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

North Dakota State Flower

Do you want to use the state flower in your wedding bouquet?
The state flower of North Dakota is the beautiful Rosa Blanda.  (Pictured above)
Also known as Rosa Pratincula, commonly referred to as the Wild Prairie Rose.

North Dakota State Fruit

Do you want to use the state fruit in your wedding dessert?
State Fruit:  Chokeberry

Getting Your Marriage License

If you are getting married in the sate of North Dakota, you must first apply for a wedding license in your county.

Marriage license fee: $65. Some counties may require cash only.

  • Minimum age to get a marriage license in North Dakota: Age 18
  • There is NO waiting period.
  • The wedding license is valid for 60 days.
  • There is NO blood test required.
  • Residency is NOT required.
  • You must bring 2 witnesses to sign as witnesses on the marriage license at the wedding.
  • 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

Summers are hot, with more humidity in the eastern half than the west.  Average summer temperature is between 70F and mid 80F’s.   Thunderstorms are frequent during the summer, sometimes spawning tornadoes between June and August.  Summers are popular for outdoor weddings in North Dakota.

Winters are very cold and windy in North Dakota, with temperatures rarely breaking the freezing barrier between December and February.  Nighttime weather can reach -60F and receive 26-38 inches of snow fall.

The Fall months bring pleasant temperatures but be prepared for lots of wind as the state prepares for Winter.  The colors of the landscape change from green to yellow and the temperatures are a very pleasant 80F.

Springtime brings unpredictable weather and temperature on a daily basis.   Daytime highs are still chilly even through the month of May.   There will be occasional snow storms and even some tornadoes during the spring.   

Popular North Dakota Wedding Traditions

  • Most engaged couples in North Dakota choose to have an indoor wedding.
  • Over half of engaged couples choose a church to get married.
  • Most weddings in North Dakota are semi-formal or formal.
  • Tradition in North Dakota is that the bride’s family pays for the wedding.
  • Fargo and Grand Forks are the two most popular cities to get married.
  • After having the ceremony at the church, popular reception venues include banquet halls.