New York is such a varied state that there is something for every couple. If you fancy the glitz and glamor of New York City then there are plenty of options, from saying “I do,” in Times Square in front of the many visitors, at Top of the Rock with a stunning view of the skyline, or how about in the world famous Central Park? There are no shortage of super romantic locations to choose from. For those who prefer a little more solitude and privacy, the rest of the state has some amazing locations too, with rustic old barns and farms, gorgeous vineyards, and glamorous country clubs. North Country, Southern Tier and Western New York offer some of the more rural locations.
Like other states in the area, New York has seasonal weather with summer being hot and humid, and winters potentially very cold with snow. Whichever you prefer, New York can provide it!
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 York.
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 get married in New York. Eligible individuals include: the current or former governor, the may or former mayor of a city or village, the city clerk, a marriage officer, a member of the New York state legislature, a judge or county village, town or county justice, or any member of the clergy or a minister who has been ordained. Those wishing to be an officiant at a wedding in New York must register with the state.
Those ordained by online ministries may perform the role of officiant at your wedding.
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