Room 501 at La Fonda, I have sweetly named “La Ministerial Suite 501”, as it has become one of my favorite venues for a “just the two of you” or “just a few of you” wedding or vow-renewal. Beside this lovely living room, there is a wrap around balcony overlooking Santa Fe. The bedroom is quaint and, as you are probably wondering, the bathroom has been remodeled with all updated amenities; yet still in sync with the authenticity of the old Santa Fe. On the same floor as this room is the well know “Bell Tower”, a wonderful place to sit at sunset in the summer and have a cocktail with your “betrothed”!
The Inn of the Anasazi is one of Santa Fe’s most intimate downtown hotels with the ultimate in serving their guests with the best. And this courteous and helpfulness is extended for your intimate wedding by offering their living room which is totally private. Most weddings I officiate here are just the couple or with their witnesses. However, I would say the room can hold about 10-12 guests if standing. I have officiated a wedding in this room where the hotel set up a beautiful private dining area in the adjacent library for the guests. You can also have a private dinner for the two of you in the living room after your ceremony. The restaurant at the Anasazi will not disappoint.
The Four Seasons Encantado in Santa Fe offers not only beautiful southwest designed accommodations, but one of the most lovely experiences of being in our precious “high desert!” They offer multiple locations for an intimate “just the two of you” wedding.
This winter I officiated a wedding inside their lovely teepee. The wind was rather cold so we opted to “climb in”. The cozy atmosphere, with the wind blowing outside, added a womb like loving quality to the words and feelings of the “I dos!”
With the sun mostly always shining here in Santa Fe, a wedding just out front of the teepee is special too any time of the year. When you stay at the Four Seasons, you can choose from various locations for your intimate wedding. Most are shown on my blog, or call me and I am happy to describe the beauty of each.
Along with creating and officiating a beautiful meaningful wedding ceremony for couples, I have now begun to use my 28years of wedding experience to assist couples in their wedding planning. Serving in “making it all a simple process” for couples to find their perfect location and vendors. What I like to do is “hear” from you what you envision; “listening” to you describe your perfect day. I will then, with conversation and agreement, check on the availability of locations and vendors for your wedding date, set up appointments for you to visit, and go with you if you would like. I am then happy to answer any questions and offer any information from my experience to help you make your decisions.
In this way, you can save time in searching for not only your perfect location, but your florist, photographer, cake, hair and makeup and other essentials. My fees are by the hour, so you can use my experience in Santa Fe wedding planning as little or as much as meets your comfortability with planning yourself.
If you want more services than I can offer, I will certainly refer you to other wedding planners here in Santa Fe that can meet your further needs. I am happy to assist in this way, whether I am your minister/wedding officiant, or if you have another.
For some couples, just a little help leading in the right direction is enough, and I am happy to serve you in this capacity, as well as create and officiate your perfectly envisioned wedding here in our Land of Enchantment and City Different!
Many are surprised by our luscious colorful Fall here in Santa Fe. Our Aspens, Cottonwoods, Elms, and even a few Maples, grace our town with hues of yellows, golds and reds. And most days are still warm; sometimes even into November, with our New Mexico sun heating our 7000ft. town. Outside venues for an intimate or large wedding are generous here, with options to move inside, if your day becomes a forecast of winter to come.
The Inn and Spa at Loretto has beautiful rooms with balconies where you may stay and have your “Just the two of you wedding”. This particular room has the well known historic Loretto Chapel in the background and overlooks Old Santa Fe Trail. You may have a florist deliver some arrangements to make your wedding space special with your champagne toast and wedding cake waiting in your room after your special wedding dinner out in our lovely city. All this without needing to even get into your car!
You may be surprised how many couples want to get married outside in the winter in Santa Fe. For this beautiful couple we incorporated the Navajo Blanket Ceremony right at sunset. They chose this location at Fort Marcy Park (see blog on Fort Marcy Park) to celebrate with about 8 of their family and friends. Everyone walked from La Fonda where they were staying and took the many steps up to this location in the park called The Cross of the Martyrs. One can also drive up to the top. Normally there would probably be snow, but not this year! At least not yet!
One of our historic locations is Fort Marcy Park, part of which is on a hill overlooking downtown Santa Fe. In this park is a location called Cross of the Martyrs which is a newer version of the original location in an older area. One can walk up to it from a stairway on Paseo de Peralta, or drive to the top, park and walk the paved path with markers telling the story of Fort Marcy.
The park is large and there are other more natural places for your wedding. There is no fee for a small intimate wedding. For a larger wedding one would need to contact the city.
A natural High Desert location above our beautiful city is Fort Marcy Park. Many locals use this park to run, walk their dogs or just view our spectacular sunsets. It can be a sweet place to find some “quiet” after a busy day being a tourist downtown.
Although there are many wonderful Albuquerque Wedding Officiants and beautiful places to get married in Albuquerque, many couples enjoy a totally different wedding ceremony experience just one hour’s drive north.
It is so romantic to spend the night in one of Santa Fe’s beautiful hotels, hotel spas or quaint inns and get married on their property, your balcony or patio. Or you can “Airbnb it” and I will help you find a beautiful fun location where I can officiate your wedding. And you may just make it a day trip with your wedding ceremony followed by a lovely lunch or dinner at one of our many special restaurants. We have lovely parks and a few galleries that welcome the couple and their witnesses for an intimate ceremony. View my blog Outdoor Wedding Venues in New Mexico to see photos of two of our lovely parks. And yes, possibly, get married on our plaza!
The New Mexico County Clerk in Santa Fe is just a walk from the Plaza.
Getting a marriage license in Santa Fe New Mexico is easy, and our County Clerk’s staff will welcome all couples with smiles and quick easy service. So many couples have expressed to me how friendly and helpful the people at the County Clerk’s office are; always expressing their congratulatory enthusiasm! If you are staying at any of our downtown hotels, the office is an easy walk from the plaza. There is some pay parking out front and a pay parking lot across the street as well as street parking. It is wise to call ahead if you only have a Friday to get your license and it is a holiday weekend, as they might be closed. You can get your New Mexico marriage license and get married on the same day.
If your home is another country, it is wise to check if or how a US marriage license is or can be legal in your home country. Most Texas marriage licenses are legal to be used in New Mexico. However, it is wise to check with your Texas county to be sure.
So here are the logistics:
- phone: 505-986-6280
- address: 102 Grant Ave.
- time open: 8am to 5pm, Monday-Friday
- photo ID required – US driver’s license or Passport if not US citizen
- know your Social Security number
- $25.00 Cash
- must be 18 years of age – If younger call for information on parental permission.
- You may get your marriage license in any county in New Mexico and get married in any other county. You must return your New Mexico marriage license to the county from where it was issued.
- Albuquerque County Clerk’s Office – 505-768-4314
There is additional information on my website under the link Marriage License New Mexico