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Marriage Licenses & Certificates: Everything You Need to Know

Here is some must have information on Marriage licenses and required certificates. When it is time for you to get married give us a call we service Maine, New Hampshire, and North Shore of Massachusetts.

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What’s the difference between a marriage license and a marriage certificate? A marriage license is what you get first, and it’s basically an application to be married. When you’ve filled it all out, had your ceremony, gotten it signed and your officiant has turned it back into the county, then you receive a marriage certificate that proves, in fact, you are married.

Here’s everything you need to do, step-by-step, to get (and complete) your marriage license, and subsequently, your marriage certificate.

Step 1: Set a Date and Place for Your Wedding

Before you can apply for a marriage license, you need to know where and when you’ll be getting married. Why? Because you typically must file your marriage license application in the county in which you’ll be getting married.

Furthermore, marriage licenses expire. Some, for example, expire after 90 days. If you’re planning your wedding one year in advance of the date, then, you must wait to apply for the marriage license until some point within the final 90 days before the wedding, or you’ll have run out of time to use the marriage license and end up having to apply all over again.

On the other hand, you can’t wait until the very last minute either, because many states require you to go through a waiting period before getting married. In Texas, for example, you must wait at least 72 hours before getting married after you apply for a marriage license to get married, meaning that if you put this off until two to three days before the wedding, the license wouldn’t even be valid yet.

Once you know when you’re getting married, you can plan your visit to the county clerk accordingly.

Step 2: Visit the County Clerk

The easiest place to go for your marriage license is the county clerk’s office. Make sure you carve out a couple of hours for this, as there may be a wait. You can even try to make an appointment before you show up so that you don’t have to wait too long. You and your significant other must both be present at the time of the marriage license application.

Here’s everything else you need to be prepared for during your visit to the county clerk:

  • Make sure you don’t show up empty-handed, as you’ll both need to show proof of your identity. Each state’s requirements are a little different, so be sure to check with your county clerk before heading in to find out what they specifically require. Typically, however, you’ll need a driver’s license or passport, but you may also need a birth certificate.
  • Some states even require a witnessfor the marriage license application, so be prepared to ask a friend (who has known you at least six months) to tag along.
  • You will also need to know some information about your parents. You will need both your parents full birth namesbirthdates, their birth state, and dates of passingif applicable.
  • If it’s not your first marriage, you will also need to bring your certificate of divorceor the death certificate, respectively, as proof you are able to legally remarry.
  • If you’re under 18, you’ll need to bring a parent to provide consent.
  • There is a fee to apply for a marriage license, typically between $35 and $150depending on your state and county (yet another expense to add to your wedding budget).
  • If you are a planning on changing your name, now — during your visit to the county clerk to apply for your marriage license — is the best time to do that. While you will still retain your maiden name until you actually get married, this will let the court officially know what your new name will be. Not only do you need to know what you want your official last name to be, but your middle name, as well. You have many options, of course: You can keep your name the exactly the same. You can take your partner’s name (or vice versa). You can hyphenate your maiden name with your partner’s last name. You can replace your middle name with your maiden name. Heck, the two of you can legally even make an entirely new last name. If you haven’t decided if you’re going to change your name, you can, of course, wait until a later time. However, if you wait, the only way to alter it down the road is through an official name change, which costs hundreds of dollars (and yet another visit to the county clerk). So, if you can figure out what you’d like to do beforeobtaining your marriage license, it’ll save you time and money down the road.

Once you’ve proven your identity, turned in your paperwork and paid your fee, you’ll be granted a marriage license. Some states will hand you the marriage license right then and there, but others will mail it out to you within a few days.

Step 3: Get Signatures From Your Officiant and Marriage License Witnesses

Now that you have your marriage license, it’s time to gather up some signatures. While the requirements for signing a marriage license vary from state to state, most require signatures from the following people.

The Couple

Naturally, the couple must be present when it’s time to sign the marriage license post-ceremony. It’s better to get this taken care of early on, before the party gets going and the drinks start flowing. This is one wedding detail you do not want to forget!

The Officiant

Whoever legally performed your ceremony, whether it was a judge, a religious leader, or a friend ordained for the day, must also sign the license. There will be a line for them to sign their name, as well as specify their title or ordination. But note: There are a few states (Colorado, Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, and parts of Pennsylvania) where you can self-unite or self-solemnize your marriage, which means that not only does the officiant not need to sign your marriage license, you don’t have to have one in the first place!

