(Closed) Sooo, I need a marriage certificate?

posted 8 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Okay, our wedding almost didn’t happen because of Philly’s weird rules. First of all, the office is only open from like 10-4 m-f, no acceptions. Second, you have to obtain the license at least 3 days before your wedding, but no more than 1 month before. No one explained this to us, it’s fine print on the website. So, Darling Husband and I were Out of Town and figured we’d get the licence on Thursday for our Saturday wedding. Well. We had to get our reverend (thank GOD he was in town that day) to write a letter to the judge stating that he was planning on marrying us on Saturday and to please give us the license. And we had to give the judge a copy of our invitation (which we never got back) adn sit in city hall for 3 hours while the clerk went back and forth asking us questions. Not fun. And it costs $80 cash.

Post # 5
3011 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@moderndaisy: Yikes.  Glad that worked out in your favor.

Post # 6
554 posts
Busy bee

Not to contradict ModernDaisy but for a Philly marraige license you can get it as early as 60 days in advance, but it does have to be 3 days prior to the marriage. I found it easier to go to the Montgomery County office in Norristown. There was tons of parking and it is only $45 cash there verses getting it done in the city. It is also open M-F 8:30-4:15. I got mine there and was in and out in 10 minutes. Hope this helps. 

Post # 7
2788 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I got mine at City Hall downtown.  We had meetings in town that day and so were able to stop by the court house.  You can pick up a marriage license at any court house in PA, so if Montco, or Bucks is closer, go there.  The license is valid for 3 months actually, so you can get it now and be fine.  You’ll both need to be there, have your ID’s and know information about your parents (their names, occupations, where they were born etc.) 

I’d also suggest calling the court you plan on going to to ask when they are the least busy.  Darling Husband and I went at 8:30 in the morning and were all done by 8:45 am.  So you can be out of there quickly, just ask the clerk when the best time is to come.

ETA: We did not need to pay cash for the cert.  They accepted our credit card, no problem.

Post # 8
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The official website gives some details (and will clarify the contradictions).  Here is the one for downtown Philadelphia:  http://secureprod.phila.gov/wills/marriagelicense.aspx

It’s definitely cheaper in the suburbs, but for us it isn’t worth the hassle and gas money to go from our downtown apartment to the burbs on a weekday for the license.

Post # 10
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

@DVsMom: Ditto to everything you said.

We got ours in Montgomery county as well, and their website said the same thing. You must get it 3 days in advance, but no earlier than 60 days. And you did need $45 in cash, and your IDs.

In PA, as long as you’re getting married in PA, you can obtain the license in any county.

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