(Closed) Civil Ceremony Questions

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@LaTortuga:  For civil ceremonies some states only request a donation be made to the person presiding. For Officiants that preside or for Justice of the Peace who preside over the ceremony, the cost is between $10 to $300 depending again on location, who they are a member of organization wise, if they are affiliated with the Clerk of Courts, their licensing or if they are a part of a small business and independent from an actual Court or Affiliation.

Each state has it’s own requirements for civil ceremonies. In Florida, there is an additional cost of $30 for a Clerk of the Court to officiate a ceremony. For an independent Officiant the cost varies depending on the type of ceremony requested. For two people and an Officiant or Notary, the cost is between $50 and $100.00

Hope this helps!

 

Post # 5
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3968 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

In Vermont, you can pay $100 for the state to recognize any individual to perform JUST THAT ONE CEREMONY for you, plus the marriage license fee of $45. 

Post # 6
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5199 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Our officiant cost was $100. She was commissioned by the province in which we married as a marriage commissioner. Our marriage license was another $100.

Post # 7
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693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@love108:  yeah it’s 93.50 here and 30.00 additional for the Clerk to do it in the woods by the septic system. Not my idea of a wedding. Gross.

I paid $50 for a notary to marry my Darling Husband and I at a private subdivision next to a lake in their gazebo. Much better!

Post # 8
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3968 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@mrs.t_finally:  How does one even find a JoP or similarly civil person to perform a ceremony that’s clearly not at their office? There should be one big database for that!

Post # 10
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6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Some do civil ceremonies for free!  I know of two.

a) a county clerk’s office in my county will do it for free in her office.

b) a Canadian wedding officiant will marry you for free in his home/yard.

Most municipal officiants do not accept tips.
 

The license is not free of course.

Post # 12
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9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@LaTortuga:  Use GOOGLE and you’ll be able to find all the answers you need for your State / County / City (costing can differ from place to place).

Personally, we are planning to marry in Myrtle Beach, SC… there is $ 100 Charge for the Marriage License (State / County).  BUT in SC there is no additional Application Fee, Blood Tests, Additional Paperwork (just swear an Affadavit that there is NO CAUSE why you cannot legally marry), nor are there Residency Requirements (long waiting period), and Witnesses are not needed either.  You can apply on one day, and 24 Hours pick up your License and be able to marry immediately if you like (and have made reservations to do so)

WHERE you marry though can be another ordeal.  In the City of Myrtle Beach, you cannot marry on the beach itself, has to be either on Private Property or a State / City Park.  So permission, or a fee may have to be paid to do that.  Other cities in SC, don’t necessarily have this as a requirement.  Also, Officiants (be they a JoP at the Courthouse or other legal officiant) has to be booked, and they too charge a fee.  The Officiant Fee can be flat rate, OR based on the Ceremony that you choose / book (ie Outdoor Wedding may cost more than an indoor one)… OR Evenings, Weekends & Holidays more than a Weekday.  All things to take into consideration.

In the end, having been married before, I don’t honestly think that Religious Ceremonies cost any more or less than going the Civilian Route (for the actual Wedding… especially if one is an “active” member of a particular Church / Congregation and gets married there).  In the end it is the EXTRAS that add up, whichever Wedding you choose.  A Church Wedding typically means more expenses, because you want to invite more Guests, add Candles, Flowers, Music etc.

That is WHY Weddings in the US are so outrageously expensive… Brides nowadays have gone over the top with what it is they want to do / spend on these affairs.  10, 20, 30, 50+ Thousand Dollars is not unheard of !!

If read thru the various postings here on WBee it is all the extras that add up to the cost and the stresses of planning / holding a wedding… not really “the ceremony” itself

We’ve both had big weddings before… and are soooo happy to not be doing that this time round…

It will just be the two of us, and our gorgeous Destination in MB… so more of an Elopement… us and our Officiant on a lawn overlooking the ocean.  Then on with the Honeymoon.  Easy-Peasy… cannot wait !!

 

Post # 13
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693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@This Time Round:  As an Officiant in Florida, the cost for the Marriage License here is $93.50 for either residents or non-residents. For residents, you can take a Pre-Marital Course that will reduce the cost to $61.00 with an affidavit from the Provider. There are no blood tests, no witnesses required and you don’t need to sign anything other than the Marriage License. There is a 3 day waiting period for residents who haven’t taken the PM Course. For those who have and for non-residents the 3 day period is waived, it is also waived for those suffering hardships- illness, poverty, elistment or deployment.

We have many public beaches here that you can marry on without permits which is why my area is great for destination weddings.

I offer the choice of the Unity Sand or Rose Ceremony with Destination Weddings including the set up and supplies, as well as a customized romantic ceremony. I try to make thing as easy as possible so that couples can just show up, get married and go on their honeymoon. I agree that spending a mortgage on a wedding is a bit crazy!

Post # 14
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9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@mrs.t_finally:  Wow, sorry but your post here reads like an Ad… were you trying to sell me on this idea?  I’m fairly new to WBee, so I don’t even know if what you’ve written is kosher (a big turn off IMO)

Anyhow, we did look at Florida (we are huge Lovers of this State, and in particular The Keys)… but the timing didn’t work for us over Christmas (too far to drive in a year when we don’t have a lot of time off due to the placement of the Holidays).  And if I recall correctly (sorry have read so much, and the Florida Sate Website is a babble of fine print)… the other issue in Florida was additional paperwork in regards to our Divorce Decrees / Spousal Deaths … most Provinces & States require this stuff… and those requirements are costly considerations for us here at home in regards to Lawyers & Legal Fees  … in the end Myrtle Beach just is a better fit for us.

That isn’t to say that Florida isn’t part of our plans… we’ll be in Florida to Honeymoon a couple of weeks later !! 

 

Post # 15
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693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@This Time Round:  No, it wasn’t my intention to SPAM or make it an ad, just was adding information about requirements in Florida for Destination/Civil Weddings and making a response about the similarities/differences between Florida and South Carolina.

Each person has a reason for choosing their location when planning a Destination Wedding and as the OP stated, she was looking for information about cost differences between Civil and Church Unions. I’ve tried to offer information as an Officiant standpoint price wise, state requirements and the varying factors that need to be considered when looking at price and budget.

As far as Divorce/Death Decrees, the State of Florida only requires proof of death or divorce if within 30 days of the event. Otherwise all they require is the date of death or divorce for the Marriage License.

 They have a Marriage Kiosk on the COC’s website that lets you pre-fill out the information so all you need to do is show up to the COC and show your DL, verify your information, pay the cost and you’re done.

If you choose not to fill it it out, they ask for your full name, your date of birth, where you were born, where you live (most time they just look at the DL- but they still check just in case you’ve moved) if you’ve been previously married and if it ended in death or divorce, if so- the date of either. Once done you are to sign it, it’s notarized and then you take the ML with you so it can be filled out by the Officiant/Pastor.

I’ve had to fill one out myself when I got married and it is pretty easy honestly.

Again- wasn’t trying to turn you off or make an ad, if it seems that way, my apologies. I was just trying to help with information and agreeing with you that you don’t need to always spend a fortune to get married. A beautiful wedding can be done on a budget.

 

 

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