(Closed) Who traditionally?

posted 6 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
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Honey bee

I didnt know there was a tradition for this? We are meeting there after work next week, just us two.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think “normally” they just go by themselves.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We went by ourselves. Normally the license is just something you pick up. I was hoping it would feel special but it’s in a county courthouse. I remember teenagers screaming and being dragged down the hall in handcuffs as we got our license.

Traditionally it’s signed by the maid of honor and the best man as witnesses at either the wedding or rehearsal dinner (when it becomes an official license).

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

…the bride and groom…why?  Who do you think wants to go sit at the county clerk for an hour while you tell some broad with big hair that the two of you aren’t first cousins?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not sure this is a thing. We went alone.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@camerashy78:  Not when you pick it up…when you sign it at the ceremony you need witnesses

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

no real tradition there, in NJ you need a witness, over the age of 18 that knows the both of you and can attest that you are going into it willingly. Our witness when we applied was my fiance’s daughter in law. You also  need photo-id, birth certificates and if one of two were previously married, the divorce decree.

On the day of the marriage, it usually is  the maid of honor and best man who sign the license, as well as the officiant, which makes it legal!

 

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We just went alone, a notary in the clerk’s office notarized it and prepped the license, which we took to our officiant to keep for us. On our wedding day, he brought the license, after the ceremony he signed it and then sent it in. The state sent us our official copy a few weeks later. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It depends on the waiting period in your state. Info on what you need will be on the state or county gov website.

Some states you can apply for the marriage license and get married the same day. I suppose you would bring your witnesses with you in that case, though not every state requires witnesses.

Some states have 1-5 day waiting periods.

Usually, witnesses are the Best Man and Maid of Honor, but there is no rule about this.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

When you are applying for the marriage licence you need your Fiance and youself there, I ended up picking it up by myself.  During the ceremony your two witnesses and officiant sign it (unless you are having a courthouse wedding, then I am not sure, I would contract your county courthouse).  

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Every state has different requirements. In Maryland, only one of us had to be present/sign paperwork to receive the license. Our minister was the only one who signed the actual license- Darling Husband never signed anything.  

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