Post # 1
Sorry if this has been posted before, but I was hoping someone could help me with my question. I’m from Boston, and I am getting eloped in Bora Bora in May 2017. I found out that you would also need to buy a legal wedding package to make it official, which is apparently not recommended, and a lot of paperwork and lawyers.
My question is would I be able to get legally married in the states the same day I would have my ceremony in Bora Bora? I have zero idea how getting legally married works.
Post # 2
You need to research marriage laws in your state. You can typically do this by going to your county clerks website and getting information. In my state you are not “legally married” until you submit your signed marriage liscense to the county/district clerk and it is processed. You don’t pick a day to make it official.
Post # 3
You can’t legally married on the same day because you won’t be present in the US to do that. You could get married before or after.
Basically, you need to fill out an application to be married, both you and your Fiance have to go to your local clerk office in person, fill out the form. Typically they are valid for 30 -90 days (check with your local office). In NYC, you can get legally married 24 hours after applying, but it varies by city and state. So do some research.
Then, you go to the city clerk office or marriage registry (again, depends on your city, state) and the legal ceremony is conducted and congratulations! You’re married. In NYC, you just walk in, other places you might schedule ahead of time.
But you can’t be married without being physically present so the same day option is out unfortunately.