Consider this your ultimate guide to planning your dream Pennsylvania elopement! We’re talking about all things eloping in PA, from the legalities to locations & more.
I might be a bit biased considering I have a deep love for my home state, but Pennsylvania really does boast so many breathtaking, natural landscapes and historic cityscapes! You name the environment or vibe you are going for, and Pennsylvania likely has it!
Pennsylvania is filled with tons of landscape and backdrop options, giving you a vast array of settings at your fingertips. Whether you dream of exchanging vows in the midst of serene forests, against the iconic skyline of historic downtown landmarks, or within the rustic charm of countryside landscapes, Pennsylvania offers a canvas as diverse as your love story. We are about to dive through the options, so you can discover the perfect backdrop for your intimate and unforgettable elopement.
Navigating where to elope in Pennsylvania can be overwhelming due to all of the options, but that’s where this guide comes in! The key lies in finding the perfect setting that resonates with you as a couple, and your unique love story. As a wedding and elopement photographer, I have had the opportunity to explore locations all over our state and this guide will take you through a ton of possibilities that Pennsylvania has to offer!
Determining the guest count for your Pennsylvania elopement sets the tone for your intimate celebration. If you envision a more secluded and adventurous experience with 10 or fewer guests, an elopement might be the perfect fit. Choosing a smaller guest count allows you the flexibility to explore scenic locations, engage in outdoor activities, and create lasting memories with your closest loved ones.
However, if your guest list is leaning towards 20 or more, it might be a great opportunity to consider a micro-wedding instead of an elopement. A micro-wedding offers a wonderful middle ground, providing a bit more flexibility and options for venues that accommodate slightly larger gatherings while still maintaining an intimate atmosphere. Rest assured, whether it’s an elopement or a micro-wedding, there are plenty of dreamy locations and venues in Pennsylvania to make your celebration truly special.
First of all, did you know that Pennsylvania has self-uniting marriage licenses?! Literally anyone can marry you in Pennsylvania so long as you have this license! I have seen this so many times that couples hire an officiant because they had no idea this wasn’t actually a requirement. So be sure to keep this in mind when purchasing your license, depending on the type of union you’d like!
You and your partner will have to make an appointment and appear in person or via video conference, depending on the county where applying for your marriage license. There is also a required 3 day waiting period after filing. I highly recommend applying for your license at least a month or two before your wedding day to ensure that you can an appointment scheduled in time.
Here is what the state of Pennsylvania requires to attain your marriage license:
A regular marriage license costs $90. This type of license requires an officiant to solemnize the marriage.
A self-uniting (Quaker) license costs $100. A self-uniting marriage license in Pennsylvania do not require an officiant to solemnize the marriage.
Can we just take a moment for the grandeur of the Pennsylvania Capitol!? Not many people know you can actually take photos inside this historic landmark, but you absolutely can! Its stunning architecture and regal surroundings create an atmosphere of timeless sophistication.
Located in Stroudsburg, PA, Promise Ridge can be found in the Pocono Mountains. Imagine getting married under a canopy of trees overlooking the Appalachian Trail ride with stunning views – this is such a great option for a Pennsylvania elopement!
I meannn….THE VIEWS. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is in the Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania. The overlook here has the most stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains – a great option for a Pennsylvania elopement!
Located in Wilkes-Barne, Pennsylvania, the Luzerne County Courthouse is filled with remarkable architecture. I love how this space offers a classic backdrop for a ceremony infused with elegance and tradition.
Located inside Lock Ridge Park, the Lock Ridge Furnace Museum makes for a stunning backdrop. This is a piece of history as it used to be a coal burning iron furnace. I’m in love with the stone work detail! Here is more info on getting married at Lock Ridge Furnace Park.
If you are a couple who appreciates art and creativity, you will love Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens! This unique location provides a vibrant and colorful setting, perfect for couples with a free-spirited flair.
I’m completely obsessed with elopements at Airbnb’s. The cozy, intimate vibes are everything an elopement should be. I always tell my couples that they are the main characters on their wedding day, and this type of setting adds that extra magical touch to their love story. Situated in Robesonia, Pennsylvania, Texter Mountain Home captures the essence of a romantic getaway surrounded by mountain views, a lush canopy of tress, and cozy interiors.
Located in Downtown Philly, Osteria is a cozy and charming restaurant with the most magical greenhouse. I’m talking beautiful plants hanging from the ceiling and the dreamy glow of Edison bulbs – it really is such a gorgeous space to get married! Dinner is served family style here and the food is amazing!
With over 350 acres of open spaces, Wyomissing Park has so many stunning options for an outdoor elopement. Whether you choose a shaded grove, a blooming garden, or a scenic overlook, Wyomissing Park ensures a beautiful setting that resonates with the tranquility and beauty of nature.
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Hey, I’m Jennifer! I’m your Pennsylvania Elopement Photographer & Guide! Where you are the main character and my aim is to bring that role to vibrant life at your dream elopement! Accessible from the moment we seal the deal until your final gallery is delivered, I’m your friend through all the steps.