Post # 1
We’re just engaged and decided to have a “weddingmoon” in Tahiti. I’d looked into all the details of the forms needed to do the civil ceremony there, and while it’s involved it’s not impossible(just some time and expense for translations, etc.). BUT! I just started looking into registering the ceremony at home in California. Yikes! It’s just as byzantine as any court thing is-involving a “petition to the Superior Court” with a court date and judge. It’s that part that’s making me despair at doing it there, which I’d set my heart on for several reasons. We always knew it’d be way easier to do a courthouse thing at home first, but we wanted the real thing there. Has anyone else done it, and if so how complicated/painful did you find it to make it official in the US later? Thanks! I’m going to go take some Advil now.
Post # 2
We just got married in Beijing and will need to figure out how to make that known in the US when we are home this summer. So I will be watching this thread for replies!
Post # 3
we’re getting married in Ireland in 2018 and we’re going to do the legal bit back here in the states before leaving for Ireland so it will be a “wedding blessing” ceremony instead. I’m still not sure on logistics just yet so I’ll be following this thread too!
Post # 4
We got married and Scotland and didn’t have to do anything to make our marriage legal here. We just show people the Scottish marriage certificate and it’s good. Changed my name, taxes, etc.
so I think a lot of it has to do with where you are getting married
Post # 5
We just got our marriage license from our town and signed it and put our town as the location of the ceremony and filled it all out, but we actually got married in the DR. We had my Aunt perform the ceremony and she got ordained online and was able to sign the document to make it legal. So the tl;dr is that we got married in DR but on the marriage license said it was in our town so that we didnt have to deal with the legal process of the DR!
Post # 6
Got married in Jamaica….used Jamaican marriage license at SS office, DMV, credit cards, etc. Nothing special needs to be done in the US!
Post # 7
Whatever you do, I’d advise against what bostonbee2016 did — lying on your marriage license can likely invalidate it. Lying on a marriage license is a crime.
My best advice would be to have a civil (courthouse) ceremony in your town either before or after. It’ll save you all the headache of the “byzantine” methods used by your state! Best of luck in finding your solution!
Post # 8
Same. We’re doing costa Rica and while I thought it was legal here when we come home, just want to make sure.