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How to Elope in Colorado

Not only does Colorado offer stunning mountain locations, it’s also one of the few states offering self-solemnization: you’ll be able to legally marry each other.
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Why is Colorado great for an elopement?

Colorado is a popular elopement destination because it allows self-solemnization. In other words, couples can legally marry themselves with no need for an officiant or witnesses! This makes it incredibly easy to arrange the ceremony that you want to have, with absolutely no restriction on locations or the words you have to say to one another.

With stunning mountain scenery available, adventurous couples choose Colorado for their elopement to get married in the best surroundings that nature has to offer. For something really out of the ordinary, Colorado offers the Great Sand Dunes National Park for a simple, yet beautiful, setting.

GETTING YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE

All states require a marriage license, so you need to ensure that you understand all of the requirements very early in the planning process. Luckily, it’s fairly straightforward in most cases as long as you meet the criteria and follow the state requirements.

Here is what you need to know about getting a marriage license in Colorado.

Is Same Sex Marriage Recognized?

Yes! Same sex marriage is recognized in all states, and at a federal level, under the Respect for Marriage Act which was signed into law in December 2022.

Will I Need to take a blood test?

No. Blood tests have been abolished as part of marriage license applications in all 50 states, so don’t worry if you’re afraid of needles!

Who Issues Marriage Licenses in Colorado?

Marriage licenses in Colorado are issued by the County Clerk and Recorder Office.

Do I Need to be a Resident of Colorado?

Both residents and non-residents are eligible to apply for a marriage license in Colorado.

Is there a waiting period to get married?

There is no waiting period to marry after receiving a marriage license in Colorado.

How long will my marriage license be valid for?

Marriage licenses in Colorado expire within 35 days of being issued.

HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE TO GET MARRIED IN Colorado?

The legal age of marriage in Colorado is 18, however couples aged 16 and 17 may apply for a marriage license with approval from a judge.

WILL I NEED TO TAKE ID?

Identification is required when applying for a marriage license in Colorado. Accepted forms are usually: a passport, driver’s license, birth certificate or military identification card.

HOW MUCH DOES A MARRIAGE LICENSE COST IN Colorado?

There is a fee of £30 for marriage licenses.

On Your Wedding Day

Once you’ve gotten the admin out of the way, you can get to the part you’ve been dreaming of: the wedding ceremony!

As you’d expect, each state has different requirements to make a marriage legal. Make sure you follow the guide below to get your marriage legally recognized.

Will i need witnesses to the marriage?

The state of Colorado does not require any witnesses for marriage.

DOES Colorado REQUIRE AN OFFICIANT FOR A WEDDING?

There is no requirement for an officiant, as Colorado is a self-solemnization state. This means that the couple themselves can solemnize the marriage and sign their own marriage license.

Self-solemnization is appealing for those who wish to have the smallest possible elopement.

SUMMARY

So that’s it, everything you need to know about eloping in Colorado. And if you think that it could be the place to host your special day, why not give me a call to chat about your wedding? I’m an experienced elopement photographer, and an ordained minister, so in most cases I can be your officiant too!

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