Post # 1
We are having a garden wedding, not religious.
Do you sign the certificate during the ceremony and then get prounounced husband and wife and kiss and have the recessional OR to you kiss then sign then walk out?
Post # 3
I live in Ohio and there actually wasn’t anything for us to sign on our wedding day! I didn’t realize it until we looked more closely at the marriage license. Apparently in Ohio, you fill everything out ahead of time and then just the officiant needs to sign the paper anytime that day.
I’ve only heard of signing the license during the ceremony in Canada. I’m just curious – where are you from?
Post # 4
We signed paper when we bought our certificate, so the only people that had to sign it the day of, were the minister & our two witnesses.
Post # 5
we had a garden wedding too! We (the bride and groom) actually had to sign the certificate in the wedding registar’s office when we applied for the license to wed (weeks before).
We planned on having our witnesses & officiant sign it the night before at the rehearsal dinner – but forgot. oops.
Darling Husband had the best man & Maid/Matron of Honor sign it the morning of when we were getting ready at the hotel. It was easiest this way to just give the envelope to our officiant (uncle) so he could sign it and put it in the mail.
I know this seems anti climatic and non romantic at all – but logistically it worked.
Post # 6
I think we’re signing ours at the rehearsal.
Post # 7
Darling Husband and I signed ours at the rehearsal and then the pastor signed her name sometime the day of and sent it in for processing. I’ve never seen it during the ceremony at any wedding I’ve been to.
Post # 8
In Georgia we already had everything done beforehand. Then right after our ceremony, we walked into the downstairs of our reception space and our officiant walked over and signed our marrriage license right in front of us (he was the only one who had to sign anything) and then gave us big hugs! There is a great picture of us watching him sign our marriage license!!