Q. DO YOU PERFORM WEDDINGS ANY DAY OF THE WEEK?
A. Leu Gardens is the only venue available Monday through Saturday. All other venues are available weekdays only.
Q. WHAT TIME CAN I HAVE MY CEREMONY?
A. Venues assign ceremony times as follows:
Leu Gardens Elopements: 9:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, and 3:30pm
Leu Gardens Micro Wedding: 10:00am and 4:00pm
Maitland Art Center: Monday-Thursday, any time between 10:00am and 3:30pm
Cypress Grove Gazebo: Monday-Thursday, any time between 10:00am and 3:30pm
Paradise Cove: Monday-Friday: Various time blocks between 9:00am-2:00pm, subject to their availability
Q. How many people are allowed?
Leu Gardens Elopements: We recommend this venue for couples only, couples with their children, and couples with no more than 4 or 5 standing people by their side because guest seating is not allowed per venue rules.
Maitland Art Center: We recommend this venue for couples eloping only because there is no guest seating provided. However, our team may bring 10 chairs for an additional $125 fee.
Cypress Grove Gazebo: Up to 22 including the bride and groom. Complimentary chairs are provided by the venue.
Paradise Cove: Up to 22 including the bride and groom. You may add more attendees for an additional $12 per person, up to 50 total attendees maximum including the bride and groom. Complimentary chairs are provided by the venue.
Leu Gardens Micro Wedding: Up to 50 seated guests plus standing bridal party. Venue provides complimentary chairs.
Q. How does everything work?
A. Our job is to make the process simple:
First, decide on a package, choose a wedding date, and contact us via email to check availability.
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. ARE CHILDREN WELCOME?
A. Of course they are! Just keep in mind the they do count towards your total attendance (except for infants).
Q. I CAN HAVE A BRIDAL PARTY?
A. Most venues have room to accommodate a small bridal party standing with the couple. Remember that they count towards your total attendance as well.
Q. CAN YOU DECORATE THE VENUE?
A. No. There is not enough time allotted for the setup and turn down decorations. You cannot bring your decorations or chairs to any venue due to liability purposes. Some venues this is not allowed, while other require that you use an authorized rental or florist company and provide liability insurance.
Q. WOULD THERE BE SEATING FOR MY GUESTS?
A. Please refer to the package description to find out if seating is included or available.
Q. CAN I REQUEST A CUSTOM PACKAGE?
A. The purpose of our packages is for our team of vendors to work together! Therefore, we don’t provide custom services or take away vendors from our packages. Packages are sold as listed only. The exception is the marriage license (for vows renewals) and bridal flowers if you are bringing your own.
Q. WHICH VENUE IS THE CLOSEST ONE TO DISNEY?
A. Paradise Cove is the closest one to Disney only a few minutes away. Other locations are about a 35-minute drive from the Disney area.
Q. DO YOU ARRANGE TRANSPORTATION OR ACCOMMODATIONS?
A. No, we don’t. We arrange only the ceremony service as shown on our packages page.
Q. Can you recommend A HOTEL OR PLACE TO STAY?
A. Orlando has so many options to choose from that it would be almost impossible for us to do that! We suggest that you talk to your travel agent for assistance.
Q. WHERE CAN I HAVE A SMALL RECEPTION?
A. Most venues and catering companies do not arrange receptions for small parties. Couple eloping opt for a private lunch or dinner at a restaurant instead.
Q. Can you suggest a restaurant for after ceremony?
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. Many of our couples Uber to and from 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. 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. 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. 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. HOW DOES THE LICENSE BY MAIL WORKS?
A. We are authorized with the State of Florida to request marriage licenses in absentia for our couples. After you book a package, you will be given a special application with instructions on what you need to do next. The purpose of this service is so that you don’t have to spend time visiting the Clerk’s office to get your marriage license. We’ll help you do that via postal mail and it will be ready the day of your wedding!
Q. WHO WILL GET ME MARRIED?
A. Officiants are assigned based on availability.
Q. Can I review/change the officiant’s ceremony?
A. No, sorry. Officiants have their own copyrighted ceremony they’ve crafted and used throughout the years and it’s not available for changes or reviews. In an effort to keep our services and prices as sold (elopements!), we do not offer extended Officiant services like customization or rehearsals. However, you are welcome to add special touches to the ceremony service like writing and reading your own vows or including your children with special vows for them or presenting them with a gift, like a bracelet or necklace, after the ring exchange.
