Asheville Wedding License, Planners & Services

Wedding License, Resources, Planners

If you are getting married in Asheville or the surrounding mountains of North Carolina, here are some resources to help! Find local wedding planners, officiants, elopement options, photographers and fun things for your guests to do. And familiarize yourself with the local marriage license procedures and laws. For the best places to get married, see our Top 30 Wedding Locations in Western North Carolina! And see best places to elope.

Asheville Wedding Vendors

Elope Asheville
Elope Asheville
This premiere intimate wedding solution offers a wide range of services to include a wedding cake, fresh seasonal flowers, and professional photographer. With weddings starting at $500, they offer many locations. Special requests are always welcome, and they work hard to provide the most romantic day without the stress or cost of a huge event.
Firefly Event Company
Firefly Event Company
All you need is love...let Firefly take care of the rest! This boutique event planning company specializes in weddings and custom events. From concept to execution, they offer multiple event packages to fit all your planning needs. Asheville truly is a magical place to tie the knot, and Firefly loves getting to share in the experience!
Rev. Victoria Hutchins, Non-Denominational Minister
Rev. Victoria Hutchins, Non-Denominational Minister
Have a personal and unique wedding ceremony that reflect your ideas, beliefs and lifestyle. Ceremonies range from religious to non-religious, traditional to contemporary, simple to complex. Short and sweet ceremonies are perfect for elopements and couples who prefer a small private wedding.
Meghan Rolfe Wedding Photography
Meghan Rolfe Photography
For lovers of nature, Meghan Rolfe specializes in beautiful and natural imagery of couples in love. Whether you come to Asheville to have your wedding or elopement, engagement or anniversary photos, or maybe you are even planning to propose, Meghan is passionate about capturing love in the nature that surrounds our beloved city.  
Asheville Marriages
Asheville Marriages, Wedding Officiating
This team of open-minded wedding officiants specializes in secular and interfaith ceremonies. They offer a high-quality, highly personalized, professional service for couples who expect only the best on their wedding day! 
Wedding Officiant Asheville
Jeanne Sommer, Officiant and Engagement Counseling
Known for her genuine warmth, sense of humor, and familiarity with a wide range of religious and secular beliefs and practices, Jeanne Sommer (M.Div., Ph.D.) creates one-of-a-kind ceremonies. Guests receive a window into the lives and love of the couple, and they leave the event feeling appreciated and involved.
LaZoom Bus Tours Asheville
LaZoom Tours, Asheville
Take your wedding party on a zany tour of Asheville on a purple bus. Enjoy a 90-minute comedy tour exploring Asheville with a charactered tour guide and surprise performers. Haunted evening tours and extra festive beer and band tours too!
Shoji Retreats Spa
Shoji Spa & Lodge
Take a break from wedding planning and bring some friends or enjoy some quality time with your new spouse at the only Japanese-style bath house and spa on the east coast. Soak in your own private outdoor hot tub and enjoy a variety of massage and spa services. It's an idyllic spot for getting away from it all with some well-deserved, therapeutic pampering. Located just 6 miles from downtown Asheville.
Mtn Magnolia Elopement Package
Elopement Package, Mountain Magnolia Inn
Make your wedding getaway personal, simple, elegant and beautiful. Elope in Hot Springs with a room for two nights, ceremony planning, officiant, bridal bouquet, photographer, champagne, small wedding cake, five-course dinner and breakfasts.
Rate: From $1395
Traditional Artist Directory
Traditional Artist Directory
Use this guide to find the finest traditional craft artisans, musicians, dancers, and storytellers in the North Carolina mountains. The directory contains listings for more than 400 artists and groups, many available for hire for entertainment at your wedding or reception.

Getting a Marriage License in Asheville

Marriage Licenses are issued during business hours (8 AM-5 PM) at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office at 205 College Street, Asheville. Please plan to arrive by 4:30 PM if possible. For more info, call 828-250-4301.

