Couples Can Elope During Upcoming Eclipse for Free at 'Once-in-a-Lifetime' Ohio Event

On April 8, Destination Seneca County in Ohio will host a free wedding event called Elope at the Eclipse

<p>Getty</p> Stock image of couple watching solar eclipse


Stock image of couple watching solar eclipse

The stars have aligned for couples who are looking for a unique wedding venue this April.

On April 8, Destination Seneca County in Ohio will be offering a once-in-a-lifetime free wedding event called Elope at the Eclipse for couples looking to get married during the upcoming total solar eclipse.

According to the website, the wedding ceremony will take place at Frost Kalnow Amphitheater and will include an officiant, live music, cake and a photographer who will email photos to newlyweds after the event.

"The event is free with the exception of the cost of a marriage license ($70)," the website says. "You must bring a valid marriage license to the event. If you're looking reaffirm your commitment, you do not need to bring any documentation. Guests are free and encouraged to attend."

The website also notes that at least one person getting married must live in the state of Ohio.

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<p>JUAN BARRETO/AFP via Getty</p> 2023 Eclipse in Bogota


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Bryce Riggs, executive director of Destination Seneca County, told local CBS affiliate WTOL 11 more about what people can expect from the event.

"It'll go dark for about three-plus minutes, and then it'll light back up and you'll be a married couple and on your way and maybe onto a honeymoon after," he said.

Local couple Jenny Harris and Bart Lombardy also told the outlet that after being engaged for two years — and together for almost a decade — they will be tying the knot during the eclipse. Harris added that every time they've tried to plan a wedding, the logistics got too complicated.

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"I said, 'Sign us up! We're going to do this.' And everyone laughed and said, 'Don't you need to talk to Bart first?' He'd be totally down for this," Harris told the outlet.

"It's a memory that everybody will have and it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience," she added.

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