(Closed) Legal marriage abroad, making it official back home in the US. Anyone done it?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
1196 posts
Bumble bee

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
19 posts
  • Wedding: June 2018

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
3146 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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
9990 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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gillyh :  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
1057 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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tinneranne2 :  Same. We’re doing costa Rica and while I thought  it was legal here when we come home, just want to make sure. 

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