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Last updated: 4 January 2020
The information on this page is current as of the above date, but these regulations will change. We urge you to check with your County Clerk's Office for the most up-to-date information.

Online Wedding Ceremonies

Online weddings are allowed in Utah, but regulations vary throughout the state and are tied to where the marriage license is filed. A marriage license issued in Utah County is available to everyone, not just Utah County residents - which means that the couple, minister, and witnesses can connect using an application like Zoom, Skype, or Facetime, and the entire ceremony can take place online.

Utah County allows marriages to take place at a designated "host location", meaning that the minister, bride, or groom must be physically present in the state of Utah. However the other two may connect online and appear virtually at that host location.

Contact your County Clerk's Office for the latest information.

COVID Restrictions for Couples & Ministers

From the ceremony to the paperwork, Covid-19 has had a dramatic impact on weddings - getting married is just different right now. Large gatherings are prohibited, for obvious public health reasons.

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Marriage Licenses & the County Clerk-Recorder's Office

At the moment, many County Clerk's Offices are operating with modified schedules. Please plan accordingly, as hours may have changed.

Couples must apply for a marriage license in-person, but couples can begin the application process online. Contact the local Superior Court more information, as scheduling an appointment may be necessary.

Couples can apply for a marriage license online or in-person in Utah. However, licensing requirements have not changed, and online applicants must show physical copies of ID over videoconference, for visual verification. Couples should contact a County Clerk's Office to schedule an appointment, whether they plan to apply online or in-person.

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Additional Information

For more information, contact your local County Clerk's Office or reach out directly to Utah County for information regarding online wedding ceremonies.

Utah County Guidelines:
http://www.utahcounty.gov/dept/clerkaud/Marriage.html




COVID-19, social distancing, travel bans, lockdowns… Many couples are being forced to downsize their wedding plans and for many guests, the only way to attend is with their computers and mobile phones.

If your guest list is shrinking to just the couple and officiant, or maybe just the couple, Utah marriage laws regulate who must be in attendance, and how the ceremony is conducted.


The State of Utah recognizes marriages performed via a Video Conference service like Zoom, where the officiant and couple are not in the same physical location, as long they are joined by two witnesses over the age of 18, who can also join virtually.. Utah Law only requires that the license be used in the state, meaning that as long as either the couple or the officiant is physically located in the state at the time of the ceremony, and are designated as the host of the ceremony, Utah County considers the marriage valid and legally binding. If one or both of the partners are located outside of the state or country, an officiant physically located in Utah can still perform the marriage. Here are links from Utah County's website that explain the new rules.

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Anyone getting married in the state can get their marriage license from any county, according to state law. Utah County, which includes Provo (located south of Salt Lake City) has had a completely paperless Marriage License system since January of 2020. A couple can apply, verify their ID, and be issued their marriage license by email. After the ceremony, their officiant is able to finalize their ceremony by signing the license digitally and filing it through an online portal. The couple is then emailed a digital Certified Copy of their license with a paper copy mailed out the next business day.

State residency is not required to apply for or file a marriage license in Utah County. This allows couples in other states to marry online, when their video conferencing ceremony is hosted by an officiant in Utah.

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Virtual Weddings vs. Livestream Ceremonies in Utah

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For the sake of clarity, we differentiate virtual wedding ceremonies (or Zoom/Skype ceremonies) from livestream ceremonies by who is in attendance. If the officiant is officiating the vows from another place via video, then we call that a virtual or Zoom ceremony, since the people involved in the ceremony are interacting over whatever video platform is chosen.

However, if the couple and the officiant are present, but guests are watching remotely, we call that a livestream wedding since the ceremony itself is happening in one physical place. In Utah, both livestreamed and virtual weddings are allowed, with marriage licenses filed digitally in Utah County. You can read more about what distinguishes each option here.

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How Can We Celebrate a Legally Valid Live Streamed Ceremony in Utah

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You can livestream any activity or event, and it doesn't matter where you are, what you're doing or how many people are physically present with you. Some of the most popular platforms include Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook Live, and Instagram Live

As long as you have a tripod and a phone with a good camera on it, your guests will be able to participate remotely. Many of these platforms even allow guests to comment, chat, and interact in other ways.

We realize that this is not always ideal, but ultimately, if couples choose to move forward with scaled down weddings and smaller guests lists, these communications platforms let friends and family around the world know that they are still being thought of.


COVID-19, social distancing, travel bans, lockdowns… Many couples are being forced to downsize their wedding plans and for many guests, the only way to attend is with their computers and mobile phones.

If your guest list is shrinking to just the couple and officiant, or maybe just the couple, Utah marriage laws regulate who must be in attendance, and how the ceremony is conducted. Here are some options to help adapt your wedding plans in Utah to celebrate a COVID safe wedding.

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Virtual Weddings vs. Livestream Ceremonies in Utah

Zoom Wedding

For the sake of clarity, we differentiate virtual wedding ceremonies (or Zoom/Skype ceremonies) from livestream ceremonies by who is in attendance. If the officiant is officiating the vows from another place via video, then we call that a virtual or Zoom ceremony, since the people involved in the ceremony are interacting over whatever video platform is chosen.

However, if the couple and the officiant are present, but guests are watching remotely, we call that a livestream wedding since the ceremony itself is happening in one physical place. You can read more about what distinguishes each option here.

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How can we celebrate a legally valid live streamed ceremony in Utah

Directing a Zoom Wedding

You can livestream any activity or event, and it doesn't matter where you are in Utah, what you're doing or how many people are physically present with you. Some of the most popular platforms include Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook Live, and Instagram Live

As long as you have a tripod and a phone with a good camera on it, your guests will be able to participate remotely. Many of these platforms even allow guests to comment, chat, and interact in other ways.


We realize that this is not always ideal, but ultimately, if couples choose to move forward with scaled down weddings and smaller guests lists, these communications platforms let friends and family around the world know that they are still being thought of.

For folks planning on livestreaming their nuptials, Here's How to Livestream Your Wedding.



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