Comprehensive Skyrim Marriage Guide With Complete Partner List

You’ve travelled the entire expanse of Skyrim, caved in the skulls of innumerable Draugr and pickpocketed all the riches you could every dream of amassing – what’s left to do? Have you considered getting married? Not only will marriage give you someone to love and care for in your virtual life, but there are also a number of significant benefits on offer for those who decide to tie the knot.

Wedding with Gilfre in the Temple of Mara in Riften in Skyrim
Marrying Gilfre in the Temple of Mara in Riften

Table of contents

Women you can marry in Skyrim:

Men you can marry in Skyrim:


Who can you marry in Skyrim?

There are more than 60 marriageable NPCs in Skyrim. You can see a full list above which link to further down in this article where you’ll find further information regarding requirements that must be met to wed each potential spouse. For some reason there are no Khajit that you can marry and a very small number of Argonian, Altmer and Redguard potential partners.


Benefits of Marriage in Skyrim

  • Homecooked Meal: Once per day you can ask your spouse to cook a meal for you. When consumed this meal will increase Stamina, Magicka and Health regeneration by 25% for 600 seconds.
  • Lover’s Comfort: When you sleep in your spouse’s presence you will wake with the Lover’s Comfort effect which increases all skill XP gain by 15% for 8 hours.
  • Spouse’s Store: Your spouse will open a store and become a merchant who you can trade with when inside your marital home. They will also give you 100 gold per in-game day, which can accrue over time.
  • Adoption: If you have the Hearthfire add-on, you can adopt children with your spouse.
  • Shared Vampirism: If you’re a vampire and you have the Dawnguard add-on you can turn your spouse into a vampire with you.

How to get married in Skyrim

  1. Complete the tasks required to raise your potential spouse’s disposition towards you. This can include paying 500 gold to hire them as a follower, completing small personal requests for them or finishing more significant quest lines.
  2. Travel to the Temple of Mara in Riften. If the priest Maramal is not there, try nearby at the Bee and Barb instead.
  3. Speak to Maramal about the temple and he will mention that they hold weddings. Ask him how weddings work and then after he explains buy an Amulet of Mara off him for 200 gold.
  4. Wear the Amulet of Mara and return to your spouse. Talk to them, and if you have completed the prerequisite tasks correctly there will be a new dialogue prompt: “Interested in me, are you?”. Your spouse will then say that they are interested in you and ask if you feel the same. Say yes and you are now engaged.
  5. Travel back to the Temple of Mara and tell Maramal that you want to set the date for your wedding. He will tell you that the wedding is going to be held the following day from dawn until dusk.
  6. Wait until the next day and your spouse plus any marriage guests will join you in the chapel for the event. When prompted say “I do”.
  7. Congratulations! You’re now married.
  8. Make sure to quickly talk to your spouse before they leave the temple and make a decision on where you’re going to live, as some spouses are affected by bugs that leave them to dissappear if they leave the temple without you talking to them.

Best characters to marry in Skyrim

This, of course, comes down to personal preference. Regardless of your choice, getting married to anyone will assist you to a degree as all spouses will give you the same base benefits. That being said, each potential spouse does offer their own unique collection of traits such as being able to be recruited as a follower (with varying combat prowess) or owning their own house that you can move into (with varying location and feature desirability). Below is a list of some popular marriage candidates and their unique benefits.

  • Aela The Huntress: Pretty, strong fighter, expert archery trainer.
  • Avrusa Sarethi: Has her own crop of nirnroot, the only one in Skyrim.
  • Balimund: Expert-level Smithing trainer, you can live in the Scorched Hammer with him.
  • Farkas: Handsome guy and a master-level Heavy Armor trainer.
  • Jenassa: Sassy dialogue and will commit crime if player asks her to.
  • Marcurio: Witty banter and a good mage follower.
  • Mjoll the Lioness: Strong fighter and strong moral compass.
  • Muiri: Attractive, only female dedicated apothecary you can marry.
  • Scouts-Many-Marshes: One of the few marriageable male Argonians, very sweet personality and am Adept-level Light Armor trainer.
  • Shahvee: Only Argonian you can marry in the game, uplifting dialogue.
  • Sorex Vinius: Good looking and you can live in the Winking Skeever in Solitude if you marry him.
  • Vilkas: Farkas’ brother, also good looking, master-level Two-Handed trainer.

Skyrim marriage console command

The following commands can be entered to raise a characters disposition towards you and to add them to the “marriageable” faction. This can be used to skip the prerequisites usually required to marry a character and instead get engaged to them instantly. It can also be used to help fix a bugged game when the prerequisite tasks have been completed but the romance dialogue option still isn’t appearing when you speak to your potential spouse.

Keep in mind that you will still need to be wearing an amulet of Mara for the romance dialogue to appear and need to have spoken to Maramal at the Temple of Mara in Riften, regardless of whether or not you use console commands.

Note: Console commands can only be used on a PC, not Xbox/Playstation/Switch etc.

Console command to increase NPC’s disposition towards the player

With the potential spouse in your view. Press the tilde key (~) to open the console. Click on the character who you want to marry. A string of characters will appear on the screen in white text. This is the character’s ID. Insert this when typing the commands below, where it says {Character ID}. Type the following, one line at a time, pressing the Enter/Return key after entering each line:

setrelationshiprank {Character ID} 4
player.setrelationshiprank {Character ID} 4

Console command to add NPC to marriageable faction

While still in the console, after entering the previous commands, enter the following command and press the Enter/Return key. You can then exit the console by presing the tilde (~) key again. The character should now show the romance dialogue option when spoken to if you’re wearing an Amulet of Mara and have previously spoken to Maramal about marriage. Make sure that the character ID text is still on screen when you enter the command below. If not, make sure to click on the character first so that their ID is showing.

addfac 19809 1

Note: If you run these commands on characters who weren’t intended to be married there could be buggy consequences.


How to get a divorce in Skyrim

There is no divorce in Skyrim. Unlike in real life, marriage in Skyrim really is forever. That’s why a guide like this one can be useful for giving you more information about all the potential spouses available, as the game really doesn’t intend you to get married more than once. While you may see people online and in forums talk about killing your husband/wife in the game to allow remarriage, this is erroneous. The only way to get married more than once in Skyrim is through the use of console commands. What this means is that if you’re playing on a console, you’re out of luck, time to make that marriage work! Even if your spouse dies you’ll just have to live out your character as a widow/er.

If however you’re playing on PC and you want to remarry, you can do so by entering the following commands in the console.

With the potential spouse in your view. Press the tilde key (~) to open the console. Click on the character who you want to ‘divorce’. A string of characters should appear on the screen in white text. Type the following, one line at a time, pressing the Enter/Return key after entering each line:

removefac 51596
player.removefac C6472
resetquest 74793
resetquest 21382
setstage 74793 10

Now just wait 24 hours and you should be ready to pursue your next romance.


Women you can marry in Skyrim

Orla

Priestess Orla in the Temple of Dibella in Markarth in Skyrim
Orla in the Temple of Dibella in Markarth

“Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Well, yes. Why wouldn’t I be? Are you… interested in me?”

Orla’S mARRIAGE Dialogue

Another of the three Priestess of Dibella marriage options, Orla can be married following the same process as Anwen and Senna. A Nord acolyte of the goddess of love and beauty, much like her fellow priestesses, Orla never sleeps and even though she will agree to move out with the player if asked (after marriage) she will often return to the temple and resume her previous schedule of Dibella worship.

