Would you like to get married on a mountain, by a lake, next to a river, in a canyon, in an open desert, or even by a dormant volcano? Well if any of those take your fancy, then New Mexico can provide it. The White Sands National Park offers something very unique, and is a stunning backdrop for an elopement or outdoor wedding. Or if you can’t decide between desert, mountain or forest, then you might want to check out Santa Fe which offers all of these! New Mexico is also famous for its clear skies, which makes it perfect for capturing stunning wedding photographs.
Summers in New Mexico are very hot, but having your wedding at a higher altitude will offer lower temperatures if it’s too much for you. During the winter, you can expect temperatures around or just above freezing depending on which part of the state you’re in.
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 Mexico.
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 Mexico. There is no requirement for them to register with the state. Eligible individuals include anyone ordained by a religious organization, or the clerk or probate judge.
Those ordained through online ministries are able to perform the role of officiant at your wedding.
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