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May 17th, 2018

What You Should Know About Planning a Boston Elopement

Before you run over to Boston City Hall to say “I do” there are some things you need to know! Sure elopements are far simpler than traditional wedding ceremonies, but there are still things you need to plan and prepare for. Read on to find out what you need to think about for your Boston elopement:

1. Make sure you call City Hall about your marriage license. Once you have applied there is a short time frame for weddings to take place in Massachusetts. Make sure you plan accordingly.

2. Locally, Boston City Hall and Cambridge City Hall are the most traditional locations for elopements. Some couples select a Justice of the Peace to marry them outside of City Hall. This is a great option for couples tying the knot at a nearby location like the Boston Public Gardens a hotel suite.

3. Purchase a bouquet and boutonniere. It’s a special day and these beautiful and fragrant accessories will complete your wedding day look. You don’t have to spend a lot of money for something that will add dimension and intrigue in your wedding photos.

4. Wear something that speaks to your style. You don’t need to wear a ballgown, but it’s a special occasion so celebrate in style!
Hair and makeup is important for the bride. Whether you are DIY girl or would like to be pampered, professional hair and makeup is always recommended for photography. You want to look and feel your best for your big day, and you want to look radiant in your photos. We recommend Beautique on Newbury Street for such an occasion!

5. Plan your transportation. Whether you plan to Uber, taxi, or hire a fancy car, you must think about getting around from location to location. We had one couple invest in a Rolls Royce for their elopement. It was a ton of fun and made for some great photographs!

6. Don’t forget the shifty New England weather. Always have a back up plan for your photography. For example, if you’re getting ready at a Boston hotel, see if you can capture photos on location—in the lobby, a roof deck overlooking the city of Boston, or in a sweeping staircase. That way if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you’re not scrambling at the last minute to try to find a place for your portraits.

7. Invite your photographer along to your celebratory dinner. It’s fun to have some photos of your celebratory toast as newlyweds!

8. Don’t be fooled...costs association with elopements can add up quick! Elopements, on average, cost between $500 and $5,000. Depending on what you plan to do, the cost can be higher.

At the end of the experience, your wedding photographer will have captured candid moments from your ceremony, beautiful portraits, and, if you wish, some photos of your post-ceremony celebration. Your photos should be captured digitally and presented via a password protected website where you may view and download your images.

Interested in the BKB & Co. team to capturing your Boston elopement? Contact us! We’d love to help you commemorate your most cherished wedding memories!

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