Whether you choose a priest, a judge, or your best friend who swears he was ordained over the internet; the person who performs your wedding ceremony is no small decision. In some situations you must meet with your officiant for months leading up to the big day. In other cases, you will meet them minutes before the ceremony. Whichever path you love birds choose, make sure it's legal!
The following types of people can legally perform a marriage ceremony in Colorado:
- A Judge
- Court magistrate
- The parties to the marriage. Parties to the marriage are the bride and groom. If the bride and groom choose to perform their own ceremony, they must fill out the lower portion of the license completely and sign as both bride and groom and as parties to the marriage.
- Other public official authorized to perform marriages or in accordance with any mode or solemnization recognized by a religious denomination or Indian tribe or nation.
Colorado is uniquely the only state that allows couples to solemnize their own marriage.
Most counties don't require the officiant to provide their ordination information, however it's always safe to check with the local office at the time you apply for your certificate. Whomever you decide to help make your ceremony special, make sure they will be legally recognized by the state of Colorado. If you don't know the officiant, don't be afraid to ask for their credentials or certificates beforehand. If it's someone who is performing their first ceremony for you, help them by contacting the marriage license office in the county you plan to marry and ask what information, if any, your officiant must provide.
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