Wedding, elopement and headshot photographer in the Washington DC area, by Jen Cody
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Virginia

How to elope in Virginia

If you're planning to elope in Virginia, I'm here to tell you... you're making the right decision! I love Virginia, and I've made it my home since 2001. As it happens, my own parents decided to get married in Virginia many years ago. They eloped at the Arlington Courthouse.

Now that I've got that out of the way, let me give you some useful information about getting married or eloping in Virginia!

To obtain a marriage license, you'll need to visit the Clerk of the Circuit Court in any municipality in the Commonwealth. The license fee is $30 and there is no waiting period. However, the marriage license is only valid for 60 days, so you'll want to wait until you are relatively close to your wedding day.

When you choose an officiant, you'll need someone who is authorized by one of the Circuit Courts in Virginia to perform marriages. If you'd like to arrange to be married in a courthouse elopement, each county and city typically has a list of qualified officiants available on their website.

I can't provide an exhaustive list of information, but here are links for marriage license information in popular locations in Northern Virginia.

Arlington County

Alexandria City

Fairfax County

Loudoun County

Falls Church City


Please reach out to me and we can talk more about your plans!