St. Louis County Courts
Civil Marriage Ceremonies
During the pandemic, couples that wish to have a judge perform a civil marriage ceremony may do so by video-conference. Wedding ceremonies are only performed on Wednesdays.
Couples need to obtain a valid marriage license. Marriage licenses are issued by the St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds by appointment only. To schedule an appointment online, go to St. Louis County's Marriage License website. For more information call 314-615-7102 or 314-615-7103. The license is good for 30 days.
TO SCHEDULE A MARRIAGE CEREMONY:
- Find the Acuity calendar below and select the Wednesday on which you wish to get married. If that date is not available, look for the next available Wednesday.
- Download and complete the WEDDING PREFERENCES document, which will let the judge know the correct titles and pronouns to use during the ceremony.
- On the Monday or Tuesday before your scheduled wedding, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., you must bring the envelope that the Recorder of Deeds gave you to the courthouse located at 105 South Central Ave. in Clayton, Missouri and drop it in the Wedding Dropbox. The envelope must contain:
- The two licenses (the actual license and the “souvenir” license),
- The completed WEDDING PREFERENCES document, and
- A self-addressed envelope.
IF YOU WISH TO GET MARRIED
- On Wednesday, you and your guests must be on the video call by no later than 12:45 p.m. The judge will join you at 1:00 p.m. sharp and will quickly go through the list and see if everyone that signed up for the ceremony is present on the call. (Please note that in order to make sure that everyone who wants to get married by video-conference can do so, we must limit the number of outside lines for guests calling in to the video-conference to three per couple.)
- Please see "Marriage Ceremony by Video Instructions" for more information below.
Marriage Ceremony by Video Instructions
All video weddings are currently done through Zoom. You and your guests will need to download the free Zoom app which can be done by visiting Zoom and downloading the application, or you can visit the app store for your cell phone. You will need a device with a camera, microphone and speaker. It is suggested that you test whatever equipment you have prior to the call with the judge. In addition, the couple getting married must be in the same room; otherwise, the judge cannot proceed with the ceremony.
Zoom will ask for a first and last name. If you plan to have guests, please tell your guests to enter the last name of the couple getting married in the first name, and 'Guest' in the last name. This will let the Court know to include them by video when it is your turn to get married.
Please plan to join the video conference call no later than 12:45 p.m.