Wenning’s Wedding Tip Wednesday

Your marriage license is one of the most important documents you will need in order to get married. There are so many details and variables that go into the application process. This month, we are going to focus on the where, when and how long it takes to get a marriage license for your upcoming Big Day!

When to Apply

If you are thinking about waiting until the last minute to start the application process, then you are planning on making a huge mistake! In most states, you need to acquire your marriage license at least 72 hours before your wedding. Don’t go down to apply too early though. Marriage licenses’ have an expiration date anywhere from 30-90 days after being issued so 2-3 weeks prior is ideal.

Where to Apply

Once you determine the timeframe of when to apply for your marriage license submit an application for approval. You can either submit an application online or in person at your local marriage bureau or courthouse. Once your application is approved you will receive your marriage license via mail. Now, it is time to take the license to be notarized. This usually requires both parties also. Some states require both parties when applying, others allow a wedding proxy or a stand in if one party is not available.

If you are having a destination wedding you should check with that local marriage bureau to double check on what requirements that state, or country may have.

What to Bring

Your prospective spouse is a great start! You should both also bring valid ID, passport and depending on which state you are in maybe even your birth certificate. If you have previously been married or are widowed, don’t forget to bring along the divorce decree or death certificate.

Application Fee

Check to see if your local court accepts cash, checks, credit cards. Be sure to double check before you go to see what forms of payment are accepted during the application process. You can expect to pay anywhere from $80-$100 depending on your state and/or prior marriage.

Be sure to stop back next week for more information on wedding paperwork and obtaining your marriage license!

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