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New York City is among the world’s most exciting and romantic places, so it’s a natural spot to tie the knot. If your interest is piqued, check out our quick Q&A below, with answers about how to get hitched in the five boroughs.

Can same-sex couples get married in New York City?

You bet. Same-sex marriage has been legal in New York City since the Marriage Equality Act went into effect July 24, 2011.

How do I get a marriage license?

The first thing you should do is submit an online application at the City Clerk’s website. After that, you’ll get a confirmation number that you can bring with you to complete the application in person. You and your spouse will have to show up at the City Clerk’s office together.

How much does it cost?

A marriage license costs $35. If you want to throw in a marriage ceremony at the City Clerk’s office or Manhattan Marriage Bureau, that’s another $25. Note, though, that you’ll generally have to wait 24 hours after getting your license before you can take your vows.

Where else can I have a wedding ceremony in NYC?

Plenty of places, including Top of the Rock, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse, to name just a few. For many more ideas about where to get married in New York City, visit our roundup of NYC wedding venues.

How do I propose?

Just speak from the heart and tell him/her how you feel.

This City Clerk seems pretty important to the marriage process. Where can I find it?

The City Clerk has offices in all five boroughs:

Manhattan Office 141 Worth St. New York, NY 10013 Regular Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30am–3:45pm

Bronx Office Supreme Court Building 851 Grand Concourse, Room B131 Bronx, NY 10451 Regular Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30am–4pm

Brooklyn Office Brooklyn Municipal Building 210 Joralemon St., Room 205 Brooklyn, NY 11201 Regular Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30am–4pm

Queens Office Borough Hall Building 120-55 Queens Blvd., Ground fl., Room G-100 Kew Gardens, NY 11424 Regular Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30am–3:45pm

Staten Island Office Borough Hall Building 10 Richmond Terrace, Room 311 Staten Island, NY 10301 Regular Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30am–4pm

Sounds great—but I have a lot of other questions, some of which are technical.

We think you’ll find all the info you seek at the City Clerk’s website. Happy reading!