Celebrity Elopements

Jessica Alba did it, you should do it too!  Pop-up weddings and elopements are all the rave these days as people try to save money on the over-rated wedding and spend it on things that truly matter. Here are some of the most famous couple’s who eloped and why you should do it too:

Isla Fischer and Sacha Baron Cohen

This couple is known for pushing boundaries and breaking the rules which is the perfect reason to elope.  When you have a traditional wedding, everyone wants to give their opinions and input. When you have a pop-up wedding or elopement, it is the polite version of giving the finger to the unsolicited opinions.

Jessica Abla and Cash Warren

These 2 eloped while Jessica was pregnant.  A pop-up pregnancy is a great reason to have a pop-up wedding.  Not just so that you can be married when the baby comes as that is totally a preference thing.  But so that you have money when the baby comes, which is totally a necessity thing.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

This couple is truly bad-ass as they were not even engaged when they decided to elope.  If you are looking to surprise the world with your Facebook update that you are now married, eloping is the way to go.

If you want to have a pop-up wedding contact Pop The Knot today!  We offer true pop-up weddings all over the US and pop-up weddings with venues in NYC, LA, and SF.  Contact us today!


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Los Angeles Elopement Packages Launched

We at Pop The Knot are so excited to have finally launched our Los Angeles Elopement Packages!  If you are planning your LA pop-up wedding, you might be wondering where to have it.  We offer plenty of unique options on our site and all of them include an officiant, photographer, and bridal bouquet.  Here are our top choices for where to pop the knot in Los Angeles:


When you think Los Angeles, you think beaches.  And yes, we have lots of those too.  But we also offer some amazing venues with great views of the city skyline.  You know, that skyline you see in like every movie?  If the beach just isn’t for you, I bet the city is!


No list about where to have a Los Angeles pop-up wedding could be complete without suggesting the beach.  With miles and miles of sandy beaches along the Pacific Ocean, you are sure to have some amazing wedding photos if you choose to say your nuptials here.


Yes, we have the best of all worlds here in LA.  We have city skylines, mountains, beaches, and gardens too.  If you are looking to pop the knot in nature, then doing so in a garden is a great idea.

If you want to get started with your hassle free elopement or pop-up wedding, contact us today!  We have the experience and connections to provide you a stress-free wedding day so that you can just focus on your love.

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New York City Pop-Up Wedding

Do I have the most awesome bride and grooms?  Umm yea, I do!!  My stylish bride Lydia contacted me to plan a New York pop-up wedding and wanted to do it using our package The Grand.  She and Seth are self described “wanderlusters” so they felt that getting married at Grand Central Station was the perfect place for them.  They decided to pop the knot on December 17th, hence the amazing Christmas themed wedding sign above.

Now, I knew Lydia was cool from the moment we started working together.  In fact, she even invited me to a bar for some drinks.  Hello, can you say friendly?  But when Lydia forgot her Pop The Knot bouquet at the hotel and decided to grab some impromptu decor from the food court (see above), then I realized how lucky I am to have had her as a client.  Just a super chill and nice person.  And umm hello, check out the stunning evening gown and shoes she chose for her elopement.  And Seth looks pretty dapper too!

Once Lydia arrived the ceremony began.  It was filled with laughs, just the way Lydia liked it.  And then once the legalities were over, Lydia and Seth got to take some great wedding photos which lets face it, is what it is all about!

If you want to get started planning your New York elopement or pop-up wedding, contact Pop The Knot today.  Our top notch team will help you plan a perfect day so you can just relax and focus on who you are marrying.  Contact us today!

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Sneak Peek of Pop The Knot’s Bridal Bouquets

Just because you are planning a pop-up wedding, doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing bridal bouquet.  When you book a pop-up wedding or elopement package with Pop The Knot, you receive an email with a list of vendors to choose from and more exciting, 4 bridal bouquets to choose from!  We even have an option to upgrade to orchids!  Of course, each bouquet comes with a matching boutonniere, or if you are having a same-sex marriage you can get 2 bouquets or 2 boutonnieres.  We are so excited to share with you our 4 bouquets you can choose from when you book with us.  Also, you can ask for some customizations as well!

