Q. DO YOU PERFORM WEDDINGS ANY DAY OF THE WEEK?
A. All ceremonies are held weekday mornings except the Leu Gardens packages, which are also available in the afternoon and on Saturdays.
Q. How many people are allowed?
A. Packages accommodate 2-22 people including the bride and groom, except for the Micro Wedding packages, which accommodate up to 52 people including the bride and groom.
Q. Can you suggest a restaurant for after ceremony in Orlando?
A. The following Orlando area restaurants arrange private dinning: 310 Park South (affordable dinner packages w/no reception room fee), Seasons 52, Kres Chop House, Eddie V's Seafood, Le Coq au Vin (French Dinning), Chez Vincent, The Capital Grille, Ceviche, Christinis, Fogo de Chao (Brazilian Steakhouse), Bice Ristorante, Chatham's Place Restaurant, Roy's, and STK Orlando located at Disney Springs. Click here for a complete list of Orlando area restaurants with private dinning available.
Q. Can you recommend stylists for bridal hair and makeup in Orlando?
A. Yes, we can. Please check with any of the following experienced vendors:
Laura Reynolds - http://www.laurareynoldsartistry.com/
Jaclyn - https://www.the911stylist.com/
Brandi Lamb - 863-547-5141
Q. Can you recommend someone for transportation from my hotel to the venue in Orlando?
A. A lot of couples use Uber to travel between their place to the venue. However, if you'd like more traditional transportation check with any of the following limo companies:
Orlando Limo Service - http://www.orlandolimoride.com/
Orlando Chauffeured Services - https://orlandochauffeuredservices.com/
Happy Limo - http://www.happylimo.com/
Q. WOULD THERE BE SEATING FOR MY GUESTS?
A. Depends on the venue. The Cypress Grove and Paradise Cove venue provide guest seating if needed. The Kraft Azalea Exedra has a bench that accommodates about 10 people; chairs not allowed at this venue. You may add up to 10 chairs to the Maitland Art Center venue for an additional $125 fee. Leu Gardens doesn’t provide nor allows chairs for their elopement wedding package, however, chairs are available and included with the Micro Wedding package.
Q. CAN I REQUEST A CUSTOM PACKAGE?
A. We don’t provide custom services or anything besides our pre-arranged packages as listed.
Q. How does everything work?
A. Our job is to make the process simple:
After we confirm availability with the venue, you will secure your date and venue with an electronic agreement and paid retainer.
During the planning process we will help you obtain your Florida marriage license my mail, you will answer a short questionnaire with your flower options, ceremony requests, etc. and we'll take care of everything. You'll be guided every step of the way!
The day of the wedding all you need to do is show up with your Florida marriage license, your rings, and get married!
Most of our couples tell us they can't believe the process was so easy and simple!
Q. What are the requirements to get married in Florida?
To get married in Florida you need a Florida marriage license regardless of where you live.
You must be at least 18 years old
There is NO residency or waiting-period for non-Florida residents. Florida residents ONLY must wait 3 days after they obtain their license to get married. If you are NOT a Florida resident, your license is valid the same day!
If you live in the US, all you need is a valid State ID or Driver's License
If you don't live in the US, all you need is a valid passport
You do NOT need a Social Security card - only the number if you have one. If you are not a US Citizen, you don't need a Social Security Number.
You do NOT need birth certificates or divorce papers. If you've been married before, all you need to know is the exact DATE of your divorce.
You do NOT need witnesses to get married in Florida!
Q. WHO WILL GET ME MARRIED?
A. Officiants are assigned based on availability. We cannot guarantee a gender or religious denomination, therefore, we don’t take requests for a specific Officiant. If you expect a traditional religious ceremony, our services would not work for you.
Q. CAN I BRING MY OWN OFFICIANT OR PHOTOGRAPHER?
A. No, you cannot. The purpose of our packages is to sell our services! We are not a traditional wedding planning service where you pay a coordinator just to coordinate and hire your preferred vendors. We are the vendors! You save coordination fees when you hire us directly. ;-)
Q. We are already legally married. Do we need a marriage license?
A. No, you do not. Vows renewals do not need a license because you are already married. If you don’t need a license, we will discount the marriage license fee ($86) from the package price.
Q. what about ceremony MUSIC?
A. With the exception of the Leu Gardens elopement package, we can provide pre-recorded wedding music for an additional fee. You may also add the services of a Harpist to play during the ceremony (prelude, ceremony, processional, etc.) for an additional fee. Her fee is $300 - $375 fee.
Q. Is a Florida marriage valid at my Country?
A. A marriage performed in Florida is valid anywhere in the US, Canada, and the UK. For other Countries, please contact your local registrar for details. We are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice.
Q. What's included with the photographer?
A. The photographer will start taking photos when the ceremony starts followed by a bridal session at the same venue. It includes up to one hour of his/her time including the ceremony. The couple will receive all their edited high resolution digital photos with a print release via a download link approximately four weeks later.
Q. What TYPE OF FLOWERS are included with the packages?
A. Packages include a hand-tied bouquet with fresh roses and a matching rose boutonniere. You may opt to add carnations and daisies at no additional charge. You may request a quote for a costume bouquet.
Q. Do we meet before the ceremony or can we meet up in person to discuss our ceremony?
A. No, we don't. You will meet your Officiant and photographer for the first time the day of the ceremony, a few minutes before we start. However, we will communicate via phone and email, as many times as you need us, to make sure all the details are taken care of the day of your ceremony.
Q. Is there a place to change INTO MY GOWN?
A. No. You need to arrive dressed and ready to start, with the exception of the Micro Wedding at Leu Gardens where the venue rental fee includes the use of the bride and groom rooms an hour before the ceremony.
Q. How is the weather like during my chosen date?
A. Click here to check out Weather.com average temperatures and precipitation tables by month.
Q. Can I write and read/recite my own vows?
A. Of course you can! You should be free to express how you feel about each other on your own way!
Q. Do you perform same-sex ceremonies?
A. Yes, we do!
Q. How far in advanced can I reserve your services or a package?
A. No more than a year out.
Q. What happens if I have to postpone my date?
A. You will have to sign a new agreement and submit a new retainer.
Q. What happens after I book a package?
A. Our team will get to work right away! If you booked a paid venue, we will secure the venue right away. You will also receive a detailed email with all the information you need the day of the ceremony.
Q. DO I PAY EVERYTHING UP FRONT?
A. A nonrefundable retainer is required to book a package and a date. The balance is due two month prior your wedding. If you are booking a ceremony with two months or less advanced notice, then full payment is required. You may apply for financing via Square Capital available to AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MA, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, and WA residents only. Click here for details.
WHO WE ARE
We are Mya + Hector, owners of Elope to Orlando, LLC. We are notaries, experienced Officiants, certified wedding planners, published professional photographers, and parents to four daughters and two dogs. We started a wedding planning company in 2004 under a different name (Florida Wedding Services). After our photography work took over our busy schedule, we decided to limit our wedding planning services to easy elopement and micro wedding services only and Elope to Orlando was born!
Our goal is to make your experience FUN and easy. We book one of the most beautiful (and affordable) small wedding venues in Orlando for you, help you obtain your Florida marriage license ahead of time so that you don’t waste time going to the Courthouse before the ceremony, bring you beautiful fresh flowers, perform a beautiful ceremony service, and take stunning photos. Everything you need for a simple all-inclusive experience. All you need to do is show up and get married!