How to Get Married in NYC during the Coronavirus Pandemic
You may be wondering if you CAN actually get legally married when many government offices are still closed in New York City. Yes, you can! But it you can't get a license as easily as before and you'll also need to follow dosical distancing guidelines.
New York Virtual Marriage Licenses
Project Cupid, New York City's virtual Marriage Bureau is open however it is only accepting applications for licenses. You have to fill out the form and schedule a virtual appointment with a clerk. Furthermore, the couple must be physically located in NYC State. The system is in demand and it can take weeks to get an appointment, so plan ahead!
Register for Project Cupid and keep checking for an appointment or get a license outside the city. Check with Yonkers, Babylon, Albany, Oyster Bay, Kingston, Greenburgh and other towns on requirements and availability.
You can then hire a private officiant or me to marry you (via video conference or in person) and upload the signed marriage license directly to the witness and the marriage officiant. All participants signing must be located in New York. The officiant will then submit the signed license via email or the couple can upload it to their Cupid account.
In other areas of New York, contact your local marriage bureau.
What about a Wedding Cake, Bouquets and Ceremony Musicians?
Even with a smaller scale wedding, you’ll still want some vendors to complete your look or experience. On my list I recommend vendors who specialize in small weddings.
Where Can We Get Married?
Some of my all time favorite weddings have been very small in scale. I’d be happy to assist you in selecting a meaningful and safe location for your wedding during Covid-19 times. The most important things to consider are:
- Space for guests to maintain social distance
- Avoiding crowded places (select morning for locations known to be popular)
- Consider traveling outside of the city for more space
- Pick a ceremony site with ample portrait locations nearby to limit travel
- Make it personal or meaningful if possible
- Consider the visual environment and opt for one where you don’t need to alter it too much
- Plan for much of the event to be outdoors where the virus can’t spread as easily
How Can We Celebrate?
While you can’t likely have a full reception yet, restaurants in NYC are operating at a 25% capacity and many have outdoor space.
- Champagne toast (not legal in NYC public spaces, however sparkling wine would be an option)
- Cake (order individual small cakes as favors)
- Picnic with prepared individual meals
- Take home gift boxes with wine or other treats
- Pre-order your favorite take-out or special meal from a local caterer
- Visit your favorite food truck or see if they can come to you!
- List of rooftop venues and restaurants with outdoor space