Its rich history as a farming state mean that Kentucky has no shortage of small, rustic towns to elope in.
The “Bluegrass State” is scattered with old tobacco farms, horse pastures and, obviously, Bluegrass. This makes it perfect for a barn wedding, a lakeside elopement, or how about something really different and get married in a field while horses play and gallop around you? Imagine going for a horse ride after you’ve exchanged vows with your love, miles of deep green foliage stretching off into the distance, and surrounded by traditional plank fencing, whilst the sun sets across the rolling hills.
Kentucky sunsets offer the chance to view the sky ablaze with brilliant colors, painting the landscape with hues of orange, pink, and red. It’s a photographer’s, and a couple’s, dream wedding location.
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 Kentucky.
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.
Officiants are requited to solemnize marriages in Kentucky. Marriages can be solemnized by ministers, priests or judges (current or retired).
Those ordained by online ministries are legally able to perform wedding ceremonies and solemnize the marriage, meaning that in reality almost any adult can be chosen as your wedding officiant.
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