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Let's Get Married at the Courthouse!

On a few occasions we have come across people saying that wedding planning is just

Elope In Tennessee

too much of a hassle, or that it is our of their budget and they just want to get married at the courthouse. Sadly, for Tennessee (and Kentucky) this is a thing of the past.


There are only four Tennessee counties that have officials at the clerks office (courthouse) that will perform the ceremony and that is by appointment only - Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Shelby.

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When applying for your Tennessee marriage license please be sure to contact the county that you plan on getting your marriage license from. Each county is different and each county charges a different fee. It is best to find out ahead of time what you will both need to bring with you (drivers license, social security card, birth certificate, etc.)

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The good news is that you do not have to get the marriage license in the county you live in or even the county you are getting married in. Your Tennessee marriage license is valid throughout the state. Therefore, if you get your license in Shelby County at the Memphis County Clerks Office you can still get married in Davidson County for your fun filled Nashville wedding!

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Just remember that your Tennessee marriage license is only valid for 30 days after being issued. Once signed by your officiant you, or your officiant depending on the services offered, have 3 business days to return it to the clerks office either by mail or in person. Once it is signed anyone can return it on your behalf. If it is mailed then the official copy you will need for name changes will likely be returned to you within a 30-day period. However, if you have someone returning the marriage license in person, they have the option to tell the clerk that they will wait for the official copy to be given to them. This process usually takes somewhere between 5-10 minutes depending on how busy the County Clerks Office is that day.

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Don't forget, you both have to be present to obtain your marriage license. (There is a rare exception to this rule, but you have to contact the clerks office for further information). No one but you and your soon-to-be spouse can obtain the marriage license.

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Now if you are one of those couples mourning the loss of the "courthouse wedding," we have a simple solution for you. Elope In Tennessee offers several elopement and micro-wedding options for couples either on a budget or for those who simply do not want to wait!