One of the primary attractions of Maryland is its scenic beauty. From the mountains of western Maryland to the sandy beaches of the eastern shore, it offers natural wonders that provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic elopement. Maryland also contains several parks and nature reserves, including the Catoctin Mountain Park and the Assateague Island National Seashore, which offer stunning vistas and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. Perfect for an outdoor adventurous wedding, which I may have mentioned once or twice on this site are my absolute favorite!
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 Maryland.
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 solemnize a marriage in Maryland. Officiants may be: an official of a religious order, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, or state judges.
Those ordained online are able to perform the role of officiant.
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