(Closed) Destination wedding in colorado?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
1186 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

The fun thing about the Colorado marriage license is that you don’t need an officiant nor do you need witnesses. Therefore, you can do anything you want for your elopement.  I suggest Estes Park.  January or March will be equally snowy, though it’s always sunny!

Post # 6
1186 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Colorado allows the following types of solemnization of marriage: religious, civil or self. What is a self marriage? A self marriage is a ceremony in which the couple declares themselves married by signing the license and the marriage is as legally binding as if a religious or civil officiant performed the ceremony.

In my experience, yes it is valid.

Go for it in January! If you want Colorado mountains in the winter and you have no winter/mountain driving experience, just hire a shuttle service. They have drivers who go from the airport to most of the tourist destinations.

Post # 7
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I live in CO and I would say January over march any day.  The weather is usually milder.  March is the snowiest month of the year and when we typically get a big blizzard.

In addition to Estes Park check out manitou springs- it’s a great little town.

Post # 9
2778 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Yes it is recognized in Texas, it has to be recognized everywhere.  We did it that way here in Denver when we filed the paperwork, rather than dealing with paperwork for our ceremony which will be 2000 miles away.  So much easier.  It cost us 35 dollars plus the cost for certified copies.  The clerk stapled a copy of the law to the unofficial print out she gave us of the certificate on the spot. You don’t have to be a resident of Colorado to get married here. We walked in filled out the application with her and then signed the certificate (which said officiate Bride and Groom) and handed it to her.  They are valid for 30 days so you can take it and bring it back.

We also had a hard time finding the law on the internet too so we were glad the person at the clerks office attached a copy.  We had no idea how rare it was until we did it, and I heard that you could self officiate on the radio one day, that a lady and her guy wanted to get married so they drove up to Estes Park to marry themselves by the mountains, signed the paperwork and they were married.  My guy didnt even know til I told him.  When we applied for a loan and sent the certificate the only reason that they questioned it is because not only can you self marry but you don’t need a witness and we didn’t have one.  But we sent them a copy of the law and they were fine with it.  The only other state you can self marry in is PA but you need two witnesses.

Just make sure that if one of you is divorced that you know all the info for your divorce date, My guy didnt have the copy of this decree but he knew the info off the top of his head (but if the divorce was finanlized within some certain time period close to the new mariage then you have to have the decree), also they say on the website bring your social security cards but we didnt have ours and we were fine.  We just had copies of our Colorado Driver’s licences.  I dont know if they were more lax because we are residents or because at the end you have to take an oath that says all the facts are true.

I also vote January, March can be cuckoo in terms of weather.  Good luck, and have fun.  Colorado is a beautiful place to have a ceremony.

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