(Closed) What must happen at a wedding for it to be legally binding in Virginia?

posted 8 years ago in Virginia – Northern Virginia
Post # 3
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hola – weddings must have statement of free will (statement of intent) and exchange of vows technically – religiously lots of other things apply, but the main thing is that you state the purpose for which you are there, and agree to be married.

however, if you have a licensed individual there, they are witness to the ceremony and as long as they sign off on the paper work as your official, you dont have ot have any specific wording (this allows for different religions and practices to do whatever is their custom)

Post # 4
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

The officiant need not be from Fairfax County, just from somewhere in VA, to get a one-day license.  The way it works is that the officiant goes to the courthouse in his or her home county to register.  So, if the officiant lives in Arlington, for example, s/he would get registered as an officiant in Arlington.  However, once registered, they can perform the ceremony anywhere in VA.  So a friend registered in Arlington could still perform the marriage in Fairfax County.

Assuming that your friend who performs the ceremony does not live in VA at all, you could still have your friend who is a VA resident act as officiant.  The officiant basically just needs to witness that the statement of free will and exchange of vows happened.  So if s/he watches while someone else does it, that’s fine.

Post # 5
556 posts
Busy bee

great info

Post # 7
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@KoiKove: That’s actually what we’re going to do! Except we’ll do it the other way around–we’re going to the courthouse a week early to get married and then have a friend perform the ceremony. 🙂

Post # 8
14 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

My Dad is doing our ceremony and it was a little bit of hoop jumping here in Culpeper – but I had day time to go talk with the right people and get the paperwork sorted out. He does have a to pay a 500 cash bond that is refundable when we return our completed marriage certificate.

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