Weddings aren’t for everyone. In fact, a growing number of couples are choosing to elope in lieu of a costly celebration. My FH and I have been considering eloping pretty seriously due to a few factors: cost, family drama and the fact that neither of us is very comfortable with attention. We’ve been thinking about various locales, but I’d really like to elope in New Hampshire, our home state.
Since neither of us have ever eloped before, we’re not really sure on the particulars. So, I thought I’d do a little bit of research to see how to elope in New Hampshire, and any other regions we might be thinking of. Turns out, a New Hampshire elopement is really not that difficult.
How to Elope in New Hampshire
Step 1: Go to New Hampshire
Mosey on down to a NH Town Clerk to obtain a marriage license. You should call ahead to make an appointment, as opposed to just wandering on down, though larger towns may be able to accommodate drop ins. If you already live in New Hampshire, the state would prefer if you obtain the license from the town in which you live, though it’s not necessary.
Step 2: Get the Marriage License
From what I’ve seen, it’s far easier to obtain a marriage license in New Hampshire than in other states. You don’t need a blood test in NH to obtain a marriage license, nor is there a waiting period. You both just need to present proof of identity. All you have to do is wait while the Town Clerk does their thing, and you should have your wedding license within a half hour.
If either of you was married previously, you will also need to bring a copy of the divorce papers, or the death certificate from the prior marriage.
Step 3: Pay Up
You’ll have to pay $50 for a New Hampshire marriage license.
Step 4: Get Married
The wedding license is valid for 90 days, so you’ve got a pretty good window of time in which to have the ceremony. The marriage can be performed on the day the license is obtained (they’re really encouraging impulse weddings!).
Larger city halls in New Hampshire can perform quick weddings on the spot (call ahead to be sure). You can also find a Justice of the Peace to perform your ceremony here.
For a more in-depth look at how to obtain a marriage license in NH, you can check out VisitNH.org.