Elope in St Louis

The word ELOPE used to mean "to run away with a lover, with the intention of getting married."
Today it means having a small, quick, intimate wedding without the stigma of running away.
Elope at any location in St Louis like your home, hotel lobby, public park, favorite restaurant.
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City Garden Elopement

Kelly and Daniel love the cityscape of downtown St Louis. They live in St Charles, but they wanted to celebrate their marriage downtown at the City Garden. The day was pleasant and their witnesses were their parents. The Deluxe Elopement Package includes the officiant, flowers for the couple, and a professional photographer (Kristi Foster Photography).

Elopement at City Garden in Downtown St Louis

The Gateway Mall and City Garden in Downtown St Louis

St Louis City Hall Elopement

Can you have an elopement for under $500?

St Louis City Hall has a beautiful rotunda that allows couples to elope during business hours (Mon-Fri 8am to 4.30pm). A St Louis City Hall elopement can be a quick and easy way to go from engaged to wed without the stress of planning a major event. But why not make your trip to the St Louis City Recorder of Deeds a moment to remember?

Plan something unique and special for your trip to the St Louis City Hall!

Budgeting an event (big or small) is important, so make sure you have a budget in mind and that is is just enough to cover important expenses and to do something special.

For this example, our budget is $500. All you will need for this elopement is:

location, wedding dress/suit*, rings*, marriage license, bouquet/boutonniere*, professional photographer*, 2-10 guests, officiant (*optional)

The location - well this is easy since we are talking about St Louis City Hall. For elopements, there is no facility use fee, but you have to pay to park. Bring at least two witnesses (or up to 10 people).

The cost of your marriage licence is $48.

Set aside $40 for flowers that you can find at the grocery store. A hand tied bouquet is always stylish. Make it fun, wild, or simple so it can be city hall wedding worthy. A Deluxe Elopement includes flowers.

$200 can get you a professional photographer can be hired to spend up to 30 minutes with you before, during and after the elopement ceremony. A Deluxe Elopement includes photographer.

The rings are something else that should be chic, but that doesn’t mean that they have to really expensive. $45-$100 can get you a beautiful wedding band set from Etsy.

And that about covers it!

Let’s take a look at how much we’ve spent:

$48 for a marriage license
$140 for the Officiant (that's me)
$200 for a Photographer
$40 for flowers
$45 for the rings
Grand Total: $473

There are, of course, a lot of different ways to go about making this budget work for your unique courthouse wedding. The important thing to remember is this is YOUR special day, enjoy it!

What is something special you would buy for your courthouse wedding?

Elopements on Facebook

Elope at the Moonrise Hotel
Every time I perform an elopement I take a photo of the couple at the end of their ceremony of post it on my Facebook Page. Since elopements are very small, intimate and sometimes casual and last minute - the photos really tell a story in themselves.  My favorites are of couples who choose to elope and they do not have the 2 witnesses that are required to make the Marriage License legal.

Elope in Kirkwood
The most affordable location in this case is in the town of Kirkwood where I live - Kaldi's Coffee Shop is the perfect place to find witnesses. Yes I said FIND 2 witnesses.  A coffee shop is known as a meeting place for two women to meet and chat, neighbors to catch up, or entrepreneurs to get some work done while they sip on coffee or other beverage.

Elope at Kaldi's Coffee Shop
I don't ask couples why they cannot provide someone - I'm sure most will say they are truly eloping and do not want to include family and friends because of hurt feelings of those that could be left out. Saving money would be another reason.

Elope at Walker Park