Monument Circle is hands down my favorite place for an elopement. It's an iconic monument in the center of not only Indianapolis but Indiana itself. If you want to elope in the middle of it all, Monument Circle is where you want to be! I'm always excited to officiate weddings on the circle!
Monument Circle is an easy walk to and from many downtown Indy hotels and restaurants. Often, couples will elope on Monument Circle and then head to dinner. Ruth's Chris and Buca Di Beppo seem to be the most popular restaurants. I think dinner at The Eagles Nest - a revolving restaurant atop the Hyatt Regency - is another iconic way to celebrate your marriage. You can dine with a fabulous view of downtown Indianapolis.
You can elope on Monument Circle as the sun sets on a summer night or under the Christmas lights during the Circle of Lights each Holiday Season. You can also elope on your lunch break if that's what works for you.
Do You Need a Permit To Elope On Monument Circle?
An elopement is a short and sweet wedding ceremony. We just gather around in a chosen spot and perform a short and sweet wedding ceremony. There is not permit required to do that. On any given weekend you will see entire formal wedding parties arrive and take photos. You'll see couples having their engagement pictures taken, and every now and then, you might see a proposal!
Monument Circle is a huge tourist destination and the center of the city. It can be a busy place. You will not be alone while you elope - and that's part of the fun!
How Much Does It Cost To Elope On Monument Circle?
My regular fee for an elopement is $150. That includes your choice of ceremony - you can choose a pre-written ceremony or customize your own. You have to pick up your own marriage license and we'll complete it together. If your marriage license was issued in Marion or Hamilton County I'll be happy to return your license in person, obtain 2 certified copies and mail them to you. You should receive them in less than a week. Your appointment is for an hour - it doesn't take that long to get married but it does give you lots of extra time if your friends and family are running late. You can also book your appointment in advance or on weekends.
What If It Rains Or The Weather Is Bad?
You can always choose a new place to get married, re-schedule or refund. If it's just the two of you, I can marry you in my office. It's a professional office I use for basic civil ceremonies and meetings with couples. It's a nice place, but it's not a place for a "wedding."
If you schedule your elopement more than 30 days in advance on a Friday or Saturday, I don't offer a full refund. I will travel anywhere within an hour to marry you in another location. I will always look at the forecast if your are scheduling an outdoor elopement within the next week to just to be sure you aren't rained out. You can view my payment policy here.
Umbrellas are always an option and I'm definitely not opposed to eloping during a romantic snowfall. I married one couple in the pouring rain and they wouldn't have had it any other way.
Things to think about...
Monument Circle is a public place. You can't block traffic, set up chairs, blast loud music or disturb the peace. I'm telling you this as a wedding officiant hoping to sell you my wedding officiant services. I don't have any affiliation with Soldier and Sailors Monument.
Always check the online calendars to make sure there is nothing else happening on Monument Circle the day you want to elope.
Here is a link to the online calendar for events happening in Indy. Always google "Monument Circle and the date" to see if there are any specific events happening at the time you want to elope. Often, half of the circle is blocked off for an event. We can use the other half of the circle but it might be loud. Occasionally, the entire circle will be closed for an event. There are food festivals and other events happening on Monument Circle every summer. If you want to elope in the middle of the festival, just let me know. I'm up for anything! It's part of the fun of eloping in the middle of it all!