When you are planning your wedding, you have so many choices. However, if a traditional wedding is not your vibe and you are leaning towards a New England elopement, you will definitely want to consider eloping in New Hampshire! NH is the perfect place to elope for many reasons, and today I am sharing 3 of my favorites.
Why Eloping in New Hampshire is the Best
1 - New Hampshire is Laid Back
New Hampshire is really such a great place to elope. First and foremost, it is very laid back and relaxed compared to other New England states! Even the most densely populated areas of NH are significantly less busy than the greater Boston area. Most people who live in the state appreciate this about NH, and work to maintain the laid back vibe here. You can have an adventurous yet relaxing elopement just about anywhere in New Hampshire.
2 - The Scenery
One incredible thing about New Hampshire is how stunning the scenery is and the wide variety of settings. Within a short drive, you can go from the White Mountains, to the lakes region, to the ocean! And, in addition to its natural scenery, NH also has lots of quaint towns to explore such as Portsmouth, Wolfeboro, and North Conway.
You could opt for an adventurous elopement day hike in the mountains, canoe out to the middle of Lake Winnipesaukee to exchange your vows, spend your first day as a married couple on the beach in Rye, or anything in between. As a New Hampshire elopement photographer, I have had the pleasure of capturing elopements with breathtaking scenic views all throughout the state.
3 - NH Has an Easy Process for Obtaining a Marriage License
The process for obtaining a marriage license in New Hampshire is very easy. You will need to go to any Town Clerk’s office together (regardless of where you live) and complete a marriage application worksheet there in person. You will need to bring several government-issued documents with you (note that they do have to be originals). Then you will be issued your marriage license! Once you have your license (which is good for 90 days), simply work with an ordained officiant to perform your ceremony, and you will be married! In New Hampshire, witnesses are not even required at your ceremony so it can be as intimate as you’d like.
For some more detailed information on how to elope in NH, check out this post!
Ready to Book Your NH Elopement Photographer?
Once you’ve decided that eloping in NH is your vibe, it’s time to book your key vendors. Unlike a large traditional wedding, you won’t need a long list of vendors, but you will be able to partner with a few key vendors to make your elopement experience really special and tailored to you!
I find that couples have the best photography experience when working with a photographer who has specific expertise in capturing elopements and intimate weddings. I love helping my couples all throughout the planning process, so if you are at this stage, I would love to hear from you!