Bold & Beautiful

Above is our lovely Bold & Beautiful bouquet that Rene chose for her vow renewal to Bill. You can see all of her pop-up wedding on our gallery!  This bouquet is a bold and rich colored bouquet featuring garden roses, ranunculus, helleborus , peonies when in season, and Italian ruscus greens!

Classic White


No bridal bouquet would be complete without a bouquet of classic calla lilies.  Each bouquet is hand-tied with a satin ribbon.  Oh yea, and the look on her face is because we surprised her with her own wedding!

Modern Blushing

This bouquet is also shown on the top of the page from Erin’s pop-up wedding in Central Park.  This stunning modern bouquet is filled with blush tones using peach and cream garden roses and dahlias when in season.

Pretty Colorful

This bright bouquet is made with roses of your chosen color and other complimentary florals.

The Upgrade to Orchids

Because orchids are so expensive, we couldn’t offer it in the base price but we couldn’t leave it out either!  So under the upgrades tab of ever pop-up wedding package you will find an updated bridal bouquet.  The photo above was from Mike and Candace’s pop-up wedding which you can see in our gallery.

If you want to start planning your pop-up wedding, contact Pop The Knot today.  We currently offer New York and San Francisco Elopement Packages and we are expanding to Los Angeles and Chicago now.  Contact us today!

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How To Get A Marriage License in San Francisco

If you are planning a San Francisco elopement, you are going to need a California marriage license.  Here are some important things you will need to know in order to be granted a license to wed in San Francisco:

How To Apply

You and your partner will both need to go to the Office of the County Clerk together in order to apply for the license.  Make sure you both have a legal photo ID with you.  Currently, San Francisco’s marriage license fee is $100 (subject to change) plus $5 convenience fee payable by credit card at the time of booking appointment online.  They do not offer any refunds so if you change your mind, you are out of luck! If you have been divorced, you do need to know your exact divorce date.


Be over 18 and have valid legal identification


A ceremony must occur within 90 days from the date the license is issued.  A ceremony may take place anywhere within the State of California.

For more information about the marriage license process, see here.

That’s it!  Pretty easy huh?  And we at Pop The Knot think your wedding should be easy too.  Don’t waste a year or more of your life planning a wedding that is more for your guests than you!  Check out our San Francisco elopement packages and pop the knot your way!


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San Francisco Elopement Packages


We are so excited to have finally launched our San Francisco Elopement Packages and Pop-Up Weddings!! Our packages were so popular in NYC and we got so many requests in San Francisco that we decided to make it our next city.  With such a variety of venues to choose from, it will be hard to decide which wedding venue is best for you.  Here are some highlights from the venues we offer:


We offer several elopement packages where the views are amazing.  Our Golden Museum venue features an up-close view of the Golden Gate Bridge, our Roof Deck offers spectacular views of the Bay, and our Gazebo venue even offers views of Alcatraz.


If you prefer to be amongst nature then we have some options for you and they all include permits!  The Nature package offers lakes and waterfalls, The Garden provides some of the most stunning garden options in the city, and The Heights offers dramatic trees for your wedding backdrop.


Weather can be a concern in San Francisco so most of our venues have a rain option.  But we also offer indoor venues such as The Art or The Historic.

If you want to get started planning your San Francisco pop-up wedding or elopement, contact Pop The Knot today.  All of our packages include a location, officiant, photographer, and bouquet/boutonniere.

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Pop The Knot Featured on Yahoo Style!


We are so honored to have been interviewed for an article on Yahoo! Style.  Here is an excerpt of the interview:

Michele Velazquez was running her proposal-planning business, The Heart Bandits, when she came across the pop-up concept and decided to start New York-based Pop the Knot earlier this year.  She operates under a different model than the others, planning only one wedding at a time.

