(Closed) would your wedding day ceremony be official if obtain license after having cere

posted 7 years ago in Elopement
Post # 2
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

No.  You’re not officially married until you, your witnesses and officiant sign the license.


Just a side note = you dont need a ceremony to make a marriage legal – just the signed paper so you can do your ceremony whenever and sign the paper when you get it.  Your legal date would be the dat you signed but you can celebrate your anniversary whenever.

  • This reply was modified 7 years ago by  Celliaanne.
Post # 3
7305 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

A marriage is not legally valid until the license is obtained, all mandatory waiting periods have passed, and then the license is signed by all necessary parties (couple, officiant, required witnesses), dated, and filed with the jurisdiction that issued the license.

That said, a marriage ceremony, for many people, is more than just a legal thing. On a spiritual level, a marriage can be “valid” even if it is not legally “valid”. So validity really depends on what you are looking for.

Post # 4
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

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Silly_love:  You can have a symbolic ceremony but for legal matters you would need to go to the courthouse to make it legit – which would be when your actual marriage date.

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