(Closed) Signing license during ceremony?

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Usually you sign them afterwards, since you need a calm thought or two so you don’t spell anything wrong.

Post # 4
283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ours will be during our secular ceremony and I think it’s right after the pronouncement.

Post # 6
4479 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I’m not sure about WI’s license, but in CA the new name is on the marriage license APPLICATION… the actual license requires the name, address and signature of bride, groom, witness, and officiant. Check with your officiant?

Post # 7
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We signed ours during the ceremony.  The county printed our names on it and they made sure that I knew to sign my maiden name, not married name.  You don’t go by your married name until after the marriage license is filed.

Post # 8
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Never seen that done at any Catholic wedding. It’s very popular in Europe though. For a secular ceremony, you can do whatever you want.

Keep in mind though that you have get a license before you can get an officiant. What you are signing during or after the ceremony is the certificate which is something else entirely as proof that the ceremony took place.

Post # 9
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think we are going to sign it right after the unity candle since we’ll be at that table.

Ring xxchange
Unity candle
Sign certificate
Announce as married

Post # 10
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

In FL, the maiden name is on the application.  That’s the thing that then the officiant sends back and they stamp and make it all legal like.  It’s not a cute piece of paper.


When we went to get our application/license, we had to sign it there, in front of the chick at the courthouse.  We didn’t sign a thing on our wedding day.  We were actually legally married then, b/c they stamp it all and stuff at the courthouse.  Very French like.

Post # 11
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

In MN you don’t even sign the license.  Only the witnesses do.  (Ours did it after our Catholic ceremony was done.)  Are you sure that in WI you sign it?

Post # 12
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I saw this nicely done during a ceremony right after the bride and groom took communion. In CA the only people who sign are the witnesses.

Post # 14
3683 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I live in Florida.  We didn’t sign the license at the ceremony.  We had to sign it at the Clerk of the Court’s office before they let us leave with it.  The only ones who signed on our wedding day were the officiant, and my dad and his mom as witnesses.

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