- This Time Round
- 6 years ago
- Wedding: December 2012
To @jordyanna: Re – Both Documents
You were signing both documents at the Church tho… not the Courthouse / City Hall right ?
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In the USA, it is a case where “Church & State are seperate”… so Americans have to always get a Marriage License issued by the State… then they sign the Church Registry if the Church they attend keeps one.
Whereas all the Church Weddings that I’ve participated in in Canada (no matter the denomination) the Church arranged for the paperwork to be processed thru / to the Province / Government.
And a “Marriage License” wasn’t required, the Published Banns was enough. Altho it might be possible that a “Declaration of Intent to Marry” was signed during a Pre-Marital Meeting, at the Rehearsal, or the Day of the Wedding itself.
The only cases I know of where a Church Wedding required a Wedding License was if either the Bride or Groom had been married previously (in which case the License was issued when there was also “proof” given of Divorce or Death of the previous Spouse).
If someone tho chose to have a Civil Ceremony… then ya they’d need a Marriage License.