(Closed) Proof of marriage?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
11357 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Sunnybrook:  I’m not sure how it works in Virginia.  However, at least in some  states, the couple receives the original marriage license/certiificate immediately after the ceremony, and the officiant files a copy  with the county/state.  I’m thinking that you will have proof of marriage on the day of your wedding. 

Post # 4
57 posts
Worker bee

I’ve been wondering about this too! I’ve been planning a little vacation in Turkey, and one of the hotels I came across said, “couples wishing to share a room must provide proof of marriage.” Not even for a honeymoon suite, just a regular room! I’ll be watching this thread. 🙂

Post # 5
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@Sunnybrook:  http://www.vdh.state.va.us/vital_records/marry.htm

In addition to the forms to be returned to the clerk, the officiate may also prepared a certificate to be given to the newly married couple.”

It looks like as long as you’re getting married in Virginia, you’re ok.  I’d call the officiant before your wedding and make sure they’re going to give you a certificate that day to use for your vacation.

This won’t work in every state, though.  In Florida, the original had to be sent to the county clerk.  I didn’t get anything until the certificate was certified by the county and they mailed me two copies.

Post # 6
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

In Illinois when we got our certificate from the courthouse there was the “official” one and a “keepsake” one that we would have signed after the ceremony (had the priest remembered it!). If you get a keepsake certificate, I would think that as long as it’s signed by whoever needs to sign it, it should be ok.

Post # 7
9082 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

When we got married, the officiant just needed to sign and put his legal info on our license. We filed it at the courthouse and they returned it to us. Because my husband is military she also gave us free notarized copies to give to the Navy & other uses (Like changing bank information and social security and stuff)

Post # 9
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would think for this sort of thing a copy of your wedding invitation with the date on it would be enough.  It’s not an official government situation, they just want to make sure that you’re acually on your honeymonn.


@rarity:  that is so weird!  I’ve been to Turkey.   Darling Husband was just my Boyfriend or Best Friend at the time and we shared rooms everywhere we went.  We never saw this sort of disclaimer.  I would keep searching for a different hotel.

Post # 10
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Sunnybrook:  Make a copy of the marriage license before the wedding (you have to apply for it a few days before anyway) and take the copy with you on the trip.  They probably won’t even ask to be honest. 

Post # 11
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I live in Va and we just got our license we got two offical copys plus a display copy also you can file it yourself your minister doesn’t have to we are getting married in a different county then were we live and we our turning ours in ourselves because its closer then for our minster but the display one you get is signed by the minister and should be plenty of proof.


Post # 12
1762 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@rarity:  Im confused so you cant share a hotel room in Turkey if your not married?

Post # 13
57 posts
Worker bee

@Serey:  From what I gathered, you can in many hotels. This one was just weird I guess :/

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