Elopement FAQs
Bride and Grooms often have questions about what to expect during their Ellwanger Estate Elopement experience. Here you’ll find answers to our most frequently asked questions before, during, and after your elopement.

Who can Elope?
Any adult, age 18+ can elope in New York State and at the Ellwanger Estate B&B. Here is a fun “How to Elope”, step by step: http://elopenewyork.com/2007/12/checklist-for-elopment-steps.html

What’s the difference between your packages?
Price. Our weekend & weekday packages are the same, except for the price. Weekend (Fri-Sun) package is $899 vs. $799 for a weekday (Mon-Thur). Plus 8% tax.
Packages includes:
•One (1) Hour Ceremony between 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
•Up to 8 guests.
•Licensed non-denominational NYS wedding officiate. Couple must provide NYS marriage license.
Should you prefer, you may arrange to have your own wedding officiate or minister preside over your ceremony at no additional charge.
•6″/3″ tiered wedding cake, in your choice of chocolate, carrot or cheese cake, decorated with fresh seasonal flowers.
•Fresh hand-tied seasonal floral bridal bouquet.
•Choice of non-alcoholic Champagne, cider or sparkling juice for your toast. (You may bring your own alcoholic beverage and we will chill it for you.
•Music of your choice with IPod system.
•The above package does not require an overnight stay and will take approximately 1 hour from start to finish. Reservations required. Photography is additional.

Do I have to contract for a package?
No. Bare bone pricing for one (1) hour elopement at the Ellwanger Estate is $450, plus 8% tax. We encourage you to select a package based upon your specific wishes. If you are a planner and have the time to organize your elopement, then this is for you.
If you are looking for a more comprehensive, organized and holistic elopement immersion that can help you in planning your life together, then the package is a better fit.

Do you offer any discounts or special pricing?
We do offer special pricing for University of Rochester alumni, teachers, and employees of non-profits, military/government employees and previous Ellwanger Estate guests.
What time do your Elopements start/end?
Elopements start at 12:00 p.m. and end as late as 5:00 p.m. One (1) hour is provided for the elopement from start to finish. You may add time on, in one-hour increments at $100/hour.

What do I need to bring the day of my elopement?
You marriage license, government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.) Non-stiletto shoes are required for you and your guest’s safety during your time at the Ellwanger Estate.

Why must I NOT wear Stilettos heel shoes?
Non-stiletto heeled shoes are required for safety during your Ellwanger experience. In addition to this safety requirement, please also keep in mind that you will be walking during the elopement, so select comfortable shoes.

What if I arrive late?
If you expect to arrive late for your elopement, contact Ellwanger Estate at 585-314-1793. If you are 20 minutes late, your event will be canceled.

Is photography and video permitted during the course?
Photography or video is permitted. We recommend Keith Bullis, e mail at: keithbullis@mindspring.com All photography will be billed directly by your photographer.

Is smoking allowed?
Although all indoor locations are smoke-free, there are designated areas for smoking within our grounds. Please see the Innkeeper for designated smoking areas.

Am I able to use social media during my elopement?
Our couples tell us that one of the benefits of participating in an Ellwanger Estate elopement is the opportunity to share stories openly and to network with fellow guests. Therefore, information shared by you and fellow guests may be sensitive. Please remember to respect everyone’s privacy. If you plan to blog, post, or tweet about your Ellwanger experience, be careful not to include sensitive details.

Ellwanger Estate B&B Stay

Do I need over night accommodations to have an elopement at the Ellwanger Estate? NO

Is my room included in the cost of the elopement?
No, your room is not included in the cost of the elopement price. Should you choose to stay at the Ellwanger Estate B&B, you could expect a range of $185 – $249 per room, per night (excluding applicable taxes) depending on specific location and time of year.

Are there discount room rates for Ellwanger Estate B&B?
No, your guests attending an elopement at the Ellwanger Estate B&B are able to book their accommodations at the same time you are booking your elopement. Please keep in mind that there is a 2-day min for Fri/Sat stays.

What forms of payment do you accept for elopement fees?
Payments can be made by cash or check (both personal or from an organization), and by wire transfer. If you are paying by check or wire transfer, funds must be received at least 30 days in advance of your elopement start date. Payments must be submitted in U.S. Dollars.

Note: Prices quoted are subject to change. Reservations are based on deposit and availability. Taxes are additional and will be added to your final bill. All photography will be billed directly by your photographer. We recommend Keith Bullis, e mail at: keithbullis@mindspring.com

Cancellation / Refund Policy / Payment

What is the cancellation/refund policy?
If for any reason you are unable to attend your elopement, you may cancel for a full refund 60 days before the elopement start date. If you must cancel between 59 days and 30 days before the elopement start date, there is no refund; however, you may transfer (once) to another available date. If less than 30 days, you may not transfer your reservation, and cancellation will result in no refund of your elopement fees.

What if the elopement is cancelled by Ellwanger Estate B&B?
In the rare (it’s never happened) event of an elopement cancellation, you would be notified and informed of your options including rescheduling to another date.

Where can I store my luggage if I have checked out of my room on the final day of the elopement?
On the final day of your elopement, if you have checked out and are staying Ellwanger Estate B&B, luggage can be stored with our Bell Services. Bell Services is located near the front desk.

Are you able to accommodate my special dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know of any special dietary needs you may have, as our culinary team will make every effort to accommodate you. Please contact us with those details at info@ellwangerestate.com.

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