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How to Get Married at the Virginia Beach Courthouse, groom kissing brides shoulder

How to elope in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Feb 10, 2020

How to elope

in Virginia Beach, VA

If you dream of your wedding day as simple, short, and small gathering of your favorite people. A courthouse wedding or beach elopement is a perfect option. There’s something truly romantic about the simplicity of a small wedding. I’m here to give you the information you need!

What makes your marriage legit?

A marriage license. You can…

– Print the online application and fill it out ahead of time then take it to the courthouse (Faster processing)

– Obtain the marriage license at the courthouse and fill it out while you are there.

No appointment is needed to obtain a marriage license.

How to get married at the Virginia Beach Courthouse, brides shoes and bouquet waiting at the courthouse

How to Get Married in the Courthouse

Within 60 days of getting your marriage license say ‘I Do’ within the state lines of Virginia.

Pay $50 cash to the onsight Marriage Commissioner to perform your marriage at the courthouse.

Bad news, no cameras or phones are allowed in the courthouse….

How to get married at the Virginia Beach Courthouse, bride and groom kissing on the beach

How to Get Married outside the Courthouse

Good news, there are marriage commissioners provided by the courthouse available 24 hours to perform your marriage outside the courthouse! This way you can capture your official first kiss! Phew, that was a close one!

You can still get your marriage license, step outside and get married all in the same day.

How to get married at the Virginia Beach Courthouse, bride and groom celebrating on the beach

How to Make it Official

Return to the courthouse with the completed license so they can record it and make you two official! A certified copy can be requested!

How to get married at the Virginia Beach Courthouse, bride and grooms rings with the veil

How Much Does it Cost?

Marriage License – $30

Courthouse Ceremony – $50

Non-Courthouse Ceremony – $50 (estimate)

Beach Ceremony Fee – $0 (No permit required)

Official Copy of Marriage Certificate – $2.50

How to get married at the Virginia Beach Courthouse, bride's bouquet on the beach

What Else Should I Know?

There is plenty of parking outside of the courthouse.

Fridays are the busiest days at the courthouse, you’ll wait times will be longer.

You can schedule your marriage commissioner before your non-courthouse ceremony.

How to get married at the Virginia Beach Courthouse, bride and groom portraits at the beach after ceremony

Cost to Have Me as Your Photographer

Weekday Post Courthouse Ceremony – $400
– 1 hour of coverage
– Same day sneak peek
– 50+ images
– Gallery delivered within 4 weeks

Weekday Non-Courthouse Ceremony – $700
– 2 hours of coverage
– Same day sneak peek
– 80+ images
– Gallery delivered within 4 weeks

Where Can We Take Photos?

Courthouse Ceremony:
Bust through those courthouse doors and you’re free to photograph! We can take portraits right outside the courthouse, or travel to a nearby location.
Location Suggestions:
– Gardens outside the courthouse
– Virginia Beach
– Pleasure House Point
– First Landing (Entrance Fee)

Non-Courthouse Ceremony:
The beach is a 17-minute drive away, where you do not need a permit for a ceremony. There are also many nearby parks & locations.
Location Suggestions:
– Pleasure House Point
– First Landing (Entrance Fee)
– Back Bay Preserve
– Red Wing Park

How to get married at the Virginia Beach Courthouse, bride and groom kissing on the veil

Helpful Links

Marriage Application (Pre-fill for faster processing time)
Marriage Commissioners
Grab a beautiful bouquet from:
I Do Weddings
Hanging Gardens

Inquire about your courthouse wedding!

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