(Closed) Signing Marriage License Question

posted 7 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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 # 5
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360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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 # 8
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1927 posts
Buzzing bee

@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
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Busy Beekeeper

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
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1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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 # 12
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Busy bee

@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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

It is different in every state. It’s weird that only one of them had to sign, though!

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