Post # 1
We’re having a non-religious outside wedding ceremony and we’re wanting to sign our marriage license during the ceremony any ideas on when to sign it? I’m thinking this will pertain to more Canandians and Australian/New Zealand brides as I know in those countries it’s very common to sign during the ceremony.
Here is our schedule so far-
Words of Welcome
Vows and Ring exchange
Announcement of Marriage
Would I put it after the Unity Candle ceremony? Do I have the Unity Candle in the right spot for a good flow?
Post # 3
British bee checking in. I wonder whether exchange of rings should be after since the unity candle is about joining to families, if you do it after the ring exchange then you’re already joined? (I’ve only been to one wedding with a unity candle and it happened pretty early on). I’d have the license signing done immediately before the announcement of marriage like you say though.
Post # 4
In the state and county I got married in you do NOT sign the marriage license on your wedding day. We applied for a license, both signed to apply for one, and left with a marriage license that would be usable in 72 hrs. Our reverend signed it, but we did not.
Post # 5
We signed it before the ceremony. Not sure if our officiant signed it before or after.
Post # 6
We signed ours after our sand ceremony, right before the announcement of marriage.
Post # 7
I would sign after the candle, as the last thing before you’re announced.
Post # 8
I thought most people signed it after the ceremony?
Post # 9
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
My best friend signed hers before the ceremony, I think most people do it after but we’re also doing it during. It’s after our vows but before our exchange of rings, but we’re not having a unity candle/handfasting/etc. anything like that.
Post # 10
I love this idea! My FH brought this up as we were imagining what our ceremony would be like. We’re not seeing each other before the ceremony, so this gives us time to sign without missing any picture time!
Post # 11
Here, you usually have a song playing while you sign it and you look up and pose for a second so the photographer can take a picture etc.
We did it right after our vows/ring exchange. Personally, I wouldn’t want the Unity Candle after the signing, as you sign and then are anounced as being married, and wouldn’t want that delayed!
We didn’t bother with the Unity Candle, and now I’m trying to think when it’s usually done. The moms usually light the separate candles right after the welcome. I can’t remember if the Unity Candle comes before the vows now.
Post # 12
We didn’t have any readings, but we did our civil ceremony in this order:
Vows & Ring Exchange
Sand Ceremony (kin to the Unity Candle)
“Kiss the Bride”
Signing of Lisence
Official Mr & Mrs Announcement
I went to a wedding the other weekend, though, that had the Sand Ceremony after the signing of the lisence. Your preference. 🙂
Post # 13
We signed ours right after we kissed and then hugged the witnesses.
Post # 14
I think it’s a regional thing, here it’s always signed during the ceremony, they can’t actually pronounce you husband and wife until that paperwork is signed, since that piece of paper is actuaully what makes you legally husband and wife.
Either do it after the unity candle or before the ceremony if that’s allowed in your region.