New Hampshire is known as “The Granite State,” so you’d expect some great geology to provide the backdrop for your wedding or elopement. If so, you’d be absolutely right! With an abundance of mountain ranges, cliffs, waterfalls and state parks there is no shortage of places to get married surrounded by nature’s beauty. If you’d like stunning views from up high, then Mt. Washington may be what you’re looking for. With options to take a steam train to the summit, you could do something very unique here. If you’re a real outdoor enthusiast, you might choose to hike to the top (it’s a 4 – 5 mile trip each way, so you might want to change into wedding clothes when you get there!). Don’t worry about less mobile guests, as the Auto Road is available usually from late spring to early fall, depending on conditions.
Of course, you may want to marry closer to sea level. In that case, New Hampshire still has plenty of options with plenty of small towns and lakes, and not forgetting the coastline where you have both rocky or sandy beaches to choose from.
The weather is similar to other states in the Northeastern area, with four distinct seasons, meaning that you could get married in glorious sunshine in summer or in crisp, fresh snow in winter.
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 New Hampshire.
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 New Hampshire, and they must register with the Secretary of State if they don’t reside in the state. Eligible people to be an officiant include: ordained ministers, or judges / magistrates.
Those ordained through an online ministry are able to perform the role of officiant at your wedding.
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