“We work with venues to fill in their slow seasons and times where they wouldn’t necessarily have a lot of bookings,” Velazquez said, explaining how she books places like the Bryant Park Hotel for a morning wedding. A venue that normally charges $14,000 can be rented for as low as $2,000 this way.  She also arranges for weddings in parks that wouldn’t be as feasible with big weddings. “If you had your first kiss in a gazebo in the park, you can get married there.”

You can read the rest of the article here, be sure to select “Read More.”  If you want to get started planning your pop-up wedding, contact Pop The Knot today.  Check out our packages and if you don’t see your city listed or a package you love, email us to see how we can help!

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Candace & Mike’s Pop-Up Wedding

I am so excited to share this stunning New York pop-up wedding that we planned for Candace and Mike.  Ok, first off…..could the photo above BE any more stunning?  That is the kind of amazing photos you can expect from our photographers at Pop The Knot.  Ok, moving on.  Candace and Mike came to us because they wanted to plan a simple and intimate wedding in Central Park.  They chose our Central Park Classic package with an upgraded bouquet, guitarist, and customized styling.  Speaking of customized styling, Candace wanted gorgeous decor including white gardenias at her feet so we came up with the idea to decorate the cove with baby’s breath garland and then have gold lanterns, white rose petals, and 2 bouquets of white gardenias with trailing greenery at her feet which turned out gorgeous!


 Mike and Candace both looked so stunning.  Check out Mike in his dapper tuxedo, anxiously waiting for his blushing bride.

She’s here!!!

Candace was escorted by her father.  She is seen below carrying our upgraded bridal bouquet of orchids.

Then the ceremony began and so did the tears!

They are pronounced husband and wife….and they live happily ever after.

If you want to get started planning your pop-up wedding, elopement, or intimate wedding contact Pop The Knot today.  We offer true-pop up wedding packages and elopement packages with a venue.  All of our packages include an officiant, photographer, and bouquet/boutonniere.  Contact us today!!

Pop-Up Wedding Planning by: Pop The Knot

Photography: By Petronella Photography

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San Francisco Pop-Up Wedding


San Francisco is a beautiful city and is the perfect location for your pop-up wedding.   This cultural epicenter of Northern California has a little bit of everything and you are sure to find something about it that you would just love to incorporate into your special day.  Here are 5 reasons to consider a San Francisco Pop-Up Wedding:

Eclectic Architecture

There is amazing architecture in San Francisco which can be the perfect backdrop for your pop-up wedding.  The dome at Palace of the Fine Arts, Lombard Street, and Alamo Square are just a few and we at Pop The Knot offer packages for pop-up weddings incorporating these special landmarks.


San Francisco has some very dramatic views.  Consider having your pop-up wedding on the beach with a view of the Pacific Ocean in the background.  What about a park looking out to the Golden Gate Bridge?  There are just so many beautiful options that would make your wedding pictures look stunning.

Cable Cars

Where else can you find working Cable Cars?  You could have your pop-up wedding on one or with one in the background!

Tourist Destination

Because San Francisco is a hot tourist destination, you could plan a whole trip around your pop-up wedding.  Have a quick, affordable wedding and then use all that money you would have blown on one day and spend it on an all-out vacation!


San Francisco is one of the most diverse and accepting communities in the US.  Interracial couples, interfaith couples, LGBT couples, and any other couples will be welcomed with open arms making it a great place for anyone to have a pop-up wedding.

If you want to get started planning your SF pop-up wedding or elopement, contact Pop The Knot today.  All of our packages include a location, officiant, photographer, and bouquet/boutonniere.

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Unexpected Wedding Trends of 2016

If you are one of those couples who wants to shun the traditional big white wedding in favor of something a bit different, then you have absolutely come to the right place!  While traditional can be lovely, it is not for everyone.  Luckily, the wedding industry is evolving so quickly that very cool and quirky trends pop up all of the time.

