Post # 1
It may take an already married Atlanta bee to answer my question – it’s about the marriage licenses here. A girlfriend of mine got married today, and she told me that when they went to get their marriage license, they were told their marriage was not "real and official" until they had their minister sign it AND turned it back in to the courthouse – in person. So – if they wanted to be officially married on their honeymoon they would have had to push it back a day so they could turn it in this Monday. Instead, they got married that day at the courthouse, and were secretly married for about 5 days before the wedding so that they really were married on their wedding date and not waiting til after their honeymoon. Has anyone else heard of this?
Post # 3
I’m not in Atlanta but I think this is generally true, as we were told the same thing when we got our marriage license last month in Raleigh. It’s really just paperwork. You’re really married when you say I Do, the rest is just filing.
Post # 4
It’s not technically official until the paperwork is filed, but they consider you married the day the paper is signed. So, I wouldn’t be worried about it because you’ll be married while on your honeymoon whether or not they have finished filing the paperwork.
Post # 5
Yes I believe that is true. Our priest told us that in the state of California they have the power to perform the marriage under God’s eyes and for the state. It’s like a combo because you get both.
Post # 6
Agree. That’s the truth. When the officiant (whoever is approved by the state and deemed to be one who can legally perform the marriage) signs the license, it’s for real and 100 percent valid.
Until then? It’s just not. It will become valid during the honeymoon. Does it really matter? It could take up to a few weeks. If the minister says it’s ok..then it’s ok in my book.
Or you could just have fun "living in sin" (lol!!!) on the honeymoon..might spice things up huh???
Post # 7
I agree with the previous posters. When you apply for your marriage license, that essentially puts the county clerks office on notice to expect your paperwork in the near future. On your wedding date, the marriage certificate is signed by all parties and mailed by the pastor on that day or the next business day. So the county clerks office doesn’t get the certificate until a few days after your ceremony, but they still recognize your actual wedding date, it just can’t be processed in county records immediately.
I can’t imagine there would be any reason to question the legal aspects of your marriage on your honeymoon. If you have a specific case where that would be an issue – please let us know!
Just something to remember is that while you are considered married as of your wedding date, if you are changing your name, it doesn’t automatically change with your marriage. The legal marriage (and all the accompanying paperwork) gives you a legal justification to change it, but until you make the changes with the dept of licensing, social security, etc. your name is still legally your maiden name (for any honeymoon travel docs, etc.)