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Getting Married In Iowa?
Information you might want to know if you are getting married in Iowa.

Iowa State Flower

Do you want to use the state flower in your wedding bouquet?
The state flower of Iowa is the beautiful Wild Rose.  (Pictured above)

Getting Your Marriage License

If you are getting married in the sate of Iowa, you must first apply for a wedding license at any County Registrar or Recorder’s office in Iowa.

Marriage license fee: $35

  • Minimum age to get a marriage license in Alabama: Age 16
  • The Probate judge is responsible for issuing marriage licenses in the state of Alabama.
  • You can obtain a marriage license from any county in the State of Alabama regardless of where you live, or where you are getting married.
  • There is a 3 day waiting period.
  • The wedding license does not expire.
  • There is NO blood test required.
  • Residency is NOT required.
  • A witness over the age of 18 is required in the State of Iowa.
  • Both parties need to be present to apply in person.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid form of I.D.
  • Both parties need to provide a valid Social Security card.

You can check most recent updated laws here.

Plan Your Wedding According To Your Favorite Season

Summer weather has a daytime high of 90F from June through August.  Which means hot and humid weather.    If you are planning on an outdoor wedding during summer you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of cold drinks for your guests.

Winter months provide cold, snow and wind.   If you do plan a partial outdoor activity for your winter wedding, you could include ice skating for your guests.

The leaves start to change color and it is a beautiful time of the year.   You’ll have a mixture of temperature, with sometimes very warm and other times, very cool weather.

Springtime is generally the nicest season of the year.  With a mix of temperatures, from cool to warm, sunny days.  Spring is also the beginning of tornado season so be sure to keep up to date on your local news for weather.

Popular Iowa Wedding Traditions

  • Most engaged couples in Iowa choose to get married in a church.
  • Indoor wedding venues are just as popular as outdoor venues.
  • Most engaged couples choose to have a casual, semi-formal wedding.
  • Tradition in Iowa is that the bride’s family pays for the wedding.
  • Des Moines and Cedar Rapids are the two most popular cities to get married.
  • Rustic weddings are still a tradition in Iowa.   Barns and haybales as well as historic buildings are some favorites.