Post # 1
My FI and I are getting married in Mexico on 10/30/10. Yeah! The issue is that the wedding down there is not a legal wedding ceremony (i.e. won’t be registered in Mexico). We don’t want to take blood tests and all that junk.
So, we need to get legally married in Ohio. I would like to get legally married before we go down there. However, I don’t want to exchange vows and do a JOP ceremony. Can a judge just sign your marriage license or do you have to say vows?
Post # 3
@cheparm: My dad is from Ohio so I could ask him, but I don’t know for sure personally. Maybe call up the courthouse nearest you and ask them what the drill is to get the license signed and everything. I’m sure they could tell you what exactly has to be said and done to make it official. From what I understand you do have to verbally verify when it’s signed that you do want to be married and you understand the implications of getting married, but I don’t know if you have to actually say vows. You might also be able to pay an officiant to come to your house and do the signing there, you would have more control over the wording of the ceremony in that instance I’d imagine, because you could write your own ‘vows’ and make it be just promises about being married to eachother rather than the ‘I do’ route.