(Closed) HELP! Marriage licence?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m sorry, I’m not totally sure what you’re asking.  DH and I dealt with this in the U.S. so we just brought all of our paperwork, and got to the state we wanted to get married in a couple of days early.  No big deal at all.

Post # 4
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Most places have some sort of waiting period.  Looks like yours will only require one day.  I am not sure what advice your looking for…

Post # 6
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Did that information come directly from the office in that province that issues the licenses?  If not, I would contact them and double check.  

If it is true, you’ll either have to push back the wedding or find a way to get there earlier.

Post # 7
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@dihy:  Ohhh…if it’s the same in Canada (sounds like it is) you have to get the license where the ceremony will take place.  So make sure you check the guidelines in that Province (I checked online and then called to make sure they were current, since it’s not like I could run home if they forgot to mention a paper).  It’s a good thing you found this out now, so you can adjust your plans!

Post # 8
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s the smae in the US depending on what state.  Many have waiting periods of 24-48+ hours.  Most marriage licenses here are good for updwards of 90 days or so. Will you be there at all before the wedding?  You could get it then as long as it’s within the expiration date..

Post # 12
1185 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

They might let you apply for it by mail.

Post # 13
9118 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I went and got my marriage license today and the woman didn’t ask for any sort of time period or how long I had been in state.

I’d call the courthouse in the county or reigon you’re getting married in and ask them what they require and if they could accomodate you.

Post # 14
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

This isn’t always a popular option but it is one just in case– have you considered filing/signing the legal paperwork in your province and then continuing with the ceremony as planned?

We had friends who were in a similar situation, marrying in a location that required a waiting period and blood tests. Our friends went to their local county courthouse, signed their legally-binding marriage license with judge/court witnesses there, and then did their “official” ceremony and signed the pretty, framable certificate on that day. They consider their ceremony date their wedding date (and why not, really? It’s your day after all.). They opted to do nothing from a ceremony (i.e. no vows, rings) at the courthouse, just met with the judge and signed the license.

This may be a more feasible option if you can’t get to your location early enough before-hand to meet residency requirements.

Post # 15
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Canadian Bee here…

Indeed Canadian Provinces are just like US States (my own Destination Wedding is in the US)… in that you have to get your Marriage License from the place in which you wish to marry.

Some Jurisdictions will have more requirements than others (in regards to WHO can marry you, where you can marry, Witnesses Needed, Medical / Blood Tests… or Paperwork Required… often a “hurdle” if you’ve been married before)… and YES some will have Waiting Periods (while in others you can pick up your License & Marry immediately)

ALL that info can be found by GOOGLING for the particular place you wish to marry in… I’d check by CITY (vs State / Province) because requirements can be specific or different even from one Country / Township to another.

This really is the sort of stuff you should have checked into BEFORE you set the date and made all the arrangements 🙁 *frown*

Actually I am quite surprised that whomever is marrying you didn’t ask you about this stuff… and what arrangements you’d made to get the License

IF there is No Waiting Period… then it’ll be a mad scramble to get the paperwork done the day you marry (that is IF it is a Weekday… which is when Courthouses have Business Hours)

Otherwise… as another Bee suggested, you might be able to apply for your Marriage License by mail… that tho can have its own issues as I discovered when I tried to do that myself in the State of South Carolina… in regards to Turn-Around Time, Cost, Required Paperwork, Notarized Copies, and the Requirement to Pick-Up the License in Person (SC requires that they see you at least once together as a couple in the flesh… either when you do the Application or when you Pick Up the License)

As for your situation…

If all else fails, I gotta say that Sugar_and_Spice:  might have the best solution… get married by a JOP at the Courthouse in your hometown / Province BEFORE you head off to the Destination Wedding.  Then the Destination Wedding is just a “stand-in” and you won’t have to worry about all the paperwork.

Sorry, don’t have better news… hope this helps somewhat.

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Example link… here is the website for the City of Toronto showing what is required by them for someone to get a Marriage License / Marry … as I said, use GOOGLE and you can find similar info for wherever you are headed.  http://www.toronto.ca/marriage/index.htm


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