How to Marry Orla

  1. Travel to the Temple of Dibella in Markarth.
  2. Sneak to the doorway to the Inner Sanctum and pick the lock while undetected in sneak (note: if you pick the lock while detected you will be attacked once you enter the Inner Sanctum). Sneak into the Inner Sanctum and get caught by Hamal.
  3. As an act of penitence, Hamal will give you the quest The Heart of Dibella. Complete the quest and return to the inner sanctum. Orla will now be a marriage candidate and can be courted in the usual manner.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Ria

Ria, a member of the Companions, in the Jorrvaskr Living Quarters in Whiterun in Skyrim.
Ria, a member of the Companions, in the Jorrvaskr Living Quarters in Whiterun

“Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Well, yes. Why wouldn’t I be? Are you… interested in me?”

Ria’S mARRIAGE Dialogue

If you want a marriage partner who also joins you in combat as a follower, Ria has a unique benefit in that she is one of the few followers in Skyrim who will naturally duel wield one-handed weapons. She’s also one of the crowd favourites when it comes to supposedly attractive spouses and can be recruited into The Blades.

How to Marry Ria

  1. Visit Ria‘s home: Jorrvaskr in Whiterun.
  2. Speak to the leader of the Companions, Kodlak Whitemane, and ask to join the Companions, to start the Companions questline.
  3. Complete the questline and ask Ria to be your follower. Once you have recruited her as a follower the usual process for getting married can be followed.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Senna

skyrim marriage Senna

“Look at you. Wearing an Amulet of Mara. Are you saying you’re available? – [Interested in me, are you?] – You are pleasant company, more than pleasant. And what about you? Would you… be interested in a life together?”

Senna’s MaRRIAGE DIALOGUE

Senna

The third of the marriageable priestesses, Senna is different to Anwen and Orla in that she can be freely approached in the first room of the Temple of Dibella, rather than having to lockpick your way into the inner sanctum. Other than the initial location, the process for marrying Senna remains the same as her fellow priestesses. Like the others she can be married after completing quest The Heart of Dibella, and also has a common bug where she won’t move into the Dragonborn’s house after marriage even though she agrees to in dialogue.

How to Marry Senna

  1. Travel to the Temple of Dibella in Markarth.
  2. Sneak to the doorway to the Inner Sanctum and pick the lock while undetected in sneak (note: if you pick the lock while detected you will be attacked once you enter the Inner Sanctum). Sneak into the Inner Sanctum and get caught by Hamal.
  3. As an act of penitence, Hamal will give you the quest The Heart of Dibella. Complete the quest and return to the temple. Senna will now be a marriage candidate and can be courted in the usual manner.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Shahvee

Argonian Shavee standing outside at the Windhelm Docks in Skyrim
Shavee standing outside at the Windelm Docks

“Is that Lady Mara’s amulet? I’m shocked a fine person like you isn’t married already. – [Interested in me, are you?] – You have a kind heart. I’d be honored to walk by your side until the trees themselves fade away, if you would have me.”

Shahvee’s Marriage DIALOGUE

The only marriageable female Argonian in the game, Shahvee can be found hard at work at the Windhelm Docks. Shahvee is a reformed thief who now cheerfully earns an honest living working long hours on her tanning rack. She has a friendly and positive attitude and can be married easily by completing a small personal quest for her. While not a trainer or follower, many players find Shahvee’s warm nature and inspirational dialogue reason enough to marry her.

How to Marry Shahvee

  1. Locate Shahvee at the tanning rack on the Windhelm Docks in Windhelm.
  2. Talk to her and ask about her bad luck, she will ask you to retrieve a stolen amulet for her. Agree to this to trigger the start of the quest Shahvee’s Amulet.
  3. Retrieve Shahvee’s amulet and return it to her to complete the quest. She will now be a marriage candidate and can be courted in the usual manner.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Sylgja

Sylgja standing in Sylgja's House in Shor's Stone in Skyrim
Sylgja in Sylgja’s House in Shor’s Stone

“Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Well, yes. Why wouldn’t I be? Are you… interested in me?”

Sylgja’S mARRIAGE Dialogue

While not a potential trainer or a follower, Sylgja does have a cute mining cottage that you can live in with her in the peaceful town of Shor’s Stone. Popularly admired for her looks, Sylgja is very easy to convert into a marriage prospect, requiring only a basic delivery quest to raise her disposition towards the player. The hardworking miner offers all the usual marriage benefits: Homecooked Meals, opening a shop that pays 100 gold a day to the player and the Lover’s Comfort bonus after sleeping in her presence.

How to Marry Sylgja

  1. To start the quest that allows you to marry Sylgja you must have previously completed the quest Mine or Yours, which involves clearing some Frostbite Spiders out of Redbelly Mine in Shor’s Stone.
  2. After clearing the mine, wait a few days and then return to Redbelly Mine where you’ll find Sylgja working. Speak to her and agree to deliver a parcel for her to her family.
  3. Complete the delivery quest, Special Delivery, and return to Sylgja. She will now be a marriage candidate who can be married through the usual process.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Taarie

Altmer tailor Taarie standing outside Radiant Raiment in Solitude in Skyrim
Taarie outside Radiant Raiment in Solitude

“Look at you. Wearing an Amulet of Mara. Are you saying you’re available? – [Interested in me, are you?] – You are pleasant company, more than pleasant. And what about you? Would you… be interested in a life together?”

Taarie’s MaRRIAGE DIALOGUE

Taarie is a somewhat haughty and rude tailor who runs Radiant Raiment in Solitude with her sister. If you’ve played much Skyrim in the past you’ll probably remember her as the character who constantly insults your clothes when you encounter her.

Unfortunately, if you’re both a fan of high elves and also thin-skinned you’re going to be in a tricky situation as Taarie is the only Altmer marriage candidate in the game. That being said, she does warm up to you considerably once you marry her and stops chiding you for your choice in clothing.

If you choose to live with her after marriage in the Radiant Raiment, her sister Endarie will still live there with you and will continue to treat you suspiciously even though it’s now your home.

How to Marry Taarie

  1. Locate Taarie at the Radiant Raiment in Solitude.
  2. Talk with her and choose the dialogue option “So what should I wear to the Blue Palace?”. If it doesn’t show up try waiting and reentering conversation with her a few times until she comments negatively about your clothing, after which the above dialogue prompt should come up. This will then trigger the quest Fit For A Jarl.
  3. Complete Fit For A Jarl by wearing the outfit that Taarie gives you to the Blue Palace, showing it to the Jarl, getting her opinion and then returning to Taarie.
  4. You then need to invest in The Radiant Raiment through Taarie. To do this you will need to have your Speech levelled to 70 and have unlocked the Investor perk. After you have done this Taarie will be a marriage candidate and can be married via the usual method.
  5. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  6. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  7. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  8. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Temba Wide-Arm

Temba Wide-Arm standing in the Vilemyr Inn in Ivarstead in Skyrim
Temba Wide-Arm in the Vilemyr Inn in Ivarstead

“Look at you. Wearing an Amulet of Mara. Are you saying you’re available? – [Interested in me, are you?] – You are pleasant company, more than pleasant. And what about you? Would you… be interested in a life together?”

Temba Wide-Arm’s MaRRIAGE DIALOGUE

Temba Wide-Arm is a somewhat abrasive mill owner in Ivarstead who has similar dialogue lines after marriage to Njada Stonearm (e.g. complains when asked to provide a Homecooked Meal). As with other mill owners, the path to marriage is very easy as all the player has to do is use the millers chopping block to receive firewood which they can then sell back to the owner at a profit and the option of marriage. In Temba’s case, you can also make her a marriage candidate by completing her personal quest which requires you to kill 10 bears. Temba is not a potential follower, skill trainer or Blades recruit.

