Post # 1
Calling all Florida Brides.
How long did it take until you got your Wedding Certificate back from the Courthouse Registrar ?
We had a Destination Wedding in Florida weeks ago, and still no sign of our Official Wedding Certificate from the Courthouse.
As I am not an American Citizen, I really are not familiar with the Government Processes there and what the normal turn-around time is for such things.
Our Officiant was to sign the Marriage License and send it in… and then the Registrar was to issue the Official Wedding Certificate.
Any insight anyone can share (and perhaps where your Wedding License & Certificate was issued from… which City / County in Florida) would be most helpful.
Lol, YES I am getting anxious. I sooo want to see the document so I know everything is signed-sealed-and delivered. And of course would like to get on with my Name Change process. Keen to be MRS TTR “officially”
Post # 3
I can take some time for it to come back. Within a month usually.
Post # 4
I think it depends on the county in Florida. I got married on a Monday in a different county, the officiant sent the signed license to the county where I live, and I got the marriage certificate in the mail on Thursday of that same week.
I don’t think the county where I live processes a lot of marriage licenses, though. It doesn’t have a high population, and I highly doubt there are many destination weddings here. A county with more weddings will probably take longer.
Post # 5
@Mrs-Mac: Thanks. That is what I had heard. We are just around the 1 month mark, so I was beginning to wonder what other’s experiences were… hence the post.
Post # 6
UPDATE – Our Marriage Certificate came today. Yipee !!
Lol, oh my gosh what a disappointment… the Florida Certifcate looks exactly like the Marriage License Form I filled out at the Courthouse (except the Officiant has signed it, and there are a bunch of red & blue ink stamps on it… but no raised seal)
Very very different from my the Marriage Certificate I got from my first marriage here in Canada (circa 1980) which was on pretty certificate paper, and had an official seal.
I now see WHY in Florida you can purchase a decorative certificate that you can fill out and have your Officiant sign. Not that I am gonna frame my Marriage Certificate, but lets face compared to my previous version, this one may do the job, but it is downright ugly.
PHOTO – Example of an Ontario Marriage Certificate I found on-line (interestingly I see that it was for a same sex couple)
PHOTO – Example of a Florida Marriage License / Certificate I found on-line (truly a “form” on photocopy paper)
Funny ya know, when I was planning out my Wedding this time round… one thing I continually thought about / made a point of was that things would be radically different than they were the first time… lol, nothing could be more different than these two documents in look & feel.
At any rate, I’m happy to finally have it in hand.