(Closed) Who are your witnesses that will sign your marriage license?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Who are your witnesses that will sign your marriage license?
    Our MOH and Best Man : (18 votes)
    64 %
    People other than the MOH and BM, but still in the wedding party : (2 votes)
    7 %
    Family members or friends who are not in the wedding party : (6 votes)
    21 %
    Other (explanation below) : (2 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We used our Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man that happened to be my sister and his friend. 


    Post # 4
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Maid/Matron of Honor (friend) and Best Man (brother) signed for us, but I totally agree with your thought of having family do it. Family is forever. I don’t think anyone will be bothered that it wasn’t Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man to do it.


    Post # 5
    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    we have asked our mums. they brought us up almost on their own. so just made sense really

    Post # 6
    3429 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

     Never thought about this, lol. I agree,  Having a family member witness holds more sentiment. Hmmm..now you have me thinking:)

    Post # 9
    2090 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We are planning on asking our mums. I’m really close to both since I lived with Future Mother-In-Law whilst I was studying at university and my mum is my best friend. 

    Post # 10
    9955 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Depends entirely on WHERE you marry… Countries, States / Provinces / Regions can all be different in their requirements.

    Encore Bride here…

    Marriage to Mr TTR was in the State of Florida Witnesses are not required either when you go pick up your Wedding License, or when you marry. 

    So just the Wedding Officiant signs the Marriage License after performing the ceremony… and then they file it with the Local Courthouse.

    (And it inturn becomes the Wedding Certificate after it is recorded / sealed by the Courthouse)

    First Marriage (circa 1980) was in Canada where (as in some other Commonwealth countries), in many jurisdictions no one signs the Marriage License… just the Church Registry… and that becomes the basis for where the Marriage is legally recorded (again Officiant files the Marriage License with their signature with the Courthouse)

    Our Best Man and Maid of Honour were the ones who signed the Church Registry

    (A Wedding Certificate is then a seperate document issued by the Provincial Government)

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 11
    533 posts
    Busy bee

    We’ve asked our mums. We aren’t having a bridal party, so we decided on this. 

    Post # 12
    2073 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We had a confidential marriage license so no witnesses were required.  It had nothing to do with hiding our marriage (we had almost 150 people at our wedding) but more to do with the public record of the filing of the license. Because of my husband’s job, he wanted it confidential.  Outside of a court order, we are the only two who can obtain copies of our marriage certificate. 

    Post # 13
    9075 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    My mother and my husband’s mother signed our license.

    Post # 14
    1278 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    My Maid/Matron of Honor was my cousin and his best man was his brother, so they signed. My sister was a Maid/Matron of Honor as well, but she is only 16 so she couldn’t sign the licenseUndecided

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