What are the requirements for a valid marriage ceremony in Connecticut?

  1. The physical presence of the parties before an official licensed to perform a marriage ceremony in Connecticut; and
  2. A third party official must witness or officiate at a ceremony wherein the parties each presently consent to marriage. Hames v. Hames, 163 Conn. 588 (1972).

That’s all that is required by law. No need to kiss the bride.


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