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How to Elope in Oklahoma

A state of flat, fertile plains, Oklahoma is a great choice for those who want something rustic and outdoorsy.
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Why is Oklahoma great for an elopement?

The Sooner state offers a variety of locations for a wedding or elopement, including lovely rustic barns, historic homesteads and city locations for modern hotels.

Oklahoma has all of the seasons, so if you want the hot summers or snowy winters you can have it. Oklahoma is located in Tornado Alley, with peak season being late spring into early summer. So for the best chances of mild and calm weather, you may want to book a wedding in the fall.

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 Oklahoma.

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 Oklahoma?

Marriage licenses in Oklahoma are issued by the County Clerk’s Office.

Do I Need to be a Resident of Oklahoma?

Both residents and non-residents may apply for a marriage license in Oklahoma.

Is there a waiting period to get married?

There is no waiting period for those aged 18 and older. Those aged below 18 are subject to a 72 hour waiting period before the marriage license is valid.

How long will my marriage license be valid for?

Marriage licenses in Oklahoma are valid for 30 days from the date of issuance.

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

To marry with no further caveats in Oklahoma, a couple must be aged 18 years or older. Those aged 16 or 17 may apply for a marriage license with parental consent. Those aged below 16 may get married, but will need a court order.

WILL I NEED TO TAKE ID?

You will need documentation to prove your name and age. Valid documents include: a driver’s license, passport, state ID or a birth certificate.

HOW MUCH DOES A MARRIAGE LICENSE COST IN Oklahoma?

There is a fee of $50 for marriage license applications in Oklahoma, which can be reduced to $5 if you complete a state-approved premarital course.

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?

Two witnesses are required for a marriage in Oklahoma.

DOES Oklahoma REQUIRE AN OFFICIANT FOR A WEDDING?

An officiant is required to solemnize marriages in Oklahoma, and they must register with the state. Eligible individuals include: judges and retired judges, or any ordained minister of a religion. Religions which do not have ordained ministers, such as the Quakers, may solemnize marriages in accordance with their practices.

Those ordained through online ministries can perform the role of officiant at your marriage.

SUMMARY

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