Getting Married In Orlando
Orlando is amazing destination to get married. Year round good weather and some of the most stunning venues anywhere in the world make Orlando a great choice for destination weddings.
Yes, our theme parks are the major draw for fun and thrills, they are also a very popular choice for couples wishing to get married in a magical setting.
As well as the theme parks and their resort hotels, Orlando has an endless selection of hotels and venues that are perfect for hosting your nuptials, reception and honeymoon.
Before getting married in Florida, be sure to visit any office of the Clerk of the Courts with valid identification to purchase a marriage license.
But first, read on below for a selection of locations that will be just perfect for your wedding.
Orlando Theme Park Weddings
Walt Disney World Resort
At the most magical place on earth you can get married in front of Cinderella Castle, at an international Epcot destination, or beneath starry skies lit by a spontaneous fireworks display,
A wedding at Walt Disney World Resort can be anything a couple's heart desires, no limits!
Ceremonies and celebration experiences are available at any of Disney’s resorts and on property locations, including the picture perfect Disney’s Wedding Pavilion and Wedding Gazebo, Sunset Point at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Sea Breeze Point at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, or Sunrise Terrace at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Universal Orlando Resort
Three Loews Resorts at Universal Orlando offer unique options for happy couples...
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando recreates an Italian Riviera village. Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando specializes in weddings fit for rock ‘n’ roll royalty. Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando offers the perfect location for a tropical wedding.
Fans of sea life can tie the knot at three fantastic locations within SeaWorld’s main theme park, Turtle Trek, Wild Arctic and Sharks Underwater Grill.
Alternately, for a creative way to celebrate a special occasion, you can get a little help from a bottlenose dolphin at SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove.
Hotel & Resort Weddings
The Orlando area is home to numerous resorts featuring stunning architecture, impeccable service and knowledgeable staff who can help you plan every aspect of your wedding and reception.
One of the most unique is downtown Orlando's Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando. Celebrated as an experience in art and music, it offers a variety of weddings that complement the venue’s artistic aesthetic.
Naturally, Orlando’s International Drive area has several compelling options, including The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. Here, you can choose from a citrus garden, the outdoor Tuscany Terrace, the Da Vinci lawn and other luxurious indoor and outdoor spaces.
The Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive features a selection of outdoor and indoor settings, from tropical landscapes to elegant ballrooms.
If you prefer to hold your ceremony closer to Disney, consider the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. This property offers the stylish sophistication of celebrated amenities and impeccable, personalized service, with settings that range from an intimate, formal garden to a private island.
Nearby, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will make all of your wedding dreams come true. The only Five Diamond rated resort in Central Florida offers a collection of versatile settings to bring your vision to life, including spacious lawns surrounded by lush woodlands ideal for simple lakeside gatherings, and the elegant Grand Ballroom with soaring ceilings and chandeliers, the perfect backdrop to celebrate lavish receptions.
Romantic Outdoor Weddings
Orlando’s gorgeous nature can serve as the perfect backdrop for a storybook wedding.
Some of our most popular options in that regard can be found in the charming city of Winter Park, about 20 minutes north of downtown Orlando. For example, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is situated on a 3-acre pastoral oasis.
Winter Park’s Casa Feliz, a restored Spanish farmhouse with outdoor spaces is a beautiful venue for wedding receptions of up to 120 people, while Kraft Azalea Garden boasts has more than 5 acres of cultivated gardens on the shore of Lake Maitland.
Closer to downtown Orlando, Harry P. Leu Gardens offers more than 50 acres of grounds, resulting in intimate weddings in fields of flowers.
And the Historic Dubsdread Ballroom and Courtyard has been a favorite choice for brides since 1924, hosting stunning outdoor ceremonies on a brick courtyard surrounded by majestic oak trees.
Marriage License Requirements In Orlando
Before planning the ceremony and reception, you have to obtain a marriage license in Florida.
To get married in Florida, you and your partner need to be at least 18 years old and you will both have to go to the nearest Clerk of the Circuit Court office.
You can get married anywhere in the state, independent of which county the license
was issued in. You can find a list of offices here.
Whether you’re from Florida, out of state or abroad, you and your partner will need to bring with you a picture ID such as a driver’s license, state ID card or valid passport (and birth certificate if you live outside of the US), as well as provide your Social Security numbers (for US citizens only).
If you or your partner have been married before, you will need to provide either a Dissolution of Marriage proof or a death certificate of a deceased spouse.
A marriage license in Florida costs around $100 and you will need to wait for three to the five days to obtain the license. For those who have completed a licensed Florida pre-marital course, you’ll only have to pay around $65 and it will be given immediately.
A Florida pre marital course instructs spouses in communication skills, conflict management, parenting responsibilities and financial issues relating to marriage. This is usually administered by a licensed psychologist, marriage therapist, mental health counselor, social worker, religious figure or other court-appointed individuals, and it lasts four hours, you can do this face to face or take an online course.
Be aware that the marriage license is valid for 60 days after it’s been issued, and once the wedding ceremony is officiated, the notary needs to register the marriage certificate within 10 days by mail.
Once your marriage record is received, the Clerk’s Office will mail a certified copy to you.