(Closed) When to sign wedding license during ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
4367 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We signed it before the ceremony.  Not sure if our officiant signed it before or after.

Post # 6
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We signed ours after our sand ceremony, right before the announcement of marriage.

Post # 7
7560 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would sign after the candle, as the last thing before you’re announced. 

Post # 8
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I thought most people signed it after the ceremony?

Post # 9
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • 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
1044 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
10603 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
1425 posts
Bumble bee

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
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We signed ours right after we kissed and then hugged the witnesses.

Post # 14
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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.

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