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In the vein of Are inter-racial marriages frowned upon? - Pete Hines, Bethesda's VP of PR and Marketing, when asked if Skyrim would support gay marriage said the following:

You can marry anyone...Not any NPC, just mean any male or female.

So obviously some NPCs are off the list. I assume I can't marry Jarl Balgruuf, but what about Irileth? What about the Graybeards? What about already-married NPCs? Is it any "important" NPC, or is it more or less than that?

Has the Skyrim Creation Kit shed any light on how to determine this?

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The UESP is reporting a "PotentialMarriageFaction". As soon as we get our hands on the construction set, we'll be able to scan that to get a complete list. –  Raven Dreamer Nov 14 '11 at 3:19

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NPCs who can be married will be part of a faction, marriage-faction.

The console command addfac 19809 1 while having an NPC selected will make them eligible for marriage.

For scanning through info in the Construction Kit, look out for

marriage-faction

and the faction ID

19809

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According to The Elder Scrolls Wiki - Marriage you first need a certain amulet to see the relevant marriage dialogue options.

That site also has a list of eligible marriage partners, so I'm not sure it's true that you can marry just anyone you encounter.

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There are a few people you can marry some in small villages or mills others in the city. You can't marry just anyone, and you can only marry once. The first person that will marry you is the Riverwood trader girl, as you do the quest that is related to her, but there are others. Largely it doesn't matter who you marry, the benefits are all the same. She will cook a meal a day for you and give you the proceeds from the shop she sets up (100gp) you can also trade with her. If you marry one of the available NPC's that will adventure with you then they can still adventure with you when they are your wife.

All you need is the Amulet of Mara, and a little instruction from the priest and you are good to go and find some woman, man, Argonian, Dark Elf, High Elf that is willing to be your husband/wife or what have you.

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Amulet of Mara is needed. Also the availability for the NPC to marry depends on if you have done misc quests for the person. –  TombstoneTwo Nov 24 '11 at 13:14
    
@TombstoneTwo I edited in the Amulet name. In the future, you can make a suggested edit by clicking the edit link. –  Doozer Blake Nov 24 '11 at 13:33

Once you are wearing the Amulet of Mara steadilY, you will notice characters staring at you more, making slight comments, and new dialogs options will come up. The dialoge options are not always obvious in what they incenuate, but it becomes apparent by the responses you receive. Just like in real life, not all characters are interested in the character you are playing. Some of the marriage options remain regardless, but some are varied according to who (what race, social standing, guild memberships, etc) you are.

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This link here contains a list of the NPCs in Skyrim you can marry: http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Marriage

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Please summarize the information at the link. Saves people a click, and ensures your answer is still valid in the event the site ever is unavailable. –  Frank Sep 21 '13 at 23:09
    
While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. –  Billy Mailman Sep 22 '13 at 0:03
    
@BillyMailman how is one supposed to summarize a list without copying it, which is also bad? –  kotekzot Sep 22 '13 at 0:21
    
@kotekzot no clue. I didn't write that comment. It's the auto-comment that happens when you hit "This is a link-only answer (and not spam) in the VLQ review queue. Take it up in Meta if you think it's worded poorly. –  Billy Mailman Sep 22 '13 at 0:31

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