How to Marry Temba Wide-Arm

  1. Locate Temba Wide-Arm at the mill in Ivarstead.
  2. Either sell her some firewood OR complete her quest to kill 10 bears.
  3. Once you have done one of the above tasks she will be a marriage candidate and can be courted in the usual manner.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Uthgerd the Unbroken

Uthgerd sitting in The Unbroken in The Bannered Mare in Whiterun in Skyrim
Uthgerd The Unbroken in The Bannered Mare in Whiterun

“An Amulet of Mara? You’re looking for marriage, then. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Won’t lie, I am. And you?”

Uthgerd the Unbroken’s Marriage DIALOGUE

Uthgerd the Unbroken is one of the toughest followers you can find in Skyrim and can be recruited into The Blades. If you talk to her you’ll discover that she once attempted to join The Companions but accidentally killed the person they asked her to brawl with to gain admittance. Funnily enough, it’s through a brawl that you woo her as a marriage candidate. While perhaps not the most conventionally pretty companion she is a bad-ass that can hold her own in any combat situation and makes for an excellent adventuring spouse. Plus she has her own cute house in Whiterun that you can live in with her after marriage if you so choose.

How to Marry Uthgerd

  1. Locate Uthgerd the Unbroken in The Banned Mare in Whiterun.
  2. Talk to Uthgerd and she’ll challenge you to a brawl. Defeat her in this brawl and she’ll give you 100 gold and become a potential follower and marriage candidate. At this point she can be married through the usual process.
  3. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  4. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  5. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  6. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Viola Giordano

Viola Giordano outside the Hall of The Dead in Windhelm in Skyrim.
Viola Giordano outside the Hall of The Dead in Windhelm

“Look at you. Wearing an Amulet of Mara. Are you saying you’re available? – [Interested in me, are you?] – You are pleasant company, more than pleasant. And what about you? Would you… be interested in a life together?”

Viola Giordano’s MaRRIAGE DIALOGUE

Look I won’t lie, there a few downsides to marrying Viola Giordano. One is that she is absolutely obsessed with crimes that have been occurring around Windhelm where she lives and constantly hassles people about it. The other is that she’s a racist who hates elves. In fairness to her though that’s pretty common with Nords and Imperials. A big plus for marrying the rich elderly Imperial is that you can choose to live in her house in Windhelm which is one of the better NPC houses you can move into in the game.

How to Marry Viola Giordano

  1. Locate Revyn Sadri at his pawnbroker shop Sadri’s Used Wares in the Gray Quarter of Windhelm.
  2. Talk to Sadri and he will ask you to return a stolen ring to Viola Giordano‘s house without her noticing.
  3. Instead, go and speak to Viola Giordano who you will find at Candlehearth Hall of an evening and return the ring to her in person. She will give you a levelled sum of gold and become a marriage candidate who can be courted in the usual way. Keep in mind that this will lower Revyn’s opinion of you.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Ysolda

skyrim marriage ysolda

“Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Well, yes. Why wouldn’t I be? Are you… interested in me?”

Ysolda’S mARRIAGE Dialogue

An ambitious Nord merchant living and working in Whiterun, Ysolda can be married fairly easily by bringing her a mammoth tusk. She’s not a potential follower or skill trainer but does have one unique marriage perk, or rather, marriage event. If the player has previously completed the quest Ysolda’s Shipment a caravan of Khajit may attend your wedding.

How to Marry Ysolda

  1. Locate Ysolda either in the marketplace or the Wind/Cloud District of Whiterun.
  2. Talk to her to receive the quest Rare Gifts by agreeing to bring her a mammoth tusk.
  3. Bring Ysolda the tusk for a levelled sum of gold and she will also become a marriage candidate who can be wooed in the usual manner.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Men you can marry in Skyrim

Ainethach

Ainethach on the verandah of his home, Karthwasten Hall, in Karthwasten, Skyrim.
Ainethach on the verandah of his home, Karthwasten Hall, in Karthwasten.

“Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Well, yes. Why wouldn’t I be? Are you… interested in me?”

Ainethach’S mARRIAGE Dialogue

Apart from owning his own mine in Karthwasten and a house with a spacious deck, Ainethach also sports the most impressive mutton chops in Skyrim – potentially in all of Tamriel. If you’re allured by his perfectly smooth head and waistcoat made out of a quilt, you’ll be pleased to know that he’s just one quest away from proposing to you. All you have to do is help him out with a pesky thug problem and the sexy sideburns are all yours.

How to Marry Ainethach

  1. When you first approach Karthwasten, you’ll find Ainethach arguing with a group of Silver-Blood Mercenaries.
  2. Talk to Ainethach and he’ll ask for your help dealing with the thugs, which will start the quest Sanuarach Mine.
  3. Complete the Sanurach Mine quest by either killing the mercenaries or convincing them to leave Ainethach alone.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Angrenor Once-Honored

Angrenor Once-Honored in the Gray Quarter in Windhelm, Skyrim.
Angrenor Once-Honored in the Gray Quarter in Windhelm.

“Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Well, yes. Why wouldn’t I be? Are you… interested in me?”

Angrenor Once-Honored’S mARRIAGE DIALOGUE

Angrenor is the only beggar in the game who you can marry. He may not have a lot to offer when it comes to money or property, but he’s easy to impress and he’s got a heroic back story. A former Stormcloak soldier, he was a fearsome warrior who fought in the Great War until he lost everything after being stabbed in the chest. Even if you don’t marry him, Angrenor will put you in his will if you give him 1 gold coin. If he dies you’ll receive 100 gold inheritance.

A couple of things to keep in mind here: a) He’s homeless, b) he wears literal rags. If you’re playing on PC you can use console commands to reclothe him, but no such luck on console. Also he’s kinda racist (e.g. “Hey, maybe the reason these gray-skins don’t help in the war is because they’re Imperial spies!”).

Also even though he technically lives in Candleheart Hall, you can’t move in with him and share a bed to get the Lover’s Comfort buff. You’ll need to bring him to live with you if you want to share a bed. On the plus side, he is tall and pretty hunky (not to mention a war hero).

How to Marry Angrenor Once-Honored

  1. Locate Angrenor around Candlehearth Hall or in the Gray Quarter.
  2. Give him 1 gold.
  3. That’s it, no need to do any quests.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Argis the Bulwark

Argis the Bulwark in Vlindrell Hall in Markarth, Skyrim.
Argis the Bulwark in Vlindrell Hall in Markarth.

“An Amulet of Mara? You’re looking for marriage, then. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Won’t lie, I am. And you?”

Argis the Bulwark’s Marriage DIALOGUE

Markarth Housecarl Argis is a popular choice of husband among the ‘likes-em-big-and-husky’ crowd. He can definitely handle himself in a fight, and there are anecdotal reports in a number of online forums that unlike Farkas, Argis will never turn on you if he sees you commit a crime.

Even if you don’t marry him Argis will serve you with his life if you become Thane of Markarth. On the flip side, there are a couple of bugs where Argis will mercilessly beat other NPCs at inappropriate times. In other words, he’s got a little anger problem.

How to Marry Argis the Bulwark

  1. Become Thane of Markarth.
  2. This includes, killing groups of Forsworn for the Jarl, retrieving Hrolfdir’s Shield and purchasing the property, assisting Markarth citizens and purchasing Vlindrell Hall.
  3. You will then be granted Argis the Bulwark as a personal Housecarl. Once he is your Housecarl he becomes a marriage candidate.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Athis

Athis outside Jorrvaskr in Whiterun, Skyrim
Athis outside Jorrvaskr in Whiterun

“An Amulet of Mara? You’re looking for marriage, then. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Won’t lie, I am. And you?”

Athis’s Marriage DIALOGUE

Athis is the only Male dunmer character who you can have as a follower and also marry. He’s also an expert level trainer in One-handed which means once you have him as a follower you can level up One-handed for free by training with him and then trading with him to take back the gold you just paid him. To trigger his eligibility as a marriage candidate you need to complete the main questline of The Companions.

