How to Get Married with Project Cupid

Love has moved digital during the times of coronavirus. Starting May 2020, the Office of the City Clerk in New York City allows couples to get their marriage licenses online. So if you and your spouse are planning to get married remotely, nothing can stand in the way of love with Project Cupid.

Who is Project Cupid for?

If you and your spouse are physically located in the State of New York, you can get your marriage license via Project Cupid. Even though the appointment is online, both you and your spouse need to be physically together in New York State for the appointment.

How does Project Cupid work?

Issuing marriage license and witnessing wedding ceremonies can now be done with video conferencing. All you need to do is apply online at Office of the City Clerk website, log in or create account with NYC.ID, provide documents, schedule a virtual appointment, and upload your marriage license. For detailed process of Project Cupid, make sure to visit the official website.

What do you need?

  • A device for videoconferencing
  • Make sure that both you and your spouse are physically located in the State of New York. If you and your spouse are planning to have a virtual ceremony, both of you need to be physically together.
  • $35 for marriage license
  • Both you and your spouse’s personal information such as address, birth information, Social Security number, and marital history
  • You and your spouse must have proper identification
  • After your wedding ceremony, remember to upload the signed marriage licenses

What about marriage officiants?

With Project Cupid, virtual wedding ceremonies means you will need to find private marriage officiants to solemnize your wedding. If you are unsure whether the individual is authorized by State law, make sure to check the website. Once you find an officiant, check the non-city clerk marriage officiant virtual ceremony guide on how to conduct virtual marriage ceremony.

Can I still have our photos taken?

Yes! Moving your marriage virtual does not mean you cannot document this special moment of your life. Getting married online should not make this day any less meaningful. That’s why at Sasha Chou Photography, our professional photographers are ready to help make this day memorable!


Frequently Asked Questions about Project Cupid


How long does it take to get approved for a marriage license through Project Cupid?

Once you’ve submitted all the necessary documents and completed the online application, the approval time can vary. However, most couples receive their license within a few days to a week.

Can non-residents of New York State apply for a marriage license via Project Cupid?

Project Cupid is designed primarily for couples physically present in New York State at the time of the virtual appointment. If you’re not a resident but meet this criterion, you can apply.

What happens if there’s a technical glitch during the virtual ceremony?

Technical issues can occur, but don’t worry! If you face any disruptions during your virtual ceremony, you can reschedule another appointment with the City Clerk or your chosen officiant to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Are virtual weddings through Project Cupid legally binding?

Yes, as long as you follow all the stipulated procedures, including obtaining the marriage license and having the ceremony officiated by an authorized individual, your virtual wedding is legally recognized.

Can you have witnesses during our virtual wedding ceremony?

Absolutely! While the primary focus is on the couple and the officiant, you can certainly have witnesses present during your virtual ceremony to share in your special moment.