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!
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:
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
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
One of the newer and larger indoor wedding venues, here in Santa Fe NM, is the wedding chapel at the Eldorado Hotel, in downtown Santa Fe, on our historic San Francisco Street. With white marble floors, white seating and straight architectural lines, creating a contemporary feel, is this golden wooden carved altar bringing in a historical old antiquity feel. The recessed lighting can change in color to add any “hue” one desires. “Starkness” blended with “Ornateness” was my first impression and a good one! I have officiated weddings here at Christmas, with red poinsettias gracing the altar, and weddings, like the photo, where the white ambiance is accented with white lilies and a hint of lavender hue.
Next to the chapel is an elegant large dressing room with full length mirrors and makeup counters. You will really feel like a queen and king on your special day!
David Stone, one of Santa Fe’s “best” with wedding co-ordinating, is the sales and catering manager who will make sure your day is perfect! Having worked with him as the wedding officiant/minister for many years, I can promise you this.
I have also noticed, when officiating weddings in this lovely chapel, that the acoustics for myself, as the minister, and the music are very good. The lifted altar makes for perfect visibility of your “beautiful happy selves” and your wedding party for all your guests – no matter if seated far or near.
A beautiful contemporary ballroom is close by for your reception with cocktail hour in the adjacent newly decorated lobby.