Does Arkansas require a marriage ceremony or can you just go to the court clerk and get married?

My fiance and I are wanting to get married in Eureka Springs Arkansaa but we do not want a wedding. We just want to go to the court clerk and do it. Is that possible?

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  • Trish
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    Call them to ask so you can prepare.

  • 1 month ago

    There is a ceremony, no matter how simple. You still need a marriage license. The purpose of an officiant is to ask each person if he/she is marrying of his/ her own free will. (Stick around, someone will eventually post, "But we didn't have a ceremony! Our friend who's a notary just asked us at the kitchen table if we wanted to be married to one another!" That fulfills the requirement)

  • Edna
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No state "requires" a big marriage ceremony. You can get married in a  Courthouse by a Court Clerk or by a Judge or by a Justice of the Peace in any state. If either of them marries you, you've had a "wedding' and you're legally married.

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You can have a small civil wedding in judges chambers in every county in the country. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Go to the court house and get a license and ask them.  I don't know of any state that requires what you are calling a wedding ceremony.

  • 1 month ago

    The wedding is the ceremony whereby you get married - whether it's a quick 5 minutes in the courthouse without guests, or a huge ceremony in a cathedral of other venue with 500. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Even in a courthouse the couple must make legal vows. That's a wedding. You don't have to have a party. By the way, not every municipal courthouse offers wedding services, many just sell the license. In Eureka Springs many people pay the license fee, then walk out the door to Judge Roy Bean's Wedding Chapel to exchange vows.

  • drip
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Going to the court house and getting married IS a wedding ceremony. The ceremony is the officiant marrying you. You have your wedding ceremony in the court house , on a beach, up in the mountains or in a church.  

  • Jerry
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    "Ceremony" simply means the ceremonial taking of vows. You know, the "Do you, Lee McGee, vow to honor and cherish in sickness and in health, for better or for worse" promises. Yes, these vows are part of getting married (marrying, wedding) whether done elaborately in a grand setting or done simply in a simple setting. 

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