  • To obtain a license, both parties must be present with valid photo identification AND Social Security Cards. (See "laws" below for alternative forms of ID.)
  • The license is valid for 60 days from the date of issue and can be used for marriage anywhere within the state of North Carolina.
  • The fee for the Marriage License is $60 and can be paid with cash/check/Visa/MasterCard.
  • For your convenience, you may complete the Online Marriage License Application from home prior to your visit. The Application can also be completed upon arrival at the Register of Deeds office.
  • Once the ceremony is performed, the completed license must be returned to the Register of Deeds Office within 10 days. A certificate of marriage can then be issued.
  • See North Carolina Marriage Laws below for more.

Getting Married in the Asheville Courthouse
Once you obtain a marriage license (see below), marriages can be performed by a civil magistrate on the 2nd floor of the Buncombe County Courthouse (60 Court Plaza, Asheville). The magistrate is generally available to perform marriages on weekdays at 8:30 AM and 4 PM. However, this is not always the case, so it is advisable to call the magistrate’s office before arriving to ensure that he will be available. The fee is $20, payable in cash only. For more information, please call the magistrate’s office at 828-259-3407. You will need two witnesses.

If you would like to get married after business hours or on the weekend, you may be able to do so by a criminal magistrate at the Buncombe County Jail. Please contact the criminal magistrate’s office at 828-250-4690 for more information.

North Carolina Marriage Laws

  1. There is no waiting period to be married in North Carolina. Once the license is issued by the Register of Deeds Office it is good for only 60 days.
  2. Persons need not be residents of this state to marry in this state.
  3. The person performing the marriage ceremony must return both completed license to the Register of Deeds Office in the county where the license was originally issued or be subject to a $200.00 fine. The 2 (two) witnesses must include their addresses on both the original and copy of the license. A license issued in one County may be used in any county in North Carolina.
  4. The Marriage License fee set by N. C. Law, is currently $60.
  5. A Physician’s Health Certificate of Blood Test is not required.
  6. The Register of Deeds shall require proof of age from all persons making application for a marriage license. A person between 18 and 21 years of age is required to present a certified birth certificate. Persons 21 or older may present any one of the following forms of ID: Drivers license, military ID, passport, state ID or a certified birth certificate.
  7. The Register may accept a Social Security Number from a social security card or one of the following with the number on it:
    • A W-2 Form
    • A paycheck stub
    • Military discharge
    • Medicaid/Medicare Card
    • Voter’s Registration Card containing their Social Security Number.
    • Health Insurance Card containing their Social Security Number
  8. An Internal Revenue Service (W-7 Form) or an affidavit of ineligibility is acceptable for anyone . who has never had a Social Security Number and are not entitled to one. (Such affidavits are good for 60 days only.
  9. Persons 16 or 17 years of age must submit a certified copy of their birth certificate and at least one parent, or legal guardian with full or joint custody, who have proper identification, and who will give their written consent (on the marriage applications) and meet the above requirements.
  10. All other persons under the age of 16 years must call the Register of Deeds Office for information regarding a marriage license. Persons under the age 14 may not marry regardless of circumstances.
  11. A North Carolina Marriage may be performed or solemnized by the following only:
    • An Ordained Minister
    • A Minister Authorized by his church
    • A District Court Magistrate
    • By the Society of Friends, according to customs of the Society
    • By a local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha is in accordance to the usage of their religious community.
    • By any person authorized by any religious denomination or of any recognized Indian Nation or Tribe.
  12. A Marriage must be witnessed by 2 (two) people who are present at the marriage. The Witnesses must place their names and addresses on the original and the copy of this license in legible handwriting and in ink.
  13. Once the marriage has been performed and both copies of the License returned to the Register of Deeds Office, a Certificate of Marriage may be obtained upon request. Each certified certificate is currently $10.
  14. Same sex marriages were legalized in North Carolina on October 10, 2014.
  15. Common Law & Bigamous Marriages are void in North Carolina.
  16. Marriages of person’s nearer kin than first cousins are unlawful in North Carolina.


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