Not really into the traditional bridal gown?  That’s ok because you can always try a two-piece.  One of the coolest bridal gown trends of late is the idea of the ‘two-in-one’.  You can do it in many ways, but perhaps the most accessible is the detachable skirt.  This will take you from your pop-up wedding, to the more fun-filled after party.

Not really sure about the whole formal wedding video?  Ask your photographer for a highlights video to share on social media that is short and snappy instead.  Love your metallics, but not sure how well they will work at a wedding?  Go for it, you can add metallics to the invites, your shoes, as details to flowers (if you are having them), anything goes!

Want to get your granny in on the act?  Invite her to be an honorary ‘flower girl’ for the day to toss the confetti!  For some fun-filled and unique trends for your wedding, have a look at this cool infographic produced by The Dunloe Hotel for more details.

Unexpected Wedding Trends 2016-infographic

Ready to throw tradition to the wind?  Contact Pop The Knot today!  We have lots of pop-up wedding packages and they all include an officiant, photographer, and bouquet!  Be even more unique and buy yourself a unique ring box.

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Pop The Knot Featured On Huffington Post


We are so honored to have Pop The Knot featured on Huffington Post!  Read all about it here.  Basically, we were asked if a pop-up wedding is just a trend or is this the new way to do weddings?  Our expert opinion is that they are in fact, here to stay and here are the top 3 reasons why we believe that to be the case:


As wedding costs increase, couples are looking for alternatives to the traditional expensive wedding. With the average cost of a weddings being over $20K, people are opting to save that money for an amazing honeymoon or a down payment on their first home.  You can have an affordable wedding!


People are finding themselves more and more busy these days and taking a year to plan an over-the-top wedding is just not for everyone. You can save yourself umpteen hours of pinning your wedding on Pinterest if you just go with a pop-up wedding.


If you plan a traditional wedding, you have to find the right venue, officiant, photographer, videographer, florist, table & chair rental company, linen rental company, lighting, DJ, and on and on. If you go with a pop-up wedding, you just have to find a pop-up wedding company that you trust. Most pop-up wedding companies will offer a wedding venue, photographer, bouquet, and officiant making it a one-stop shop for a stress-free wedding.

Prices of weddings will continue to rise, people will get busier and busier, and the demand for traditional weddings will decline. Pop-up weddings are here to stay and will be seen as a common wedding option in the future.  If you want to get started on planning your pop-up wedding, tiny wedding, or elopement, contact Pop The Knot today!

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New York Pop-Up Wedding

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this New York Pop-Up Wedding between Lacey and Audra.  The couple was absolutely stunning and dressed to the nines.

Megan W Photography

Megan W Photography

The reason I love elopements and pop-up weddings is that even if the whole world is watching, it feels like it is just the two of you. They had their ceremony in Bethesda Terrace with just a few friends and hundreds of on-looker’s but everything felt so intimate.

Megan W Photography

Megan W Photography

Just because you have an intimate ceremony doesn’t mean you don’t get to experience all of the fun things that people do at traditional weddings if you want.  First dance anyone?

Megan W Photography

Megan W Photography

Another reason I prefer pop-up wedding is that you get amazing portraits after.  If you have a traditional wedding, you are kind of limited to taking portraits at your wedding venue because that is where your guests are.  But with a pop-up wedding, you can just hop in a cab and go somewhere else amazing.

Megan W Photography

Megan W Photography

If you want to get started planning your pop-up wedding or elopement in New York, contact Pop The Knot today!  All of our packages come with a venue, officiant, photographer, and bouquet.

Photography: Megan W Photography

Floral Design: Michael George Flowers

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Pop The Knot Featured On She Knows

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Pop The Knot is so honored to be featured for the second time on She Knows!  This time our advice was featured in an article titled, “The anti-bride’s guide to planning a non-traditional wedding” and you can read about it here.

