- 10 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
I was overjoyed to be told by an acquaintance that "anyone can marry you in the state of Colorado." When Mr. Kat and I started touring possible venues, this was confirmed by the owner/wedding coordinator of one of the places we visited. She raved about getting married in Colorado because 1.) the marriage license is so cheap and 2.) you are allowed to have a friend, a family member, whomever as your officiant. The officiant does not have to go through any special preparations. You can even do it yourself (although we would rather have an officiant leading the ceremony).
This excited us and we mused about which person we might ask. This idea is much more appealing to us rather than hiring a stranger to marry us. It popped back into my mind today and I started looking around online to make sure that this is something we can do.
Unfortunately, Colorado.gov and Douglas County’s website contradict what we were told. "Couples themselves may solemnize their own marriage (Colorado Revised Statute 14-2-109). A marriage can also be solemnized by a judge, a retired judge, a magistrate, a public official authorized to perform marriages, or in accordance with any mode of solemnization recognized by any religious denomination or Indian nation or tribe. Not anyone can solemnize a marriage. Although the couple may solemnize their own marriage, that does not mean a friend or relative can also solemnize their marriage."
What’s the deal here, hive? I thought that the owner and coordinator of a wedding venue would obviously know about this, which is why I was so surprised when I came across this information online. I attended a friend’s wedding in Denver last fall and two friends of the couple were officiating the ceremony. I didn’t know them, so it’s possible that they fit into the above criteria. Mr. Kat and I did come up with someone in mind to ask, but thankfully we were smart enough to hold off on asking until we were positive about the law.