“A marriage license isn’t just a piece of paper . . .” ~ Beth Robinson
It can be easy to get caught up in all the details and logistics of planning your wedding, as wedding coordinators we totally understand. But, in order to be officially married you have to do so on paper too! A marriage license is the paperwork needed for you and your partner to legally be considered ‘two becoming one’. Yes, this may seem like a mundane task compared to floral design and honeymoon plans, but it’s still very exciting!
The first step is figuring out where to obtain the license. Ask yourself these two questions:
If you’re getting married in your hometown, great! This will be a piece of cake. If you’re getting married out of town, figure out what county your venue is in because this is where you’ll need to apply for the marriage license.
The next step is figuring out where exactly marriage licenses in that county are obtained. Is it city hall? It will vary depending on where you are, so Google is your best friend during this step! Another detail to prepare yourself for is the ‘when’. Once again, marriage license validity varies from state to state. In most cases, your marriage license may only be valid for a certain window of time. Usually it’s 30 -60 days, but can range up to a year. This means you should obtain it within a month or two of your wedding date at the latest depending on where the celebration is taking place.
There are a few more loose ends that need to be tied up regarding your marriage license before you say your “I Do’s”. Most states charge a fee for applying so be wary of that as well as having all the proper documents needed such as birth certificates and social security cards. Then, the two of you must sign the license with your officiant on the day of and the deed is done! Your officiant will then file for your certified marriage certificate or send you home with a kit with instructions to do this yourself. As wedding coordinators, we’ll be sure to make sure the signing gets completed either prior to the rehearsal or on the day of and that the officiant keeps track of the license too!
With all that said, even the smallest, logistical aspects of getting married are still ones to get excited about. It’s all part of the process and as your wedding coordinators, we’re here every step of the way. We hope this post has helped you prepare for applying and signing off on your marriage license. Congratulations, you’re getting married!!