Connecticut Marriage Ceremony Requirements

Wedding season is upon us and so I think I’ll take a break from writing about divorce and do an entry about marriage.

After all, without marriage there would be no divorce.

What are the requirements for a valid marriage ceremony in Connecticut?

  1. The physical presence of the parties before an official licensed to perform a marriage ceremony in Connecticut; and
  2. A third party official must witness or officiate at a ceremony wherein the parties each presently consent to marriage. Hames v. Hames, 163 Conn. 588 (1972).

That’s all that is required by law.

You’ll notice there is no requirement to “kiss the bride.”

Have a great weekend.