How to Marry Athis

  1. Head to Jorrvaskr in Whiterun.
  2. Join The Companions and work your way through their primary questline.
  3. Complete the final quest in The Companions questline – Glory of the Dead. You can now ask Athis to be your follower and he is eligible for marriage.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Balimund

Balimund outside The Scorched Hammer in Riften, Skyrim
Balimund outside The Scorched Hammer in Riften

“An Amulet of Mara? You’re looking for marriage, then. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Won’t lie, I am. And you?”

Balimund’s Marriage DIALOGUE

“Come to see Balimund perform miracles with steel, eh?” 😉 Balimund is certainly handy with a hammer and can also teach you to be proficient yourself as he’s an expert-level trainer in Smithing. His basement has iron and steel ingots that replenish themselves once a month. He could do with a clean-up but if you’re into the dirty look he does have a certain rustic charm.

How to Marry Balimund

  1. Locate Balimund at his forge outside The Scorched Hammer in Riften.
  2. Chat to him until he gives you the miscellaneous quest to bring him fire salts.
  3. Bring Balimund 10 fire salts.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Belrand

Belrand medium

“An Amulet of Mara? You’re not married? Surprising. – [Interested in me, are you?] – I am. I’d be glad to stand by your side until the Divines take us, if you’ll have me.”

Belrand’s Marriage DIALOGUE

Belrand is a great spouse choice for those who want a marriage partner they can also go adventuring with. He has a wider variety of dialogue than some, especially commenting on the architecture of locations. Belrand is also an advanced Spellsword with quick healing and high level skills in destruction magic and one-handed combat. On top of that you can recruit Belrand into the Blades. Remember – couples that fight together, stay together.

How to Marry Belrand

  1. Locate Belrand in the Winking Skeever in Solitude.
  2. Hire him as a follower for 500 gold.
  3. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  4. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  5. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  6. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Benor

Benor medium

“An Amulet of Mara? You’re looking for marriage, then. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Won’t lie, I am. And you?”

Benor’s Marriage DIALOGUE

Benor is a city guard reject, who applied but failed to get in. He now spends his free time helping out the guards in Morthal. He’s a decent two-handed warrior so not a bad choice as a follower. He can be killed in combat though. He technically has a house, which triggers the ‘Visit Your Spouses House” quest upon marrying him. But the house in question is the Morthal guardhouse, which you’ll need to break into (by lockpicking a novice lock). This means unfortunately that you can’t move into his place. He can move into your house though. He’s also a potential recruit for the blades.

How to Marry Benor

  1. Find Benor at one of the following locations during the day: Outside the Morthal Guardhouse, inside the guardhouse cellar or on the bridge. At night time he can be located inside the Moorside Inn.
  2. Talk to Benor and he will challenge you to a brawl to prove his fighting prowess. this will trigger the Fight! Fight! radiant quest. If you complete the quest by defeating Benor in barehand combat, you’ll be awarded 100 gold and will be able to recruit Benor as a follower for free.
  3. Now you’ve got Benor as a follower you can marry him via the usual method.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Calder

Calder medium

“An Amulet of Mara? You’re not married? Surprising. – [Interested in me, are you?] – I am. I’d be glad to stand by your side until the Divines take us, if you’ll have me.”

CALDER’s Marriage DIALOGUE

If good things come to those who wait then Calder must surely be a great spouse. Unlike many marriage candidates who you can simply pay 500 gold to recruit as a follower before proposing to, Calder must be earned by becoming thane of Eastmarch. Once married, you can live together in Hjerim (the property you must purchase as a prerequisite to becoming Thane of Eastmarch), where Calder will serve as Housecarl as well as husband. In addition to being a proficient one-handed + shield warrior, Calder can also be recruited for The Blades.

How to Marry Calder

  1. Befriend the Jarl of Eastmarch via one of two methods. Either by following the Reunification of Skyrim questline (Brunwulf Free-Winter will become Jarl) or by completing Liberation of Skyrim (Ulfric Stormcloak will remain Jarl).
  2. A dialogue option related to becoming thane will appear. Discuss this with the Jarl and they will ask you to help out five citizens of Eastmarch and purchase the property Hjerim.
  3. Once you have helped out around Eastmarch and bought Hjerim return to the Jarl and he will declare you Thane of Eastmarch. He will also then appoint Calder as your Housecarl. At this point, Calder becomes a candidate for marriage.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Cosnach

Cosnach medium

“You’re wearing Mara’s amulet? You? I’d marry you. I’d marry you twice. – [Interested in me, are you?] – I’d be a fool to turn down a chance of marrying you. I’m game if you’re game!”

Cosnach’s Marriage DIALOGUE

Some may see him as a himbo, some may call him a drunk, others may sympathise with his work situation and understand why he’d be driven to drink. Whatever your opinion of Cosnach, I think we can all agree that his half-naked, leather straps with no undershirt outfit is definitely a fierce look.

Not a rich man, Cosnach lives in the area of Markarth set aside for the poor and sick – The Warrens. He has a job as the assistant at Arnleif and Sons Trading Company but the store has hardly anything to sell because all their incoming trade caravans keep getting looted by Forsworn rebels. As such, Cosnach spends his time drinking at the Silver-Blood Inn and complaining.

As a follower, Cosnach specialises in Block, One-Handed, Heavy Armor and Archery. He can be recruited for the Blades.

How to Marry Cosnach

  1. Locate Cosnach in the Silver-Blood Inn in Markarth.
  2. Either beat him in a brawl, which will also reward the player 100 gold and make Cosnach available as a follower, or simply give him a free drink.
  3. Once you have completed one of the above actions Cosnach will become a marriage candidate and can be married through the usual process.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Derkeethus

derkeethus medium

“Is that Lady Mara’s amulet? I’m shocked a fine person like you isn’t married already. – [Interested in me, are you?] – You have a kind heart. I’d be honored to walk by your side until the trees themselves fade away, if you would have me.”

Derkeethus’ Marriage DIALOGUE

When you first come across Derkeethus he’s being held captive by the Falmer in Darkwater Pass. A miner from Goldenrock Mine, Derkeethus is much loved around town with several NPCs mentioning that they haven’t seen him lately and they miss him, prior to his recue. Derkeethus is one of the few Argonians you can marry in Syrim. In combat as a follower he is skilled in Light Armor and Archery. He can be recruited into the Blades.

How to Marry Derkeethus

  1. Talk to NPCs around Darkwater Crossing until one of them mentions that Derkeethus has been captured and triggers the start of the quest “Extracting an Argonian“.
  2. Complete the quest by heading into Darkwater Pass and rescuing Derkeethus.
  3. Once Derkeethus is rescued he becomes available as a follower and also a marriage partner, at which point he can be married via the usual method.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Erik the Slayer

Erik The Farmer in Rorikstead, Skyrim
Erik before he becomes The Slayer
Erik The Slayer in Rorikstead, Skyrim
Erik The Slayer after his dreams come true and he has his own set of armor.

“Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Well, yes. Why wouldn’t I be? Are you… interested in me?”

Erik the slayer’S mARRIAGE DIALOGUE

When I started doing research for this guide, several of the online lists of marriageable characters included Erik The Slayer. When I tried marrying him for myself though, I couldn’t get him to acknowledge my Amulet of Mara and trigger the marriage dialogue, even with our relationship at friendship level and with him as my follower.

I did some Googling and it turns out I’m not the only one who’s struggled. Eventually, I managed to unlock the marriage option through a console command, as I’m playing on PC. I’ll include this method below, I’m sorry for those people playing on console that I don’t have a method to unlock marriage with Erik at this time. Please comment with any suggestions if you have managed to marry Erik the Slayer on Console.

