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How to Elope in Nebraska

A Great Plains state with plenty of open space and scenery to give amazing backdrops for your elopement.
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Why is Nebraska great for an elopement?

Nebraska has a unique and beautiful landscape that can provide a stunning backdrop for your elopement ceremony. From the Sandhills to the Platte River Valley, there are many picturesque locations to choose from.

Like other Great Plains states, Nebraska generally has warm summers and cold winters. Those marrying in the summer can expect warm, dry days, whereas winter weddings could well be surrounded by snowfall. Either way, an elopement in Nebraska is sure to be a wonderful experience.

GETTING YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE

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 Nebraska.

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 Nebraska?

Marriages licenses in Nebraska are issued by the County Clerk’s office.

Do I Need to be a Resident of Nebraska?

Both residents and non-residents are able to apply for a marriage license in Nebraska.

Is there a waiting period to get married?

There is no waiting period to marry once you have a marriage license. You can get married in Nebraska as soon as you have your license!

How long will my marriage license be valid for?

Marriage licenses issued in Nebraska expire 1 year after the date of issuance. The license will have to be returned within 15 days of the marriage taking place.

HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE TO GET MARRIED IN Nebraska?

There is a minimum age of 19 years old to get married in Nebraska with no further caveats. Those aged 17 or 18 may get married with parental consent.

WILL I NEED TO TAKE ID?

Couples must present a valid photographic ID, such as a passport or driver’s license. Minors (those aged under 19 in Nebraska) must also bring a copy of their birth certificate, along with their parent or guardian.

HOW MUCH DOES A MARRIAGE LICENSE COST IN Nebraska?

There is a fee of $25 – $34 for marriage license applications made in Nebraska.

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?

Nebraska requires 2 witnesses to be present at the ceremony, who will also sign the marriage license.

DOES Nebraska REQUIRE AN OFFICIANT FOR A WEDDING?

You will require an officiant to solemnize a marriage in Nebraska. Eligible individuals include: judges, retired judges, and ministers or preachers.

Those who have been ordained through online ministries are able to perform the role of officiant.

SUMMARY

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