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How do we Elope at a Denver Courthouse?
April 19, 2023
How do we elope at a Denver County Courthouse? Glad you asked! You found your better half, your soul mate, your sun and stars and now you want to tie the knot. Awesome. If you’re looking to elope in a Denver Courthouse you’ll want to read this…because between you and me, the Denver Courthouse websites aren’t very user-friendly (shocker) and it can be a headache to navigate through. Here’s all you have to do:
Get a marriage license! You can do this online if you’re from out of town/state (or if you’re local but don’t want to deal with the in-person hassle), or you can go in person. If you go in person you’ll have to schedule your appointment at least seven days in advance.
After you have your license, you can take at this handy list of magistrates who are available to officiate your wedding at any Denver County Courthouse. You’ll be able to see the date + time availability of the magistrates and go from there. If you have questions about the process, definitely reach out to your chosen magistrate(s), because there really isn’t any info on the courthouse websites.
Lastly, you’ll want to finalize the time, courthouse, and specific spot within the courthouse for your ceremony with the magistrate. Make sure to ask if you can bring your own flowers or any other decorations because sometimes this isn’t allowed. You’ll want to also make sure if you’re ceremony is inside a courtroom that your photographer will be allowed. If you’re wanting to have your ceremony outside but still on the courthouse grounds, make sure to check that this is allowed. Finalize the time, location, and courthouse with the magistrate. Finally, make sure you know how your magistrate needs to be paid and when…and feel free to offer them a tip!
Did you know in Colorado you can have a self-solemnized ceremony? Check this out if you’re interested in a magistrate-free wedding ceremony. Another fun fact, you don’t need a witness to get married in Colorado! If you do elope and it’s just the three of us, I’m happy to sign your marriage license as your witness if you’d like!
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