I just performed my first wedding when the bride was underage. Her dad called an hour ago. They had just left the courthouse and decided to head up to Fishers for my $50 Quickie. WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY???? Inquiring minds want to know...
Indiana, you must be 18 years old to get married. I have married some couples on an 18th birthday. Today, was my first 17 year old bride. If you are 17, you are allowed to marry if you have permission from both of your parents. If you are 16, you must obtain a court order and also have consent of both of your parents. Here is the link to the online information:
It may be impolite, but they were down to earth people, so I asked. Why? The bride said when she gets married she would be legally considered an adult and that was her goal. She had a well paying job lined up and is finishing her High School Diploma online. Her husband graduated from high school with honors when he was 15 and had two college degrees. Obviously, they understand the necessities of life. Do you need to stay in school until your 18 and graduate with your class? No, you do not. Life just keeps on going. She wasn't pregnant. There were no religious or cultural reasons, she just wanted to get married.
One of the things I love most about my job as a wedding officiant is the variety of people I meet, the stories I hear and the things I learn. At first glance, some things look crazy. Then you ask a few questions and listen to the answers and it all makes sense. I offer a professional service as a wedding officiant. It's not my place to judge you by anybody's standards. You are free to do what you like.
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