safe elopements

Safe elopements


2020 was supposed to be a bumper year for weddings in L.A., but the pandemic derailed all that. The blueprint for getting legally married has been redrawn, so we're making it easy to navigate this new territory.

Your health, happiness, and safety are very important to us. With MarriageToGo Safe Elopements, you can marry simply, legally, and safely, locking in those important marriage rights and promises without health worries or fear. You might even enjoy yourselves.

From now until November 1st, MarriageTo Go is offering simple socially-distanced "Safe Elopement" services in compliance with current L.A. County Department of Public Health requirements for marriage services. This license and ceremony bundle includes confidential marriage licensing and a short-n-sweet civil ceremony at our private outdoor location on L.A.'s Westside for a complete legal marriage.

If you qualify for California confidential marriage licensing, I can issue your marriage license and perform a customizable civil ceremony to complete your legal marriage without witnesses--only you two and the officiant (that's me) need be present. It's very easy and quick! Here's how it works and here are the rates.

All proceedings will take place exclusively outdoors, weather permitting, to reduce risk of viral transmission. PPEs are required for the actions (like document signing) that require proximity--bring your own, or we can provide them upon request.

Once your documents are signed, you can doff your mask for your "socially distanced" ceremony in our small garden. However, "distance" needn't mean "isolated"; we can help you stream, record, or videoconference your ceremony for virtual guests, and are happy to take a few photos for you afterwards.

In keeping with L.A. County's Department of Public Health requirements for weddings taking place in L.A. County, no witnesses or photographers are permitted.

However, fair warning: wedding crashers have been known fly in. That's normal around here, though; our little garden is an urban butterfly habitat, so it's not unusual for monarchs, swallowtails, or hummingbirds to buzz through the proceedings. Wedding folklore holds that these enchanting creatures carry your wishes and dreams to the heavens on their wings, so we hope you will appreciate their color, life force, and hospitality (it is their habitat, after all). We think you'll enjoy taking a little nature bath while saying, "I do."

If you think a Safe Elopement means you'll be missing out on your celebration or photos, don't worry; for years a large percentage of couples have opted for small civil weddings in advance of a larger community ceremony or reception at a later date. It often makes good sense--especially these days--to expedite the legal part of getting married and have a celebration later. Our Westside location is close to beaches, parks, and restaurants, so you can easily pick up a special meal and/or take a few scenic photos outdoors after your Safe Elopement is complete and your marriage is official!

If this sounds right for you, please email me for details and availability.

Playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan wrote, "Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you." Like Sheridan, we invite you to revel in the pleasures of our little garden with a small, safe, and special elopement ceremony with just the roses and the butterflies in attendance. Love, like nature, creates its own beauty. You bring the love; we'll bring the nature (you might want to bring sensible shoes too, though).

We realize the Safe Elopement isn't for everyone, but if you'd like to know more or want to inquire about availability, please email me for details. I'm also happy to talk you through the process and answer any questions you may have before you make a decision. Your health, happiness, and comfort are my highest priority.

We wish you safe and well, and the roses and I hope to see you soon!