Personally, we’re big believers that Colorado is one of the best places to have an adventure elopement, and one of the key reasons (aside from the epic mountain views and crazy landscapes) is the fact that you can get married without any witnesses or an officiant present (also known as a self solemnization elopement).
Colorado is one of a select few states that allows couples to self solemnize, making it especially appealing for couples looking to have the most intimate adventure wedding possible. Especially with the rise in couples looking to have smaller, more exclusive weddings, the concept of self solemnization is definitely one to consider. But how does self solemnization work? And what do you need to know to make it happen?
The quick answer? Yes, with self solemnization you still get the same marriage license. When you pick up your marriage license, it will be exactly the same document, whether you have an officiant and witnesses or not. The only thing that varies is the way you fill out the license on your self solemnized elopement day. You and your significant other will simply sign as your own witnesses. Cool right?!
Yes, just because the majority of states in the U.S. don’t allow for self solemnization doesn’t mean your marriage is any less legitimate and legal. Whether you are in Colorado or traveling to another destination in the United States, you are still considered to be married, even if your elopement was a Colorado self solemnization.
Just because you’ve chosen to self solemnize doesn’t mean your elopement ceremony needs to be completely different than it would otherwise be. You can still say your vows to each other. You can still have a first kiss. All of the things that would otherwise happen at a non self solemnized adventure elopement can happen here.
The only difference is you don’t need an officiant or witnesses. It really is that simple. The nice thing about this type of elopement ceremony? You can get creative with the way things go. You can each take turns telling little parts of the story of your love and how you two met, similarly to what an officiant would do. Or you can come up with your own unique type of unity ceremony. There are so many options when you’re no longer expected to incorporate typical, traditional wedding standards to your self solemnization elopement ceremony.
No problem at all. Self solemnization simply means that you two are your own witnesses. You just fill out your marriage license differently than you normally would. Self solemnization in Colorado is a nice elopement option for couples who don’t want to have a single person in attendance. But there are plenty of couples who know they want to have a small number of guests present at their self-solemnized elopement ceremony, but they just love the idea of being able to marry themselves
P.S. For many self solemnizing couples in Colorado, it’s still super important to them to have an elopement photographer there to capture their elopement. Even though they’re marrying themselves; they still want the day documented well. As Colorado adventure elopement photographers, we specialize in helping our couples plan their mountain adventure weddings. We love helping our couples sort through the little details of their elopements, like determining whether a self solemnized ceremony is right for them. So if that sounds like your vibe, we’d love to be a part of your adventure elopement day.
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The Colorado Rockies are our home. We know these mountains like the back of our hand, and we love helping our couples plan their Colorado adventure elopements. Our land is your land, peeps. so let’s get you mountain married!
We specialize in photographing small adventure weddings in the great outdoors. We believe small weddings empower couples to be themselves on their wedding day, which is what makes us so honored to be a part of them. There’s nothing better.
We like to say we’re adventurers first, photographers second. Which frankly, is what we think makes us good at what we do. We live and breathe the outdoors lifestyle, and we make sure our adventure wedding photos show off your adventurous side too.
Not everyone loves tradition, but that doesn’t make your adventure wedding or elopement any less important.
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