Stardew Valley: A Complete Guide to Marrying Alex

If Alex is the man of your dreams, here’s everything you need to know to win his heart in Stardew Valley.

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Stardew Valley's Alex is an incredibly young romance candidate who seems not to have graduated from high school that long ago. This is reflected in his personality, hobbies, and even in his general demeanor.

Like most characters living in Pelican Town, though, Alex has more to him than meets the eye. In fact, you might be surprised by just how deep his story arc goes. To help you get the most out of your relationship, we are going to go over how to form a relationship and marry Alex.

Updated April 16, 2024 by Jacqueline Zalace: Alex is a simple man, but you may still need help winning his heart in Stardew Valley. We've updated the formatting of this guide slightly to help you befriend and marry Alex as quickly as possible.

Alex's Basic Info

Stardew Valley: A Complete Guide to Marrying Alex

Alex is a character without a full-time job, although he can be found working at the ice cream stand in the summer. Below, you can check out some of his basic information.

  • Birthday: Summer 13
  • Home Location: 1 River Road (east of Pierre's, north of the Saloon)
  • Clinic Visit: Summer 16
  • Night Market Visit: Winter 17
  • Occupation: Ice Cream Scooper (Summer)

Alex's Schedule

Stardew Valley: A Complete Guide to Marrying Alex

To say that Alex has a pretty easy schedule is an understatement. He doesn't really have a job three seasons out of the year, and Haley seems to be his only friend. This makes him easy to track down no matter what season it currently is in-game.

Below, you can check out his daily schedule during every season. Be advised that your friendship level with Haley will affect whether he deviates from his schedule on Wednesday.

Spring

Everyday

When

Where

8:00 am

Goes to stand next to the tree outside his home

1:00 pm

In his room

4:00 pm

Goes to stand next to the dog pen

6:30 pm

In his entryway

8:00 pm

In his room

10:00 pm

Goes to sleep

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Summer

Everyday

When

Where

7:50 am

Goes to the beach

12:00 pm

Goes to work at the ice cream stand

5:00 pm

In his room

7:00 pm

In his entryway

8:00 pm

In his room

10:00 pm

Goes to sleep

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Fall

Everyday

When

Where

8:00 am

Goes to stand next to the tree outside his home

1:00 pm

In his room

4:00 pm

Goes to stand next to the dog pen

6:30 pm

In his entryway

8:00 pm

In his room

10:00 pm

Goes to sleep

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Winter

Everyday

When

Where

8:00 am

In his bedroom

9:00 am

Goes to the Spa's gym section

3:00 pm

Returns home to his bedroom

6:00 pm

Goes to stand next to the dog pen

7:30 pm

Returns home to his entryway

9:00 pm

In his bedroom

10:40 pm

Goes to sleep

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Deviations

Rainy Days

When

Where

8:00 am

In his entryway

1:00 pm

In his room

4:00 pm

Goes to stand next to the dog pen

6:30 pm

In his entryway

8:00 pm

In his room

10:00 pm

Goes to sleep

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Wednesday (If you have five or fewer Hearts with Haley)

When

Where

8:00 am

Goes to stand next to the tree outside his home

12:00 pm

Goes to Haley and Emily's house

4:30 pm

Goes to stand next to the dog pen

6:40 pm

In his entryway

8:00 pm

In his bedroom

10:00 pm

Goes to sleep

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Winter 17

When

Where

9:00 am

Goes to the Spa's gym section

3:00 pm

Goes to the Night Market

12:00 am

Returns home

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Summer 16

When

Where

8:00 am

Goes to stand next to the tree outside his home

10:30 am

Goes to the clinic and sits in the waiting room

1:40 pm

In the clinic examination room

4:00 pm

Returns home

10:00 pm

Goes to sleep

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The Best Places To Find Alex

Stardew Valley: A Complete Guide to Marrying Alex

As you can see, Alex has an incredibly basic schedule. To find him, all you need to do is head to his house. He will probably be standing outside here, making it easy to speak with him.

