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Experts predict that some of the popular wedding trends for 2021 include elopements and micro weddings, and 55 percent of couples are planning to limit their wedding party to immediate family members and several close friends. An elopement or a small wedding not only takes the stress out of wedding planning, but it also enables you to save money on your special day. As no-fuss weddings are expected to rise in popularity this year, it's likely that major cities in the US, such as New York City, will be a key destination for these romantic celebrations. If you're planning to elope in NYC this year, here's how to plan an amazing wedding in The Big Apple.

Get Your Wedding License

To pull off a no-fuss wedding in NYC, the first thing that you have to do is to get your virtual wedding license from the City Clerk's office in Manhattan. It will only cost you $35 for the license, and upon obtaining it, you'll only need to wait 24 hours before exchanging vows at a venue of your choice. Most couples opt to get married at the City Hall at 141 Worth Street, but if you want a more romantic venue for your wedding, book an officiant and get a permit to wed at some of the most beautiful and iconic spots in the city.

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Where to Elope in NYC

If you're wondering where to get hitched in NYC, you'll be glad to know that there are so many choices where you can elope in the city. To have a Central Park wedding, get a permit to wed at the Bow Bridge, which is right in the middle of the park, or at the Bethesda Terrace, which is located beside a beautiful fountain. To fulfill your royal wedding fantasy, you can secure a permit to get married at the Belvedere Castle.

Many couples dream of a Central Park ceremony. Photo by Meinzahn via iStock by Getty Images

Meanwhile, for a rustic ceremony, get a permit to wed at Wagner Cove, a hidden spot in Central Park that features a wooden shelter that's surrounded by trees and is located on the water. Keep in mind that some of these locations are not suitable for parties with more than 20 people, so trim your guest list accordingly, and invite only your nearest and dearest to witness your big day.

Where to Have the Reception

No wedding is complete without a reception. If you're having your wedding at Central Park, have your reception at any of the restaurant function rooms along the Upper West Side. You may even have a picnic in the park grounds if you wish to dine out in the open. Keep fare simple and elegant, and plan on ending the party after an hour.

Opt for a small, intimate, outdoor reception. Image by Toni Etyang from Pixabay

A no-frills wedding can be the key to take the stress out of wedding planning. Consider these tips if you're planning to elope in NYC, and have a great time celebrating with the people closest to you and your partner.

Elope in NYC: Planning a No-Fuss Wedding in The Big Apple

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