Post # 1
Hi, I just got married this past December and only after we went to city gall, got the license, had the wedding, and got it signed by our officiant… Then we received a note in the mail that he wasn’t registered in NYC after all. Does anyone know what we need to do next? The doc from the courthouse gave no instructions. We can show up with a witness and get officially, legally married there, but don’t want to make a witness come out if we are going to have to start the whole process all over again, getting a license from scratch, waiting on line, showing up yet again… Of course, it is nearly impossible to get through to anyone at city hall by phone, eithEr.
Does anyone know what our next steps should be??? Thanks so much!
Post # 3
@Newlywed12162012: F***, that sucks ass. I am sorry your officiant was an offici-ain’t. The best advice i can give is just suck it up and get the witness and have a city hall ceremony to make it legal. So sorry about that.
Post # 4
If you don’t want to wait in NYC, could you get married in another location? Line somewhere else in New York State, or in New Jersey? I don’t know if it matters that you have an application in elsewhere (I really have no clue whether that could prevent you from trying somewhere else)
Things can go very quickly in a place where the population isn’t in the millions. 🙂
If not, then I’d just go through the whole NYC process again, explain the situation to my witnesses, and take them out to dinner for their trouble. The whole point was to be married, after all! 😛
I’d also contact my officiant and ask if they had a liscense to wed in NYC, especially if they indicated that they were able to legally marry you. If they have one, maybe you can attempt to provide a copy of their liscense as evidence to the people at City Hall (somehow)
Post # 5
Thanks for the input! Do you think we should show back up to the courthouse with witnesses, or first go alone to get the license all over again? we already had a license, but that got sent in by the officiant (and the whole thing was invalidated). Do you know if we are, like, in their system as already having a license, or do we have to go through another waiting period?
cakeyp, thaks for the creative suggestions. It doesn’t really make sense for us to leave NYC since we are based here (and don’t have cars), and to be honest, in retrospect, our officiant totally wasn’t licensed…
Post # 6
Get your license and call up a registered officiant to sign the papers. Nothing formal. Some will do it for less or even free if you go to their office and have it done.