It’s a pity that Erik isn’t more easily available for marriage because he’s a great character. As a follower he’s profficient in Light Armor and Two-Handed. He can be recruited to join The Blades. He has a lot of dialogue while adventuring, often commenting on locations.

He also has a touching real life backstory. The character is based on Erik West, an Elder Scrolls fan who visited Bethesda Studios as part of a Make A Wish event during his cancer treatment. Apparently he impressed the studio so much with his knowledge of Oblivion that as well as giving him an indepth tour of their headquarters, they also memorialised him in the character of Erik the Slayer, named after Erik and his online alias Immok The Slayer. Sadly, Erik passed away six months before the release of Skyrim.

How to Marry Erik the Slayer

  1. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  2. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise).
  3. Locate Erik in Rorikstead, likely in the Frostfruit Inn.
  4. Talk to Erik (who at this point is only called Erik, and not ‘Erik The Slayer’) and he’ll tell you that he wants to be an adventurer but his father won’t let him.
  5. Speak to Erik’s father Mralki and convince him though either intimidation, bribery or persuasion to buy Erik some armor from Whiterun. Go back and tell Erik the good news.
  6. Visit the Inn after a few days and Erik will be now wearing the new armor and will be called Erik the Slayer, rather than Just Erik. You can now recruit Erik as a follower for 500 gold.
  7. Once Erik is recruited as a follower, while standing in front of him, press the tilde key (~) to open the console.
  8. When in the console, click on Erik and then type in the following command: addfac 19809 1
  9. Leave console by pressing ~ again. Wear the Amulet of Mara and talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  10. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  11. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Farkas

Farkas, a member of the Companions, in the Jorrvaskr Living Quarters in Whiterun.
Farkas, a member of the Companions, in the Jorrvaskr Living Quarters in Whiterun.

“An Amulet of Mara? You’re looking for marriage, then. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Won’t lie, I am. And you?”

FARKAS’ Marriage DIALOGUE

If you’re into big, dumb but kind husbands then Farkas is your guy (don’t mention anything about his intelligence to him though, he’s sensitive about it). His brother Vilkas and others around his home base of Jorrvaskr will often comment on his supposed low intelligence. But he’s also one of the first people to be friendly to the Dragonborn when you arrive at the Companions HQ.

On top of being a genuinely nice guy, Farkas also benefits from being a Master Heavy Armor trainer which comes with the same perk as every follower who is also a trainer: you can train levels with them and then just take the gold back off them. Very useful if you’re trying to level Heavy Armor and don’t want to spend all your coin doing it. Also as a main quest character for the Companions quest line, Farkas has a lot of dialogue available.

How to Marry Farkas

  1. Visit Farkas’ home: Jorrvaskr in Whiterun.
  2. Speak to the leader of the Companions, Kodlak Whitemane, and ask to join the Companions, to start the Companions questline.
  3. Complete the questline and ask Farkas to be your follower. Once you have recruited him as a follower the usual process for getting married can be followed.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Filnjar

filnjar medium

“An Amulet of Mara? You’re not married? Surprising. – [Interested in me, are you?] – I am. I’d be glad to stand by your side until the Divines take us, if you’ll have me.”

Filnjar’s Marriage DIALOGUE

While he can’t accompany you on your adventures, and doesn’t offer any training (even though he’s a blacksmith himself), Marriage with Filnjar does have some benefits. Firstly because he’s a blacksmith, you get better access to smithing supplies, also you get to live in Filnjar’s House, which while not a mansion is a perfectly decent (albeit humble) home. The best part about living there is it’s only a few feet from the fast travel landing point in Shor’s Stone. This means you can very quickly drop off loot when you’re out and about.

How to Marry Filnjar

  1. Locate Filnjar in Shor’s Stone.
  2. Talk to him to get the quest Mine or Yours which involves clearing a number of Frostbite Spiders out of Redbelly Mine.
  3. When you’ve completed the quest return to Filnjar who will reward you with a levelled sum of gold. Once the quest is complete, Filnjar will become a marriage candidate, at which point the usual method for becoming married can be followed.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Gat gro-Shargakh

gat gr shargakh medium

“That amulet. I’ve seen the Nords wear them when they’re looking to marry. With your strength, you should have no trouble – [Interested in me, are you?] – You’re strong. Clever. I’d be proud to face the challenges of life with you, if you feel the same.”

Gat gro-Shargakh’S mARRIAGE DIALOGUE

If you’re into big, strong, tough husbands then an Orsimer spouse might be for you. As well as being a total badass, Gat Gro-Shargakh can also be surprisingly sweet to you when married. In addition to the usual spousal benefits like opening a shop to provide you with 100 gold per day, Gat can also help you out by letting the Orc Strongholds know that you’re trustworthy after you clear out the mine in the Kolskeggr Mine Quest. This will allow you access if you’re not an Orsimer yourself. On the downside, Keep in mind that after clearing out the mine the Forsworn can return and can kill Gat. The Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch fixes this, but if you’re not using this mod it may be best to ask Gat to move into your house so he’s protected from the Forsworn that respawn inside and around Kolskeggr Mine.

How to Marry Gat gro-Shargakh

  1. Locate Pavo Attius at the Left Hand Mine and talk to him to trigger the Kolskeggr Mine Quest where he asks you to clear out the Forsworn from the mine.
  2. Complete the mission and then speak to both Pavo and Gat.
  3. Once the quest is completed, Gat will become amenable to marriage and you can court him in the usual manner.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Ghorbash the Iron Hand

ghorbash the iron hand medium

“That amulet. I’ve seen the Nords wear them when they’re looking to marry. With your strength, you should have no trouble – [Interested in me, are you?] – You’re strong. Clever. I’d be proud to face the challenges of life with you, if you feel the same.”

Ghorbash the Iron Hand’S mARRIAGE DIALOGUE

Like his Bretheran Gat Gro-Shargakh, the second of the three marriageable Orsimer Ghorbash the Iron Hand is big, cuddly and can crush a man’s skull with his bare hands. Like all Orc husbands, Ghorbash is also remarkably sweet when you get on his matrimonial side.

Marrying Ghorbash also comes with the benefit of moving into his brother’s house. His brother just happens to be the chief of the stronghold – Chief Burguk – and therefore you get to live in the best building in town: Burguk’s Longhouse.

Ghorbash has a fleshed out backstory, having left home to fight in the imperial army and then returned to find his brother was the new chief (after Burguk killed their father, as is Orsimer custom). He can also be recruited into the blades.

How to Marry Ghorbash the Iron Hand

  1. Gain admittance into Dushnikh Yal by completing the fetch quest of retrieving the Forgemasters Fingers and giving them to the Stronghold Chief Burguk.
  2. Once you have completed the fetch quest and been named blood-kin, find Ghorbash the Iron Hand near Burguk’s Longhouse, talk to him and ask him if he misses travelling.
  3. Ghorbash will then tell you that he does miss travelling but he’s going to stay at home. Convince him to go travelling again by passing an easy speech check. He will now be available as a follower. Once you’ve recruited him as a follower Ghorbash will become a marriage candidate and the courtship can be completed as per the usual method.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Marcurio

marcurio medium

“Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Well, yes. Why wouldn’t I be? Are you… interested in me?”

mARCURIO’S mARRIAGE DIALOGUE

If you’re after a smart alec mage who can handle himself in battle and also has an in-depth knowledge of Dwemer technology then Marcurio is your guy. He’s a mage who prefers lightning magic and also casts Turn Undead in battle. He’s a decent follower in combat with proficiency in Alteration, Restoration and Destruction and he can be recruited into the Blades.

