With mountains, woodland trails and lakesides all available, Vermont has plenty of natural beauty to serve as your wedding or elopement backdrop. For a unique adventurous wedding, you could don your skis and head to Spruce Peak where you can ski and out of the resort. For those less confident on the slopes, there’s a skyride to take them to the top. If you prefer your feet closer to the ground, Lake Champlain offers plenty of waterfront and woodland locations where you can either stay on dry land or hire boats and go out to explore and say your vows.
The weather tends to be best during early fall. At this time, all the colors that Vermont offers are in their full glory: vibrant red and orange leaves that offer stunning backdrops for your ceremony. Sure the temperature won’t be as high as the summer, but some things are worth being that little bit cooler for.
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 Vermont.
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 marriages in Vermont. Eligible individuals include: judges, justices of the peace, or an ordained or licensed member of the clergy who is resident in the state. Those who aren’t resident in Vermont must file an application with the Probate Court in the county where the marriage will take place.
Vermont also offers a temporary officiant service, which allows anyone over the age of 18 to become a temporary officiant. This is the easiest method to follow if you wish to have a friend or family member perform your marriage ceremony.
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