Post # 1
Good Morning everyone!
All I can think about lately is the wedding. I am on full planning mode and exhausted!
One thing that’s got me baffled is the ceremony signing… I have always pictured my ceremony ending with our first kiss as husband and wife, everyone cheering, and us walking out…
But, a lot of sites say that you have to go sit and sign at a table and then you get your send off… Would the kiss come after the signing?
Is there any way to avoid signing you think? Like do it before or after in private…?
What do you ladies think?
Post # 3
You have to sign your marriage certificate is most places for the marriage to be legal. I know for our ceremony we signed before the ceremony. You could always do that.
You usually kiss before signing and that usually takes place in private for signing
Post # 4
I’ve heard this come up in previous threads (signing mid-ceremony) and it seems specific to Canada (maybe other areas too, but doesn’t seem to be a US thing–US is usually before the ceremony)….hopefully some other Canadian bees know the answer!
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@Sassygrn: +1 about signing before, that’s what my BFF did.
We actually WANTED to sign during our ceremony, altho we did it before our kiss in place of a sand ceremony or unity knot or other things people do in that place.
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Post # 7
I was curious and Googled it. In Canada it’s part of the ceremony and is signed before you’re announced as husband and wife unlike in the US where you sign after. You might want to talk to your officiant for more information, they’ll know best.
Post # 8
My sister did hers in a room after the ceremony.
Just the Bride, Groom, Maid/Matron of Honor and Bestman and the officiant in attendance.
Post # 9
I’m in Canada also and every wedding I have been too the bride and groom sign the marriage license before they kiss and are pronounced a married couple
Post # 10
We are signing then kiss then exit! Talk to your officiant. It’s not a silly question and they should be able to work with you to make something you like.
Post # 11
We did ours after the ceremony. There was nothing really formal about it.
Post # 13
I can’t remember – I know we didn’t do it at the ceremony… it was either at the rehearsal dinner or the reception. I can’t remember! I know our officiant signed it at the reception and took care of submitting it for us (he was a judge and worked at the courthouse anyway).
Post # 14
I don’t think there’s any specific order it must be done in, so I’m sure you could do it an order the suits both you and your fiance 🙂 I’d talk to your officiant. I’m sure you could sign the register, then you could have your kiss, and then turn and announce you 🙂
Post # 15
At the weddings I have been to it happens during the ceremony, before the kiss. They go over to a table at the the side, sign, then come back to the altar, finish the ceremony and are announced as husband and wife, then exit. I agree that it would be awkward to sign after the kiss, and would be sort of a boring ending IMO.
Post # 16
we signed ours before and our witnesses (best man & maid of honor) signed it after