Rhode Island is a great location for a water wedding. It’s not called “The Ocean State,” for no reason! With hundreds of miles of coastline that features beaches, coves and bays, you can be sure to find a lovely backdrop for a wedding or elopement. The state also offers many quaint towns, vineyards, farms and historic houses for those who don’t fancy a coastline ceremony.
Rhode Island’s weather is very changeable, but in general the summers are hot and the winters cold and snowy. Early fall tends to offer a nice balance of dry days, and temperatures that aren’t yet at their winter lows.
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 Rhode Island.
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 Rhode Island. Luckily, the state makes it quite easy for non-traditional individuals, such as a family member or a friend, to be an officiant under their One Day Marriage Officiant Certification program. Other eligible individuals include: elected officials, judges, clerks or ordained clergy. Those ordained online are eligible too. Any of those individuals do not have to register under the One Day program, as they are already allowed to perform marriage ceremonies in Rhode Island.
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