Every now and then, you know someone that went on vacation and came back married. It happens. I imagine eloping in Paris or on an island somewhere. You can also Elope in Indy. Are you in Indy on vacation right now and want to get married? Planning a vacation in Indy and want to get married while you are here? I can help you with that! I'd love to help you with that!
The way the marriage laws work in Indiana, all you need to do is prove who you are. A driver's license or a passport will work. If you have been recently divorced, you will need a certified divorce decree. That's it. The fee for a marriage license when you don't live in Indiana is $60. (It's $18 of the one or both parties are an Indiana resident) Here is a link to how to get married in Indiana. If your documentation is not in english, you will need to obtain a certified translation. Passports are multilingual so that's your best bet. You don't need a translator to obtain a marriage license.
This getting married on vacation thing is more common than you might think! I married a Canadian couple a few years ago while they were here visiting family and they said it was a lot less expensive and a lot easier to to it in Indiana. They were glad they made the decision. They absolutely marveled at the simplicity.
Last year, I received an email from Australia. The couple was planning their summer vacation in the United States and wanted to get married while they were in Indy. They were planning on being here for the Indy Car Experience and figured it would be a good time during their trip to get married. We had a lovely ceremony under a shade tree by the DePew Fountain on the south side of the Indiana War Memorial.
I received another email from a woman in Germany. Her best friend lived in Indianapolis and she was spending her month's vacation here with her. She couldn't possibly get married without her best friend so she we made arrangements to marry her while she was here. Another woman from Scotland was planning on visiting her Sister on vacation and made arrangements to elope in Indy. I was married in Germany, I understand what it is to get married in a place other than home.
A marriage legally performed in Indiana is good in most places. You will want to check with your country to make sure but usually a simple Google search will give you the answer. The marriage is good anywhere in the US.
The German woman needed an Apostille for her marriage license for it to be recognized by the German government. It was easy to get. An Apostille is an international certification and the state of Indiana will issue an apostille for free. You will receive a certified marriage license after you file your completed marriage license with the county clerk. You then take that to the Apostille and Authentications clerk in the basement of the Federal Building on West Washington Street. It's literally a half a mile from the Marion County Clerk's Office. They will stamp it and give it back to you in real time. At least they did for me the day I went to get it. You can also go through the process by mail. Here is a link to information on how to obtain an Apostille in Indianapolis.
Eloping on vacation can go two ways. You might live in Indy are planning on eloping somewhere else. Destinations are more and more popular. As easy as it is to get legally married in Indy, it's not the same in other states and other countries. It's a really good idea to get legally married in Indiana and then have your ceremony at your destination. It's cheaper, easier and safer. A few years ago I got a text on a Sunday night. The groom wanted to know if I could meet them the next morning at the clerk's office to get married. They had their destination wedding in Mexico. They had done everything they needed to do to get legally married in Mexico and still came home not legally married. What a hassle. It's not something you want to worry about when you should relaxing and celebrating.
Some countries require you to be in the country for a certain number of days before being issue a marriage license. Some couples want to get married right away so they can relax and honeymoon for the rest of the trip. they get legally married at home first and avoid the hassle.