Iowa is a Midwestern state, famous for its flat landscape. The spacious fields and open skies offer a sense of freedom and serenity, a perfect atmosphere for an elopement. The farmlands also offer a rustic beauty that you get with barn weddings.
With a landscape featuring tallgrass prairies, wetlands, and woodlands, the possibilities for an intimate ceremony with great photographs are many. Backdrops with secluded meadows and scenic river fronts make excellent photographs for you to treasure forever. The Loess Hills, in particular, can be a unique and picturesque location for a wedding, with its winding trails and panoramic views.
Iowa’s climate can feature extremes of heat and cold so it’s best to carefully choose when to marry there. Winter can be very cold, but perfect for winter-themed weddings (especially if you love snow!), whilst summer is generally hot and humid, but with plentiful rainfall. Early spring and late summer / early fall may be the best time to marry.
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 Iowa.
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 to perform marriage ceremonies in Iowa. Those who can solemnize a marriage in Iowa include: an Iowa or Supreme Court judge, any ordained minister of a religious faith.
Those who are ordained through online ministries are able to solemnize marriages in Iowa, which is the method couples usually use when they would like a friend or relative to perform their wedding ceremony.
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