Hosting Your Same-Sex Wedding in Cleveland
Cleveland is a friendly, down-to-earth city that provides a welcome change of pace from big city living. But that doesn’t mean that it’s a cultural wasteland! Enjoy some avant-garde theater, celebrate the history of American rock music at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and get into the local LGBT scene. Your visiting friends and family can enjoy the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the International Women’s Air & Space Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center.
For the most beautiful wedding photos, check out the Cleveland Botanical Garden, or get nostalgic and take pictures in front of the house from A Christmas Story – but be careful and don’t shoot your eye out!
The History of Same-Sex Marriages in Cleveland
Although same-sex marriage was banned in Ohio in 2004 through a constitutional amendment, that all changed in June 2015, when a Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States. Now that marriage equality is the law of the land, Ohio recognizes all marriages, regardless of the sex or gender of the people in them.
Cleveland Pride happens in August every year. According to The Williams Institute, there are 19,684 same-sex couples in Ohio, which is 4.3 same-sex couples out of every 1,000 households.
Obtaining a Marriage License in Cleveland
You can pre-apply for your marriage license online. After that, both of you must appear at Cuyahoga County Probate Court to pick up your license. The marriage license costs $60 (with a $2.95 convenience fee for using a credit or debit card, so plan accordingly). Your marriage license is valid for 60 days.
Pridezillas wedding vendors all celebrate pride, love and equality. We only promote LGBT-friendly wedding vendors who support marriage equality. When you contact one of these businesses, you can be assured that they will be excited to help you orchestrate one of the most memorable days of your life.
Mention Pridezillas when contacting the vendors below for potential and occasional discounts or offers for your wedding.