just 3% of them in 2022.

What's the best age to get married? ›

“The ideal age to get married, with the least likelihood of divorce in the first five years, is 28 to 32,” says Carrie Krawiec, a marriage and family therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic in Troy, Michigan. “Called the 'Goldilocks theory,' the idea is that people at this age are not too old and not too young.”

How much does it cost to get married at a courthouse in PA? ›

A regular marriage license costs $90. Quaker or self-uniting licenses cost $100. Other common costs include: Corrections fee – $25.

How much is marriage fee in PA? ›

The license is only valid in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The fee to obtain a marriage license is $50 cash; money order (less than 9 months old) or cashiers check from bank.

How much does a marriage license cost pa? ›

Paying for your license

The fee for a marriage license is $90.00, payable by Visa, MasterCard, certified check, or money order. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. A Quaker (or Self-Uniting) license is $100. Have more questions?

How much does a pa wedding cost? ›

The least expensive weddings, on average, can be thrown in Kansas, Oklahoma and Utah — average wedding costs in these states are well below the national average at $16,000. Here in Pennsylvania, we sit just $3,000 over the average at $33,000.


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