Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Why Should I Elope?

Traditional weddings are expensive and stressful! Eloping in Portland is fast, easy, affordable and fun! Elopements are so intimate and you have more time to focus on the two of you instead of a huge guest count! Eloping also gives you access to a more personal experience in beautiful locations that are not always available to couples marrying in the traditional way!

How do i start planning my portland elopement?

We make planning your elopement easy! All you have to do is start by contacting us! We will help you pick a location, obtain your license and decide on flowers! Then you just have to show up and we will do the rest!

Practical Questions

What are portland, Oregon’s marriage requirements?

You must obtain a marriage license either in person or by mail in advance of the elopement ceremony. Here are the requirements:

  • You are at least 17 years old.
  • Your ceremony will take place somewhere in the State of Oregon.
  • You are getting married within 60 days.
  • You are not currently married.
  • You are not first cousins or any nearer of kin.

The rate is typically $60, with an additional $5 fee to waive the three-day waiting period. Please see additional information on details and fees:

How many guests are we allowed to have?

Up to 10 guests are included in our base packages. Our packages are designed with intimacy in mind so that you are truly eloping in front of your closest friends and family (or just yourselves!). We do allow you to bring up to 25 guests for an additional fee! Children 5 and under are not included in the guest count. If you would like to have more than 25 guests, check out our micro-wedding package!

What if we don’t have any witnesses?

Oregon requires two witnesses over the age of 18 to be present at your elopement ceremony. If you are just eloping with the two of you, our photographer can always serve as one witness for free. We can always bring a second witness with us and we just ask that you bring $40 cash for that person.

what happens if my date moves?

Please contact us to discuss setting up a new date and retainer. Retainers and date reservations are not transferable except under extraordinary circumstances. If we have availability on a different date we are always open to allowing a move.

About Elope In Portland

How do we communicate?

Once we receive an inquiry form, basic details are generally communicated by email. We then schedule a phone, Zoom or Facetime meeting to learn more about you and your elopement and to talk about ourselves and our process. Due to time constraints, we do not include face-to-face meetings with the essentials package.

What days of the week are you available for elopements?

Our elopements typically fall Monday-Thursday. Fridays-Sundays may be available for an additional fee. Please inquire about weekend dates as availability may be limited during peak seasons.

Our Services

Can we add on more time for photos?

Yes! Additional hours of photography can be added on for $450/hour. You may add on time in 30 minute or one hour increments.

how are flower arrangements selected?

Our florist designs with seasonal flowers and foliage according to your color palette and style. Our essential package includes your choice of the following options:

  • One standard bridal bouquet & one boutonniere
  • Two medium bouquets
  • Two boutonnieres & one medium case arrangement
  • Two corsages & one medium vase arrangement

Upgraded bouquets and add-ons are available at additional costs,

Will you provide flowers for my wedding party or additional guests?

While this service is not covered in our essentials package, this may be arranged separately. Our florist is always willing to work with you to add-on any extra flowers you would like for an additional fee.

Do you perform Same-sex ceremonies?

Of course! We pride ourselves in providing unique and amazing elopement experiences for LGBTQ+ couples.

When will I receive my photos? How many will I get?

You always receive a sneak peek with up to 10 photos within 48 hours of your elopement. You will receive all of your final photos within three weeks of your elopement date. This will include all of the edited, high resolution images with printing rights in a downloadable online gallery. Each elopement is unique so we cannot guarantee a specific number of photos but we’ve never had anyone ask for more than they received!