Post # 1
We just veered from our original plans of getting married on the Cape…and we’re strongly considering our favorite restaurant in Old Town Alexandria—Taverna Cretekou.
Problem is, we know little of Virginia marriage laws and can’t seem to find clear information on how to get legally married. I know that we need to stop by the courthouse to get a marriage license, but what else?
Originally, we wanted FI’s brother to perform the service for us, but I can’t find anything that states that he can. I did find a list of appointed officiants in Alexandria, do I just call them up and ask them to perform the ceremony? Can my FBIL still perform the actual ceremony? I have lots of questions, and any answers would be greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
Yes, call any of these people: http://alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/clerkofcourt/individual_marriage_ceremony.pdf
And ask them if they are available on your date. They will appear for $50.00 and have you sign your marriage certificate after the ceremony.
Post # 4
@KateByDesign: Thanks! We called one officiant who had a website we could check. Now I think we’re all set.
Post # 5
For any others looking for VA officiant info–from what I could tell, VA is rather strict about who can officiate a wedding. Each county can make it’s own rules, but most frown on the online minister route. However, I know Fairfax County allows county residents to get a one-time civil officiant license, but you have to go to the courthouse.
Post # 6
@KateByDesign: Thanks! Will those officiant show up @ your ceremony or do we have to show up @ the Court House?