Post # 1
Maybe this is a silly question, but I find the verbage online to be very confusing so I figured the Bees could help me out. My Fiance and I are getting married in Maryland, but we both live in DC. Do we get our marriage license in DC or in Maryland?
Also, a separate but related question: My sister is going to be our officiant, just getting ordained through an online service, but I’ve seen a lot of things saying that may not be legally binding. If that’s the case, how would we go about making sure our marriage is legal (other than hiring an officiant)?
Post # 2
Ahh good questions, I’m not sure either… We have a friend officiating and he got online certification, so I was thinking about getting the certificate, etc. signed before the wedding, like what would happen at a courthouse wedding..?
Post # 3
You need a license for the state in which you will be married
The officiant must be ordained by a church, but that can be online, so a friend can do ot.
Officiants: Any minister of the gospel authorized by the rules and customs of their church may perform marriages. Minister must complete the marriage license and marriage certificate and give one certificate to the couple. Another certificate and the license must be returned to the clerk of the Court of Common Pleas within five days after the marriage.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan
maryland. You cant use a dc license in a maryland ceremony. its always the state the ceremony is in. Wer’e in dc too, but getting married in Michigan, so we’ll be getting a Michigan license.
Post # 5
I’m getting married in Maryland, but was thinking about a DC wedding. If you’re getting married in DC, you get your license from the DC circuit court. If you’re marrying in Maryland, you get the license from the county clerk in the county you are marrying in. I’m getting married in Howard County, so I got my license from the Howard County clerks office. Not sure about the second part. I think the easiest thing for you to do is apply at the DC courthouse, have an “unofficial”, but legal marriage at the courthouse, then have your official wedding ceremony with your sister. That way you don’t have to worry about the legalities of your sister being ordained online.
Post # 6
Just to be clear Maryland marriage license are county specific. You can’t get a license in Prince George’s County and then get married in Anne Arrundel County. Luckily, you only need one person to fill out the application in person and if neither of you can go to the county beforehand there’s a non-resident form you can fill out online.
Post # 7
- Wedding: Dallas Comic Con/ Fan Expo
theamm.org has stats on legalilty details of having your own officiant in all the states.
Link for DC: https://theamm.org/minister-licensing/district-of-columbia/
Link for Maryland: https://theamm.org/minister-licensing/maryland/
Post # 8
Your license needs to be from the state AND county the marriage ceremony will take place in.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for their help! I found the online form to do the license. Now I just need to call and ask them about my sister officiating. If it seems like it will be too much trouble, we might just have a civil ceremony in DC and just have my sister be an officiant in title only.