How Do You Get Married?


Quick Answer

To get married, first you must find out what the laws are in the state you're getting married in, which can be done online. If you meet the state requirements, you need to pick a time and place, find an officiator to perform the ceremony, and get a marriage license.

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As of May 2015, different states have different requirements for marriage such as age, with and without parental consent, cost and validity of marriage license, marriage license waiting period, and state law on same sex marriages. For example, in Hawaii, you can get married at 18 without parental consent but at 16 with parental consent. The marriage license is valid for 30 days, and there is no waiting period. By contrast, in Florida, you can get married at 18 without consent, 16 with parental consent, and under 16 if the license is issued by a county judge. The marriage license is valid for 60 days and has a three-day waiting period.

Another type of marriage that requires some legal knowledge are destination weddings, where two U.S. citizens get married in a different country. Most of the countries that perform these destination weddings are valid in the United States. The tourist information bureau of the destination country is the best place to get all the important information needed for this type of wedding.

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