Unlike many characters, Alex does not visit the Saloon. The Saloon can be quite packed at night, allowing you to give gifts to multiple people at the same time. Unfortunately, Alex is not part of this crowd, so you will need to seek him out.

Gifting to Alex

Stardew Valley: A Complete Guide to Marrying Alex

Not only is Alex's schedule possibly the easiest in the game, but giving him gifts is as well. Alex has very few loves and likes to remember. Sadly, both of his loves (other than the Universal Loves) are recipes that you probably won't be able to make for the first little while.

To date and eventually marry an NPC in Stardew Valley, you need to improve your friendship rating with them, measured in hearts on the Social menu. Be sure to talk to Alex every day and give him gifts twice a week!

Loves & Likes

Loves (+80 points)

Likes (+45 points)

Complete Breakfast

Salmon Dinner

Jack Be Nimble, Jack be Thick (Book)

Universal Loves

Universal Likes

All Eggs (Except Void Eggs, but including Parrot Eggs and Dinosaur Eggs)

Field Snack

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Neutrals, Dislikes, & Hates

Neutral (+20 points)

Dislikes (-20 points)

Hates (-40 points)

All Fruit (Exept Cherries , Apricots , Oranges , Peaches , Apples , Pomegranates , and Salmonberries )

Chanterelle

Common Mushroom

Daffodil

Dandelion

Ginger

Hazelnut

Leek

Magma Cap

Morel

Purple Mushroom

Snow Yam

Winter Root

All types of Milk

Universal Neutrals

Frog Egg

Salmonberries

Wild Horseradish

Universal Dislikes

Holly

Quartz

Universal Hates

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The Best Gifts To Give

It's best to rely on Alex's likes for those looking to build up friendship points with him. As a bonus, he also has a small number of hated items, which helps to make the gifting process relatively risk-free.

Alex will like any food dish that you give him. If you have access to a kitchen (or money to buy food from the Saloon), then this is a great way to ensure that Alex gets his two weekly gifts.

Dating Alex

Stardew Valley: A Complete Guide to Marrying Alex

Triggering Alex's cutscenes have low requirements that won't interfere with your schedule. His most difficult events are the two and eight heart events, because they can only happen in the summer season.

Since most players won't be ready to get married until around the summer of year two, though, this isn't really a problem. Alex does have dialogue choices, but only one of them will actually have any effect on your friendship points.

Event

How To Trigger

Choices

Two Hearts

Go to the beach on a sunny day.

There are no choices you will need to make.

Four Hearts

Enter town between 9 am and 4 pm.

There are no choices you will need to make.

Five Hearts

Enter Alex's house while he is there.

"That's crazy. You're a genius!" (No effect)

"We all have our strengths and weaknesses." (+50 friendship points)

"Worthless? Yeah, that about sums it up." (-50 friendship points)

Six Hearts

Enter Alex's house while he is there.

There are no choices you will need to make.

Eight Hearts

Go to the beach on a sunny day during the Summer.

There are no choices you will need to make.

Ten Hearts

Enter the Saloon between 7pm and 10pm.

There are no choices you will need to make.

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Upon hitting eight hearts of friendship with Alex, you'll get a surprise letter from Pierre. It informs you that you can now purchase a Bouquet from him for 200g in the general store. Bouquets can be presented to the NPCs to ask them to go out with you.

Give a fresh Bouquet to Alex to get him to date you! He'll happily accept as long as you still have eight hearts of friendship with him. After, you'll get a few new voice lines from him and his relationship status in the Social menu will change from "Single" to "Boyfriend."

