Omaha, Nebraska Wedding Guide
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You will never hear Nebraskans characterize the Cornhusker State as trendy or glamorous, yet this corner of the Midwest evokes a certain feeling in locals and visitors alike that pulls at your heartstrings. Just ask Lady Gaga, who wrote “You and I” about a girl who can’t resist the sentimental pull back home to Nebraska.
The state’s seclusion, open skies and comradery are its real draw. Locals are as loyal as they come -- to their neighbors -- but most importantly to the state’s football team, the Huskers.
So, if you’re a Nebraska local, you’re marrying a Nebraskan, or you’re jetting in for an exotic prairie wedding, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to help you navigate the process of getting married in Omaha, starting with getting your wedding officiant of choice officially registered.
Let’s start with the ordainment process. In Omaha, an ordained religious clergy member, judge, retired judge, or clerk magistrate can perform wedding ceremonies.
If you do not fall into any of these categories, no worries. You can get ordained with AMM, which puts you in the priest or minister category. The process is free and takes just a few minutes.
When it comes time to perform your duties as the officiant, Douglas County may ask you to present documentation, which AMM provides. (You can call the county clerk’s office before you perform the ceremony to ask if they will require you to bring the certificate in person, or just go ahead and order them from our store to be safe.)
Now that the easy part is out of the way, let us help you prepare for the wedding ceremony itself. If you want to go above and beyond your duties as an officiant, check out our wedding training pages, which will help you prepare for your first ceremony and ensure that it goes smoothly.
Here you can find everything from sample wedding ceremony scripts, to brainstorming prompts, tips for preparation, and more.
When it comes time to sign the marriage license, it’s the couple’s responsibility to obtain and complete the marriage license, but just be sure to double-check that they have a valid marriage license before the ceremony.
In Nebraska, once you have performed the ceremony and notarized the marriage license, you have performed all of your functions as the wedding officiant. The couple will take care of the rest. Just make sure to remind them that their marriage license is due back to the office within 15 days of the ceremony.
To get your marriage license, both members of the couple will need to visit one of the state county clerk’s offices or courthouses together. Once obtained, the marriage license can then be used anywhere in the state.
The Douglas County Clerk’s office is located at 1819 Farnam St. H08, Omaha, NE 68183.
When you go, just remember to bring:
There is no waiting period in Omaha, so you can technically get married the same day that you apply for the marriage license.
Issuance Office: 1819 Farnam St. H08, Omaha, NE 68183.
Waiting Period: None
Expiration: 1 year
Return: by Couple
For The Couple
You’ll find that Omaha has a wedding venue for every taste and budget. There are quite a few country and golf clubs that are perfect for a classic reception, but if you’re interested in a more modern setting, there are also some other interesting options, like The Living Room or the Nebraska Brewing Company, both of which offer that industrial vibe. If you’re more interested in an outdoor celebration, the Lauritzen Gardens or the Bodega Victoriana Winery are both beautiful options during the summertime.
Note that if you’re planning on booking a venue near the Omaha city center to check the events scheduled on your wedding date. Annual favorites like the Summer Arts Festival and Oktoberfest in September attract hundreds of Nebraskans, so you might experience more foot traffic in the city areas during these days. Visit Omaha’s city website to search for your wedding date.
If you’re planning a Nebraska wedding in the winter, you’ll need to be prepared for snowy conditions. However, Omaha is well equipped for these circumstances. You’ll be able to rely on Lyft and Uber pretty much year-round, and public transportation within the city limits is decent. However, if you’re from out of town, the best bet is to rent a car, regardless of the season, especially if you’ll be spending time in multiple towns as they are quite spread out.
Omaha is known for its volatile weather. During the winter it snows a lot! So, if you are dreaming of a white wedding, you’ll be in good shape if you schedule a date between December and February. The most pleasant months, as far as temperature goes, are between May and September. July is the peak of the heat with daily highs hitting in the mid-80s and sometimes 90s. However, Omaha’s location in Tornado Valley means that the area is subject to tornadoes and thunderstorms in the spring and summertime. So, if you’re planning a wedding anytime after April or before September, make sure to come up with a backup plan in the case that your wedding day brings some inclement weather.
You can order a certified copy of your marriage certificate for $9 from the county clerk's office in which you obtained the license.
With your marriage certificate, you’ll need to notify the Social Security Administration, and the DMV.
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