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Zoom Weddings Are Now Legal!
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If you were forced to postpone your wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic, certain states are starting to make virtual wedding ceremonies legal—so you can still officially say "I do" on your original date.
New York, Colorado and Ohio are the first states to lead the charge in the changing landscape of weddings. Not only are some states recognizing virtual ceremonies, but they are also allowing residents to apply for marriage licenses online, something that typically must be done in-person.
New YorkNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order regarding virtual wedding ceremonies on April 18. He announced the news during his daily coronavirus press briefing and on Twitter with a tweet that read, "NEW: I am issuing an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference."
Not only does the executive order allow marriage clerks to officiate wedding ceremonies via video conference, but it also allows engaged couples to apply for their marriage license online.
Typical New York law requires couples to apply for a marriage license in-person at any town or city clerk—something that proved to be impossible during quarantine since marriage bureaus across the state are currently closed.
Of course, the order is just a temporary provision to New York law. However, it is the perfect solution for couples who are eager to officially tie the knot!
ColoradoOn March 26, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order allowing clerks to issue marriage licenses through an application by mail, instead of in-person. This allows engaged couples to follow the state's stay-at-home orders and apply for a marriage license simultaneously.
County clerks were quick to share the news with their residents via Twitter, with the Boulder County Clerk tweeting, "Hey @bouldercounty residents – Getting married soon? Don’t fret! Our offices may be closed to the public, but we can now complete a marriage license application over video chat & mail you your docs!"
Crystal Vandegrift is a wedding photographer covering Virginia, D.C. NC and Maryland.
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