(Closed) Is it just us Canadians who sign our wedding licence during the ceremony?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am canadian and every wedding I have been to here, has had the signing of the certificate during the ceremony … 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

As an American, I have never been to a wedding where the marriage license was signed. All of them had it signed before or after the ceremony. Interesting!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m Canadian, and I think that signing during the ceremony is quite common – we’re planning on doing it.

My brother and SIL signed during their ceremony, too…  I was going to answer your other post, saying that I think that 3 minutes is certainly enough time for just signing, but I don’t know what you have planned in terms of photos… I’d think it would be long enough, though. If you’re worried, you might have some other short piece on back up to play if it’s taking a while.

On the other hand, I was in the wedding party for a wedding where the bride and groom (and the witness) signed the license downstairs after the ceremony.  I guess it just depends.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve heard that it’s common in European weddings to sign the certificate at the ceremony. The license is something else entirely that you hand over to the minister long before the wedding so they are legally able to marry you, while the certificate acts as proof that the ceremony was performed. But I’ve only seen it once in an American wedding, and neither the bride or groom was Canadian or European. The guests didn’t have any issues with it.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

ive never seen it happen in an american wedding – a couple canadian weddings yes, but never in america. theres the ketubah signing for the jewish weddings but thats before the ceremony…. never heard of it and im a preachers daughter and been do hundreds of wedding. dad always does the paperwork directly after the ceremony.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Puerto Ricans sign the license during the ceremony as well.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yup, we will be signing during the ceremony, and so has every other Canadian wedding I have been to. Perhaps it has something to do with Canadian law? Our officiant said it had to be done during the ceremony, and she is a Justice of the Peace. Beats me?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

All American weddings I have gone to have not signed the certificate during the ceremony except for one.  We will be signing the certificate during the ceremony though.  I like that it’s part of it. 

My mom works for a church and she said that the pastor’s don’t allow it because technically you aren’t married at that point or some nonsense like that.  Maybe they don’t think you are until they pronounce you?  I don’t know.  Since most American weddings are officiated by a pastor, I think that is why we don’t. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

yeah technically you arent married until they do the phrase “by the power vested in me by etc” and pronounce you its not done…  its one of the 3 things you need – the consent by the bride and groom that they are there of free will, the agreement to the vows (i do) and the pronouncement.

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m a wedding officiant, and I rarely have my couples sign the license during the ceremony.  Mostly, it’s because in the state I officiate most of my weddings, the bride and groom don’t sign AND I want to make sure that everyone writes carefully and legibly.  I have included a keepsake marriage license that is signed by the couple and some witnesses in wedding ceremonies, but rarely the official document.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Yes I think so. I’ve never met an American who did, but it’s happened at every Canadian wedding I’ve been to.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m Canadian and we’ll be signing our licence at the wedding. All the weddings I’ve been to in Canada (20+!) have all had the signing as part of the ceremony. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

At Jewish weddings you sign the ketubah, or wedding contract. Different from the license though!

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

It’s been signed at the ceremony at every wedding I’ve been to.  Could be a Canadian thing.  Maybe because we don’t go to the courthouse to get our marriage licenses like they do in the states, it actually has to be signed in front of the official at the wedding instead?  Just a guess…

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