How does the marriage process work?

posted 7 months ago in Logistics
Post # 16
30 posts
  • Wedding: July 2019

sapphire27 :  when you do the second cermony for religious reason, do you sign any paper work because am in the same boat.

Post # 17
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Tacoma, WA

lauralaura123 :  

So I am a bit confused about the marriage process…there has to be a marriage license and you send that off to the people who handle registration of marriage…but does the ceremony hold any real weight?

Legally speaking, the cermony holds weight only in that you need a member of the clergy or a public official, along with one other person, witness you two saying you agree to take each other as husband and wife. Everything else with a ceremony is purely for social/religious/personal preference reasons.

Does the couple send it off in the mail or…who does that?

This depends on the laws of your state, as well as your officiant. Some will send it in for you, and some will require you to send it or deliver it to the clerk’s office yourselves.

Is the marriage valid until the signed marriage license gets to where it needs to go?

This depends on your definition of “valid” – it won’t be legally recorded anywhere until it reaches the clerk’s office and is recorded. However, the date on your certificate will be the same as your wedding date, so that date is effectively the date your marriage becomes “valid.” However, you will not have proof of your marriage until you receive the certificate.

What is the point of the ceremony and vows if all that really matters is the signature of the two people and the witness?

See above. 🙂

Post # 18
2626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

shelly25 :  I really don’t know I’m sorry, we only had one (non-religious) ceremony! I would suggest asking your officiant or where you pick up your marriage licence, as PP pointed out the rules can vary a lot depending on where you live. 

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