North Dakota’s rugged landscape offers some of the USA’s finest destinations for those couples who love adventure, the outdoors and wilderness. With the Great Plains, the Red River Valley, the Badlands and the Drift Prairie there are some of the most stunning sites that Mother Nature has to offer. The Great Plains feature expansive grasslands that can be lush green or earthy brown depending on where and when you marry and you may even have moose or bison in your wedding photos. The Red River Valley is scenic and rural, with large farmlands and bordering mountains which make great wedding backdrops. For something truly unique, the Badlands offer breathtaking jagged formations with vibrant red rocks that can really make wedding photos pop.
North Dakota features very long hot summers, and very cold winters. Those who want to get married in fresh, crisp white snow may love a winter wedding but the temperature will regularly fall below freezing in the winter months. Summer is the busiest wedding season, with temperatures usually in the 80s, but it has been known to get close to, and even over, 100°F. Temperatures drop rapidly after September, which could make it the a good balance between warmth and comfort.
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 North Dakota.
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 North Dakota. Eligible individuals include: judges, or ordained ministers / clergy of any religion.
Those ordained by online ministries are able to perform marriages in North Dakota.
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