Eloping in Indiana has a lot of similarities to running off to Vegas to elope. The main similarity is there is no waiting period. You can pick up your license and get legally married all in one day. Some places require you to wait 24, 48 or 72 hours. I can get you married in less than an hour if we time it right. No blood tests are required and there are no witnesses required. Whatever happen in Indy can stay in Indy, if need be. You can definitely take your legal marriage home with you but you don't have to tell anyone, if don't want to. The only thing you can't do when getting married in Indy is pick up your marriage license outside of regular business hours. The clerk is only open Monday- Friday from 8-4:30, or so, depending on the county. Most clerk's in the Indy area won't issue a license if you aren't in the office by 4. You've been warned. I will marry you any day of the week and I have scheduled appointment at Midnight on special occasions. When you are self employed you work nights and weekends. Especially in the wedding business! I love a secret elopement or a crazy whirlwind elopement!
Several years ago I was emailing back and forth with a couple in Michigan. They wanted and needed to get married right away. They were trying to schedule their day so they could get to Indy before the clerk's office close on a Friday so I could marry them on Saturday. Why? Because it was cheaper and easier than Vegas. They had priced tickets to Vegas first and when they realized how much it was going to cost just to fly there they went looking for plan b. They were running away for the weekend to elope because they needed to for whatever reason. They chose to elope in Indy because they could drive here easily. They were planning a trip to Hawaii and decided they'd rather spend their money on Hawaii then Vegas. They made it in time!! They got their marriage license on Friday, I met them in their hotel on Saturday and we walked over to Monument Circle. It was a super-romantic elopement! It was a beautiful spring weekend, we performed a ceremony, they exchanged their own vows, we took pictures and they had an awesome weekend. They returned their marriage license in on their way out of town on Monday morning. Everything else that happened in Indy, stayed in Indy.
A few summers ago I married a couple from South Africa. They were literally traveling around the US with the carnival. They had temporary working visas and were earning
money as they took in the sights. They said they'd been saving up to get married in Vegas later, before they went home, but decided to elope while they were in Indy. They had the day off, so why not? They saved money by getting married here, just in case they didn't make it all the way to Vegas.
I have one other really interesting Vegas wedding story. The couple had already made all the reservations, booked a suite at a big hotel, their friends and family from all over the country were also booked and going to their wedding in Vegas. EXCEPT.... The Groom's mom wasn't having it. She was not going to Vegas for his wedding and she was going to watch them get married! They eloped in Indy in a downtown boutique hotel at 10 am on a Saturday morning. It was a lovely, dignified affair. A limo picked them up and took them directly to the airport afterwards. Everyone was still meeting in Vegas for the weekend. They weren't honeymooning in Vegas. After their weekend in Vegas they headed to Jamaica for two weeks. The mom that attended the wedding in Indy stayed in Indy. What a great son though huh?
Elopements in Indy can be secretive, they can also be a lot of fun. We have casinos, bars and fancy hotels that are fabulous too! You can elope in Indy, stay at the Conrad Hilton or the JW Marriott, have a big steak at Ruth's Chris or Harry and Izzy's. I know, it's not Vegas. But Vegas also isn't Indy!