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.
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:
- 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
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.