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I live in Oklahoma but my fiancé and I are considering marrying in Colorado. I contacted the county clerk office and she told me about a law in Colorado where you can perform your own marriage with no officiant and no witnesses. This is the most romantic thing we have found and want to do.

Does anyone know the specifics of a K1 visa holder marrying in a self solemnization marriage? Also, does anyone know if this is recognized in other states as we will live in Oklahoma. The law states in Colorado it is a valid marriage if you self solemnize the marriage.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!

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My fiancé will be doing the same thing! And we also think it's super romantic. No need to hire some stranger to solemnize anything. We get to do it ourselves.

The marriage is just as legit as any other marriage performed by a Justice of the Peace or ordained minister and is recognized across the board as a legal marriage.

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I live in Oklahoma but my fiancé and I are considering marrying in Colorado. I contacted the county clerk office and she told me about a law in Colorado where you can perform your own marriage with no officiant and no witnesses. This is the most romantic thing we have found and want to do.

Does anyone know the specifics of a K1 visa holder marrying in a self solemnization marriage? Also, does anyone know if this is recognized in other states as we will live in Oklahoma. The law states in Colorado it is a valid marriage if you self solemnize the marriage.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!

I think that is a beautiful idea but when I did a search, I came up with this link and didn't see anything that supported it. I would love more information if you have it.

http://www.usmarriagelaws.com/search/united_states/officiants_requirements/

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So here's the link to my county's marriage license requirements. If you scroll down a bit, it'll show what is needed and the guidelines for solemnizing your own marriage.

Hope it helps clear up any confusion.

http://car.elpasoco.com/Recording/Pages/MarriageLicenses.aspx

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I think that is a beautiful idea but when I did a search, I came up with this link and didn't see anything that supported it. I would love more information if you have it.

http://www.usmarriagelaws.com/search/united_states/officiants_requirements/

If you actually click on Colorado on that page, it gets mentioned.

Anyway, that page is poorly maintained and out of date anyway, better to use an actual official county or state website.

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It is perfectly legal and legit. When you apply for the marriage license, you choose Religious ceremony, judicial ceremony, or self-solemnization. I forget the exact wording, but I hope you get the picture. Then you can take your marriage license to the top of a mountain, declare yourselves married, and return it to the courthouse to get the marriage registered. At the same time, you can get multiple certified copies of your marriage license to send one in for AOS.

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It is perfectly legal and legit. When you apply for the marriage license, you choose Religious ceremony, judicial ceremony, or self-solemnization. I forget the exact wording, but I hope you get the picture. Then you can take your marriage license to the top of a mountain, declare yourselves married, and return it to the courthouse to get the marriage registered. At the same time, you can get multiple certified copies of your marriage license to send one in for AOS.

"Then you can take your marriage license to the top of a mountain, declare yourselves married," LOL....so funny!! Loved it!! I will have to look more closely into this. I should have reviewed the website I posted a little more closely. I normally do...my apologies.

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