Marrying Alex

Stardew Valley: A Complete Guide to Marrying Alex

Mayor Lewis will clue you in about how to propose once you reach ten hearts with Alex (or any romanceable NPC). He sends you a letter telling you that it's a tradition in Pelican Town to propose to your partner with a special necklace: a Mermaid's Pendant. In his usual unhelpful way, though, Lewis doesn't tell you how to get one. We will, though!

To get a Mermaid's Pendant, you need to find the Old Mariner. This is a unique NPC that appears on the beach on rainy days. The Old Mariner is standing near the pools, though, so you need to repair that wooden bridge on the beach in order to get to him.

If you're at ten hearts with Alex when you speak with him, and you've upgraded the farmhouse at least once, he'll offer to sell you the Mermaid's Pendant for 5,000g.

The only way to trigger the Old Mariner's appearance during the Winter is to use a rain totem.

Stardew Valley: A Complete Guide to Marrying Alex

Your next step is to propose to Alex by giving him the Mermaid's Pendant. As long as his heart level hasn't dropped for some reason, he'll accept your proposal. The wedding is set for three days after the day you proposed. On the off chance that your wedding falls on a day that there's an event happening in Pelican Town, it will just be pushed to the following day.

There's a beautiful ceremony with Mayor Lewis officiating and all the other NPCs in attendance. Afterward, you and Alex are both transported home. A unique spousal room for Alex will have been added on the right-hand side of your house and some weights will have been placed outside for him to work out with.

Marriage Schedule

Stardew Valley: A Complete Guide to Marrying Alex

After your joyous ceremony, Alex moves into the farmhouse with you and spends most of his time there. Throughout your marriage, Alex can be found doing the following activities.

  • Watering crops
  • Feeding animals
  • Watering the animal bowl
  • Repairing broken fences
  • Giving you gifts
  • Decorating the house
  • In his unique outside area
  • In his unique indoor room

However, he does have a unique schedule for Mondays. He'll also get a unique schedule on Sundays once you see his 14-heart cutscene.

Monday

When

Where

8:30 am

Goes to visit his grandparents

6:00 pm

Returns home

10:00 pm

Goes to sleep

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Sunday (After seeing 14-Heart Cutscene)

When

Where

8:30 am

Goes to stand under the tree outside his grandparents' home

11:00 am

Goes to the Stardrop Saloon to watch gridball

3:00 pm

Goes to the dog pen

6:30 pm

Stands in the entryway in his grandparents' home

8:00 pm

Stands in his bedroom in his grandparents' home

10:00 pm

Returns home

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Alex's Fourteen Heart Cutscene

All of the marriage candidates have a special 14-heart event after you marry them. Alex's special event has two parts. To trigger the first part of Alex's, increase his friendship level to 14, then leave the farmhouse anytime in your second year or later between 6:00 am and 8:20 am, any day except Sunday.

Between these two parts, you will need to give Alex 5,000g. Once you have done this, the second part will trigger when you enter the Saloon. After witnessing the cutscene, Alex's Sunday schedule will change.

Once you reach 14 hearts, you will be able to buy a portrait of Alex from the Traveling Cart. This will cost you 30,000g.

Maintaining Marriage Or Choosing Divorce

Stardew Valley: A Complete Guide to Marrying Alex

When you marry Alex, you won't have to continue to give him two weekly gifts, but he will still accept them. You will still need to talk to Alex to maintain your marriage though. Each morning, Alex will probably be standing around somewhere. All you need to do is approach him and talk! After interacting with him a few times, the two of you will kiss.

If, on the other hand, Alex doesn't make a good husband, you can divorce him. While this may be a bit sad, the process is surprisingly easy. On the left-hand side of Mayor Lewis' house, you will see two books. The book on the right of the dresser is used to file for divorce, which will cost you 50,000g.

Divorce will take a toll on your relationship. Alex won't be nice to you when you speak to him around town, which can be a bit sad. Fortunately, you can wipe his memory by using a shrine that unlocks after completing a quest for the Wizard. After using the shrine, Alex won't have any recollection of being married to you.

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