Where to get the Amulet of Mara
The first step to marriage is getting the Amulet of Mara, and the easiest way is from Riften, where all marriages take place.
Once you’ve at Riften (if you’ve yet to visit, then grab a carriage from outside any major city to travel for a small cost) and locate someone named Marmal.
Marmal should be in one of two places; either in the Temple of Mara (from where you enter the city from its main entrance, it’s located straight ahead, then on the left) or in The Bee and Barb traverse (in the centre of town, by the market stalls).
Speak to him about Mara, and after a bunch of dialogue options, he’ll tell you about marriage and offer you the Amulet of Mara for 200 gold.
How to find a marriage partner and get married in Skyrim
To find a marriage partner, you need to equip the Amuletof Mara, signalling that you are available. Now, talk to NPCs out in the world, and you’ll know they are interested when they notice the Amulet on you.
While you can’t get married to any NPC, race and gender doesn’t matter, and there are many optional suitors out in the world – including many characters you’ll come across during quest lines – and it might be more enjoyable to keep it equipped and play the game as normal, waiting until you find a partner naturally.
If you’re in a rush, a variety of the game’s major characters are available to marry, depending on your status with them – completing their associated quests (if applicable) will help. Here’s some potential partners you may have already come across already:
- Aela the Huntress (female, in Jorrvaskr in Whiterun, complete all quests for The Companions)
- Camilla Valerius (female, in Riverwood’s Riverwood Trader, complete The Golden Claw side quest)
- Farkas (male, in Jorrvaskr in Whiterun, complete all quests for The Companions)
- Lydia (female, in Dragonsreach in Whiterun, purchase Skyrim house Breezehome)
- Marcurio (male, in Riften’s Bee and the Barb, hire him as a Follower first)
- Vilkas (male, in Jorrvaskr in Whiterun, complete all quests for The Companions)
When you have a suitor that is interested, you can agree to get married. Now travel to the Temple of Mara in Riften and talk to Marmal to arrange the marriage.
He’ll ask you to come back the next day; we recommend staying put and waiting until the following morning (6am), where guests and your suitor will arrive into the temple, initiating a cutscene.
Choose the ‘I do’ dialogue option (unless, of course, you change your mind) and the marriage will be complete. Congratulations! Talk to them and decide where you shall live – whether in one of your houses, or theres – from where you can start receiving benefits.
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