The term "elopement" has the definition of "running away or secretly being married." When one indicates the intention to elope, their intention is really to have a "very intimate" ceremony of which the couple alone or with a few intimate family and friends are involved. Sometimes a couple has a particular need to meet a deadline. For example, couples in the military sometimes decide to get married while one is on leave, and their window of opportunity is limited; therefore, having a minister meet them at a park or other memorable location for a cost reasonable service is requested. There is really nothing very secret about an elopement ...it is however limited to just the few who may accompany the couple.
The couple must secure a license from a Clerk of a County Court and present it to the Minister upon arrival, along with the fee, prior to the ceremony. The Minister will retain the licenses for completion and dispatch by US Mail the next business day to the designated Clerk.
Many inquiries, which use the term "elopement," mention the desire to marry at a Courthouse and by a Justice of the Peace. We are both registered ministers in the Commonwealth of Virginia and marry couples in all counties and at most locations and time of their choice. We generally respond that only a member of the court can marry in a Courthouse and in our County of Fluvanna there is no Justice of the Peace, and to my knowledge, there are no marriages performed in the Fluvanna Courthouse. Other County Courthouses may have a schedule for marriages, but in general they will set the time and date and number of attendees and the text will be less than intimate, although certainly legal.
We also indicate that a marriage by a qualified Interfaith Minister, who performs both religious and non-religious ceremonies, offers so many more options. You can even discuss with us inclusion of your thoughts and readings and vows and blessings and rituals, plus a convenient time and perhaps even a selection of a location for a special memory for many future returns to the spot where IT all began.
Distance, time of day and availability are determining factors for setting a fee, but "week days (Monday-Thursday)" are generally more fee reasonable, for we are available on most week days, whereas weekends are often booked for a year in advance in most popular summer months. Of course if a "small intimate wedding" is desired and the weekend is not reserved, then the week day fee may apply, but once again we have to consider distance for fuel and food. It is just a matter of discussion and receipt of details by e-mail. So, as we say... ASK US!
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