Post # 1
I am having a traditional Catholic wedding. I was under the impression that once the priest married us, we were married!!
My mom was telling about a couple that we know that is having a church wedding in October but that they were going to the courthouse to get married in July. I don’t get it?? Is this necessary. Do you need to go to the courthouse before your wedding day or does the officiant/priest do the marrying and give you your marriage license??
Post # 3
From what I understand (and I don’t know anything about Catholic weddings) you get the license from the courthouse. Not necessarily married there, that’s your choice.
Post # 4
Each state has different rules about when you can pick up your marriage license. In Cuyahoga County, you have 30 days to “use” your license. We are going in 2 weeks before our wedding and picking up the license. We then bring it to our church, you go thru the wedding, and they everyone signs the marriage certificate. You are LEGALLY wed the minute you sign the license.
So no, you aren’t required to get married elsewhere. Your officiant will be there when you sign the license, and that is your wedding.
Post # 5
You will need to pick up a marriage license from the county courthouse or county clerk (check with someone to find out where in your county). The priest will be the one to sign the license and return it to the county so that it can be recorded. So no need to get married somewhere else!
Post # 6
just don’t forget to pickup your license so it can get signed at the wedding!! lol
Post # 7
as long as the person marrying you is ordained then you don’t need to go to the courthouse to get married, just get the marriage license signed and mail it in!