How To Get Married In Skyrim

by Joe Juba on Nov 11, 2011 at 08:25 AM

Some RPGs expect players to nurture long courtships and build relationships with love interests before getting any romantic payoff. That's not the case with Skyrim. This simple guide shows you how to tie the knot with your favorite eligible citizen.

The first step is going to the Temple of Mara in Riften. It's directly east from the market area.

Once inside, talk to the priest named Maramal. You may also find him wandering around town, or at The Bee and the Barb (where he's pictured below).

Chat about Mara and weddings, and he'll ask you if you know how marriage works. After an explanation, you have the chance to buy an Amulet of Mara for 200 bucks.

In addition to the bonus on restoration spells, wearing this amulet is how you broadcast to the world that you're looking to get hitched. Have you encountered characters that seemed interested in you, but you couldn't figure out how to flirt? That's because there isn't really much flirting in Skyrim. You wear a necklace, meet someone you like, and if that person likes you back, you get married. There are many potential spouses in Skyrim, and some of them require you to meet certain requirements before they'll marry you. That's why I chose someone I was already in good with due to an early quest:

Camilla lives in Riverwood and works with her brother at the Riverwood Trader. She is a part of "The Golden Claw" quest I completed early in the game, so as soon as she saw me wearing the "I wanna get married" amulet, she was very interested. Without going on a single date, we agreed to get married. I traveled back to the temple in Riften, told the priest, and we had a ceremony.

After you're married, you can talk to your spouse and decide where to live. You can select any house you own (or live in your spouse's home), but the decision isn't permanent and you can move later if you choose.

It's up to you to find out who you want to marry and how to win their favor, but these are the basic steps to follow when the decision is made. You can marry any eligible individual regardless of race, gender, or age. The whole process may seem somewhat abrupt to gamers who are accustomed more developed romance subplots, but life in Skyrim is tough and short, so you have to seize happiness when you can.