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Random Question: My friend recently got married and she and her Darling Husband went to courthouse and applied for license and received it about a month before the actual wedding. Then at the wedding, before the ceremony her hubby and pastor both signed the license. She did not. Is this normal? I was just wondering how that all works….did anyone have a similar experience?
Post # 3
Here in NJ, neither I nor my husband signed our marriage certificates! Just the witnesses and the person who performed the ceremony.
Another strange tidbit: I was an encore bride and no where on the certificate was my current name – just my maiden. Boy, did that make things confusing when I went to change my driver’s license!
Post # 4
@LoriLori: Thanks! Yeah I just thought it was strange!! It’s getting my thinking of how things will work for my upcoming wedding. LOL. 🙂
That’s crazy neither of you signed your marriage certificate!!
Post # 5
One of my best friends got married last year and the officiant, bride, groom, best man and maid of honor all signed it. Is this something that can vary by state or even county??
Post # 6
My husband and I both signed it, as did our officiant and witnesses. I would be really offended by not being allowed to sign, actually. Am I a silent participant or something?
Post # 7
@crayfish: See? That’s what I thought? Why would the husband and pastor only sign? It didnt make any sense to me. I am in PA…I dont know if it is different in every state…
Post # 8
@crayfish: That’s funny because I got married in Mass too but only our officiant signed the license. My husband and I had to sign at the county clerk when we applied for the license but only the officiant had to sign on the day of the wedding. But we did the one day marriage designation and had my uncle marry us so maybe the paperwork is different…
Post # 9
We had to sign the license when we applied for it. They made us do it right then and there. The rest was filled out on the wedding day (the place the pastor signed, the witnesses, etc.). 5 signatures in all. Maybe the bride signed it before the ceremony – thinking she’d be to shaky to do it on the day of.
MY BIG ADVICE is to fill out all the blanks other than the signatures (for the officiant and the witnesses). I wasn’t sure of some of the answers for our officiant and could have easily asked ahead of time but didn’t. Our pastor made a couple marks over the date and his title and because of that – when we filed the license, it got rejected and we had to refile more paperwork (and pay more money!).
Post # 10
It’s different everywhere you go, just like it’s different who can marry you (e.g. in Colorado apparently you can marry YOURSELVES!). In Ontario, all 5 of us signed – the Officiant, the best man, the maid of honour, my husband and myself.
Post # 11
Thanks for all your input! Wow, I guess I didnt realize there were so many different ways to do this. I thought if the hubby and wife didnt sign at ceremony they weren’t legally married!
Post # 12
@TuckersGirl: We just signed when we applied for our marriage certificate. The official was signed by our Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man, we didn’t sign again.
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
It is different in every state. It’s weird that only one of them had to sign, though!