Tips for a Wedding in The Poconos Mountains

Obtaining a marriage license in Pennsylvania and having your wedding in the Pocnoos is a little different than flying to Vegas, signing a few papers and bingo you're joined in matrimony. A Poconos Wedding requires a bit of planning, for this reason we want to make easy for you.

Choose a wedding date

Be sure to have 2 or 3 dates to start, you want to be sure nothing big is happening in the Poconos that can make life difficult for you! Here's the Events Calendar for your reference!

Make your wedding resort Reservations

Believe it or not, this is the toughest part of the wedding planning process. How many rooms will I need, how much money can we / our guests afford to spend, can we get a suite etc? Our Poconos group will assist you through the entire process, we'll even give several different options for your guests based on price, don't worry be happy!

Find an ordained minister or priest to perform the ceremony.

During the busy summer seasonal months, couples have had a difficult time finding someone to perform the ceremony for them. Those who can perform a marriage ceremony include a member of the clergy or ordained minister, a mayor or municipal court judge.

Apply for a Marriage License

If the bride and groom live in PA, you can apply for the license in the Pennsylvania municipality or town where either the bride or groom reside. It is valid for a marriage ceremony anywhere within the state of Pennsylvania for 30 days. ( Out of State Requirements - If both the bride and groom are from out-of-state, apply for the license in any county seat of Pennsylvania.

Make sure you have all of the necessary documentation in place when you request your PA wedding license. Here is your checklist, the bride and groom must have:

  • Photo ID - Drivers License, Passport Military ID etc
  • Proof of Age - Birth certificates or 2 other forms of ID with your date of birth on them. ie: Military ID, State or Federal ID etc
  • Social Security Cards (unless from a foreign country)
  • Divorce papers are required if either party was married before. A death certificate is required if either party is widowed.
  • Health requirements Blood tests and physical exams are not required in the state of PA.

Marriage license timeline, when should you apply?

Apply for your marriage license, in-person, within 30 days of your wedding date. After applying for your license, there is a 3 day waiting period (72 hrs) before you can be married. (ie. If you want to get married in Poconos next weekend and both parties are from out-of-state, apply for the license the weekend before). The bride and groom must both be present to apply for a license along with a witness who is 18 or older. The License is only valid for 30 days.

After the 72 hour waiting period you must pick up your license in person Be aware that ceremony officials are not allowed to pick up the license for you in PA.

Underage Marriage requirements

Anyone who wishes to marry who is under age 18 needs parental consent and signed papers from both parents. Call the local Town Clerk or Registrar from the city you wish to be married for the papers required to be signed and for more information.

Marriage License Fees

The fee to apply for a marriage license vary per county.($28 - $45 in cash)

Once the ceremony is complete, file the wedding license

The minister or person who performed your ceremony, should file the marriage license with the registrar in the municipality where the ceremony was performed within 5 days of the wedding. Be sure to request confirmation that your license has been filed.

** We hope the information we provided you will help to shed some light on your Poconos Wedding planning experience, from marriage licenses and civil unions to hotels and casinos we shared the complete step by step process! Thanks and God Bless!

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