Inevitably, at some point in your Skyrim adventures, you'll want to find a more permanent home and maybe even a permanent companion. By acquiring the Amulet of Mara, you'll have the option to approach any character you're interested in marrying, provided you've completed any of their personal quests and gained their trust. However, finding the right person can be tricky when there are about 65 different romance options to choose from.
Luckily, we've gathered here the 10 best wives you can choose to settle down with, along with a small guide on how to unlock the marriage option with them and where to find them in the first place.
10 Ghorza Gra-Bagol
If an Orsimer woman is one you're after and you prefer strength over beauty, Ghorza just might be your soulmate. Head over to the city of Markath in Southwest of Skyrim, and you should find Ghorza working as a blacksmith. In order to gain her trus,t however, you need to help her retrieve a book.
In the quest Skilled Apprenticeship, she will send you off to find the Last Scabbard of Akrash. The book is located in Fort Sungard, which is overrun by Forsworn. Once you return, she'll grant you a boost in Smithing and also allow you to access any Orc Stronghold.
Taarie may not have the best personality, but after marriage she becomes much more loving and gentle. You'll find her working at Radiant Raiment in Solitude as a tailor, and in order to stand a chance of marrying this Altmeri woman you need to help her with the Fit For A Jarl quest.
Taarie will ask you to wear one of her outfits during your visit to the Blue Palace in an effort to persuade Jarl Elisif to order an outfit from her shop. What's good about marrying her is that if you have no house, you can use the Radiant Raiment as your temporary home.
Maybe you've always dreamed of meeting an Argonian woman. If that's the case, Shahvee makes a great option. She's usually working at a tanning rack by Windhelm Docks, where you can approach her and pick up a quest from her. Shahvee has lost an amulet, which was stolen from her by bandits and is now being held in a random quest location.
After clearing out the bandits and getting the Amulet of Zenithar back, Shahvee can be married, and she'll also reward you with a bit of Light Armor and Lockpicking training if you wish.
7 Borgakh The Steel Heart
In the Northwestern area of Skyrim, up in the mountains nearby Solitude, you'll come across one of the many Orc strongholds of Skyrim. Travel to Mor Khazgur, led by Chief Larak, and you'll meet Borgakh there. She'll immediately express her envy towards you and says she'd like to adventure freely as well.
You can ask her to become your follower, but it will require some persuasion and possibly the payment of her dowry to free her from an arranged marriage. Once she decides to come along with you she can be married.
6 Camilla Valerius
Camilla is the most wanted woman in Riverwood. Faendal and Sven are constantly bickering over who truly deserves to be with her, and even after you marry her she will be visited by Faendal regularly. That being said, if your heart stills beats for Camilla as well, head over to Riverwood and help her brother Lucan get back the golden claw from Bleak Falls Barrow.
Once you return safely from your mission, you can ask for her hand. Most conveniently, if you have no house to stay in you can live along with her at the shop in Riverwood.
Muiri is the victim of a terrible betrayal by her former friend and lover Alain Dufont, who she wants to see dead. After joining the Dark Brotherhood, the quest Mourning Never Comes is received from Astrid and will send you to Markarth,where the woman is currently working as an apprentice alchemist.
Muiri will ask you to kill Alain, but if you also kill his accomplice Nilsine, she will offer you her ring as a reward. Moreover, she will become a marriage partner if both Alain and Nilsine are assassinated.
Not many companions are necessarily evil and ruthless in Skyrim, making Jenassa a unique character. It's evident from the moment you interact with her that she's incredibly sadistic and obsessed with killing. She's among the few companions that don't care if you make questionable ethical choices, like attacking hold guards or killing innocents.
If that sounds right up your alley, head over to The Dunken Huntsman inn found in Whiterun. She can be hired as a follower, after which you can marry her without any quests.
3 Mjoll The Lioness
For anyone looking for a companion with their priorities set straight, Mjoll is the ideal choice. She's a good-doer and dislikes anything that has to do with corruption, namely the Thieves' Guild and the Black Briar family. You'll find her in Riften, usually hanging around the Bee and Barb Inn.
In order to marry her, you need to first retrieve her missing sword, Grimsever, from the Dwarven ruin of Mzinchaleft. However, in order for her to offer this quest you must be at least level 14 and gain her trust by agreeing that the Thieves' Guild is evil or by helping the people of Riften with various tasks. After her sword has been returned, she can be married.
Considered among the most popular companions and marriage partners, Lydia is an iconic woman in Skyrim. She's relatively easy to meet, since the main quest will lead you her way. Once you fight your first dragon at the Western Watchtower outside of Whiterun and discover your true nature as Dragonborn, Jarl Balgruuf will reward you with the position of Thane in Whiterun.
Moreover, Lydia will then become your Housecarl and she can be taken as a follower. She can now also be married.
1 Aela The Huntress
The most popular and best wife in Skyrim, according to the community, is undoubtedly Aela. She's a member of the Companions and also a Werewolf, following the teachings of Hircine. She feels great pride over her true nature and is a skilled archer.
She's also one of the more tolerant followers when it comes to questionable actions such as murder and thievery. In order to have her along as a follower, you'll need to complete the entire Companions quest line and destroy the Silver Hand. After that, she can be married and recruited as a follower.