Our two tips on how to have a non-traditional wedding taken from the She Knows article is below:

Mix Up The Venue

Everyone expects a church wedding, but jaws might hit the floor (hopefully, in the best way possible) when guests realize your wedding will be held under a beautiful bridge — or at an art studio, or at a local wine bar or in front of a graffiti mural. “Instead of a traditional church or well-known wedding venue, have your wedding somewhere unexpected,” Michele Velazquez, owner of the pop-up wedding company Pop The Knot, says.

Make It A Surprise

This one goes out to all the brave brides (or those April Fools’ Day pranksters). Velazquez suggests making the entire event a surprise, if your parents’ hearts can handle it. “Tell everyone that you are hosting a family dinner or make up another excuse to get everyone to be at your location on the specified date and time. Ask them to all dress for the occasion. When they arrive, announce that this is your pop-up wedding! This is a great way to break traditions and not break the bank.

If you want to get started planning your non-traditional wedding, consider a pop-up wedding!  Pop The Knot sells pop-up wedding packages which include a venue, officiant, photographer, and bouquet.  Contact us today to get started.


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How To Get A Marriage License in New York


So you have decided to take the plunge and get married!  After you settle on the date and find the perfect affordable wedding venue in NYC, you are going to want to make sure to get everything in order so that you can get the required marriage license.  We have put together a reference guide for you to help make it easy.


If you want to get married in New York State you MUST apply in person at any town or city clerk in the state.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  The application must be signed by both applicants in the presence of the town or city clerk.  You will be required to provide proof of age by showing:

Birth Certificate
Baptismal record
Naturalization record
Census record
And one of the following identity related documents:

Driver’s license
Employment picture ID
Immigration record
Familial Restrictions

If you are under 18 or have been previously married, there are other requirements so please contact the New York City Clerk’s Office at (212) NEW-YORK or via its website at New York City Marriage Bureau.


The marriage license is issued immediately, but the marriage ceremony can not take place until exactly 24 hours later.  It is valid for 60 calendar days.


At the time this article was written, the cost is $40.


The certificate is automatically sent by the issuing clerk to the applicants within 15 calendar days after the completed license is returned by the officiant.  This serves as notice that a record of the marriage is on file. If you don’t receive a Certificate of Marriage Registration within four weeks of the wedding, please contact the town or city clerk who issued the license.


If you are ready to book your New York pop-up wedding, contact Pop The Knot today.  We offer beautiful wedding venues that include a photographer, bouquet, and an officiant all for one low price.

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4 Reasons To Not Have A Courthouse Wedding


There is nothing wrong with getting married in a courthouse.  Many people used to turn to the courthouse wedding because they thought it was the best way to get married if you were on a budget.  However, it is definitely not the only option out there if you are looking for an affordable and stress-free wedding.  A pop-up wedding is the new and hip way to have an affordable wedding that is all about you.  Here are 4 reasons to have a pop-up wedding over a courthouse wedding.


Most people choose a courthouse wedding because of their budget.  But now, you can book a pop-up wedding  package which includes a venue AND it comes with a photographer, officiant, and a bouquet!


A reason that people like courthouse weddings is because they feel it can be an intimate experience with just them and their partner.  But that is true for a pop-up wedding too!  With our pop-up wedding packages, you can book beautiful and intimate wedding venues for a fraction of the normal cost.


At a courthouse wedding you can come dressed however you want, you don’t have to feel pressure to wear a fancy gown.  The same goes for a pop-up wedding.  You can wear something casual, a simple dress, or an all-out wedding gown.  It is YOUR day, who are we to say how you should dress?


A wedding at City Hall should generally be stress-free and that appeals to some couples.  However, at Pop The Knot, we offer all-inclusive pop-up wedding packages that are also stress-free.  All you have to do is choose the package you love, purchase it, and we take care of the rest.

If you are ready to get started on your pop-up wedding, contact us today.  We look forward to working with you!

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