How to Elope in Kansas

The plains and prairies of Kansas offer a naturally beautiful backdrop that is perfect for those looking to elope and have an adventurous outdoor wedding.
Outline map of Kansas

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Why is Kansas great for an elopement?

Kansas is a real hidden gem for couples who want to escape from it all and elope. Picture this: sunrise over a Kansas prairie, lush green tallgrass stretches as far as the eye can see, dotted with the violet petals of Blue Yonder plants. Rays of sunlight disperse the shadows and dowse you and your love with golden warmth, as though God himself is giving your his blessing. That’s why I love elopements in Kansas.

As a photographer, Kansas’ sprawling prairies and charming small towns provide endless opportunities for breathtaking wedding photos.

For those who prefer tradition, Kansas’ quaint small towns give the opportunity for a romantic, intimate ceremony. With their picturesque main streets, historic architecture, and quiet streets, these towns offer a timeless beauty that is perfect for capturing memories that will last a lifetime.

For the more adventurous couples, Kansas’ Great Plains offer an escape into wilderness that many other states cannot offer. Those early homesteaders who made Kansas their home were some of the most adventurous people in our nation’s history, so it makes sense that you may want to follow in their footsteps on your wedding day.

Whether you want the earthy appeal of the Flint Hills, or the tranquil waters of its many lakes and streams, Kansas offers something that everyone can appreciate.

Kansas is the perfect place for couples who want to escape the noise and distractions of everyday life and focus on the love and joy of their special day. Whether you’re looking for sweeping vistas, charming small towns, or a mix of both, Kansas provides the perfect backdrop for creating memories that will last a lifetime.


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 Kansas.

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 Kansas?

Marriage licenses in Kansas are issued by the District Court Clerk’s Office.

Do I Need to be a Resident of Kansas?

You do not have to be a resident of Kansas to marry there.

Is there a waiting period to get married?

There is a three day wait period after an application is submitted in Kansas to being able to collect it. Once you have your license, you are free to get married as soon as you like.

How long will my marriage license be valid for?

Marriage licenses issued in Kansas expire six months after the date of issue.


To marry with no further caveats in Kansas, the couple must be at least 18 years old. If one or both parties are aged 16 or 17, they may marry with parental consent or with permission from a judge.


You will need to take valid photo ID to your appointment at the Clerk’s Office. Options include: passport, driver’s license, military ID, or state issued ID.


The fee for marriage license applications in Kansas is $85.50.

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?

You will be required to have two witnesses to your wedding ceremony in Kansas, both of whom must be over the age of 18.


An officiant is required to solemnize a marriage in Kansas. Judges may solemnize a marriage, and some counties have lists of judges available to perform civil ceremonies. Ordained ministers of any faith may also solemnize a marriage in Kansas, including those ordained by online ministries. In practice, this means that almost anyone over the age of 18 could be your wedding officiant.


So that’s it, everything you need to know about eloping in Kansas. 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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