Ceremonies are performed at the Marriage Bureau by appointment. The ceremonies are scheduled / reserved at the time the marriage is issued.
Civil Marriage Ceremony
The fee for civil marriage ceremonies performed at the Marriage Bureau is $50 if at least one applicant is a Delaware resident or $100 if neither applicant is a Delaware resident. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover card.
The parties being married must provide at least two witnesses, at least 18 years of age, at the time of their ceremony.
The parties being married and their two witnesses must show a valid photo I.D. when checking in at the time of their ceremony. Acceptable forms of I.D. include a valid state I.D. or driver's license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, passport, military I.D. (active military duty), or government consulate I.D. The I.D. must contain the date of birth.
Celebrate Your Anniversary
In addition to performing marriage ceremonies, the clerk of the peace also pays special tribute to couples celebrating their anniversaries by reaffirming and renewing their vows. Unique heirloom certificates are available for commemorating the occasion.
Have your ceremony recorded on DVD for a lifetime of memories. The fee for this is $30.
Live Streaming of Ceremony
Have your ceremony broadcast in real time on the internet for family and friends in different states or countries to view. This must be scheduled in advance, and has a fee of $50.
Gift certificates can now be purchased online or at the New Castle County Marriage Bureau for marriage licenses and name change kits. Gift certificates are available for ceremony photos, ceremony DVDs, live streaming of ceremony, heirloom certificates, and ceremonies.
Purchase By Mail
If you would like to purchase a marriage license as a gift through the mail, please fill out the Gift Certificate Form, include a personal check (third party checks not accepted) or money order payable to clerk of the peace, and send it to: Clerk of the Peace 800 N. French St. Second Floor Wilmington, DE 19801
Couples getting married in New Castle County are encouraged to make certain that the person performing their wedding ceremony is authorized to do so. Please visit our listing of "Suspended Officiators" on this page.