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Stardew Valley marriage guide - How to woo and marry

Every video game farmer has to settle down sometime. Here's how you do in Stardew Valley.

Look, let's be real: everyone puts a ton of effort into wooing their villager of choice in these types of games. I've worked my butt off to get to the point of proposing in every Harvest Moon and Rune Factory game I've played, and you probably have too. It's the nature of the genre.

Stardew Valley isn't swimming in eligible marriage candidates, but it does have enough of a variety of personalities for anyone to be able to find at least one villager they want to marry.

A couple things to note about marriage in Stardew Valley:

  • Same-sex marriage is available
  • You must reach 10 hearts with one of these marriage candidates to propose -- reach 10 hearts by talking to them regularly and giving them gifts they like or love
  • In order to propose, you must give them a bouquet and give them the Mermaid Pendant
  • After you've been married, your spouse will help you around the farm as long as they're happy
How to get the Mermaid Pendant

Sometime after your house is upgraded, a Mysterious Man will appear on the beach on a rainy day and offer you the Mermaid Pendant.

About this guide

The listings for each eligible bachelor and bachelorette below are fairly simple. Each mentions where they are most often found, as well as their likes and dislikes, loves and hates.

Some likes and dislikes are basically universal and apply to the vast majority of villagers. You can check out those lists at the top of my general villager likes and dislikes guide. "General" items (like leafy green vegetables, all types of milk) are italicized.

If you want to get on the other villagers' good sides, take a gander at my Stardew Valley villager likes and dislikes guide.

Women

Abigail (Birthday: Fall 13th)

Abigail spends most of her time at work/home, Pierre's General Store.

Loves

  • Amethyst
  • Blackberry Cobbler
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Pufferfish
  • Pumpkin
  • Spicy Eel

Likes

  • Quartz

Dislikes

  • Eggs
  • Fruit
  • Sugar
  • Vegetables
  • Wheat Flour
  • Wild Horseradish

Hates

  • Clay
  • Joja Cola
  • Stone
Haley (Birthday: Spring 14th)

Haley spends most of her time at the beach or at home, but spends a good amount of time at the fountain most days.

Loves

  • Coconut
  • Fruit Salad
  • Pink Cake
  • Sunflower

Likes

  • Coconut
  • Daffodil

Dislikes

  • Eggs
  • Fruit
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Milk
  • Quartz

Hates

  • Clay
  • Fish
  • Stone
  • Wild Horseradish
Leah (Birthday: Winter 23rd)

Leah spends a good amount of time at the bar, beach, and at home.

Loves

  • Poppyseed Muffin
  • Salad
  • Stir Fry
  • Vegetable Stew
  • Wine

Likes

  • Dandelion
  • Eggs
  • Fruit
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Milk

Dislikes

  • Clay
  • Gems
  • Seaweed
  • Stone

Hates

  • Bread
  • Pizza
Maru (Birthday: Summer 10th)

Maru spends most of her time working as a nurse at the clinic.

Loves

  • Battery Pack
  • Cheese Cauliflower
  • Diamond
  • Gold Bar
  • Miner's Treat
  • Pepper Poppers
  • Rhubarb Pie
  • Strawberry

Likes

  • Copper Bar
  • Iron Bar
  • Processed goods
  • Sweet Pea

Dislikes

  • Clay
  • Fish

Hates

  • Stone
Penny (Birthday: Fall 2nd)

Penny can be hard to find of and doesn't spend too much time at home. She seems to spend a good amount of time near the Community Center and Library.

Loves

  • Diamond
  • Melon
  • Poppy
  • Red Plate
  • Roots Platter
  • Sandfish
  • Tom Kha Soup

Likes

  • Dandelion
  • Leek
  • Milk
  • Tulip

Dislikes

  • Clay
  • Fish
  • Quartz

Hates

  • Grape
  • Hops
  • Stone

Men

Alex (Birthday: Summer 13th)

Alex seems to spend a good amount of time in or around his house working out.

Loves

  • Complete Breakfast
  • Salmon Dinner

Likes

  • Eggs

Dislikes

  • Clay
  • Wild Horseradish

Hates

  • Poppy
  • Quartz
  • Stone
Elliot (Birthday: Fall 5th)

Elliott spends an exorbitant amount of time in his cabin by the beach, but does come out occasionally.

Loves

  • Crab Cakes
  • Duck Feather
  • Lobster
  • Tom Kha Soup

Likes

  • Beer
  • Chowder
  • Fish Stew
  • Fruit
  • Octopus
  • Squid
  • Wine

Dislikes

  • Clay
  • Daffodil
  • Malachite
  • Wild Horseradish

Hates

  • Amaranth
  • Quartz
  • Salmonberry
  • Sea Cucumber
  • Stone
Harvey (Birthday: Winter 14th)

Harvey spends most of his time at work in the clinic.

Loves

  • Coffee
  • Lobster Bisque
  • Pickles
  • Super Meal
  • Truffle Oil
  • Wine

Likes

  • Daffodil
  • Duck Egg
  • Duck Feather
  • Goat Milk
  • Grape
  • L. Goat Milk
  • Parsnip
  • Potato
  • Purple Mushroom
  • Red Mushroom

Dislikes

  • Clay
  • Green Algae
  • Hay
  • Sap
  • Stone
  • White Algae

Hates

  • Coral
  • Nautilus Shell
  • Rainbow Shell
  • Salmonberry
  • Spice Berry
  • Sugar
Sam (Birthday: Summer 17th)

Sam works at Joja Mart, but spends most of his time at home or walking about town.

Loves

  • Cactus Fruit
  • Maple Bar
  • Pizza

Likes

  • Egg (brown)
  • Joja Cola

Dislikes

  • Clay
  • Daffodil
  • Hay
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Quartz
  • Seaweed

Hates

  • Stone
Sebastian (Birthday: winter 10th)

Sebastian spends most of his time at home in his room.

Loves

  • Fire Quartz
  • Frozen Tear
  • Pumpkin Soup
  • Sashimi

Likes

  • Coffee
  • Friend Calamari
  • Pumpkin
  • Quartz
  • Salad
  • Spaghetti

Dislikes

  • Daffodil
  • Leafy green vegetables

Hates

  • Clay
  • Complete Breakfast
  • Farmer's Lunch
  • Fried Egg
  • Omelet
  • Stone

Go get'em!

Published Feb. 29th 2016

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