A simple elopement or small, intimate wedding may just be The PERFECT Wedding for you!!
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Maybe you've been engaged for all of five minutes and you are planning a secret elopement for today. Maybe all you've ever wanted was just a sweet, simple, intimate, wedding ceremony, just the two of you - or maybe just the 10 or 20 of you. Maybe you are downsizing your wedding plans from a big, formal, wedding ceremony to a, much easier, romantic elopement.
Whatever your road to eloping, you've come to the right place!
My name is Victoria Meyer, I've been a wedding officiant in Indiana for over 14 years, and I have the information you need to choose a location, officiant, ceremony script and obtain a marriage license.
Saying "We Eloped!" has got to be one of the most romantic things ever! Planning a secret exchange of vows and getting married, just the two of you, is like, EVERYTHING! As a wedding officiant, meeting with just two people and marrying them is an absolutely wonderful experience. Nobody is watching, there are no expectations. It's intimate and honest. It's an incredibly empowering experience to realize the power the two of you have together to create something as incredible and as special as your marriage. We can also meet, I can ask, "Do You? Do You?" You both say, "yes." And I'll say "We're done!" Our elopement services are incredibly flexible and can be a lot of fun!
I think that the term "elopement" is often the same as a small wedding. Couples want a small, intimate wedding with just a few people. Or, a much less formal wedding in a restaurant, small venue, or at home.
I consider a "small wedding" to be casual. You may still be dressed up and have a photographer, but there is no real set timeline you need to stick to. I can arrive a few minutes early, marry you, sign the marriage license and you are done!
This is a popular option for couples who just want me to come to their home to marry them.
Photo taken at Holiday Park near the Ruins.
Photo taken on the Indy Canal Walk at the Ohio Street Basin.
Where To Elope In Indy?
I'm a wedding officiant, I'm the person that marries you. I help you choose and perform a wedding ceremony and complete the marriage license with you. When you decide when and where you want to get married, you make an appointment with me and I will come and marry you.
I do have some suggestions...
My favorite spot for an elopement is anywhere you choose. I want you to feel comfortable and be happy! Maybe you want to elope in the same place you had your first date or where you got engaged. Some people had their first date walking on the canal and then they got engaged there. It only makes sense to have the perfect elopement there. Sometimes, the only place you ever dreamed of getting married was on your grandparents farm. Some couples have gotten married in a cemetery near the graves of loved ones because that was meaningful to them. When it comes to elopents, the sky's the limit! (And no, getting married in a cemetery is not weird or creepy - Crown Hill Cemetery is very popular around Halloween or with the autumn colors. Don’t get me started on the incredible black wedding dresses I’ve seen…)
One thing I want everyone to know is, you can get married anywhere and then you can also take pictures anywhere. Just because you think a spot is beautiful, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's a perfect spot to exchange vows. Waterfalls are pretty but you can't hear anything else when you are standing near one. The canal is pretty but there are people walking everyone around you. Hire a photographer to walk with you and take pictures in those places but choose some place more dependable to get married - rain or shine. If it’s just the two of you, and the place is special enough, I’m not opposed to a good umbrella wedding!!
There are countless places to Elope in Indiana. I am a mobile wedding officiant, so I go anywhere the wedding is. For an elopement you don't necessarily need a venue. Often, it's just the two of you or perhaps the two of you and a few friends or family members. Elopement ceremonies are short and sweet so if you do have guests, they probably won't need a place to sit.
Elopements can be very special weddings. You might choose to get married in the same place you had your first date or where you got engaged - that's the reason many couples choose to elope on The Canal Walk in Indy. You might have a favorite park where you like to hike together or walk your dog. Brown County State Park is popular. (You can bring the dog too!)
You might choose Monument Circle before dinner reservations for a great steak dinner in downtown Indianapolis because you are Indianapolis born and bred. Bonus - if it rains, my office has a 9th floor view of the circle - dry, heated and air conditioned. (Also decorated, kinda cute!)
There are pretty parks and gazebos throughout Indiana, not to mention covered bridges, your grandparents farm or your own backyard. Some of the old courthouse in Indiana make beautiful backdrops for elopements and a professional photo-shoot.
I have created a guide, with pictures and additional links to help you choose a place to elope or have your small wedding. These are just some suggestions, it's really up to you!
I just finished creating a new guide to choosing an elopement ceremony script. I have 8 pre-written scripts to choose from - plus a basic civil ceremony script. I also have alternate vows, ring meanings, and ring exchange wording to choose from. You are always welcome to write your own personal vows as well.
Live in Marion County? You may want to take advantage of our marriage license return services. We will return your marriage license for you in person, Obtain 2 certified copies, and mail them to you. The fee is $20. Extra certified copies are $4 each. We will text you a copy of the license with the mailing envelope before we send it so you know the marriage license is recorded and on the way.
What you can expect of me.
We request that you book your appointment online so that you can read and understand the terms and conditions and agree to them when you make your payment.
When you make your appointment, our scheduling system will automatically send you a confirmation. Shortly after, I will send you a personal email or text acknowledging your appointment. I will let you know you need to obtain your own marriage license and send you a link to the info. I will also send you a link to our ceremony scripts for you to choose, or create your own. The day before your wedding, I will text to check in and confirm the details. The day of your wedding, I will text you to wish you a happy wedding day and let you know I'm on my way! I generally arrive a few minutes early. You have 60 minutes to sign your marriage license and get married.
Photo taken on Monument Circle by Logan from Inside the Frame Photography.
Diversity Statement We are open to marrying any couple. It is our goal to meet each couple where they are and help them to have a positive wedding experience. In order to meet you where you are, we approach every wedding with an open mind - we don’t know anything about you until you tell us and that’s only if you choose to tell us. Wedding ceremony scripts have been written for years for brides and grooms. Now, bride and bride or groom and groom are very common. Some couples are choosing to forego traditional gender roles altogether and are using the terms spouse or partner. If you have made the choice to use non-traditional pronouns, please let us know, and we will be happy to honor your preferences. Any wedding ceremony script can be changed to reflect those personal preferences.