December 6, 2021
So you’re wondering how to elope in the White Mountains…
One of the beautiful things I love about documenting elopements in the White Mountains (well, elopements in general really) is how incredibly simple it is to make your adventure elopement completely your own. Your love story is beautifully YOU and the beginning of your marriage should fit you and your partner in your own unique way. You have a vision for your day and we can make it happen. There are so many beautiful trails and mountain peaks in New Hampshire that can be the backdrop for your special moment. No matter your vibe for the day, be it dramatic mountain views, a wooded ceremony site, or a lakeside picnic, all of it can be found in the White Mountains.
Unsure how to get started planning your White Mountain Elopement? Here are some tips to help you out…
You’ll want to start by choosing the “feel” for your day. You already know that you want to have an adventure in the White Mountains on your wedding day. This is a great start! But to help narrow down the exact location, or the date it helps to start with how you want to feel on your wedding day. Do you want to feel calm and relaxed? Do you want to feel like a woodland fairy? Or maybe you want to feel adventurous and inspired? How you want to feel will help inform every single decision you make for your day. So go ahead and close those eyes and just imagine how you want your elopement day to feel. There are no wrong answers!
Now that you figured out how you want to feel on your wedding day you have to pick your date. It helps to start with the season you want to get married in.
Spring, Summer and Fall are the best times to elope in the White Mountains.
Another thing to consider when eloping in the White Mountains is traffic. Summer is going to be the peak time for visitors in the Whites. So if you are flexible in your schedule consider eloping during non-peak times. I also highly recommend eloping on a weekday as weekends can be packed.
Now that you have your wedding date picked out, it’s time to get the legal-eaze out of the way. To apply for a New Hampshire Marriage License you have to go in person to any City or Town Hall in the state. Bring your ID’s, birth certificate and payment. It is $50 to apply for a marriage license in New Hampshire. There is no waiting period and your license is valid for 90 days after you apply.
Here are some more resources to read about how to keep your elopement legal in New Hampshire
Just because you’re eloping, doesn’t mean you can’t have all of the details of a larger wedding. Remember, eloping can be as simple or elaborate as you want. What’s important is that the focus is kept on you as a couple and your vendor team is there to make your vision come to life.
Some important vendors to consider having for your elopement are:
Elopement Photographer | When you hire me as your elopement photographer I am more than just your Elopement photographer, I’m your guide to your entire wedding experience. From location planning, scouting, and vendor recommendations, I’m with you every step of the way to ensure you have the day you always imagined.
Officiant | In the state of NH, you will need some one licensed by the secretary of state to marry you. That can be a JP, minister, etc. Always check with your officiant to make sure they have the legal license to legally marry you in the state of New Hampshire. Below are some vendor recommendations.
Florist | Florist are also a great addition to consider having at your elopement. Remember you can go as big or small as you like, its your day after all. But who doesn’t love some fresh florals? Here are some recommendations for local florists.
Planners | If you said you wanted to feel stress free and relaxed during your elopement, definitely consider hiring a planner or a day of coordinator. This way they can worry about all of the last minute details while you are just focusing on living in the moment and enjoying your day with your partner. Here are some great recomendations to consider for local planners
Food Services | Finally, what kind of food do you want to eat on your wedding day? There are so many different options from hiring a private chef, booking a food tour, having a custom picnic, etc. Also! don’t forget the dessert! You cant go wrong hiring professional food services to cater your day. After all, its your wedding, go a head and treat your self. 😉
Next, you will need to apply for permits. Some locations in the White Mountains require permits. Some don’t. If a location requires permits, it is absolutely necessary to get those permits. These rules and regulations are in place to help keep the Mountains beautiful, limit crowding, etc.
It can be hard to navigate and understand what is required. That is why, when you hire Tessa Klingensmith Photography, I help you figure out what permits are needed for the locations you want.
Now that you have everything planned and ready to go, all you have left to do is tie that knot and enjoy your adventure elopement in the White Mountains!
I hope this guide gives you some ideas of how to plan your dream White Mountain Elopement.
Looking to plan an elopement in the White Mountains? Contact me today to set up a free consultation call!
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YES! The white mountains are amazing! I’m dying to do some exploring!
I had never heard of the White Mountains before, but after reading your guide, I am DYING to go there! Thank you so much for such an amazing step by step guide!
The White mountains seem like such a perfect backdrop for an adventure elopement! Thank you so much for sharing!!
So much rad information on eloping in the white mountains! GREAT WORK!
Thank you for this elopement guide. White Mountains sound like an awesome place to get married.
This is such a great resource, particularly love the seasonal considerations. Thanks for sharing!
When I think of eloping, I never thought about New Hampshire as a possibility. I think it has something to do with me being from midwest (Illinois) and never explored much of the North East.
Way to go Tessa! This rocks 🤘
Ahhh the White Mountains are so beautiful–especially in fall. Great info to be found here!
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