How long for marriage certificate?

posted 2 years ago in Elopement
Post # 2
262 posts
Helper bee

anyone can book a honeymoon package, they dont usually have to prove anything.  you pay, you play.  

certificates can take 30-90 days to arrive depending on the state so they cant really demand that.  

Post # 3
2642 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it will depend on the county you are married in as to how long it will take to get an official marriage license.  Because you are getting married at the courthouse you might have a very fast turn around.

However, you should recieve at least an unofficial copy right when you get married.  That’s how it worked for us.  We got married, signed 2 copies of license, and our priest mailed one to the county and gave the other one to us.  So we had a copy, but it was not a legal one (that took a few weeks to get to us).  But the unofficial copy was good enough for the resorts we stayed at and I’d bet it would be the same for you.

Post # 4
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Runnerbride09:  i have never heard of a resort asking for proof of marriage. Like PP said, anyone can say its their honeymoon. 

I am in NY and we got our marriage certificate exactly one month later. 

Post # 5
1163 posts
Bumble bee

We had the nice looking one, which was the unofficial copy, while the pastor sent in the legal one to be documented.  We got married in Vegas, which took 2 weeks to get to the courthouse and we had copies in 30 days I believe.  

Post # 6
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

It really depends on the county admin office. My FI and I will go in on the Thursday before our wedding to get our marriage license, then our pastor solemnizes it and sends it back in to the county admin office within 10 days so they can record our marriage. Then it gets sent back to us for our own records.

Post # 7
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yes our resort required proof of marriage for the honeymoon package, it’s very common. As long as the liscense is signed by everyone and filed at the courthouse they should be able to make copies for you that day or a week later at the latest. We picked up copies of ours when we got back from the honeymoon about 2 weeks after the wedding. What I did because we left right after the wedding was take our marriage certificate we got from the courthouse which is just a keepsake has no real value, and our resort accepted wedding inviations as proof. 

Post # 9
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Fort Lauderdale Beach

andixlyn:  30-90 days?! Whoa, so with that in mind when should you get your license? In my state (Florida) I have up to 60 days from the day we apply to perform the ceremony. Which is fine but I am worried about the whole mailing process surpassing the 60 days…or does that part not matter?

Post # 10
1007 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I was able to pick up an official copy at the courthouse exactly one week later. That included the time it took for the officiant to mail it in to them. 

Post # 11
262 posts
Helper bee

vlzaccaria:  the license is for prior to marriage.  each state has a time limit, Vegas is 365 days.  the certificate is the document after marriage, the officiant sends it in after signing, it gets certified by the government, which varies on how long it takes.  vegas take 30 days, some others take longer.  

Post # 12
2385 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Runnerbride09:  If you are doing your honeymoon in another country I would just take a copy of the certificate before you submit it to be filed. They have no way of knowing whether it’s the final version or not since they vary from county/state/country… 

Post # 13
378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

What state are you in, because that is going to change a lot based on state.  The state I live in no longer issues unoffical copies.  We were told at least 14 days, it ended up around the one month mark.  I would call the resort and ask what proof they will accept, because having a marriage liscense the day you get married or the day after (when most people leave) is not something common.  Most people get married on a weekend and wouldn’t be able to get it.  I am certain they will work with you on documentation.

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