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

Mississippi State Flower

Do you want to use the state flower in your wedding bouquet?
The state flower of Mississippi is the beautiful Southern Magnolia.  (Pictured above)

Getting Your Marriage License

If you are getting married in the sate of Mississippi, you must first apply for a wedding license in person at your local Circuit Clerk’s office.

Marriage license fee: Varies by county.

  • Minimum age to get a marriage license in Mississippi: Age 21
  • Be sure to contact your local county Circuit Clerk’s office well in advance of the wedding to find out on what days and during what hours the clerk will be in the office.
  • There is NO waiting period.
  • The wedding license has no expiration date.
  • There is NO blood test required.
  • Residency is NOT required.
  • Witnesses are not required in the State of Mississippi.
  • 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 number/card.

You can check most recent updated laws here.

Plan Your Wedding According To Your Favorite Season

The climate in the summer is hot, with average temperatures in the 80’s and peaks in the 90’s in July.   Summer is the perfect time to enjoy Alabama’s sugar white beaches, which come alive in the warm-weather months.

The average daytime temperature is in the mid 50’s, with lows in the 30’s.  It’s rare in Alabama to get severely cold or even snow.  During the winter, Alabama’s Gulf Coast offers a getaway for anyone wanting to escape the frigid weather.

Daytime temperatures are in the 70’s, with lows in the 50’s.  You usually need only a sweater or light jacket through November.  Rainfall is lowest in October.  Alabama is beautiful throughout the year, but especially in the Fall.  As the greens of summer surrender to glittering yellow poplars, scarlet dogwoods, orange maples and golden hickories, Alabama unfolds its patchwork quilt of color.  Colors will be at their best from late October to early November.   Fall weddings are beautiful in Alabama.

The majority of Alabama’s spring days are warm and sunny.   Rainfall across the state is highest in March, and temperatures average in the 60’s.

Popular Mississippi Wedding Traditions

  • Most engaged couples in Mississippi choose a rustic barn wedding or a romantic church wedding.
  • Indoor wedding venues are just as popular as outdoor venues.
  • Serving two cakes at the reception.  The bride’s cake is very beautiful and the groom’s cake is typically a smaller theme shaped cake.   The groom’s cake normally becomes the talk of the reception.
  • Tradition in Mississippi is that the bride’s family pays for the wedding.
  • Jackson, Gulfport and Biloxi are the three most popular cities to get married.
  • Mississippi Bride’s choose to have a traditional umbrella (parasol) when they say, “I Do”.