Post # 1
My Fiance and I don’t want any bridal party, so no bridesmaids, Maid/Matron of Honor, groomsmen or best man. Can any adult at our ceremony who witnessed our marriage sign the marriage certificate? Everytime I tell people that we aren’t having a Maid/Matron of Honor or bestman I get told that I have to have them to witness our ceremony so they can sign the marriage certificate. Ummm… isn’t everyone at the wedding considered a witness?
Post # 3
I think anyone over the age of 21 can do it. They can be your friends, colleagues, family members or relatives or whoever you happen to have at your ceremony.
Post # 4
Well that’s what I thought but given people’s reactions when I tell them that we’re not having Maid/Matron of Honor or bestman I started to second guess myself. Thanks!
Post # 5
Im not having a Maid/Matron of Honor or best man either, and since there is only going to be 10 guests we are having everyone sign it. 🙂
Post # 6
Do you actually need a witness? In most states, the only person who signs the marriage cert is your officiant.
For example, in MA, my husband and I went to the city clerk’s office, wrote down our info on a form, swore that the info was correct, and left. Three days later we picked up the cert, and the only place for someone to write *anything* was for the officiant to provide his name, status as JOP, address of our venue, and date of marriage. We didn’t have to sign anything on the actual cert!
If your state does require a witness, it should usually be a non-relative over the age of 21. Check with your city clerk’s office and officiant to see what the laws are in your state.
Post # 7
Depends on the state. In PA and AR, you just need the couple and officiant. In NJ, you need two witnesses (18+, relationship doesn’t matter).
I’ve officiated in NJ, PA and AR. My first marriage was in NJ. My father and the ex’s mother signed the licence.
Post # 8
We asked our Mothers to be our witnesses and they loved it!