One of the best benefits of marrying him is that you get to reside in the Bee and Barb in Riften which is a pretty cool home base. Also if you have children with him he’s one of the only marriageable NPC’s who has dialogue available related to the children.

Note: While Marcurio is known for his wit and banter as a follower during adventuring, there’s anacedotal evidence that after marriage he becomes much quieter. Some people have found that when he accompanies the Dragonborn on a mission after marriage, he’s much quieter and all his witty banter is absent, which can be disappointing if that was one of your reasons for marrying him.

How to Marry Marcurio

  1. Locate Marcurio in The Bee and Barb in Riften.
  2. Hire him as a follower for 500 gold.
  3. Once you’ve recruited him as a follower you can then commence the courting process in the usual manner.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Moth gro-Bagol

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“That amulet. I’ve seen the Nords wear these when they’re looking to marry. With your strength, you should have no trouble – [Interested in me, are you?] – You’re strong. Clever. I’d be proud to face the challenges of life with you, if you feel the same way.”

mOTH GRO-bAGOL’S mARRIAGE DIALOGUE

The third marriageable Orc in our list, Moth gro-Bagol is a hard-working blacksmith living in Markarth’s Understone Keep. As the personal blacksmith to The Jarl, Moth has a lot of work on his plate. So much in fact that he literally never stops working at his forge if left to his own devices. Even so, he manages to find time for marriage to the right guy or gal, you just need to complete his quest Coated in Blood. At which point, he’ll not only become a marriage candidate, but will also send word to all the Orc Strongholds to let them know that you can be trusted so that you gain entry. One of the main perks of marrying Moth is having a blacksmith merchant at home to sell unwanted weapons and armor too whenever you need to.

How to Marry Moth gro-Bagol

  1. Locate Moth gro-Bagol in Understone Keep in Markarth and ask him for an armor recommendation.
  2. This will trigger the quest Coated in Blood where Moth asks you to bring him a Daedra Heart to cool the Jarl’s sword.
  3. Find a Daedra Heart and bring it back to Moth and he’ll reward you with a piece of armor. He’ll also now be a marriage candidate who can be courted in the usual manner.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Octieve San

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“Look at you. Wearing an Amulet of Mara. Are you saying you’re available? – [Interested in me, are you?] – You are pleasant company, more than pleasant. And what about you? Would you… be interested in a life together?”

Octieve San’s MaRRIAGE DIALOGUE
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Breton
  • Class: Citizen
  • Faction: No
  • Location: Solitude
  • Trainer: No (You can gain one skill point in Two-Handed off him as a quest reward but no training other than that)
  • Follower: No

Often found of a night-time drinking in the Winking Skeever in Solitude, Octieve San is a sugar daddy… without the sugar. If older men are your thing then you may be tempted to shack up with Octieve. But keep in mind that not only is he not a potential follower, he’s also a drunk, a gambling addict and generally pretty bitter about life.

The first thing he’ll tell you if you talk to him is that he’s up to his eyeballs in gambling debt. If you choose to help him get out of this debt (by either paying it off or passing a persuasion or intimidate check) he will reward you with one skill point in Two-Handed, which is pretty sweet. But you don’t have to be married to him to complete this mini-quest and get the skill point. All in all, he’s not looking particularly sweet as a marriage option.

How to Marry Octieve San

  1. Locate Octieve San in the Winking Skeever in Solitude.
  2. Ask him about his debts, you’ll then be able to start a quest to pay them off for him.
  3. Find Irnskar Ironhand in Solitude and convince him to forgive Octieve’s debts either through persuasion, intimidation or by paying them yourself. Return to Octieve and tell him the good news. He is now a marriage candidate.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Omluag

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“Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for – [Interested in me, are you?] – Well, yes. Why wouldn’t I be? Are you… interested in me?”

Omluag’S mARRIAGE DIALOGUE
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Breton
  • Class: Citizen
  • Faction: No
  • Location: Markarth
  • Trainer: No
  • Follower: No

A humble man and a hard worker, Omluag doesn’t have a lot to offer in the way of extra marriage benefits. He lives in The Warrens, a poor area of Markarth. He isn’t a potential follower and he doesn’t offer any training. But the ways of love are mysterious. Perhaps if he catches your eye you could whisk him away to live with you in your (most likely) much nicer abode. Marriage isn’t all about taking, after all, sometimes it’s about what you can give back.

How to Marry Omluag

  1. Locate Omluag in Markarth at either the smelter, the Silver-Blood Inn or in The Warrens.
  2. Talk to him and he’ll tell you that the smelter foreman is giving him a hard time. You can offer to have a word to the bully in question, which will start the radiant quest A Few Words With You.
  3. Talk with the foreman, Mulush gro-Shugurz, and either persuade, intimidate, bribe or brawl with him to go easier on Omluag and the other workers. Return to tell Omluag the good news. He will give you a levelled sum of gold as thank you and will also become a marriage candidate. He can then be wooed in the usual fashion.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Onmund

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“Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for – [Interested in me, are you?] – Well, yes. Why wouldn’t I be? Are you… interested in me?”

Onmund’S mARRIAGE DIALOGUE

Onmund is popular as a husband thanks to his pretty eyes and independent nature. As a Nord, his family didn’t support his dream to become a mage for a long time and he had to fight to make it a reality. You meet Onmund when you play through the College of Winterhold questline and can easily marry him after completing a small personal quest. As well as the usual marriage benefits, Onmund makes for a good mage follower in combat and can be recruited into the Blades.

How to Marry Onmund

  1. Start the College of Winterhold questline and progress until you have finished the quest Under Saarthal.
  2. After completing Under Saarthal, speak to Onmund to trigger the quest Onmund’s Request which will entail retrieving a family heirloom for him.
  3. Once you’ve completed Onmund’s quest, return to him to return the heirloom and he will become a marriage candidate. He can then be married in the usual way.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Pavo Attius

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“Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for – [Interested in me, are you?] – Well, yes. Why wouldn’t I be? Are you… interested in me?”

Pavo Attius’ mARRIAGE DIALOGUE

In a similar situation to potential Orc spouse Gat gro-Shargakh, Imperial mine owner Pavo Attius is perhaps in a worse state of affairs due to being the operator of the plundered mine, not just a worker. Not a follower or a trainer, apart from the usual marriage benefits, Pavo doesn’t have any particularly unique rewards.

If you do fancy the mine owner, something important to remember is that the only way to marry Pavo is to complete his Kolskeggr Mine quest which involves clearing the Kolskeggr Mine of Forsworn. Doing so will allow Pavo and the other miners to return to work at the mine. But like many other enemies in Skyrim, the defeated Forsword will eventually respawn, and when they do are likely to kill Pavo. If you install the Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch the Forsworn will no longer respawn, so your spouse and his friends will be safe once the mine is cleared out. If you don’t have the patch mod installed it may be safest to ask Pavo to move into your house.

How to Marry Pavo Attius

  1. Locate Pavo Attius at the Left Hand Mine near Markarth and talk to him to trigger the Kolskeggr Mine quest.
  2. Travel east to Kolskeggr Mine and clear it of all Forsworn trespassers.
  3. Return to Left Hand Mine to tell Pavo the good news. Once the quest is completed he becomes a marriage candidate and can be courted in the usual way.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Perth

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“Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for – [Interested in me, are you?] – Well, yes. Why wouldn’t I be? Are you… interested in me?”

Perth’s mARRIAGE DIALOGUE

I don’t know if I’m the only one who is reminded of Fable 3 by the sound of Perth‘s voice. I definitely know I’m not the only one who likes the sound of his rich English accent as it’s frequently commented on as the reason why people choose to marry the Breton miner. Apart from his lovely voice, cool face paint and general poetic way of speaking, Perth doesn’t have much else going on in terms of marriage features. He’s not a follower or a trainer and can’t be recruited into the blades. He does carry more ore on him than some other marriage candidates, which is a perk of marrying a miner.

