Post # 1
I am a bit flustered & frustrated.. I wanted to get married in Jamaica but have been told it want be legal & should get married in the U.S. So, now we are going to hold the ceremony with just me & my fiance here in Orlando. However, I just need a free location site to hold the ceremony.
It’s just the 2 of us & the officiant. So, I still have to find an officiant. We would like somewhere possibly with a gazebo. If we stayed in an apartment we could’ve used an apartments gazebo.
Any suggestions or ideas.
Post # 3
If push comes to shove: Google parks/gardens/public venues. Crash one of them. Ceremonies only last about 15 minutes and with three people only you aren’t going to get kicked out for “throwing a wedding.”
ETA- Also since you’re not doing it in a courthouse you’re going to need witnesses to sign your wedding certificate…
Post # 4
“I wanted to get married in Jamaica but have been told it want be legal & should get married in the U.S.“
Maybe double check with the Destination board – I think marriages in Jamaica are considered legal in the US, so many brides go there!
If you do opt for Orlando, check your town or county website to see if two witnesses are required. Not all states require witnesses.
Ditto on the parks, public venues, open space idea! Just crash it!
Post # 5
@cwynn: theres a seriously cute lake & Gazebo in winter park/maitland…like GORGEOUS! Lake Lily!!!
I’ll come witness for you!
Post # 6
As someone planning an Elopement to a Destination Wedding, I’ve gone thru this process myself.
Start by using GOOGLE to find info on Weddings in Orlando (or Getting Married in Orlando)
As well, The City of Orlando Website, should give you all the info you need on what are the Legal Requirements be you a Resident of the City / State of Florida / or a Visitor
Including… usually what Restrictions there are on using public property (such as Parkland)
As sienna76: said, not all Cities / Counties require Witnesses
If you are planning to have your Wedding Night (or a Mini-Moon / Honeymoon) in an Orlando Resort, Hotel or Condo Rental, you may discover that they’ll be quite open to you getting married on their grounds for FREE if there is just the 2 of you and the Officiant
Hope this helps,
Post # 7
So my step dad’s family lives in Orlando, and while you should double check, they recall that legally you don’t need witnesses. But Orlando has this premarital prep course (lol) and if you don’t take it there is a three day waiting period for your license and The cost for your marriage license will be reduced $61.00 if you have completed the premarital preparation course within the last 12 months. Otherwise the cost is $93.50.
Post # 8
Okay thanks a bunch ladies!! This information helps tremendously!!!
Do you know how much the premartial courses are?
We are going to honeymoon in Jamaica..
Post # 9
@cwynn: I don’t know the cost of the course but it is only 4 hours long! I have a feeling it evens out cost wise but is their attempt to try and prevent divorce rates. I’d double check with your local clerk!
Congrats on your honeymoon!! You two could write special honeymoon vows to recite to each other on the beach there so you’re still getting your Jamaican wedding 🙂
Post # 10
@piacavoleKt: Thanks, now that’s a great idea.. We can just read them to each other. I think we might even pack the clothes that wear for our reading & just say our vows to each other while on the beach in Jamaica.. We don’t need an officiant for that b/c we’ll already be married. That was a FABULOUS IDEA!! Thanks a bunch!
Post # 11
@cwynn: the Exedra at the Kraft Azalea Garden in Winter Park is not completely free but its pretty close (only $150) and it is GORGEOUS! If I end up having a very small wedding then I am thinking of going there for my ceremony
I think you could probably “banzai” (meaning just show up unannounced) a wedding there as well as some of the other posters suggested.
Post # 12
@peonies322013: Thanks.. We found a gazebo at an office plaza here locally that we are going to go to. The building is closed on Sundays & it would be a great place for just the 2 of us & the officiant to get married. They have a little boardwalk & it’s free!! So it works out perfectly.
Yes, Kraft Azalea park is gorgeous!! We looked at them but didn’t want to pay for a ceremony site fee. However, you are right we can just show up since it’s only the 2 of us. the ceremony will only be 15 minutes & can’t see paying $150 bucks for just 15 minutes or less.