Plan Your Romantic Northeast USA Elopement
Welcome to this section on romantic elope weddings in the Northeast USA.
Whether you plan on eloping with just an affordable ceremony and reception package, or also want to include the first 1 or 2 nights of your honeymoon, you’ll find lots of options included in the listings here.
There’s romantic places to get married in B&B’s and resorts near big cities like New York and Pittsburgh, as well as beach locations along the Jersey shore. You’ll find both cheap wedding elope packages and more expensive arrangements with accommodation.
Have fun choosing your Northeast USA elopement location…
Northeast USA Elopement Packages & Destinations
Northeast USA - Places to Elope:
Elope in Maryland - guide to small and affordable elopement packages in romantic Maryland wedding destinations.
Elope in New York - how to elope in New York City and Upstate New York, with small wedding and B&B elopement packages for a memorable NY marriage and honeymoon.
Elope in New Jersey - have a look at these elopement packages and enjoy a small and inexpensive wedding along the New Jersey shore, or close to NYC in Northern NJ.
Elope in Pennsylvania - romantic places and packages for a small but memorable wedding elopement in Pennsylvania.
Ideas for Elopement & Honeymoon Spots in the Northeast
Get Married Along the New Jersey Shore:
Although you might immediately think of “Snookie” when someone mentions the Jersey Shore, there is so much more to this state!
Lighthouses in particular are inherently romantic. And they also make great backdrops for wedding or honeymoon photos. New Jersey has no less than 11 lighthouses open to the public, all located in pretty little romantic towns. Here are a few you and your spouse (or spouse-to-be) might consider:
- Absecon Lighthouse in Greater Atlantic City—climb the 228 steps of this 150 year old black and yellow structure.
- Cape May lighthouse in Cape May Pointe State Park. The light beam is visible to 24 miles out to sea and it flashes every 15 seconds.
- Herford Inlet Lighthouse—Beautiful Victorian architecture.
- Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse—An 85 foot tower that pairs with the Tinicum Front Range lighthouse to guide ships along the Delaware River.
- Sandy Hook Lighthouse—The oldest operating lighthouse in the US, dating back to 1764. It somehow escaped any damage from hurricane Sandy.
- Sea Girt Lighthouse—The inside of this red brick tower has been carefully restored in keeping with the Victorian era.
- Barnegat Lighthouse—on the north end of the Long Beach Island, climb the 217 steps up “Old Barney” for some spectacular views of the area.
- Twin Lights of Navesink—250 feet above Sandy Hook Bay, on one of the highest points along the Coast.
- Finn’s Point Rear Range Light—A wrought iron, open-frame lighthouse built in 1886. On Lighthouse Rd in Pennsville.
- Tucker’s Island Lighthouse—A recreation of an Atlantic Ocean lighthouse that fell into the sea in 1927
- East Point Lighthouse—At the mouth of the Maurice River and far from any developed land, this lighthouse’s cape-cod style was copied by many others on the Pacific Coast.
Cape May is one of only five American cities considered an official historic landmarks.
Cape May is one of only five American cities considered an official historic landmarks. Beautiful Victorian homes line the streets and many have been converted into Bed and Breakfasts. 80,000 visitors each summer weekend make this a very popular little resort town indeed!
From Sandy Hook in the North to Cape May in the south, here are a few helpful tips for getting married on a beach along the Jersey Shore:
1. Remember that these beaches are popular for wedding ceremonies. Cape May hosts over 400 of them each year! A 30-minute window (including set-up of chairs) is allowed. So be on time and be prepared.
2. As with all outdoor wedding ceremonies, have a backup plan in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Don’t forget to inform all service people and guests if you must change venue.
3. If several people are expected at your ceremony, encourage them to car pool and ensure everyone has plenty of quarters for the parking meters. You may want to assign someone to the parking area to help.
4. For any guests have come a long way to witness this event, ensure that they have a place to sit. Don’t make them stand in the sun and sand for a long time. Provide water or cool washcloths if it’s hot.
Pennsylvania Dutch Country refers to an area of Southeastern Pennsylvania that is also known as Amish country. Lancaster County is one of the most popular northeast USA elopement spots. It’s full of beautiful scenery, covered bridges, (there are 25 in Pennsylvania Dutch Country alone!) and inns with wedding and elopement packages.
There are plenty of services and venues available, and most are at a fraction of the cost of nearby large cities. Take a buggy ride, learn how to quilt (or just buy one as a wedding gift to yourself!) tour a farm or wood shop, learn all about the ways of the Amish. Be sure to visit one of the many wineries or breweries in this area, try zip-lining, a 75-minute, narrated train ride through the valley, or a hot air balloon ride.
New York City Elopements
One of the attractions of getting married in New York is that the state allows people from any country to get married at any location. You do not have to stick to City Hall or a place of worship. (However, those who are getting married in New York, MUST get a marriage license in New York!)
Some popular ceremony locations are:
- Central Park
- Brooklyn Bridge or Brooklyn Bridge Park
- New York Public Library
- Grand Central Station
- Battery Park
- Astoria Park
- Community garden
- A restaurant
- Your hotel suite
- Rockefeller Center (“30 Rock”)
- Coney Island
- An art gallery or restaurant
Note: Be sure to obtain proper permission and permits well ahead of time.