Minister, Witnesses Signing License During Ceremony Idea…

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

The best man and Maid/Matron of Honor usually sign the marriage license anyway (as witnesses), just so you know. 😉

EDIT: When my friend got married, the best man and I (I was maid of honor) went backstage (she got married in an old theater) to sign it right after the ceremony. Then, we did the recessional.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m not sure that I really understand the significance of that idea since they have to sign it anyway, I think…if you could help me to understand, I may like the idea better :]

why not have a funky recession song?  Or do something quirky/cute that is special to you and your hubby?  Maybe you have a thing for hats, so you could don silly hats walking out or something? :]

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Our pastor has us sign the license before the ceremony. I went to etsy and ordered a marriage certificate that we will sign during the ceremony. I hated how the signing was rushed through and no one ever saw it. Isn’t that the point of a wedding? Also, we have somethng nice to display. 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I saw one ceremony where the marriage license was signed during the ceremony…I thought it was nice. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

In Canada, your marriage is not legal unless the register is signed at the time of taking your vows, so the marriage licence is always signed during the ceremony. There’s usually a table at the front, and there’s a meaningful song (we’re having “At Last” by Etta James) playing, and the Bride, Groom, 2 witnesses (usually Maid of Honour and Best Man) and the officiant sign. It happens after the vows and before the “I pronounce you husband and wife, you may kiss the bride.” bit. It’s expected – I thought it was realy weird when I found out Americans don’t do it during.

Post # 8
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Wannabee

Does anyone have a script for this, other than just “will XX and XX please join us for the signing of the marriage license?” There HAS to be a nice way to say a few words about making it a part of the ceremony but I can’t find any examples online. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

We signed ours after the ceremony and our photographer got some of the best pictures during that. I am glad that we could have a few moments (not in front of an audience with an awkward angle for the photographer and no re-dos to get better pics) to get great photos and did not make it part of the ceremony. Indeed, because of the photos, our signing the certificate was more memorable for us.

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