Missouri elopements are happening more often around the state. With couples wanting to focus on the relationship and less on the party, they are finding that Missouri has a lot to offer when it comes to eloping.

Marriage laws in Missouri


Marriage licenses are issued by the Recorder of Deeds in each Missouri county and are valid only in Missouri. Marriage license applicants are not required to be Missouri residents. Both must appear in person before the recorder of deeds or a deputy recorder and present valid identification containing the date of birth, along with a Social Security card, to apply for a marriage license. Fees for a marriage license and copies may vary by county.

Decide on your officiant

Marriages are performed by clergy who are in good standing in the state. Judges can also solemnize your elopement and do so at local courthouses. Another option is to have a friend register to become an officiant through Universal Life.  


Missouri requires at least two witnesses for it to be all official. Invite a close friend or two ( I can sign as a witness). Or do everything official at the courthouse and have a private vow reading anywhere of your choice.

Missouri Elopement Locations

With rolling hills and open fields to the North and the Ozark Mountains to the south, Missouri has a lot to offer in outdoor locations. It is a less crowded option than other states making my job of helping you find a secluded place for your elopement much easier.

Ha Ha Tonka

Located near Camendeton, Ha Ha Tonka is a State Park that will impress you with its geological features. The park has sinkholes, caves, and a natural bridge. It has a natural spring and beautiful views of the Lake of Ozarks, which the sun sets over.

Ha Ha Tonka has a turn-of-the-century stone castle that sits on top of a bluff with impressive views of the Lakes and Spring. A sight that should not be missed.

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

The site of Missouri’s tallest waterfall, Taum Sauk Mountain State Park offers beautiful views of the Ozarks. If you want to find the best views in the park climb Taum Sauk Lookout Tower.

Branson and Table Rock State Park

Branson is a top Missouri destination. With live shows and outdoor recreation available at Table Rock Lake, it has a lot to offer to the couple who enjoys both the quiet of nature and nightlife. Spend a day on the lake and elope overlooking the lake. You can then enjoy a late show in the evening, or visit the famous Silver Dollar City an 1880s-style ammusement park.

Consider Eloping At These Other Missouri Locations:

Missouri state PArkS

  • Castlewood State Park
  • Elephant Rock State Park
  • Echo Bluff State Park
  • Bennett Spring State Park
  • Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
  • Hawn State Park

Missouri Conservation Areas

  • Clifty Creek Conservation Area
  • Angeline Conservation Area
  • Castor River Conservation Area
  • Grand Bluffs Conservation Area
  • Hickory Canyons Natural Area
  • Hughes Mountain
  • Pickle Springs Natural Area
  • Tower Rock Natural Area

Missouri City Parks

  • Lake Springfield
  • Capon Rock Park
  • Alley Mill
  • Forest Park Powell Gardens
  • St Louis Arch
  • Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

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