January 16, 2023
Eloping in Tennessee is perfect for couples who want the mountainous vibe or big city experience. With gorgeous locations, easy marriage license process, and tons of things to do, Tennessee makes it an easy pick for an eloping couple!
Tennessee is the perfect location for couples seeking low-key mountain vibes or big-city flair.
Once you have your marriage license (skip to the bottom of how to get legally married in Tennessee), you can *almost* elope anywhere! It’s important to know that there may be permits needed from county to county, park to park, or location to location. It’s important that you find a photographer that can help you navigate these waters and suggest locations that fit your vision!
Here’s some of my favorite elopement locations in Tennessee:
Want some guidance on finding the perfect Tennessee elopement location? Reach out and let me show you how I can help you plan and capture your elopement vision!
Tennessee enjoys all four seasons – spring, summer, fall, and winter. Depending on the vibe you’re wanting, you can get it all here.
If you want to avoid crowds, plan your elopement during an off-season (winter) or non-holiday weekend. The best seasons for the weather would be spring and fall!
If you want a more detailed look into the month-by-month weather for Tennessee, check out this website! It’s a great resource as to what you can expect for the seasons.
Need help figuring out the best time to elope in Tennessee? Reach out and let me show you how I can help you plan and capture your elopement vision!
There’s three easy steps for making it totally legal in Tennessee!
You’ll first need to apply for a marriage license at the local county clerk’s office in-person. There’s no waiting period or blood test in Tennessee. Just make sure that you’re in Tennessee during business hours of the probate court to pick up your marriage license before your ceremony!
Speaking of money – it’ll cost about $100 to obtain your marriage license.
Fun fact – if you take the pre-marital preparation course, your cost is reduced by $60! You’ll need a notarized copy of your course ahead of applying for your marriage license.
To apply for a marriage license, you’ll both need to be present and have your social security card, driver’s license or state ID, and proof of age (if between the ages of 18 and 25). For proof of age, you can use your driver’s license or a certified copy of your birth certificates. You can apply ahead of time as a pre-application to save you time at the office!
Once you have your marriage license, you can elope literally anywhere in Tennessee! Your marriage license is good for (30) days after receiving it. Yayyyyyyy let’s do this!
Check with the applicable clerk of court before making plans to ensure you have all your ducks in a row.
Now that you have your marriage license, you’ll need someone to make it official. This can be any ordained minister, priest, rabbi or other ordained clergy, judges of the state of Tennessee. You can find a ton of options for an officiant through the Knot!
Once you have the above done, we are ready to rock and roll!
The marriage license must be returned to the issuing clerk of court for recording after the ceremony.
If the idea of eloping excites you, but you’re not sure where to start, let me show you how I can help! Check out the elopement experience!
You should be prepared for whatever Tennessee may throw at you! Depending on the time of year and the weather, here’s a quick list of all the things to have handy for your Tennessee elopement:
This day is all about you. Your decision to elope means that you value the intimate moments and want to truly enjoy getting married. Your day should reflect what you value as a couple and the things you enjoy doing together. When you’re planning your elopement, be sure to find an elopement photographer that takes badass photos and helps bring your ideas to life. If you feel like we vibe, reach out and let’s chat about how we can make your Tennessee elopement happen!