How To Elope In Savannah Georgia
Updated: Oct 9
I know many may still think elopement = a romantic runaway with no planning! But that is what elopements used to be. They are so much more now!
Elopements are for couples who want to celebrate their love in an intimate way. They can be a lot of fun, super special, gorgeous and less fuss!
But they still need to be legal and require some planning. So let's talk about how to plan your elopement in the Historic Savannah Georgia!
Savannah, with its cobblestone streets, historic mansions, and picturesque parks, provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic elopement. If you're considering eloping in this enchanting city, you won't be disappointed! Let's go through so questions below.
1. Choose the Perfect Date
The first step in planning your Savannah elopement is choosing the perfect date. Due to the Southern sunshine you can plan on eloping year round. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.
One is that we are VERY hot and humid in the summer. July and August will be especially sticky. So be sure to keep this in mind when considering any summer plans.
Another thing to factor is that Savannah is home to one of largest St. Patricks Day Festivals in the Country. Meaning all the hotels and Inns are booked the week of St. Patty's day. They usually book up months or even a year in advance. Prices are also the most expensive around this week. There are also lots of parades and festivies blocking roads and filling squares. All the fountains in downtown area are dyed green for the month of March and lots of green flags fly! So unless you are down for a green, Irish themed elopement I suggest planning for another week!
Here is a link to Savannah's St. Patricks Day Plans for you to review.
2. Secure Your Marriage License
Before you can elope in Savannah, you'll need to obtain a valid Georgia marriage license. To be married in Savannah you must apply for a marriage license in Chatham county since this is where your marriage will be performed. Both the bride and groom 'to be' must appear in person at the Chatham County Probate Court. You'll need valid ID, such as a driver's license or passport, and a fee of $66.00 is required. There is no waiting period in Georgia, so you can get your license and marry on the same day. If you don't live in the states of Georgia, it's no promblem!
Here is a link to the Chatham County Probate Court for more information and to apply!
3. Find the Perfect Venue
What makes Savannah a beautiful place for eloping is the wide range of enchanting backdrops for your ceremony. Some popular options include:
- Forsyth Park: This famous park features a historic fountain, and towering oak trees draped with spanish moss, providing a stunning natural setting for your ceremony.
- Historic Squares: Savannah's historic squares are scattered throughout the city, each with its own unique charm. You are allowed to get married in any of these squares in the historic district except for Ellis Square!
- Historic Inns: Many of Savannah's historic inns and bed-and-breakfasts offer elopement packages, providing an intimate and cozy atmosphere and privacy for your special day.
4. Do I Need A Permit
One of the big questions for elopements is - Do I need to get a permit to get married in a park or square? What makes Savannah such a great place to elope is the cities first-come, first-serve rule for the squares! Meaning if your vision for your day is just the bride, groom, a couple people you don't need a permit! This is a great way to save money and encapsulate the charm of the city!
If you want to ensure no one else can be in the square during your ceremony or if you want to set up anything in a square you can get a permit or reserve a square. Find out more on the city website here. And Here!
5. Hire an Officiant
It Georgia, judges, justices of the peace, licensed or ordained ministers, clergymen, pastors and other religious leaders can all perform marriage ceremonies. You will also need at least two witnesses who are at least 18 years old. ( Your photographer can be a witness as well )
6. Choose Your Photographer
Of course you know I am happy to help here! I usually like to schedule a zoom or phone call to chat about your vision and see if we are a good fit! If needed I can refer you to another amazing photographer. But if we are a good fit I have a few elopement package options so my couples can pick what fits their needs best!
I also am a certified bridal consultant and planner so I am here to help with picking and planning locations, vendor suggestions, timelines and even buying your wedding dress!
Eloping in Savannah, Georgia, allows you to experience the charm and romance of this historic city in an intimate and meaningful way. So, embrace the beauty of Savannah and let your love story shine in this enchanting Southern city.
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