How to Marry Perth

  1. Locate Perth in Soljund’s Sinkhole.
  2. Accept the quest from him to clear the sinkhole of draugr.
  3. Return to Perth with the good news. He’s now a marriage candidate and can be courted in the usual manner.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Quintus Navale

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“Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Well, yes. Why wouldn’t I be? Are you… interested in me?”

Quintus Navale’s mARRIAGE DIALOGUE

Spoiler Alert

The following text includes a spoiler alert for the White Phial side quests and the characters involved. It’s not a huge part of the game but if you’ve never played Skyrim before and you don’t want anything at all spoiled then probably don’t read this marriage guide until after you’ve completed The White Phial and Repairing The Phial.

An ambitious and wholesome apprentice alchemist, Quintus Navale is a popular – but unfortunately quite bugged – marriage candidate. You need to go through a fairly involved questline (Quests: The White Phial and Repairing The Phial) before he becomes a marriage candidate. After this, if you do decide to marry him, your wedding will likely be ruined by the corpse of Quintus’ former master Nurelion – who dies at the end of Repairing The Phial – showing up at the wedding.

It is possible to avoid this happening using console commands if you’re playing on PC. The folks over on the UESP Skyrim page for Quintus Navale have kindly provided the following method for avoiding this marriage wrecking bug:

Enter the temple of Mara hours before the wedding starts, then open the console and enter prid 1B115, then resurrect. Wait for the wedding to start and Nurelion will show up alive. When the wedding is over and Nurelion has left, open the console again and enter prid 1B115, then kill, then markfordelete. This will make sure he won’t be back at the White Phial.

How to Marry Quintus Navale

  1. Talk to Quintus’ Alchemy master Nurelion at the White Phial in Windhelm to start the quest The White Phial.
  2. Complete the White Phial and then the next quest in the questline: Repairing the Phial.
  3. Upon completion of the White Phial questline, Quintus Navale will become a marriage candidate and can be married in the usual manner, with one change required to avoid a bug that can ruin the wedding.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day.
  7. Open the console and type in prid 1B115 and then resurrect. This will bring Nurelion back to life so he doesn’t show up as a corpse at the wedding.
  8. Walk outside and wait 24 hours. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.
  9. After the wedding, when Nurelion has left, open the console again and type prid 1B115, then kill, then markfordelete. This will send old Nurelion back to his eternal rest,

Revyn Sadri

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“Look at you. Wearing an Amulet of Mara. Are you saying you’re available? – [Interested in me, are you?] – You are pleasant company, more than pleasant. And what about you? Would you… be interested in a life together?”

Revyn Sadri’s MaRRIAGE DIALOGUE

Running the general goods store Sadri’s Used Wares in Windhelm, Revyn Sadri is one of the few marriageable Dunmer men in Skyrim. As well as being a speech trainer up to Adept level, you can choose to live with him in his pawnshop which is a pretty cool home base in the merchant heart of Windhelm.

To unlock him as a marriage candidate you need to complete a favour quest for him: That Was Always There. Keep in mind when doing so though that it’s possible to complete the quest in a way that turns him off you and makes marriage impossible. That happens if you turn the ring he gives you directly into Viola Giordana, rather than sneaking it back into her house without her noticing it. So if you want to marry Revyn, make sure you take the sneaky option.

How to Marry Revyn Sadri

  1. Locate Revyn Sadri at Sadri’s Used Wares in Windhelm and talk to him to trigger his personal quest called That Was Always There.
  2. Complete the quest by sneaking Viola Giordana’s stolen ring back into her house without her noticing. Note: You can complete the quest by directly handing the ring to Viola, but if you do so you will not be able to marry Revyn and he won’t be available as a speech trainer.
  3. Once the quest is completed Revyn becomes a marriage candidate and can be courted in the usual manner.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Roggi Knot-Beard

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“An Amulet of Mara? You’re not married? Surprising. – [Interested in me, are you?] – I am. I’d be glad to stand by your side until the Divines take us, if you’ll have me.”

Roggi Knot-Beard’s Marriage DIALOGUE

If you’re attracted to stubborn mead connoisseurs with impressive beards then you’re going to love Roggi Knot-Beard. A potential follower and Blades recruit Roggi is less impressive as a fighter than his proud demeanour may have you believe. He has one of the lower level caps of any follower, maxing out at level 20. But life’s not all about fighting dragons. You could of course marry Roggi for his good looks and lustrous locks and keep him at home with the kids while you bring home the dragon bacon.

How to Marry Roggi Knot-Beard

  1. Locate Roggi Knot-Beard in either the Steamscorch Mine or Braidwood Inn and talk to him to receive the quest to retrieve his ancestral shield.
  2. Complete the request and bring the shield back to Roggi.
  3. He will now be both a potential follower and a marriage candidate who can be courted in the usual fashion.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Romlyn Dreth

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“An Amulet of Mara? You’re looking for marriage, then. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Won’t lie, I am. And you?”

Romlyn Dreth’s Marriage DIALOGUE

Not as morally sound as some marriage candidates, Romlyn Dreth is a Riften-based bootlegger and potential spouse for those who like bad boys. Unfortunately, he also has a very similar (if not the same, still need to verify this), voice actor, as the much-maligned Nazeem (you know… from the cloud district).

If you do decide to join Romlyn in his criminal ways and marry the guy, keep in mind that a glitch prevents you from storing any items permanently in containers in his house. So best to invite him to move into yours.

How to Marry Romlyn Dreth

  1. Locate Romlyn Dreth at the Black-Briar Meadery or the Bee and Barb and talk to him to receive the mead smuggling quest: Under The Table.
  2. Finish the quest by delivering the mead to Wilhelm in Ivarstead. Note: if the Dragonborn instead chooses to turn Romlyn in to the Brewmaster Indaryn, he will not become a marriage candidate and will dislike you.
  3. Once the quest has been completed as Romlyn requested he will become a marriage candidate and can be courted in the usual manner.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Scouts-Many-Marshes

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“Is that Lady Mara’s amulet? I’m shocked a fine person like you isn’t married already. – [Interested in me, are you?] – You have a kind heart. I’d be honored to walk by your side until the trees themselves fade away, if you would have me.”

Scouts-Many-Marshes’ Marriage DIALOGUE

Scouts-Many-Marshes is a hard-working, pro-workers-rights Argonian who you can find in the Windhelm docks. He’s also a total sweety and makes for a very kind husband. He’s an Adept-level Light Armor Trainer, but because he’s not also a potential follower you, unfortunately, can’t get free training by trading the gold back off him after a training session.

How to Marry Scouts-Many-Marshes

  1. Locate Scouts-Many-Marshes at the docks outside of Windhelm and talk to him to receive a miscellaneous quest to help him get proper wages off his boss.
  2. After convincing Torbjorn Shatter-Shield to pay his Argonian workers properly, return to Scouts-Many-Marshes and he’ll give you some potions for your trouble.
  3. Having completed his quest, Scouts is now a marriage candidate and can be wooed in the usual way.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Sondas Drenim

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“An Amulet of Mara? You’re looking for marriage, then. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Won’t lie, I am. And you?”

Sondas Drenim’s Marriage DIALOGUE

You really can’t get a nicer guy than Sondas Drenim. Not only is he a hard worker with a generally cheery disposition and good attitude towards his fellow Darkwater Crossing residents. He also helps out with childcare for Hrefna, a young girl from a single-parent home who’s mother is often busy with work. If you want to marry this all-round good guy Dunmer all you have to do is complete a basic delivery quest and he’s all yours for the taking.

