Post # 1
We’re leaving 36 hours after our wedding for our Honeymoon. Yay!
We’ve purchased a Honeymoon package, and the resort website says that they have the right to confirm that you are actually on your honeymoon (by asking for proof of marriage). I believe that in Virginia (where we’ll be married), the officiant takes the certificate and files it after the wedding.
So… will I have any proof that I’ve been married? I’d be surprised if the hotel was a stickler on this, but dangit, I want my couples massage!
Post # 3
@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
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
“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
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
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 # 8
@strawbabies: YES! Thank you for finding this! I will be sure to chat with our officiant!
Post # 9
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
- 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
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
@rarity: Im confused so you cant share a hotel room in Turkey if your not married?
Post # 13
@Serey: From what I gathered, you can in many hotels. This one was just weird I guess :/