How to elope in California
Why elope in California?
Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park.
Marriage laws in California
Information and documents needed to elope in California
Name and birth places for each of your parents, including mother’s maiden name.
$90-100 cash for the application fee. The exact amount varies by each county.
Some counties may also require a copy of your birth certificates.
Where and how to elope in California
Here's what you need to know in general:
Where and how to elope varies by county
What happens next?
Yosemite National Park
Where to elope in California
Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
When to elope in California
Leave no trace!
Stay on paths and hard surfaces
pack it in, pack it out
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
Simply pack out your garbage. Also know that things like confetti, as well as biodegradable foods and their peels need to be packed out as well.
Look at this graphic to see how long it takes things like food and cigarette to decompose.
The photos are your souvenirs.
Resist the temptations to pick flowers, stack rocks, or carve your name into anything.
minimize campfire impacts
be considerate of other visitors
Keep fires small. Use only sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
Don't bring firewood from home, which could introduce new pests and diseases. Buy it from a local source or gather it responsibly where allowed.
The wilderness belongs to everyone.
Simply because someone is documenting a special moment there does not mean they have privilege over others.
If you’d like privacy, consider doing your photos at sunrise, sunset, on a weekday, or avoid peak season.
Give animals their space, don’t try to feed them, and always control your pets or leave them at home.
Keep in mind that disturbance from humans can indirectly affect animals’ fitness and population dynamics through energy loss and opportunity costs of risk avoidance in wildlife according to the science behind leave no trace principles.