Ceremonies

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 + a $20 recording fee 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.

Gift Certificates

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, 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 (PDF). Payment must be a Money Order or Certified Check payable to: No personal checks will be accepted
Clerk of the Peace
800 N. French St.
Second Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801

No personal checks will be accepted

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.