New Mexico Marriage Laws for Getting a New Mexico Marriage License

The New Mexico County Clerk in Santa Fe is just a walk from the Plaza.

Marriage at any age is a gift, and our wonderful county clerk’s office cheered for Ed and Carol!

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

 

Outdoor Wedding Venues in New Mexico

 Santa Fe Weddings Can be a Fun Adventure!

Under the old Cottonwood tree at our downtown Santa Fe Federal Park is a lovely spot for your intimate wedding.

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.

Santa Fe’s Rose Park is so beautiful when blooming! The bride can even walk up the aisle!

Hotel Santa Fe Has an Open Covered Area for Your Wedding and Reception.

Your guests are in the shade, in the “cool”, enjoying  your wedding ceremony on the beautiful lawn.
Setting up for the reception. After the ceremony the chairs are removed for “Dancing”!
Hotel Santa Fe now offers this lovely venue where your wedding can have the luxury of the inside and outside. There is a fireplace and the iconic teepee on the other side of the lawn. This is a wonderful location for a medium size wedding. Their guest rooms are pleasant with Native American accents. This intimate hotel offers all you need for a lovely Santa Fe wedding and is close to the downtown plaza.

The New Elegant Chapel at the Eldorado Hotel Is Special For Your Santa Fe Wedding

Contemporary Old World Elegance that you can personalize with your choice of floral colors and lighting.

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.

 

Eloping to Santa Fe or Your Vow Renewal – “Just the Two of You”

So many choices for a fun intimate wedding in Santa Fe, when it is just the two of you!

Dress up, dress down, wear a wedding gown, wear jeans and cowboy boots, go shopping here and pick out your wedding outfits; whatever your heart desires.  You can even buy your wedding rings under the portal on the square where our Native American jewelers sell their fine pieces, or from many other unique jewelers we are graced to have here in Santa Fe. Your elopement or vow renewal in Santa Fe is the chance for you to just “be yourselves”.

All of our resort hotels offer small outside and inside locations for a small wedding. Some hotels have smaller rooms like a library.  Many times the B&B or the house or casita you are renting has a lovely garden.  Some of our galleries also offer their gardens for an elopement. And we have a lovely Botanical Garden.

With a fun drive up toward or to our ski basin, one can find their special spot. One of my favorites was a couple who wanted to get married at our Dog Park, where their dog would not need to be leashed.  Our Dog Park is quite large and has a spot with a great view of the city.  We have a Rose Park, a Federal Park, The Cross of the Martyrs Park, all lovely locations.  And of course for these locations there is no rental fee.

You will need two witnesses to sign the marriage license.  If you bring two of your special friends, it can add to your wedding celebration, and one can be your photographer, if you do not want a professional.  And if you do not have two witnesses, I can bring two for you with an extra fee for their time. At our resort hotels, hotel, and most B&B’s, two employees are always willing to sign as witnesses.

Something to consider, if you will be in Santa Fe for a few days or a week, is the timing of your wedding or vow renewal.  Some couples like to get married on their first or second day and have the rest of their stay be their honeymoon.  Others prefer to spend their first days getting ready for their wedding and shopping, being tourists, and have their wedding the day before they leave. Either choice has a different “flow” for your stay.

With so many choices, you may want to view the locations and referral pdf,  on this site, and or call me and we can talk more about what would be fun and meaningful for you.

It has been my experience over these 27 years of serving couples’ weddings and vow renewals, as their officiant here in Santa Fe, that their wedding ceremony, with 200 guests or no guests, is still created and graced with the same joy, reverence, fun and meaning. Always special! Always memorable!

 

If at the last minute you realize Harry or Sally really wanted to be a part of your wedding…

“Harmony is the signature of oneness” – D H

Well it can happen! You are at the rehearsal dinner with your bridesmaids, groomsmen, family and close friends, and now you realize that one or two of your dear friends or family members are really “hurt” they were not included as a part of your wedding ceremony. You had no idea they felt this way until now.  Here is a consideration.  In New Mexico and many other states, two witnesses are required to sign the marriage license. Generally, but not always, the witnesses are your maid of honor and best man, however, you might “save” requesting the witnesses until the day of your ceremony, or even after your ceremony, and ask the one or two of your friends or family, who you now realize feel a bit “left out”, to sign your marriage license.  Now they feel included and you feel you were able to honor them in a special way.