Post # 1
I am super happy! I just found out that you can request an application for a marriage license for Iowa and have it MAILED to you, then go with a witness to a notary public and have it notarized, mail it back, and it will be processed. This means (for us) that when we get to Iowa it will be ready to pick up, no waiting! Doesn’t matter where you live!
It’s good for six months. I can finally settle on a date for the wedding now! I had been worried about how the 3 day waiting period would work out, now I am free of that worry!
Here’s the official instructions for anyone interested:
Post # 3
That is really good to know! Massachusetts doesn’t have any similar procedure, so we had to go to court to get a waiver of the three-day waiting period. Hoping that we could go to court on Monday, and get the waiver in time for the Tuesday ceremony, was a stressful experience!
Post # 4
@2dBride: Exactly! I have heard both types of stories about the waiver procedure. One guy I talked to (in Iowa, associated with the church where we’re marrying) swears it’s easy to get. Others have said it’s totally not. It depends on the judge, obviously, and that’s too much of a crap shoot for me! I was really stressing about the uncertainty and not being able to decide on a date and how it would all work out since we’ll only be in IA for about a week. I am so glad I read about this (I read it somewhere on about.com’s same sex marriage guide pages) because now we can CHOOSE a date and stick with it! Woo-hoo! Fiance actually picked it and was all proud of herself for having made a wedding decision. First time for everything.. lol.
We were thinking MA before as our wedding location, such pretty pretty places to choose from.. and I wanted to do some family history/genealogy visiting of places there that are significant to my whole ancestry thing, to show the kids and all. In the end though, Iowa is cheaper and closer! We’ll visit MA eventually just for kicks!