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

South Dakota State Flower

Do you want to use the state flower in your wedding bouquet?
The state flower of South Dakota is the beautiful Pasque flower.  (Pictured above)
The blooming period of pasque flower is during early to mid-spring and lasts for 2 weeks.

Getting Your Marriage License

If you are getting married in the sate of South Dakota, you must first apply for a wedding license from a Registrar of Deeds office in any South Dakota county.

Marriage license fee: $40

  • Minimum age to get a marriage license in South Dakota: Age 16 with parental consent.
  • There is NO waiting period.
  • The wedding license is valid for 20 days.
  • There is NO blood test required.
  • Residency is NOT required.
  • 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 pleasantly warm, with daytime highs in the mid 80F’s between June and August.   Dramatic thunderstorms are a common feature of the summer.

From December to February, expect daytime highs of under 30F and nightly lows well below freezing.  Expect plenty of snow and ice during the winter months.

September and October are both really nice months of the year with plenty of color and nice temperatures in the 70F’s.   The perfect weather makes a great choice for Fall weddings.

Late spring the fields begin to burst into life and the sense of winter is over which makes everyone feel relieved.  You’ll find great hotel rates during the springtime for out of town guests.

Popular South Dakota Wedding Traditions

  • Most engaged couples in South Dakota choose to get married in an indoor venue.
  • A high percentage of engaged couples choose semi-formal or formal weddings.
  • Country clubs for your wedding festivities are a tradition in South Dakota.
  • Tradition in South Dakota is that the bride’s family pays for the wedding.
  • Sioux Falls and Rapid City are the two most popular cities to get married.
  • South Dakota is known for the miles and miles of open prairies, which makes for a postcard perfect wedding photos.