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ELOPING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Updated: Apr 19

ALL THE TIPS AND LOCATIONS YOU NEED TO ELOPE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE!


RAE ANN PHOTO | ELOPEMENT & WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | NEW ENGLAND & BEYOND


ELOPEMENT PLANNING TIPS

New Hampshire will always be my absolute favorite place as it's where I grew up and it will forever be the best place to elope. New Hampshire his home to White Mountain National Park as well as 89 other state parks and even has over 800,000 acres of mountains. Thats a lot of mountains!! The best part about New Hampshire is it has over 100 waterfalls. Who doesn't love a waterfall elopement! There's so many locations to have your beautiful ceremony!



ELOPEMENT LOCATIONS


These are the best locations I found for Vermont elopement locations. I am a beginner to moderate level hiker and offer location scouting before hand!


FRANCONIA NOTCH STATE PARK

Lincoln, NH

This is one of my favorite locations in all of New Hampshire and have hiked it several times. You can elope along Franconia Ridge if you're up for a strenuous 8 mile hike. If you'd like an easier hike I recommend eloping at Artist Bluff.


Dogs: Allowed at Tramway and Flume Gorge


MOUNT MONADNOCK

Jaffery, NH

Also one of my personal favorite mountains in New Hampshire. This is one of the most hiked mountains in the state, Mount Monadnock is the perfect place for an intimate elopement. It takes about 3-4 hours to summit the mountain and I know the white dot trail so well I could hike it in my sleep! This trail is 1.9 miles.


Dogs: Not dog friendly


CATHEDRAL LEDGE

North Conway, NH


A mile-long auto road and hiking trails lead to the top of Cathedral Ledge with views across the Saco River Valley to the White Mountains and Kearsarge North. The hike itself is 2.8 miles. Also in the area is Echo Lake State Park where you can hike the loop around the lake which is 0.8 miles. If you're not wanting to hike this, the auto road is your best bet for scenic views.


Dogs: Dog friendly


ARTIST'S BLUFF

Franconia, New Hampshire


This trail is a 1.5-mile loop trail near Franconia, New Hampshire. It's a moderate to challenging hike and takes about 48 minutes to complete. Offer beautiful views of the Kangamangus Highway in the White Mountains.


Mount Chocorua

Albany, NH


This trail is a moderate in difficulty trail and is 7.8-9 Miles Round Trip. It's definitely a long and hard trail but has spectacular views from the top. It takes between 4-7 hours to complete. Starting in the early morning is the best time to beat traffic.



Locations that don't involve hiking:

Jenness Beach

Rye, NH

New Castle

Portsmouth



HOW TO ELOPE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

ARE YOU LOOKING TO ELOPE BUT DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START?


From epic adventurous hikes up mountains to relaxed views by the lake, this is a guide for adventurous lovers and wild spirits.


HOW DO I GET A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE?

Couples can acquire a New Hampshire marriage license in any city/town clerk office.


What you'll need:

  • Bring a document that proves name, age and DOB such as a driver’s license, non-drivers ID or passport

  • Full Name

  • Date of Birth

  • State of Birth

  • Current address

  • Social Security Number, if applicable

  • Race

  • Ancestry

  • Years of Education

  • Certified record of date last marriage ended, if applicable

  • Fathers full name and state of birth

  • Mothers full maiden name and state of birth

  • A $50 fee by credit card or cash


WHAT DO I DO WITH MY MARRIAGE LICENSE AND HOW DO I OBTAIN A MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?

Both parties must present their birth certificates or passports and their drivers licenses at the time of application. Blood tests are not required. Your license will be effective immediately, with no waiting period, and remain valid for a period of 90 days. New Hampshire Marriage License Fee is $50.


WHAT IF WE AREN'T NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS? As per the Concord NH Gov "to be married in NH you do not have to establish residency. A couple wishing to marry in the State of NH may complete an application at any NH city or town clerk’s office regardless of their place of residence. This includes out-of-state residents as well. Once a valid license is issued, the couple will be free to marry within any city or town in NH."


https://www.concordnh.gov/997/Marriage-Licenses


DO I NEED WITNESSES FOR MY NEW HAMPSHIRE ELOPEMENT?

As per sos.nh.gov "Witnesses are not required but permitted if desired. After the marriage ceremony is performed the officiant will return the certificate to the city/town clerk of issuance. You may then contact any city/town clerk in New Hampshire to obtain a certified copy of the marriage certificate."


https://sos.nh.gov/media/grxfgtyh/vr142-marriage-in-nh.pdf



READY TO ELOPE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE?


There are so many beautiful locations to elope in New Hampshire. This guide touches on a few but I have a whole guide on every location in New Hampshire to elope and would love to help you plan your elopement! Think of me as your photographer AND wedding planner.


LET'S PLAN YOUR ELOPEMENT!


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