Montana is one of the most sparsely populated stated in the USA, making a it a great elopement destination for those seeking seclusion and privacy. Its natural beauty means that you’ll have some amazing backdrops when you hold your ceremony, whether that’s in the Yellowstone or Glacier National Parks, one of the national forests or its many mountain ranges.
In terms of climate, Montana has a typical continental climate, with cold winters and pleasant summers. If you want to get married in crisp white snow, a winter wedding in Montana is for you. If you like the sun on your back, July and August often have the warmest temperatures, whereas the fall is popular for its beautiful foliage which offer striking colors.
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 Montana.
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 for any marriage taking place in Montana. Eligible people include judges, mayors or an ordained minister. Those ordained by an online ministry are able to be an officiant in Montana.
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