As a photographer who specialized in adventurous, outdoor weddings, Idaho is a place I simply adore. Its rugged landscape offers the chance to get married in some of the best scenery that the USA can offer, from its huge national parks (including parts of Yellowstone) protected wilderness areas, parts of the Rocky Mountains, rapids, canyons and plains, Idaho is the perfect location for those who want to reconnect with the landscape and marry away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
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 Idaho.
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.
A wedding officiant is required to solemnize a marriage in Idaho. People who may perform the role of officiant at a wedding service include: a current or retired justice of the supreme court, a current or retired court of appeals judge, a current or retired district judge, the current or a former governor, the current lieutenant governor, a current or retired magistrate of the district court, a current mayor or by any of the following: a current federal judge, a current tribal judge of an Idaho Indian tribe or other tribal official approved by an official act of an Idaho Indian tribe or priest or minister of the gospel of any denomination.
Ministers who are ordained online are recognized by Idaho, and can be your wedding officiant. The online ordination route is how couples often go about having their friends perform their wedding ceremony.
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