Two Witnesses

These could be your parents, your maid of honor and best man, or any other friends you nominate for the honor. They must be physically present and, well, witness the two of you signing the marriage license. In most states, the marriage license witnesses must also be over the age of 18. Typically you will need two witnesses, but in some states you only need one.

Step 5: The Officiant Turns In the Completed Marriage License to the County

After the ceremony, it’s the officiant’s responsibility to turn the marriage license back into the county clerk, either by mail or in person. After that, you’re all set! Depending on where you live, you will either be mailed a certified copy, or you will need to go in person to pick up certified copies (in which case, prepare yourself for another fee.

You might be wondering, though, why you even need these copies if it’s all official. You’ll need certified copies of your marriage certificate for a number of things. For example, you may need to send copies of it to change your marital status for insurance (car, health, etc.), Social Security (if you’re changing your name), your credit cards, your bank accounts, and the IRS, to mention just a few.

18 Wedding First Dance Songs That Aren’t At All Cheesy

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Brittany Wong5/16/2018

It isn’t easy to find a wedding first dance song that speaks to who you are as a couple and hasn’t been played a million times before.

Bri Swatek, owner of Spinning With Style in New York, recommends focusing on two things if you’re currently stuck on deciding.

“Focus on lyrics first. As a couple, you want to find a lyric that speaks to who you are together,” the DJ said. “Second, you want to find a sound and a tempo that’s easy to dance to ― especially if you plan to invite your friends and family to join you out on the dance floor.”

Need further inspiration? Below, Swatek and other wedding DJs offer their top recs for first dance songs that are romantic and unique.

  1. Sade ― “By Your Side”(Neptunes Remix)

“The lyrics, the vibe. It just makes you feel like no matter what, you love each other and will stand by each other unconditionally.” ― DJ Crystal, a DJ at VIP DJ Entertainment in Los Angeles

  1. Nelly Furtado — “Feel So Close”

“A Calvin Harris cover. It’s a pretty song and the original is a classic party banger so it maintains a lot of that fun.” ― DJ Jack Farmer, a DJ in Los Angeles

  1. Alicia Myers ― “I Want To Thank You”

“This song really encapsulates what the struggle feels like to find true love and the pure gratitude felt once it’s finally found. It also has a funk and R&B element, which naturally leads into a first dance set for your guests.” ― Nicole Otero, a DJ at TCM DJ Events in New York City

  1. Xavier Omar ― “Blind Man” 

“The beat and lyrics ― about how his partner is so much more that her physical appearance ― is perfect for a wedding.” ― DJ Chuck D Supreme, a DJ in Los Angeles, California 

  1. Led Zeppelin ― “All My Love”

“It’s a classic rock song, which is a little different for a wedding.” ― DJ CeeLos, a DJ in Southern California  

  1. Corinne Bailey Rae ― “Is This Love”

“The cover of Bob Marley has a smoky and romantic feel, but she sings it with such a beautiful vulnerability in her voice. It’s perfect for a couple starting their new journey together.” ― Ross Anderson owner of Bela Sono Music in Fairfax, Virginia 

  1. Chris Stapleton ― “Tennessee Whiskey”

“The pace makes it really easy to slow dance to. It’s not for everyone but for some, it’s extremely relatable and feels tailor-made just for them.”  ― DJ Isaac, a DJ at VIP DJ Entertainment in Los Angeles

  1. Lykke Li ― “Unchained Melody”

“This is a fresh and unique take on possibly one of the most classic love songs of all time. It’s slow and somber but full of passion. This song is great for couples that are true romantics.” ― Joey Farese of Electric Entertainment DJs in Los Angeles 

  1. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros ― “Home”

“I would have to say my favorite first dance song is ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe. I really like it because it’s more upbeat and has a very fun, loving tone.” ― Stephen Vaughn, a DJ at Backthird in Chicago

  1. Matthew Koma ― “Years” (acoustic)

“I love when a couple picks a song that’s really meaningful to them, whether or not it sounds like a traditional first dance song. You can typically find an acoustic version if the normal version is too high-energy, like this acoustic version of the original.” ― Sean O’Hare, owner of PDX DJs in Portland, Oregon 

  1. Lana Del Rey ― “Lucky Ones”

“It’s a song that really isn’t on any lists, and the words are spot-on and very deep.” ―Allen Walker, owner of Big Daddy Walker Productions in Milford, Ohio 

