New York City's iconic Marriage Bureaus (aka, City Hall) are popular wedding ceremony destinations for locals and couples looking to get married from all over the world.  While the ceremony itself lasts less than 2 minutes, the entire process is between 30 min-1 hour on average. At the moment, only the couple and up to four (4) guests over 12, including one or two witness(s) (18+) with ID, (and a limited number of children under 12) can enter.

Follow these steps with full details linked below.

  1. Decide if a city hall wedding is right for you
  2. Set a date and book appointments
  3. Get your marriage license
  4. Have your ceremony 
  5. Take fun photos around NYC!

Updated: APRIL 18, 2024


By Kristy May, your favorite NYC elopement photographer

Why get married at NYC City Hall?



it is easy, affordable, and fast

Getting married at NYC City Hall is a fairly simple process. You'll need identification like a passport or US drivers license, a completed application form and to pay $35 for the license. Once you have your license appointment, you only have to wait 24 hours before you can marry. The marriage bureau ceremonies are only $25.

get your marriage certificate right away

As opposed to having a ceremony with an officiant, you will be presented with your marriage certificate directly after your ceremony.  Many couple don't mind the 4-6 week wait to have their certificate mailed to them. However, if you are an international couple needing an apostille or simply need this document fast, getting married at the marriage bureau solves this issue. If you still really want to marry somewhere else, like Central Park, you can make a records appointment while you are in NYC and have your license processed. You will be given your certificate in short and can purchase extended certificates for $35. 

It is a unique experience

Eloping in a iconic destination like New York City is fun, totally customizable (save for the city hall ceremony) and generally an easy process. Your marriage record will forever be located in the archives of NYC.  And that is super cool!

The Marriage Bureau Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, be aware of US holiday closings. If you prefer to marry outside of this schedule or on a holiday, you can hire an officiant to marry you.

you can get an appointment

Using the clerk's Project Cupid booking portal, you can make your license and ceremony appointments. NOTE: YOU MUST MAKE A LICENSE APPOINTMENT FIRST, OR HAVE ALREADY GOTTEN THE LICENSE, TO BOOK A CEREMONY. They are only available 3 weeks in advance. I made a handy release date chart to you can easily figure out when you preferred date will be released.

Fridays and specific other times of the year are especially busy and you will want to grab an appointment when they are released to get the time you want. Appointments are also often cancelled so you can keep checking if you don't get your first choice. 

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To get married anywhere in New York City, you first need to get a license at least 24 hours before you plan to hold the ceremony. You can make an appointment to do this in person at an NYC Marriage Bureau, or online (must be in NY state) via Project Cupid.

Appointments are released about 3 weeks before on Mondays at 9 am EST. The marriage license fee is $35 payable by credit card or money order. It is valid for 60 days (or 180 for active-duty military). For specific details, visit the clerk's website.

you need a NEW YORK MARRIAGE license

For virtual license appointments, you must be in NY state at the time of the appointment but not booking. They are released on Thursday mornings at 9am EST. They are for the 3rd week after the release. You need to make an account on Project Cupid before you can schedule. 

NYC MARRIAGE License tips

  • There is a judicial waiver option for same-day weddings. It is only offered at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and you need to have a good reason, such as that you are leaving town the next day, in order to get one. The clerk can provide instructions.
  • If you can't get a license in NYC, you can use one issued in another area of NY state. 
  • Contact the clerk's office for emergencies. They will respond to DMs on X @nycclerk. (formerly Twitter)



In person license appointments are released on Mondays 9am EST 3 weeks in advance. Remember, you must get your license at least 24 hours before you can marry and no more than 60 days in advance. These don't go as fast as the ceremony appointments on Friday afternoons, but I'd try and book it as close to 9am as possible as they are usually all gone by the end of release day. 


I love helping to demystify the process of getting married at the Marriage Bureau for my couples. Check out my videos on TikTok.

What's it like to marry at NYC City Hall?


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1-2 Witnesses over 18, w/ID
NY State/NYC Marriage License
Ceremony Appointment
Rings (optional)
Bouquet (optional)
$25 fee, CC or money order payable to NYC Clerk


The ceremony lasts less than 2 mins and is preformed by a clerk. You will be given your certificate in short form at the conclusion, as opposed to waiting 4-6 weeks if having an officiant perform the ceremony. The entire process has been taking about 30 mins-1 hour. I'd plan a bit more time on Friday afternoons, which are often fully booked.

That's how to elope in NYC!  See my TikTok video showing the process.

If you need an extended certificate for an apostille, you can make a records appointment or order it through the mail. 

All services are by appointment only. See Project Cupid to book and read the clerk's website for more info. Marriage Bureau Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday through Friday 

Manhattan Office - City Clerk's Office
141 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013
Closest subway stations are: 4/5/6 Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall, N/Q/R/W Canal St, and A/C at Chambers St.

Brooklyn Office - Brooklyn Municipal Building
210 Joralemon St # 205, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Closest subway stations are: 2/3 Borough Hall, R Court Street and A/C/F at Jay Street/MetroTech

New York City's iconic Marriage Bureaus (aka, City Hall) are popular for wedding ceremonies for locals and couples from all over the United States and abroad. To book a  ceremony, first book or complete a license appointment. You will need that confirmation number to book your ceremony.  Appointments are released about 3 weeks before on Mondays at 9 am EST via Project Cupid and cost $25. In 2024, ceremony slots are easy to obtain IF booking near release time. Friday afternoons are usually the first to go.

On the day of your ceremony, you and up to four (4) guests over 12, including one or two witness(s) (18+) with ID, (and a limited number of children under 12) can enter. You need to arrive 15-30 mins before your scheduled ceremony time, more on Friday afternoons.  After a security screening and check in with IDs, you will be given a number. After you both and your witness(s) sign the license and pay the fee, you will be asked to wait again. You will then be called by name into one of the two ceremony rooms. 

AKA NYC Marriage bureau Wedding CEREMONY at the City Clerk's office

Ceremony at NYC City Hall

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In order to get an apostille from the NY Secretary of State, you will first need to get an extended marriage certificate from the Marriage Bureau and have it certified by the NYC clerk.  

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