(Closed) When did you sign the marriage license?

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: When did you sign the marriage license?

    The day before

    Right before the ceremony

    Right after the ceremony

    During the ceremony

    Other (please explain)

  • Post # 3
    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    After the ceremony

    Post # 4
    3681 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    We had to sign ours at the courthouse in front of the clerk when we picked it up.  My dad and his mom signed it as witnesses after the ceremony.

    Post # 5
    134 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Right after the ceremony.

    Post # 8
    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    In VA you sign when you pick it up, they give you a decorative one that is optional for you to sign & display.

    Post # 9
    7605 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    During the ceremony.  I wonder if that’s a Canadian thing?  It’s been part of every ceremony I’ve ever attended as well.

    Post # 10
    5493 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Right after the ceremony. Our officiant wouldn’t let us sign it until we were officially married.

    Post # 11
    11535 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I actually did not need to sign anything, at any time.  Only one of us had to be present to obtain the marriage license, and only the pastor had to sign the license to indicate that he had performed our marriage ceremony. I was quite surprised by this, since I had always heard about people having to sign their marriage certificates.

    Post # 12
    94 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Since my fiance’s brother is officiating our wedding, I guess we could just sign it whenever we want. But I’ll probably be superstitious about it and wait until after the ceremony!

    Post # 13
    2183 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

    We signed ours 5 days before our wedding because my brother was our officiant, and I wanted to be damn sure it was a legal marriage.

    Post # 14
    3470 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    We signed ours at the clerk’s office when we picked it up– I didn’t realize it at the time, but when I inquired after the wedding they said they started having the couple sign right then to avoid costly mistakes (it’s over $100 to refile an incorrect license)– but it wasn’t valid until our officiant signed it after the ceremony. 

    Post # 15
    15471 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We had ours signed after the recetion.  Our officiant was his aunt. 

    Post # 16
    288 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We planned on after the ceremony, but ended up doing it after pictures and before our entrance to the reception.

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