Want to elope in Virginia? Want a quick courthouse wedding? I am here to help.
Learn the Facts About Eloping In Virginia
In Virginia, courthouses do not officiate weddings. You cannot “get married at the courthouse” by a justice of the peace or similar. Couples need an officiant of some kind (religious or non-religious) in order to have their marriage recognized.
Furthermore, the ceremony officiant is the one who fills out the wedding license and submits it to the court. This person must be legally authorized by a court in Virginia.
Your “Courthouse” Wedding Officiant
I perform religious and non-religious elopement ceremonies for couples from Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond, VA, and even as far away as Norfolk.
Instead of marrying at the courthouse steps, consider my Virginia Museum of Fine Arts wedding ceremony.
Having your elopement outside at the VMFA allows you to have beautiful pictures of your special moment, a free venue, and just a short walk or drive to Carytown where you can have a post-ceremony meal with friends and family.
What the Ceremony Includes
- Your choice of a short religious, nondenominational or non-religious (secular) wedding ceremony — approximately five minutes long
- Use of a prayer shawl (tallit) for Jewish ceremony
- Ceremony takes place by the Neptune statue or in front of the waterlilies-inspired pond for great photos/video
- Filing of your Virginia marriage license
Elopement is only $25 deposit plus $50 for the ceremony. Couples can pay via check, cash or Venmo.