This is critical to getting legally married! Go to your local City Hall (anywhere in MA, not just Boston) to complete a Marriage Intention Form. It takes 3 days to process, and then you return to pick up the official Marriage License. It's good for 60 days (so plan Step 2 for sometime in that date range)! On wedding day, make sure your officiant signs the license!
Once you know where you'd like to get married, you have to book an appointment or get a permit (more on that below). For Boston City Hall weddings, ceremonies take place 10-11:15am and 2-4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Ceremonies at Cambridge City Hall are scheduled 9am-4pm daily (except for Fridays, when they end at noon). The best lighting for your photos will be 2-3 hours before sunset. Summer couples, get a later appointment when possible; winter couples, a morning or early afternoon appointment. I can always help you select the best timing!
No matter the size of your celebration, your wedding day deserves to be captured! I believe in wedding photos that are true to you as a couple and the day that you've created to celebrate. Elopements give us enormous flexibility to capture something extra special — go to you favorite bar for a congratulatory toast, get photos of you in your neighborhood or favorite part of the city. The options are endless and there are no rules for how to do it!
If it's your style, don't forget a bouquet, hair and makeup! Here's the list of local Boston wedding vendors that can help out in these categories (and are all centrally located near city hall and other popular Boston elopement locations). You'll only get married once — so get the bouquet, and that natural or glam look you love and want to see when you look back in your photos! This is a special day and these are easy ways to help soak that all in.
Some couples get really excited about this, and others don't care as much . . . whichever end of the spectrum you're on, know that anything goes! Choosing what you'll wear to your elopement is another way to make the day feel extra special. Here are some of my favorite places to look for your city hall wedding and elopement outfits!
Once we know when and where you'll get married, we're going to want to think about traffic, parking, and any transportation between locations. Sometimes walking will be all we need (hello, gorgeous city street crossing photos!), and other times we'll want to think about riding the T or taking an Uber/Lift (also some great photos opps!). There is no "official" parking at Boston City Hall or Cambridge City Hall, and many of the other elopement spaces have very limited parking as well. If you'll drive, I recommend booking SpotHero in advance. That'll save you from panicked parking in the city!
This is the best part! Arrive at least 15 minutes early to check in for City Hall weddings (1st floor in Cambridge, 6th floor in Boston), and be sure to plan for traffic/parking. Remember your Marriage License and the $75 fee (CASH ONLY)! Boston City Hall allows up to 4 guests and Cambridge allows up to 10. For permit locations, remember to bring your permit and to still be mindful of timing!
Once it's official, we'll do some wedding portraits and get the celebration started! I'm always a fan of popping some bubbly or cheers'ing with another fave beverage of yours — if that's your style, just bring the drink and two glasses! From here, some couples choose to be done with photos; others have me tag along to a celebratory meal with fam + friends. That's up to you!
Boston City Hall is naturally one of the more popular options for an intimate wedding. Ceremonies are scheduled 10-11:15am and 2-4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. More information.
For those on the other side of the Charles, Cambridge City Hall is also a popular elopement option! Ceremonies are scheduled are scheduled 9am-4pm on week (except Fridays, when they end at noon). More information.
Boston Public Garden is an incredible elopement location! Pro: the backdrop; Con: potential inclement weather during your reserved time. It requires a permit for use of the space + photography. More information.
For a water view of the Charles River for your ceremony, consider the Boston Esplanade for your elopement! Since it's occasionally blocked off for large events, I'd confirm your date with The Esplanade Association.
If you want the Boston skyline in the background of your elopement photos, this one's for you! The Harborwalk spans 43-miles and eight Boston neighborhoods — my favorite part is in Seaport! More information.
Beyond these popular Boston elopement locations, you could also use your favorite restaurant or hotel! The Four Seasons, for instance, provides easy access to the Public Garden, a built in rain plan, and space for an intimate gathering for fam + friends.
There are so many great places to elope in Boston! Whether you want an outdoor wedding ceremony, or are interested in a city hall wedding — you have options! Below are some of the top places to elope in Boston, along with links to where you can find more information on appointments and permits.
Gardens and greenery, with the classic bridge and swan boats. Located at 4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02108.
Once you're officially married, we'll be able to use Boston as our backdrop for beautiful photos to remember the day by. Whether you want city skyline photos to complement what we capture at city hall, or you want the white marbled look of the MFA or State House after your intimate outdoor ceremony — Boston is filled with many incredible photo options!
Beautiful, white architecture for a stately, classic look. Located at 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133.
The classic brick neighborhood in the heart of Boston. A group of streets all coming off of Charles Street, Boston.
Another Boston neighborhood — one side with gleaming skyline views, the other with an industrial brick feel.
Located in Back Bay and framed by Boylston, Clarendon, St. James, and Dartmouth (with Boston Public Library).
Beautiful, white architectural facade as a backdrop. Located at 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115.
These two campuses make beautiful backdrops and are conveniently located nearby Cambridge City Hall.
Go to your favorite restaurant or bar and grab a drink for a fun celebratory photo + cheers!
Use your neighborhood, street, and home as a meaningful backdrop to remember your elopement by.
Ceremony coverage + portraits at the ceremony location (no traveling to other locations in Boston). This collection is made for couples that want their ceremony captured, as well as a brief portrait session afterward.
60+ images, private online gallery with download access and print rights. One hour of coverage time.
Ceremony coverage + extended portrait time! This collection is for those that would like enough time to do photos in another part of the city, or wish to include more portraits of family/friends that will be in attendance.
120+ images, private online gallery with download access and print rights. Two hours of coverage time.
Always! Depending on how much time we have together for photos, you'll receive a private online gallery with 60-200+ photos minimum. From that gallery, you'll be able to download the high-resolution copies of your photos.
You'll receive a "sneak peek" of photos within 24 hours, and the full gallery within 3 weeks.
Absolutely! The above packages are my most popular options, but if your elopement is going to be something in-between any of these, we can work together to determine the appropriate amount of coverage.
We can add any additional time needed (up to 4 hours total) for $250/half hour.
Definitely not! We can get going whether or not you have your elopement booked yet.
If you KNOW you want to work together, I'm also happy to help work out the logistics and figure it all out together! Especially if photos are important to you, this can be helpful for planning for the best lighting!
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