Florida is one of my favorite elopement destinations! With its beautiful tropical and subtropical climate, palm tree-lined streets and gorgeous blue water beaches, you are sure to find an amazing location for your wedding. For those who want something with more buzz and excitement, there are busy locations such as Miami with its bustling nightlife or the thrilling parks in Orlando. Or the daredevils may choose an alligator-spotting boat tour in the Everglades. Florida really does have something to offer every couple looking to elope.
Unsurprisingly, the Sunshine State has good weather all year-round. However, Spring is the most popular time of year to get married in Florida due to its warm (but not too hot) weather, and the lower chance of rain than the Summer months.
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 Florida.
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.
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!
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.
An officiant is required for weddings in Florida, which can be a minister of any faith including those ordained online. It is best to check the exact requirements with the local County Clerk, as some places do not require any check on officiants whilst others may require ministers to present their ordination credentials.
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