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St Louis City Hall Elopement

The cost to have an elopement ceremony at St Louis City Hall.

St Louis City Hall Elope
St Louis City Hall Elopement

St Louis City Hall has a beautiful rotunda that allows couples to elope on weekdays or AFTER HOURS (after 6pm on weekdays or on weekends) for a fee. If you are having more than two witnesses, you need to clear the date and time with the Special Events Department at 314-589-6613.

NOTE : The Rotunda is not air conditioned. 

Simple Elopement : $180 (Officiant Only)

Deluxe Elopement : $600+ (Officiant, Flowers, Photographer)
City Hall : Call 314-589-6613 for Facility Use Information

A St Louis City Hall elopement can be a quick and easy way to go from engaged to wed without the stress of planning a major event. But why not make your trip to the St Louis City Recorder of Deeds a moment to remember?

Plan something unique and special for your trip to the St Louis City Hall!

St Louis City Hall Outside
St Louis City Hall Outside

Budgeting an event (big or small) is important, so make sure you have a budget in mind and that is is just enough to cover important expenses and to do something special.

THE LOCATION : well this is easy since we are talking about St Louis City Hall. For elopements, there is no facility use fee, but you have to pay to park. You can bring up to 10 people with you if you want or have a private ceremony with just the two of you.

elope in st louis at city hall


MARRIAGE LICENSE : The cost is about $48. Plus another $12 fee to get a certified copy of the marriage license.

WEDDING OFFICIANT : Set aside $180 for Carolyn Burke to perform a Simple Elopement that is sweet and simple and makes the marriage legal. A Deluxe Elopement includes an officiant, flowers and a professional wedding photographer starting at $600.

FLOWERS : A hand tied bouquet is always stylish. Make it fun, wild, or simple so it can be city hall wedding worthy. A Deluxe Elopement includes flowers.

PHOTOGRAPHER : Hire somone to spend 30 to 60 minutes with you before, during and after the elopement ceremony. A Deluxe Elopement includes photographer.

same sex marriage at city hall st louis
Same Sex Marriage at City Hall St Louis

WEDDING RINGS : The rings are something else that should be chic, but that doesn’t mean that they have to really expensive. You can get you a beautiful wedding band set from Etsy.

WEAR A DRESS OR SUIT OR BE CASUAL : What you wear is totally up to your style and budget.

And that about covers it!

There are, of course, a lot of different ways to go about making this budget work for your unique courthouse wedding. The important thing to remember is this is YOUR special day, enjoy it!

What is something special you would buy for your courthouse wedding?

CITY HALL PHOTO TIPS FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER
-Entering city hall
-In line and waiting in city clerk's office
-Detail shots of dress, suit, bouquet, boutonniere, etc.
-Detail shot of marriage application/license
-City hall architecture
-Meeting the officiant, like Carolyn Burke
-The vows (holding hands, exchanging rings, a shot of the officiant, etc.)
-First kiss
-Signing the marriage license
-Detail shot of ringed hands
-Any reaction shots of the happy couple post-ceremony
-Leaving city hall (taxi, walking, etc.)


St Louis City Hall Rotunda

Hallway of the Mezzanine

Outside City Hall


mezzanine level of st louis city hall
Mezzanine Level of St Louis City Hall

grand staircase city hall st louis
Grand Staircase at St Louis City Hall