Tying the knot in Eureka Springs

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The holidays are a favorite time for couples to declare their love, from Christmas and New Year's Eve weddings to Valentine's Day ceremonies. Eureka Springs has all the ingredients for that perfect wedding or commitment ceremony; area wedding planners can help with the flowers, cake, music and the perfect location, whether you wish to tie the knot atop a hill overlooking the town, or in a richly decorated Victorian home. Many wedding facilities welcome walk-in business as well, for that spontaneous 'I Do.'

  To make your day as special and stress-free as possible, we've gathered all the need-to-know legalese, so getting the paperwork in order will be a breeze.

  Arkansas marriage licenses can be purchased at the County Clerk's office, located in the top floor of the courthouse at 44 South Main Street. Both applicants must be at least 18 years of age, know their Social Security numbers, and have their driver's license or other official form of photo identification. Many women revert back to their maiden name after a divorce, forgetting to change their driver's license; that little mistake can cause a major glitch in your wedding plans, so ladies, make sure your driver's license reflects your legal name.

  The cost of a marriage license is $58 cash, and limited free parking is available by the courthouse. Licenses are available Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The clerk's office is closed on Dec. 24, Christmas Eve; Dec. 25, Christmas Day; Jan. 1, New Year's Day; and Presidents' Day, Feb. 18. If you have questions, call toll-free at (888) 588-6384.

  An alternative to getting married is to register as domestic partners. Eureka Springs is the first city in Arkansas to offer domestic partner registry, and this option continues to grow in popularity; in addition to being registered, couples also receive a certificate noting the union. Both parties must be at least 18 years of age, and have photo identification on hand. The registry costs $35 cash, and can be obtained during the hours of 9:30 a.m. to noon, and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri., at the City Hall offices in the building's lower level. City offices also observe the same holiday closing schedule as the county clerk's office; for more info, call (479) 253-9703.

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