How to Marry Sondas Drenim

  1. Locate Sondas Drenim in Goldenrock Mine in Darkwater Crossing and talk to him to receive a delivery quest.
  2. Return to Sondas after completing the delivery quest and he will now be a marriage candidate that can be courted in the usual manner.
  3. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  4. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  5. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  6. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Sorex Vinius

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“Look at you. Wearing an Amulet of Mara. Are you saying you’re available? – [Interested in me, are you?] – You are pleasant company, more than pleasant. And what about you? Would you… be interested in a life together?”

Sorex Vinius’ MaRRIAGE DIALOGUE

As far as good looking men in Skyrim go, Sorex Vinius is often touted as one of the more handsome options. The Imperial Merchant also comes with an extra benefit above and beyond the usual homecooked meals, daily store profits and “Lover’s Comfort“. Namely, that if you choose to move in with Sorex after the wedding you get to live in The Winking Skeever, a beautiful Inn in Solitude, one of the most picturesque cities in Skyrim. Not a bad option, even if you just want to marry him for the real estate.

How to Marry Sorex Vinius

  1. Locate Sorex Vinius in The Winking Skeever in Solitude.
  2. Talk to Sorex to receive the miscellaneous quest of delivering a bottle of rum to the Blue Palace.
  3. After delivering the rum return to Sorex and he will reward you with a levelled sum of gold. After his quest completion, he will also become a marriage candidate, at which point he can be courted in the usual manner.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Stenvar

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“An Amulet of Mara? You’re looking for marriage, then. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Won’t lie, I am. And you?”

Stenvar’s Marriage DIALOGUE

Like brutish, talkative older guys who can handle themselves in a fight? Stenvar might be your cup of tea. Don’t let the fact that he’s a bit on the senior side fool you, this heavy-armor wearing, two-handed weapon wielding powerhouse can definitely handle himself in battle. You can also recruit him into The Blades.

Luckily for those of you who are into tough older men romantically, he’s not just a viable follower but can also become a marriage candidate quite easily. While a brutish warrior, once married Stenvar has quite a tender tone with the Dragonborn.

How to Marry Stenvar

  1. Locate Stenvar in Candlehearth Hall in Windhelm.
  2. Hire him as a follower for 500 gold.
  3. Once you have Stenvar recruited as a follower, he becomes a marriage candidate and you may court him in the usual manner.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Torvar

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“You’re wearing Mara’s amulet? You? I’d marry you. I’d marry you twice. – [Interested in me, are you?] – I’d be a fool to turn down a chance of marrying you. I’m game if you’re game!”

Torvar’s Marriage DIALOGUE

From the research I’ve done online, the reviews on having Torvar as a husband are mixed. There are some people, like the poster in this thread who think he’s a real sweety, and then others like this unhappily married forum member who are disgusted in his drunken ways.

If you want to find out for yourself you can find Torvar when you join The Companions in Whiterun, as – apart from you – he is their newest recruit. Once you complete The Companions’ questline you can ask him to be your follower, and if the mood strikes, to be your dearly beloved as well. Is he a real sweety? An alchoholic? Both? I guess you’ll just have to try him out and see.

How to Marry Torvar

  1. Visit Torvar’s home: Jorrvaskr in Whiterun.
  2. Speak to the leader of the Companions, Kodlak Whitemane, and ask to join the Companions, to start the Companions questline.
  3. Complete the questline and ask Torvar to be your follower. Once you have recruited him as a follower the usual process for getting married can be followed.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Vilkas

Vilkas in Jorrvaskr in Whiterun - Skyrim.
Vilkas in Jorrvaskr in Whiterun.

“An Amulet of Mara? You’re not married? Surprising. – [Interested in me, are you?] – I am. I’d be glad to stand by your side until the Divines take us, if you’ll have me.

Vilkas’ Marriage DIALOGUE

Some of us are Farkas kinda people – kind, dumb, loveable. And others prefer his brother Vilkas – much smarter, maybe not so kind, still loveable depending on your tastes. The more cunning half of the well known and loved Jorrvaskr based siblings, Vilkas is a formidable warrior, can be recruited into The Blades, and offers his skills as a Master-Level Two-Handed trainer (which you can get for free by taking back the money you pay him if he’s your follower). What more could you ask for in a hubby?

Like the other marriageable members of The Companions to ask for his hand you’ll need to complete The Companions questline and take him on as a follower before you pop the question.

How to Marry Vilkas

  1. Visit Vilkas’ home: Jorrvaskr in Whiterun.
  2. Speak to the leader of the Companions, Kodlak Whitemane, and ask to join the Companions, to start the Companions questline.
  3. Complete the questline and ask Vilkas to be your follower. Once you have recruited him as a follower the usual process for getting married can be followed.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Vorstag

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“Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for. – [Interested in me, are you?] – Well, yes. Why wouldn’t I be? Are you… interested in me?”

Vorstag’s mARRIAGE DIALOGUE

You can find the strapping Vorstag sitting by the cozy fireplace in the Silver-Blood Inn. What more romantic introduction could you hope for? If the Nord warrior catches your eye he’s easy enough to woo. Simply hire him as a follower for 500 gold and he instantly becomes a marriage candidate.

If you’re the kind of person that likes to adventure with your spouse then Vorstag is definitely a viable option. He’s a decent follower in combat with a focus on Heavy Armor, One-Handed, Archery and Block. He can also be recruited into The Blades.

How to Marry Vorstag

  1. Locate Vorstag in the Silver-Blood Inn in Markarth.
  2. Pay him 500 gold to hire him as a mercenary.
  3. Once you’ve recruited him as a follower Vorstag becomes a marriage candidate and can be married by following the usual process.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

Wilhelm

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“An Amulet of Mara? You’re not married? Surprising. – [Interested in me, are you?] – I am. I’d be glad to stand by your side until the Divines take us, if you’ll have me.

WILHELM’S Marriage DIALOGUE

For those of you tired of the hustle and bustle of city life, yearning to settle down with a rustic, rural man in a nice country setting, then Wilhelm may be the match you’ve been waiting for. The ruggedly handsome (albeit bald) Nord inn-keeper runs the quaint Vilemyr Inn in Ivarstead.

Granted, you do have to go off on a draugr-bashing adventure to earn the right to ask for his hand in marriage, but once you do, you could spending your retirement bedded down in the idyllic countryside of Ivarstead enjoying Wilhelm’s home cooking and the comfort of your very own inn.

How to Marry Wilhelm

  1. Locate Wilhelm in the Vilemyr Inn in Ivarstead.
  2. Talk to him to receive the quest Lifting The Shroud, that requires you to clear a dungeon for him.
  3. Complete the quest and return to Wilhelm and he’ll become a marriage candidate who can be married through the usual process.
  4. Purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal in Riften. If you haven’t visited Riften before you’ll find Maramal in The Bee and Barb, otherwise try the Temple of Mara.
  5. Make sure you’ve discussed marriage with Maramal (dialogue won’t trigger otherwise), wear the Amulet of Mara and go talk to your beloved. The marriage dialogue option will now be available – “Interested in me, are you?”.
  6. After agreeing to get married, visit Maramal again and he will set the date for your wedding for the next day. Walk outside and wait 24 hours.
  7. Walk back into the temple of Mara. Your spouse will be present and the wedding ceremony will commence.

And there you have it, the longest article I’ve ever written, and hopefully a useful guide to getting married in Skyrim. If you have any marriage related tips or suggestions please feel free to leave a comment or send me a message. Otherwise, happy adventuring! I wish you and your Skyrim spouse to be all the best for the future.

Author: Jazzua Andrews

Writer. Gamer. Skyrim Tragic. Caffeine Junkie. Digital Enthusiast. Crazy Cat Guy.

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