Post # 1
FH and I are working with our officiant to pull together our ceremony. We’d like to include the signing of the marriage license in the actual ceremony but I’m not sure where it would go. FH thinks it’s a pretty common practice in Catholic weddings, but we’re just going with a secular ceremony. Would putting the signing before the blessing and pronouncement be a good place for it?
Post # 3
Usually you sign them afterwards, since you need a calm thought or two so you don’t spell anything wrong.
Post # 4
Ours will be during our secular ceremony and I think it’s right after the pronouncement.
Post # 5
Okay – this may be a dumb question, but:
What else do you have to fill out on the marriage license? I thought you just needed to print your (new?) name and sign it. Am I mistaken?
Post # 6
- 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
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
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
I think we are going to sign it right after the unity candle since we’ll be at that table.
Announce as married
Post # 10
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
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
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 # 13
Thanks for all your help!
I emailed my officiant and apparently there’s something to sign (certificate, license, I don’t know) and she said it was a great idea to include it after the vows. So, apparently it doesn’t require too much effort by the brain to get it right.
Glad that’s resolved! Now I just need to wait until August when we can fill our our application for a marriage license (and pay our $115 IN CASH – ridiculous! our county is so expensive).
Post # 14
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.