Aside from the endless places to explore and stunning backdrops, there is another major perk when planning your elopement or adventure wedding in Colorado- self-solemnization.
Self-solemnization means that a couple can legally marry themselves without an officiant or a witness being present to sign their marriage certificate, which in Colorado is legal!
Another fun + interesting fact about Colorado is that for all those fur baby parents- you can have your pet sign your marriage certificate if you want! Just grab an ink pad with you to bring to your elopement or intimate wedding day and slap their paw print where the witness would normally sign- how cool is that?! If you’re like us and treat your pups like literal children, this is a cute way to include them even more in the memories of your elopement day.
So you’ve planned your big day, but now we need the official docs. Good news: It is easy to get your marriage license in Colorado. Here is a step-by-step guide:
Here is an example of how to fill out your marriage license for reference.
Yes! Here is a list of self-uniting marriage states but be warned, they’re a little bit more complicated than Colorado. Included in the list of self-solemnizing states in the U.S. are California, Washington DC, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
That is why I think Colorado is the best place to elope because there aren’t many hoops to jump through. It’s pretty easy!
If you have decided to self-solemnize that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a close friend or family member there to walk through vows etc for your ceremony – and they don’t have to get ordained.
You can absolutely stand together, read traditional vows or put a fun twist on them. You can choose someone close to you to read a poem that may resemble you two as a couple. They can share a fun story etc. You can forgo the traditional vows and take a minute to write them on the spot, or exchange meaningful letters. It is all about what you two want. Let your imagination go wild! The best thing about eloping is that there are no rules!
If eloping or self-solemnizing in Colorado sounds like the perfect vision for your big day, head to my contact page, and let’s plan your dream elopement!