Post # 1
This may seem ridiculous but FH want to elope on a certain day that has meaning to us but several factors make it more convenient for us to do the ceremony and take our wedding photos the day before – can we go through all the motions and have the ceremony with the officiant the day before and wait to sign the license the next day to make our marriage legal on the day we want? If so, do I have to return to the officiant the next day and sign the license in their prescence? We’re not having guests so its not a big deal that we aren’t officially married on the ceremony day. Thanks!
Post # 3
@mseagles: we are signing ours before the ceremony. I wouldn’t worry about it. I’m sure some ppl will have a bug up thir ass over it haha but I don’t think it’s a big deal.
Post # 4
I guess what I’m actually asking is does not signing the license until the next day make the marriage legal the day after the ceremony and not the day of the ceremony? I’m not worried about guests or what people think because no one will be there, just us and officiant.
Post # 5
@mseagles: “does not signing the license until the next day make the marriage legal the day after the ceremony and not the day of the ceremony?” Yes. It does. Which can make life a little bit complicated when you fill in forms and things. You will have to declare the date you signed the register as the date you were married on official forms, for legal reasons.
“I’m not worried about guests or what people think because no one will be there, just us and officiant.” Check this… where I am then it is not legal to sign the document in the presence of only the registrar and each other. You need at least two adult witnesses as well.
Post # 6
@Rachel631: thanks! My state has 2 types of licenses , one that requires witnesses and one that doesnt. I guess we got lucky in that one because i know so many jurisdictions do require this witnesses.
Post # 7
The official wedding date is and will always be the date that it was signed by the state recognized officiate. The date that you sign it does not matter. You can get and start filling out the license up to a month before the wedding. So really the only thing that they look at is when the officiate signed it. Because; it is their signature that makes it a legal marriage.
So if you want to have a certain day as your official wedding date then it either has to be done on that day or you will have to keep it from being signed by the legal state officiate until the date that you truly want. This just seems like a huge hassle.
Remember that you can always get married and celebrate your wedding anniversary as any day you want. Maybe you could take pictures the day before you get married?