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Marriage Information




Are same sex marriages legal in CT?
Beginning October 28, 2008, same sex marriages were made legal in Connecticut.

Will you officiate for a same sex marriage?
100% YES!!

Will you officiate a religious ceremony?
I am not comfortable officiating over any ceremony that requires the Bible or God incorporated into their ceremony.   This is not meant to offend anyone.   I feel religious ceremonies are best left to your Priest or Rabbi.  Spirituality is important and should be expressed appropriately to preserve ones faith.  :-) 

Will you officiate weddings outside?
Of course, but I will not risk my health or safety.  You must have an alternative plan if it's bad weather.  I will not officiate outside if it is raining or snowing and I will not officiate outside during the colder months of the year.

What is the legal age to get married?
The legal age for marriage in the state of Connecticut is 18 years of age.

Do I need to be a resident of Connecticut to get married?

Do I need a blood test?
Blood tests are no longer required as of October 1, 2003.

Do I need any other tests?
Connecticut no longer requires syphilis and rubella screening as of October 1, 2003.

Where do I get a marriage license?
Effective October 1st, 2009, marriage licenses are obtainable from the town hall in which you are getting married in. 

Do both the bride and groom have to apply for the marriage license together?
Both the prospective bride and groom must apply for the license in person, but not necessarily together. If the application is signed by the parties on different dates, then the earlier date is considered the official application date. 

What is the fee for a marriage license?
The fee is $30.00.

Is there a waiting period to apply for a marriage license?
No.  You can get your license the same day that you apply for it.

How long is a marriage license valid for?
A marriage license valid for 65 days and is required of any couple getting married in Connecticut.

When do I need to give my officiant the wedding license?
It is up to the person performing the ceremony, but I require it in it's original envelope ahead of time at the rehearsal.

(Please make sure to place a stamp on the envelope.  If your license comes in a large manila envelope, please use 2 stamps.)

What happens to the marriage license after the wedding?
The officiant is responsible  for signing the license  and returning it in a pre-stamped envelope (by the bride/groom) to the town clerk where the marriage took place. 

Where can I get a copy of my marriage license?
You can get a copy of your license from the town clerk in the city you were married in.   

What happens if my divorce from my previous marriage isn't final before the ceremony, will you still perform the ceremony?
Absolutely not! 

Do we need witnesses?
No, the state of Connecticut does not require witnesses.

Will you perform joined ceremonies with another officiant?
That depends on the circumstances, but I am certainly open to the possibility.