Post # 1
I have a situation and don’t know what’s right. I’m getting married in August at a huge family wedding back in my home in Puerto Rico. I know the process to get a license there and its fairly complicated but doable. However my Fiance and I want to have a small personal ceremony in Massachusetts (just him, me and the reverend) and get our marriage license here in MA which is reaaally easy to do. This small ceremony would take place in May, two and a half months from the actual wedding we’ve been planning for many months. We have our reasons to do it earlier and in MA. However, my mom seems to think that there would be a legal problem in performing the wedding in PR because I already have a license in MA. I told her I don’t see the problem, that we could have the ceremony and everything but just not sign any marriage license there cause we already have one.
Does anyone know if this would be a problem? is there any legal obligation to get a marriage license in Puerto Rico if I’m performing a wedding ceremony there too?
Post # 3
Most licenses are only valid in the state that you receive it. When you have the ceremony in MA, have the license signed and sent to the county clerk. Then you will be officially married and won’t need to worry about getting a license in Puerto Rico at all.
Post # 4
Yup – once you complete the MA ceremony and mail that license in after it’s been all signed, you’re married. You do not need a license in Puerto Rico, and I’m guessing you wouldn’t be able to get one as you would already be legally married.
Post # 5
Since you won’t be getting legally married in PR (since you’ll already be legally married from the ceremony in MA), you shouldn’t have any problems.
You can have a ceremony any time, any where without a marriage license!
Post # 6
Just tell your officiant that you will be doing a faux ceremony since you will already be legally married.
Post # 7
I second the PP’s. Your MA wedding will be the legal one, and you won’t have to get a second license! Yippie!! 🙂
I would get a certified copy of your certificate (from your county courthouse.. not a photocopy) to take with you in case anyone needs a photocopy, and leave the original at home just in case it gets lost in the shuffle and excitement.