Elopement


Elopement Ceremony Fee - $50.00 - *Valid Marriage License Required

An elopement once meant running away secretly to be married. Today, the word can simply describe a small, private wedding. The officiant, the marrying couple, and their witnesses, are usually the only attendants.


Example Vows – Secular and Religious (Nondenominational)

Words in parentheses ( ) may be changed or omitted.

WELCOMING
 
OFFICIANT (Dearly beloved), we are gathered here today (in the sight of God) to join these two people in (holy) matrimony. Not to be entered into lightly, a marriage should be entered into solemnly, with reverence, and with honor. Into this agreement these two people come together to be joined. (If any person here can show cause why these two people should not be joined together in matrimony, speak now, or forever hold your peace.)

Marriage is a (sacred) bond between two people, and that bond should remain unbroken. It is the foundation of an honest and loving relationship. It is a joining of two hearts, bodies and minds. May this couple always be there to support one another, and provide love and care in times of joy, and in times of adversity.

We are here today to witness the joining in wedded bliss of (______) and (______). This joyous day celebrates their commitment and love, as they start their lives together. (Through God, you are joined together in the most holy of bonds. What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.)

DECLARATION OF INTENT


OFFICIANT Do you, (_______) take (_______) to be your lawfully wedded (husband / wife)? Do you love, comfort, honor and keep them, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, for better or for worse, for as long as you both shall live?
(_______) I do.

OFFICIANT Do you, (_______) take (_______) to be your lawfully wedded (husband / wife)? Do you love, comfort, honor and keep them, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, for better or for worse, for as long as you both shall live?
(_______) I do.

RING CEREMONY

(Ring bearer hands 1st ring to Officiant)
OFFICIANT This wedding ring is an unbroken symbol of the everlasting love and commitment between you both. (Hands ring to Name) Repeat after me: With this ring, I thee wed.
(_______) With this ring, I thee wed. (Places ring on finger)

(Ring bearer hands 2nd ring to Officiant)
OFFICIANT This wedding ring is an unbroken symbol of the everlasting love and commitment between you both. (Hands ring to Name) Repeat after me: With this ring, I thee wed.
(_______) With this ring, I thee wed. (Places ring on finger)

PRONOUNCEMENT
 
OFFICIANT With the power vested in me by (God, and) the Commonwealth of Kentucky, I now pronounce you lawfully wedded. You may share your first marital kiss.


 Location Suggestions: Crescent Hill Reservoir Park |


Marriage Certificates are issued by the County Clerk's office, and are mailed to the couple within a few weeks.  
 

PLEASE NOTICE:  A * valid marriage license issued by any county clerk in Kentucky must be presented to the officiant before an Elopement Ceremony can take place. The license is filled out by the officiant on the day of the wedding, before the ceremony, and takes about 15 minutes to complete. The names of the witnesses are added to the license by the officiant, so they must be 18 years of age or older, and have proper identification with them. When the license is filled out completely, the officiant will sign it, remove the bottom portion of the license, and give it to you as your proof of marriage until the actual Marriage Certificate is mailed to you by the County Clerk. The top portion of the license must be mailed to the Jefferson County Clerk's office immediately.

The officiant can do this for you as a courtesy.  Just make the request when the bottom portion of the license is given to you. If you choose to mail the license yourself, send it to the address below.

Mail To:
Jefferson County Clerk's Office

Attn: Professional License
527 West Jefferson St, Room 100A
Louisville, KY 40202

Jefferson County Clerk's Office


For Larger Civil or Nondenominational Weddings in Louisville and Southern Indiana, contact Gary Fields, or Sharon Thornsberry