(Closed) How are you dealing with the signing of the marriage license?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
  • poll: When are you signing the marriage license?
    During the ceremony : (20 votes)
    31 %
    Before the ceremony : (12 votes)
    19 %
    After the ceremony : (25 votes)
    39 %
    During the rehearsal : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Other : (5 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I haven’t been married yet, but when I was a witness/bridesmaid for a friend of mine (but here in the US) we all signed it actually during the rehearsal/ before the ceremony.

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    By registry I am assuming you mean the marriage license/certificate…

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Hmmmm, I’ve honestly never actually thought about this.  I think you usually do it beforehand in my state.  But, I’m having a Jewish ceremony and signing a ketubah which I’ve seen done sometimes before and sometimes during the ceremony…I find it awkward when it comes in the middle unless someone is singing, and I know that I’ll be doing it just before the ceremony starts instead.

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Most weddings I’ve been to the marriage license gets signed after the ceremony

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Oh sheesh, I hadn’t even thought of this! Maybe we’ll do it during the unity candle lighting. We planned to have a song played or sung at that time, and also to present flowers to our mothers to honor/thank them (and to fill time), but I bet we could include this in that timeframe as well.

    I’d say your best bet is to ask your officiant. I’m making a note to text my pastor tomorrow! Lol.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @indibee:  Ditto! I’m going to ask our Pastor at our final pre-marital session this Sunday. Whew hew one more session left! Not that they’re bad- just 3hrs driving distance for us sucks!

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Mrs.Elivs: Are we twins? Or the same person?! Our pastor was 5 hours away, so he kindly collapsed our sessions into two long ones to save us travel time. Date twins and legal ladies….are you blonde? Lol. *sorry to threadjack, OP*

    Post # 11
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Signing during the ceremony is a Canadian thing (I have a lot of Canadian friends). In the US, we sign before or after, not during.

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think we have to do ot during the ceremony. There was never any other option presented to us. It really wasnt a big deal though. I think it’s so common that people here almost think of it as part of the ceremony rqther than breaking up the flow. 

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    @crayfish:  This…

    @SapphireSun:  …and this.

    We said the legal stuff and our vows, and then our officiant said something to the effect of “Will the bride, the groom and their witnesses please then sign the registry,” and music played while Darling Husband, the best man, my Maid/Matron of Honor and I all went over to the table where the registry book was. Photos were taken of each of us signing, and then we resumed our places at the front and our officiant did a final reading, we kissed, and then she introduced us as husband and wife.

    It’s not a big to-do, and it really doesn’t interrupt the flow. I’ve never seen a wedding where the couple didn’t sign the registry during the ceremony, so I guess I’m just used to it.

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    we had to sign it at the office where we got our marriage license. it was required. we just handed it to our pastor on the rehearsal night so he could sign it and send it in for us!

    Post # 15
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    ^ Same here! We signed it at the office when we got it and then dropped it off with our Pastor the week of.

    Must be a Texas thing! =)

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We actually kinda forgot about it until our friend/officiant reminded us! So it was towards the end of the night. We just sneaked into the bridal suite with her, our witnesses and our photographer.

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