How to Get Married in Connecticut

There are a number of steps for knowing how to get married in Connecticut, but if you get your marriage license and you book the appropriate party vendors, you can easily have a successful, fun and cost effective big day. From ceremony, to reception site, photographer, caterer and more, finding the right people and places to help you with your wedding will be key.

Steps

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    Start by knowing where to get your marriage license in Connecticut.
    • You must not already be married or in a legal relationship with another person.
    • You must be 18 years old or have a parent's consent. If you are under 16 years of age, you will need a written consent from a probate court judge allowing the marriage.
    • If you are under the control of a conservator, you must obtain from that conservator a written consent allowing you to marry.
    • Both of you need to appear in person at your town's office of vital records.
    • Fill out the application and provide identification.
    • The license originator will forward it to the registrar, who files it as permanent record.
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    Locate a Connecticut ceremony site.
    • You can find a comprehensive list of Connecticut ceremony sites at http://www.keepsakevideo.com/ceremony.htm. The information is sorted by location, but you can also review such features, including if the venue is indoors or outdoors or if it has a garden or gazebo.
    • Look at a location like St. Clements Castle. You can find more information on this romantic venue at http://www.saintclementscastle.com.
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    Find a Connecticut reception location.
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    Try to find your other necessary Connecticut wedding vendors for your big day. This can include, but is not limited to, your caterer, photographer, hair and makeup artist, DJ, invitation source and videographer.
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    Contact potential wedding venues and interview potential vendors. Do site visits if necessary to make sure that the locations that you are looking at are right for you.
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    Discuss cost and how each element works into your budget. Determine how much deposits are to hold locations and/or vendors, and find out the terms of the deposit (e.g., ask what their cancellation policy is or what happens if he or she does not fulfill his or her end of the contract).
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    Book your vendors, and keep in touch with them as the big day approaches.
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    Make all of the final payments the week of the wedding, and enjoy your big day.

Tips

  • Realize that Connecticut does allow same sex unions.

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Categories: Weddings