(Closed) When did you sign your marriage license?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: When did you sign your paperwork?

    Before the ceremony

    During the ceremony

    After the ceremony

    On a completely different day

  • Post # 3
    4108 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    We did it directly after the ceremony and family pics. Our officiant notorized and mailed it for us. Received the official document about a week and half later.

    Post # 4
    5839 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We forgot about it until the next day, not a big deal since our officiant was my godfather and he lives around the corner

    Post # 5
    775 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    In most Canadian weddings, you sign during the ceremony.  There’s usually music or something while you sign.  I think it’s strange when the couple doesn’t sign during the ceremony 🙂

    In fact, we’re having a destination wedding (outside Canada) and I’ve had to specifically request from our venue that they set up a table for us so we could sign during the ceremony.

    Post # 6
    3696 posts
    Sugar bee

    You should check with your officiant on this one. I think (in church weddings, at least, which I realize you’re not having) it’s usually done immediately after the ceremony. Some officiants won’t actually sign it before they have conducted the ceremony and heard you speak your vows – I think legally they aren’t supposed to sign off on the license until after that step is complete.

    Post # 7
    4413 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

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    @KCKnd2:  Agreed — legally speaking, if you read the license, the officiant and witnesses are signing that they basically witnessed the CEREMONY — so it would make no sense to sign it beforehand. The recessional basically just let DH and I, the officiant and the witnesses into another room where we all quickly signed it and then went on with the party.

    Post # 8
    866 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    We signed the marriage license at the city hall clerk’s office. The document includes our current names, my new name, and the date of the wedding, which was a few weeks later. The document is dated for our wedding day, and I signed it with my new married name (which I also changed legally, after the wedding). 

    We gave this document to the officiant, who signed it after the ceremony and brought it in. We received our official Marriage License a few weeks later. We were officially married at the ceremony, but the state doesn’t legally recognize it until the paperwork is processed.

    I’ve never seen a legal document signed during a wedding ceremony, with the exception of a ketubah. 

    Post # 9
    4430 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’m so upset because we have to do ours within 60 days in NY…and we wanted to do April 20th (our going out anniversary) but it lands on a Saturday and its I think a day too long 🙁


    I just realized you meant signing…not OBTAINING! 

    Post # 10
    325 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We actually didn’t sign it until during our reception. Granted our officiant was also a close personal friend and a guest of the wedding, so he was still around later to do this. But we have some fun pictures of all of us leaning over the sweetheart table to sign and then holding it up. 

    Post # 11
    1297 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    In my state, we didn’t sign ours the day of, it was all done at the courthouse beforehand. We rounded up the officiant and witnesses after the major events of the reception were over and they signed.

    Post # 12
    7605 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    We did ours during the ceremony.  We had DH’s sister do a reading while we were signing.  Worked out great!

    By the way, I’m not sure if it’s a regional thing, but the signing has happened during the ceremony at every single wedding I’ve ever attended (both in churches and outside of them).

    Post # 13
    1468 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    we had to sign when we went to get the certificate at the clerks office.  We had to read an oath out loud together (that was kind of funny) with our hands on the bible (could opt out of the bible part) and then we signed it like a month before our wedding. 

    our officiant and witnesses signed sometime after the ceremony then the officiant took the certificate and mailed it in 🙂

    Post # 14
    2790 posts
    Sugar bee

    I just photographed a wedding where they included it in the ceremony. This was an outdoor ceremony and only lasted 10 minutes. I didn’t think twice about it and it seemed a very natural part of the wedding. I didn’t consider it tacky at all. Go for it! Just include it and spend more time doing other things you want to do.

    Post # 15
    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We only had to sign the application, not the license.

    Post # 16
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    In MO, the bride and groom don’t sign the license – applying for it is considered your signature, I guess. Just the two witnesses (BM and MOH) and the officiant sign it.

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