You must have a valid Oregon marriage license to be married in the state of Oregon, and you (as a couple) are responsible for acquiring the marriage license from a county in Oregon.
Oregon State allows you to purchase a license in any county to be married anywhere in the state of Oregon. Clatsop and Tillamook are the local counties on the North Oregon Coast.
Clatsop County Clerk's Office
820 Exchange Street, Suite 220
Astoria, OR 97103
** Due to Covid-19 you must make an appointment in advance**
Tillamook County Clerk's Office
201 Laurel Avenue
Tillamook, OR 97141
** Due to Covid-19 you must make an appointment in advance **
There is a 3-day waiting period in Oregon if you apply in person (this can be waived for a fee). The license is valid for 60 days. You must be 18 years of age or older to apply.
Yes! If you are from out-of-state, you may obtain a license via mail from Washington county and several other counties in Oregon..
Washington County Courthouse
If you are planning a beach ceremony, you will want to check the tide tables on your selected date. Many beautiful locations on the Oregon Coast are only accessible at low tide. You can check the tides by clicking here. This link takes you to Hug Point tide tables but you can change the location and date as needed.
If you are planning a large ceremony (typically more than 50 guests) and/or you are planning to have structures on the beach (chairs, an arbor, etc) you should always check with the State Parks Department to determine if a permit is needed. Call 541-563-8500. View more information regarding Special Use Permits here.
Yes! The rain is one of the reasons for the lush green beauty of our state. There is a popular saying out here, "if you don't like the weather on the Oregon Coast, wait five minutes." It's true! I always advise my couples not to worry too much about the weather. There is usually a break in the rain (and sometimes even a rainbow!). If not, we will bring umbrellas!
If you are really concerned about rain, have a plan B (secure a venue or a beach home that allows events), and choose a date in the summer months June-Sept. This doesn't completely avoid the rain but there is a better chance of dry weather during the summer months, especially July & August.
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Life-Cycle Celebrants® are highly-trained ceremony professionals who are richly schooled in the art of ceremony by the Celebrant Foundation & Institute. The Celebrant Institute's Gold standard, college-level coursework ensures that Celebrants enter the field as master co-creators and performers of ceremonies that reflect the needs and beliefs of the people they are honoring. Carolyn Greenwood is a trained and certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®.
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