How to Elope in Kansas

You want to elope in Kansas and you don’t know where to start. In this guide I will cover the important steps you need to have your elopement in Kansas.

Contents Covered

  1. Legally Elope in Kansas
  2. Officiant and Witnesses
  3. Choose Your Photographer and Vendors
  4. Choose Your Date and Location
  5. Permits
  6. Plan Your Day

1.) Legally Elope in Kansas

Kansas is one of the few states that allows you to self-solemnize meaning you can marry yourself without an officiant. But, you are required to file your marriage license application and your signatures on the day of your wedding. The application can be done online.

2.) Officiant and Witnesses

An officiant is not required when you are eloping in Kansas but you could have one if you choose as long as they are ordained. You do also need two adult witnesses present.

3.) Choose Your Photographer and Vendors

Choosing your photographer early in the planning process will make the process easier because most elopement photographer also offer planning as a complimentary service. I help my couples with choosing a ceremony location, connecting with vendors and more.

4.) Choose Your Date and Location

Weekdays are generally the best days to elope in Kansas because there are less crowds and most vendors are also available. The season you elope is also important for many reasons like holidays, the climate and crowds. The best seasons for a Kansas elopement are the spring, fall and Summer. Summer is when most people are vacationing so most of the parks would be crowded. The weather could also be very humid so it’s important to choose a time to elope when there isn’t extreme heat. Eloping around sunrise or sunset is the best option to avoid the heat and crowds.

You can elope in locations like Flint Hills, Shawnee Mission Park, and Kanopolis State Park.


There are some locations in the Kansas City area that require permits like Loose Park so you want to apply at-least 30 days before your wedding date to secure your permits. I am always available for assistant if you need help with the permit process.

6.) Plan Your Day

This is the fun part! You get to plan your day from start to finish. You create a custom experience timeline with your photographer that includes what activities you will be doing, all the locations you will explore, which location you will have your ceremony and more.

As your elopement photographer, this is the part I help you figure out the logistics so your day will go as smoothly as possible.

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