Post # 1
This is something I’m curious about, and I haven’t seen many posts related to this.
The only weddings I’ve been to have had the couple sign the marriage license in the middle of the ceremony. I’ve seen people go behind closed doors to do it, or do it right in front of your guests. Either way, it almost feels a bit awkward to me, like it would break the flow of a “ceremony”. Mostly because we won’t have a soloist to sing during this time, so it would just be music playing.
How are you doing it? Are you signing in the ceremony? Before? After? Please share!
Post # 3
I haven’t been married yet, but when I was a witness/bridesmaid for a friend of mine (but here in the US) we all signed it actually during the rehearsal/ before the ceremony.
Post # 4
By registry I am assuming you mean the marriage license/certificate…
Post # 5
@love108: Oh I haven’t heard of that! I added it as an option 🙂
@love108: Yes, I changed the title to make it clear 🙂
Post # 6
Hmmmm, I’ve honestly never actually thought about this. I think you usually do it beforehand in my state. But, I’m having a Jewish ceremony and signing a ketubah which I’ve seen done sometimes before and sometimes during the ceremony…I find it awkward when it comes in the middle unless someone is singing, and I know that I’ll be doing it just before the ceremony starts instead.
Post # 7
Most weddings I’ve been to the marriage license gets signed after the ceremony
Post # 8
Oh sheesh, I hadn’t even thought of this! Maybe we’ll do it during the unity candle lighting. We planned to have a song played or sung at that time, and also to present flowers to our mothers to honor/thank them (and to fill time), but I bet we could include this in that timeframe as well.
I’d say your best bet is to ask your officiant. I’m making a note to text my pastor tomorrow! Lol.
Post # 9
@indibee: Ditto! I’m going to ask our Pastor at our final pre-marital session this Sunday. Whew hew one more session left! Not that they’re bad- just 3hrs driving distance for us sucks!
Post # 10
@Mrs.Elivs: Are we twins? Or the same person?! Our pastor was 5 hours away, so he kindly collapsed our sessions into two long ones to save us travel time. Date twins and legal ladies….are you blonde? Lol. *sorry to threadjack, OP*
Post # 11
Signing during the ceremony is a Canadian thing (I have a lot of Canadian friends). In the US, we sign before or after, not during.
Post # 12
I think we have to do ot during the ceremony. There was never any other option presented to us. It really wasnt a big deal though. I think it’s so common that people here almost think of it as part of the ceremony rqther than breaking up the flow.
Post # 13
@SapphireSun: …and this.
We said the legal stuff and our vows, and then our officiant said something to the effect of “Will the bride, the groom and their witnesses please then sign the registry,” and music played while Darling Husband, the best man, my Maid/Matron of Honor and I all went over to the table where the registry book was. Photos were taken of each of us signing, and then we resumed our places at the front and our officiant did a final reading, we kissed, and then she introduced us as husband and wife.
It’s not a big to-do, and it really doesn’t interrupt the flow. I’ve never seen a wedding where the couple didn’t sign the registry during the ceremony, so I guess I’m just used to it.
Post # 14
we had to sign it at the office where we got our marriage license. it was required. we just handed it to our pastor on the rehearsal night so he could sign it and send it in for us!
Post # 15
^ Same here! We signed it at the office when we got it and then dropped it off with our Pastor the week of.
Must be a Texas thing! =)
Post # 16
We actually kinda forgot about it until our friend/officiant reminded us! So it was towards the end of the night. We just sneaked into the bridal suite with her, our witnesses and our photographer.