Q. Can I request a religious ceremony/spcific gender?
A. You have the option of a secular (civil/non religious) ceremony OR a nondenominational Christian ceremony. The difference between the two: A secular ceremony has NO reference to God or prayers and a nondenominational Christian ceremony does. We do not provide traditional religious ceremonies and do not accept gender requests. We work with both male and female Officiants and they are assigned based on availability. If you expect a traditional religious ceremony or have a gender preference, our services are not suited for you.
Q. Do you perform same-sex ceremonies?
A. Yes, we do!
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 MARRY COUPLES FOR THE UK?
A. Yes, we do! Approximately 20% of our couples are from the UK and other Countries.
Q. WHO WILL BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER?
A. Mya and Hector, owners of Elope To Orlando, will be your photographers. Every photo you see throughout the website and our gallery was taken by them. You can read more about them below.
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. 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 nosegay (hand-tied) bouquet with fresh roses in your choice of rose colors and a matching boutonniere OR a tropical bouquet with florist’s choice of flowers and matching boutonniere. You may request a quote for a costume bouquet, however, keep in mind that specific flower requests are always subject to season/availability.
Q. WE ARE two brides. CAN WE HAVE TWO BOUQUETS instead?
A. You may replace the boutonniere included with our packages with a second bouquet for an additional $75 fee.
Q. what about ceremony MUSIC?
A. 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 weekdays and $375 on Saturdays.
Q. can we meet up in person to discuss our ceremony?
A. We don’t arrange personal meetings, venue tours, or any of the traditional wedding planning services you can expect from a full-service wedding planner. Remember - we arrange elopements! Elopements are meant to be sweet and simple. 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 A REHEARSAL INCLUDED?
A. We don’t arrange rehearsals (again - elopements!). However, the day of the ceremony your photographer and your Officiant will guide you and your guests with the ceremony flow. We’ve done this over 1,500 times and you don’t have to worry about what to do on your day!
Q. CAN I VISIT/TOUR THE VENUE?
A. As elopement vendors, we don’t offer that type of full service planning. However, you can “google” the venue’s name and you should come up with the address and a contact phone number you can call and schedule a tour on your own.
Q. Is there a place to change INTO MY GOWN AT THE VENUE?
A. No. You need to arrive dressed and ready to start EXCEPT for the Leu Gardens Micro Wedding package, where a bridal room is available with the venue fee.
Q. WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
A. All the venues we work with have a small covered area we can use in case of rain.
Q. WHERE CAN I RENT A TUX?
A. Men’s Wearhouse is a popular choice amongst out couples. However, we strongly discourage men from wearing a tux except during our cooler months of January and February. It’s too hot and humid the rest of the year. Trust us on this one. By mid morning it could feel in the upper 80’s even in the shade. If you’d like to dress up, we suggest a linen blazer instead.
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. How far in advanced can I reserve your services or a package?
A. Paradise Cove is accepting bookings until the end of 2020. All other venues book no more than a year out.
Q. What happens if I have to postpone OR CHANGE my date?
A. Retainers are not transferable. When you book a package, it’s for a specific date and time. If you need to change your date, we need to start the booking process all over again and a new agreement and retainer for your new date will be required.
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 months prior your wedding. If you are booking a ceremony with two months or less advanced notice, then full payment is required.
We are happy to announce a payment plan option available to our our clients who qualify. You can now apply for financing with our merchant, Square Capital. This option is available at this time for couples that live in the following US States only: AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MA, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, and WA, per merchant’s rules. Click here for details.
Q. DO YOU OFFER MILITARY DISCOUNTS?
A. No, sorry. Our venues and vendors are already discounting their regular priced fees for our intimate weddings.
Q. I’M READY TO BOOK MY ELOPEMENT! WHAT’S MY NEXT STEP?
A. When you are ready to book your date with a signed agreement and a paid retainer (see package description for retainer amount), contact us to check availability for your venue. Once we confirm availability, you’ll receive an email to sign the electronic agreement and pay your retainer. After that step, you will receive an email with details of how everything will flow and your next step.
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!
LET’S GET STARTED!
We cannot give you availability without specific dates. For example, we are often asked “what’s your availability for the month of “x”. Venues have dozens of spots available every month and we cannot give you availability for a full month. When inquiring about availability, please be specific on a date or two that works for you.
The best and the fastest way to reach us or to check availability is via email since our busy schedule keeps us away from the phone on most days. Please complete the form below and we’ll get back to you by the next business day.
NOTE: WE NO LONGER OFFER THE “DELUXE” VERSION OF THE PARADISE COVE PACKAGE. NO EXCEPTIONS.