Can you get married at the courthouse in Indianapolis?
No, you cannot get married at the courthouse in Indianapolis.
If you live in Marion County and want to have a simple ceremony or courthouse wedding you will need to find a Wedding Officiant to marry you. No worries! I’m a Wedding Officiant and I can help you!
But, my friend just got married in the courthouse and they live in Indiana. Why can't we?
If you live in Boone County, you can make an appointment to get married at the courthouse in Boone County. If you live in Boone County you need to apply for your marriage license with the Boone County Clerk in Lebanon. They will actually marry you for free!!! But the request a charitable donation in return. All appointments need to be made at least two days in advance. Here is a link to the Boone County Clerk’s Office: http://boonecounty.in.gov/Offices/Clerk/Marriage-Licenses
You can make an appointment to get married by the magistrate in Hamilton County. You don’t have to live in Hamilton County to get married there. You will just have to work around their schedule when making an appointment. He is a link to the Hamilton County Clerk’s Office: https://www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/468/Marriage-Licenses
There are 92 Counties in Indiana and you have to pick up your marriage license in the county you live in. Your county might actually perform marriages. They all can perform marriages, they just choose not to. I do know that Marion, Johnson, Hendricks, Hancock and Johnson County do NOT.
Where can you get married if you can’t get married at the courthouse in Indianapolis?
There are plenty of wedding officiants in the area who are more than happy to marry you. My most popular option is my $50 Quickie Wedding.
What is a $50 Quickie Wedding?
My $50 Quickie Wedding is a service I started back in 2013 when they stopped marrying couples in the courthouse. It’s a simple service that just gets the job done. Courthouse weddings basically involve going before a judge and saying “I do” and completing the marriage license. That’s what I do. I meet couples at Starbucks in Fishers. We sit down, sign the marriage licence, I ask you, “Do you take his person to be your spouse?” You say, “I do.” and you’re done! Plain and simple.
You marry couples in Starbucks. Is that allowed?
I know, it sounds funny, doesn’t it? I’ve married hundreds of couples in Starbucks. We just sit at a table. There is no formal ceremony. It’s really just paperwork. I meet with couples at Starbucks in Fishers all the time. We meet for consultations for formal weddings too. There a lot of people who have meetings at Starbucks. You aren’t required to buy coffee if you don’t want to.
It’s a neutral, public place.
We don’t live in Fishers or Hamilton County. Can we still get married there?
Yes! Couples travel in from all over the state for the $50 Quickie! I’m available every day - early mornings, later in the evening and weekends.
Do we need to get our marriage license in Hamilton County in order to get married there?
No. If you live in Indiana you need to get your marriage license in the county you live in. Then you can get married anywhere in the state. If you don’t live in Indiana you need to pick up your marriage license in the county you are being married in.
Do you supply witnesses or do we have to bring them?
No witnesses are required to get married in Indiana.
But I have a paper where there is a place for witnesses to sign.
The County Clerk’s office will issue you a marriage license. It will have a stamp on it making it official. The license has a number and is dated when it’s issued with an expiration date 60 days later. There is a place for the Officiant to fill out their personal contact information along with the date and location of the marriage. The Officiant will sign the license and then watch you sign it. There is no place for witness so sign that piece of paper. Just the two people being married. That’s the legal document that needs to be returned to the Clerk’s office. The clerk will also issue you a decorative marriage license. It’s yours to keep as a memory. It doesn’t have to be completed if you don’t want. There is a place for witnesses to sign that certificate. Many decorative copies only have places for witnesses to sign and not the couple being married.
Didn’t you use to marry couples at your house? Why did you stop?
I married over a thousand couples in my home in Fishers over the course of 4 years. It was a great little wedding! My children are older now and my family really just wanted to have the house back. We had people coming in and out of the house all the time. It got to be a lot.
I used to have large groups of family and friends at my house for weddings. It turns out that’s not legal.
What do you mean, it’s not legal to have a large group of family and friends at your house for a wedding? There are other wedding officiants in Indianapolis that perform weddings in their home.
Indianapolis City Code and Fisher City Code state that you can only have 4 people in your home for business at one time. I did not know that when I first started performing weddings in my home. Me and several other wedding officiants received a visit from code enforcement.
I had many large groups in my home over those first few years. Families and groups came back more than once for such a cheap wedding. It was really difficult to make people understand that they could no longer bring everyone one with them. Many of them would still bring 10 people with them even if I asked them not to. Instead of risking getting in trouble, I decided to just stop.
You have an option where you can come to my house and marry us there. Is that legal?
Yes, you are allowed to have parties in your home! The City Code involves people running a business out of their home.
How much is it for you to come a marry me in my home?
The fee is $150.
What’s included in the fee?
Do you get the marriage license for us too? Or do we have to do that?
The two of you have to pick up your marriage license together.
What are our other options? I don’t want to have a wedding but I also don’t want to meet at Starbucks.
I am happy to travel to your home or office and sign the marriage license with you. I can meet you anywhere you like.
How much does it cost for you to come to my office?
Why will you marry me for $50 in Starbucks but charge me $150 to marry me in my home or office if you are doing the same thing, no ceremony or anything?
You are paying for my time and travel. I’ll travel up to an hour one way and travel back to the Marion or Hamilton County Clerk to return your license. If you live in Avon, Plainfield, Greenwood or Greenfield that’s a really good deal. The $50 Quickie in Starbucks is so cheap because it’s only 2 miles from my home. You travel to me and you return your license to the Clerk’s office.
Why Can’t you get married at the courthouse in Indianapolis?
Nobody has ever given a definitive answer. Believe me, I’ve asked because everyone wants to know. Most likely, it was decided that the judges needed to spend more time on their other duties.
When did they stop performing marriages in the courthouse in Indianapolis?
2013. A lot of people remember getting married in the basement in the City-County Building or they know someone who did. If you don’t know a lot of people getting married you wouldn’t have any reason to know that. More people attend weddings in places other than the courthouse so the subject doesn’t really come up very often. It’s not like you go to a wedding and ask about the marriage license. There are some people who don’t even know they need a marriage license. No worries! I’ve married thousands of couples. I know the ins and outs. I can answer your questions!
Can you marry me in the City-County Building? Just to save me time?
No, no one is allowed to perform weddings inside the Marion County Clerk’s office of the City County Building. It’s against their policy. We’d be escorted out of the building. A judge can marry you within the building.
Where can I find a Judge to marry me in the City-County Building?
That is not something they do anymore unless you know someone personally. Judges are not allowed to perform marriages during their regular business hours.
What other options do you have for just a simple Courthouse type wedding?
I’m happy to marry you anywhere. I can meet you near the courthouse, in a park, a restaurant, small venue of your choosing. I’m happy to meet you anywhere you choose. Elopements with photographers are popular, Brown County Elopements. If you are traveling to Indy from out of town I can meet you at your hotel or any place you choose.
Do you have an office or a place you can marry us?
No. I am a mobile Wedding Officiant. I travel to you anywhere you would like to get married.
How can I make an appointment with you?
You can make an appointment directly online here. Or you can call me at (317)403-7379.
Can I pay cash?
Payments are due when you book online. If you want a same day wedding for $50 in my office on Monument Circle or in Fishers you can pay cash.