(Closed) Confused about the signing at the ceremony… Can I avoid it?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
6826 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You have to sign your marriage certificate is most places for the marriage to be legal.  I know for our ceremony we signed before the ceremony. You could always do that. 

You usually kiss before signing and that usually takes place in private for signing

Post # 4
1628 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve heard this come up in previous threads (signing mid-ceremony) and it seems specific to Canada (maybe other areas too, but doesn’t seem to be a US thing–US is usually before the ceremony)….hopefully some other Canadian bees know the answer!

Post # 5
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@Sassygrn:  +1 about signing before, that’s what my BFF did.

We actually WANTED to sign during our ceremony, altho we did it before our kiss in place of a sand ceremony or unity knot or other things people do in that place.

Post # 7
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was curious and Googled it. In Canada it’s part of the ceremony and is signed before you’re announced as husband and wife unlike in the US where you sign after. You might want to talk to your officiant for more information, they’ll know best.

Post # 8
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My sister did hers in a room after the ceremony.

Just the Bride, Groom, Maid/Matron of Honor and Bestman and the officiant in attendance.

Post # 9
5243 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m in Canada also and every wedding I have been too the bride and groom sign the marriage license before they kiss and are pronounced a married couple

Post # 10
38 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are signing then kiss then exit!  Talk to your officiant.  It’s not a silly question and they should be able to work with you to make something you like.

Post # 11
4275 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We did ours after the ceremony. There was nothing really formal about it.

Post # 12
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Just sign it after?

Post # 13
4322 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I can’t remember – I know we didn’t do it at the ceremony… it was either at the rehearsal dinner or the reception. I can’t remember! I know our officiant signed it at the reception and took care of submitting it for us (he was a judge and worked at the courthouse anyway).

Post # 14
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t think there’s any specific order it must be done in, so I’m sure you could do it an order the suits both you and your fiance 🙂 I’d talk to your officiant. I’m sure you could sign the register, then you could have your kiss, and then turn and announce you 🙂

Post # 15
279 posts
Helper bee

At the weddings I have been to it happens during the ceremony, before the kiss. They go over to a table at the the side, sign, then come back to the altar, finish the ceremony and are announced as husband and wife, then exit. I agree that it would be awkward to sign after the kiss, and would be sort of a boring ending IMO.

Post # 16
2971 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

we signed ours before and our witnesses (best man & maid of honor) signed it after

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