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!
Your wedding is just that….yours! Let it reflect who you are as a couple, honoring your beliefs, vision of marriage and cultural traditions.
I, as the wedding officiant, can’t help but smile and feel deeply honored to be a part of a couple’s special day when they express how precious each is to the other, just the two of them, or in the presence of all their wonderful loving family and friends.
In creating with each couple their ceremony, I find it important to express how individual and unique their wedding ceremony can be while still holding to much of the traditional ceremony style, or doing one’s “own thing” completely.
One of the first inquiries I offer is to reflect upon all the weddings they have witnessed. What have they liked, not liked. What have they inwardly or outwardly expressed, “Never at my wedding!”, or “Oh, I would want that too!”
Santa Fe is called the “city different”; so feel free when you get married here to have the “wedding different” in any degree that suits you. A nice blend of traditional and “different” is how we add the “personal” aspects in. I always offer ideas of what I have seen that to me works so well and is received well by the guests. Then we expand on this to honor your heartfelt wishes.
Another inquiry that I offer the couple is to think about and consider what, if anything, they also want to celebrate as part of their ceremony that we can include. Is family very important to honor, their parents, their children? Perhaps honoring and celebrating the joining of two families? If either or both have younger children, do they want to express, either themselves or through me, the ideal of the newly formed family and their “intentions” as the other being a new parent, guide, or the truly caring adult friend?
Most times at a larger wedding many guests do not truly know one of the “about to be married” partners. I offer suggestions of how to add into the ceremony personal sentiments of who each is – some wonderful images to get to know each individually and as a couple.
And, when just the two of you, a loving gesture is to include ways to express “well wishes” from family and friends not there, and yet, now here in spirit!
Many of us have imaged so much being brought into the presence of one who we can truly love, cherish and honor, and they us, and with whom we are willing to do the sincere creating of a loving and harmonious life together. And many have imagined so much the celebration of what we call “marriage”, expressing our joy of having the “other” in our life, and expressing in heartfelt sincere words our commitment and what this means to us. So, in my way of thinking and my witnessing over so many years now, it is lovingly beautiful and well worth all the contemplation and creative effort to personalize your wedding ceremony to be perfect for you both in meaning and belief. And a pure joy it is to serve in this way!
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
Santa Fe Weddings Can be a Fun Adventure!
In Santa Fe we do have some lovely public parks that can be perfect for your intimate ceremony. All you need are two witnesses, and you may find them there. We just show up! We also have some galleries that will allow me to meet the couple for an intimate wedding. We still carefully create your personal ceremony, and I am happy to take photos for you with your camera or recommend a photographer who can also be a witness.