Getting Married in Virginia

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    Making it Legal

    Both you and your to-be must obtain a marriage license through any Virginia Circuit Court Clerk; the Virginia location of your nuptials is irrelevant to the licensing. You may also contact a Virginia Visitors Bureau to get more specific information on local sites, services and marriage commissioners.

    Age Requirement 18 with certified copy of birth certificate as proof. If under 18, notarized consent from parent or legal guardian.
    License Fee $30
    License is Valid for 60 days
    Identification Valid driver's license, military ID, state ID, passport
    Officiants Ordained minister who can show proof of ordination; marriage commissioners, justices of the peace and judges.

    Potential Picture-Perfect Settings

     Historic St. Lukes Church

    Please verify that your venue of choice does, in fact, offer wedding services.

    • View this list of Wedding venues
    • Virginia's wineries offer spectacular backdrops for your ceremony.
    • Gardens are particularly popular for outdoor weddings. From Italian arbors covered in wisteria to quaint gazebos set in a glen, Virginia has something to fit your particular style.
    • Virginia's plantations are spectacular homesteads dating from the Revolutionary and Civil War eras that offer expansive landscapes for fabulous weddings and receptions.
    • Many of Virginia's historic mansions offer ideal settings for weddings, and some may also provide on-site catering. Various rooms that can accommodate small, intimate weddings to gala social affairs may also be available. Some were once the homes of presidents and the nation's founders.
    • Couples who attended a Virginia college or university might want to get married at their alma mater.
    •  If you want a traditional religious setting go to the list of Virginia churches and Virginia synagogues. For other religions, please contact the Virginia Visitor's Bureau in your region of interest.



    Reflect Your Heritage

    Perhaps you want your wedding to reflect your Heritage. Virginia shares roots with many cultures and traditions - be it a 'Jump the Broom' African-American ceremony, Native-American fireside ritual or European ancestral marriage rite, you'll find somewhere in the Commonwealth to get it done.

    Some couples like ceremonies that recall a certain period of History, such as the Civil War or Colonial era. You might want to visit to get ideas.



    Perfect Outdoors

     Beach Wedding - Virginia Beach

    Outdoor weddings are perfect in Virginia - a state known for experiencing the best of all four season. Try one of Virginia's State Parks, voted "America's Best." Some of the parks have conference centers, too.

    Virginia is famous for its 5,000 miles of shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, and a beach wedding is unquestionably a memorable event.

    Some couples prefer honoring a shared adventure, such as SCUBA diving, hot air ballooning or roller coaster riding. These weddings are especially popular with couples renewing their vows and celebrating a particular anniversary.

    Other scenic places in Virginia include covered bridges, caverns and mountain settings.



    Other Venues to Consider

    Surely we have not exhausted all of the possibilities for wedding venues, so please be sure to check out this list of other options, as well as our Beautiful Virginia Wedding Spaces board on Pinterest! From theaters to hotels and conference centers, you're sure to discover that perfect location to fit your needs.



      Romance at Lansdowne Resort

    What kind of honeymoon do your hearts desire? Is it in a cozy mountain cabin, where no one will bother the two of you for days on end?

    Is it a private house on the beach, where the two of you can watch the sunset from your own private deck?

    Or is it a quaint B&B furnished with an elegant four-poster canopy bed? Maybe you'd like room service, breakfasts in bed and a dip in the pool before bedtime at a fancy hotel ...

    Many couples love having everything they could possibly desire under one roof. Fortunately, couples can find that at one of Virginia's beautiful resorts - golf, tennis, skiing, swimming, first-class bridal suites and elegant candlelight dinners can be yours.




    Virginia has an online shop for Virginia is for Lovers merchandise. From swag bags for your girls to koozies for your guys, you'll find the perfect Virginia is for Lovers thank you gift.


Elopement Packages

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Staunton - ELOPEMENT PACKAGE - Imagine eloping to a lovely English cottage complete with thatched roof and wonderful garden around ...

Red Oak - Just the Two of Us - Elopement Package - Wedding package - "Just the Two of US" Our One Night Elopement Package ...When the bride and groom ...

Orange - Luxury Elopement Wedding Package - The Holladay House is perfect for an intimate wedding of parties of 2 to 20 people. The innkeepers ...

Clarksville - Quaint Elopement to the Lake at Cooper's Landing - Let is help you create the perfect wedding at Cooper’s Landing . . . enjoy your special day ...

Orange - Traditional Elopement Wedding Package - The Holladay House is perfect for an intimate wedding of parties of 2 to 20 people. The innkeepers ...

Wintergreen - Elegant Elopement - For those who say "We want a beautiful wedding ceremony in a scenic mountain setting, an elegant ...

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Last Updated: 2/4/2015 3:02 PM
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