  1. Pink Martini ― “Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love”

“It’s a triple crown song: lovely, upbeat and romantic.” ―Bernard Moore, owner of Rockin’ It DJs in New York City 

  1. Prince ― “Adore”

“We pretty much love everything Prince. The lyrics are perfect and you get that added funk that only Prince can bring to a track.” ―DJ Rockwala, a DJ at 5 Boro Sounds in New York City

  1. Ray LaMontagne ― “Let It Be Me” 

“With its simple production, focusing on the acoustic guitar and vocals, Ray LaMontagne’s ‘Let It Be Me’ really speaks to the ‘for better or worse’ vows you make on your wedding day, and to your promise be there for one another, together through it all.” ―Bri Swatek, owner of Spinning With Style in New York

  1. Van Morrison ― “Someone Like You” 

“It’s a classic that’s not overplayed.” ―Dave Mancini, a DJ in Southern California 

  1. John Mayer ― “XO”

“A great Beyonce cover (though you can’t go wrong with the original). If you prefer a more ‘romantic,’ acoustic style for your first dance, John Mayer’s version still sounds beautiful. It’s a perfect fit for a first dance.” ―DJ Jack Farmer, a DJ in Los Angeles

  1. Michael Jackson ― “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”

“I am a huge fan of upbeat and super fun first dances, so this one of my favorite songs to recommend. The lyrics are perfect for the occasion and the song is also great to dance to. Everyone in the room will be tapping their feet.” ―DJ Keelez, a DJ in Los Angeles 

  1. Felix Jaehn ft. Jasmine Thompson ― “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)”

“This gives a more sensual twist to this classic song, that radiates hard on a summer night. When you want to show your guests (and the world) that you love each other but are willing to dance the night away on a moment’s notice, this song is the perfect blend of that.” ― DJ Flobito, a DJ in Los Angeles

This article originally appeared on HuffPost

 

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What You Don’t Need at Your Wedding

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Nick Douglas8/23/2017

Legally, all you need for a wedding is a visit to the county clerk’s office, and whatever else your local government requires. (Check here.) Everything else is optional. Of course, some things are more optional than others. Most weddings these days skip the garter toss; many skip the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and some even skip the flowers. What matters is that you pick the right elements to keep making you and your guests happy. Continue reading

Ways To Make Your Small Wedding Feel Like A Big Celebration

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Margeaux Baulch Klein8/18/2017

It’s not just the ridiculous cost of weddings these days that makes some couple opt to have a small wedding guest list. Whether you live far away from your extended family or simply can’t think of 200+ people you care enough about to invite, small weddings often make more sense.

However, just because your wedding is tiny in size doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t look and feel as glamorous as a bigger shindig. Here are some small wedding ideas that will make your intimate gathering look and feel as special as anything you might see on Pinterest or Instagram. Continue reading

6 unexpected honeymoon ideas for millennials

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Hello Giggles

8/24/2017

A ton has been written about how millennials have changed the wedding industry — from skipping traditions that don’t align with their values to opting for smaller but still Instagrammable receptions — but they have also revolutionized the honeymoon industry.

Part of this change may be a result of twenty and thirty-something couples forgoing traditional registries and using apps like Honeyfund to raise money to travel (rather than being saddled with a set of fine china that they’ll never use).

There’s also the fact that millennials are more well-traveled than any other generation, particularly since cheap airfare and sites like Airbnb and Couchsurfing have made it easier to travel the world. So when they get married, the typical honeymoon trope of spending a week at a “romantic” all-inclusive resort just won’t do for many millennials. Instead, they are opting for offbeat and unexpected honeymoon ideas, like the ones below. Continue reading

Clear Tent Wedding In Nottingham, NH

A lakefront property in Nottingham, NH, provided the perfect canvas for a beautiful Clear Frame Tent. Guests had a unobstructed view of the lake while dancing and celebrating the marriage of their loved one.

Items provided by Exeter: 30×45 Clear Frame Tent with cafe lighting. Dark wood farm tables, 60″ round tables, fruitwood garden chairs, dance floor, stage, linens, flatware, glassware and plates.

Wedding Planner: Love Affair

What It’s Really Like To Be A Celebrity Wedding Planner

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Lisa Fogarty 8/28/2017

Planning a wedding is one of the most stressful things you can do in life, which makes wedding planners – who take on all that anxiety with gusto – the embodiment of the calm before the wedding storm. When Chrissy Teigen and John Legend hired wedding planner Lisa Vorce to coordinate what would become one of the most high-profile wedding celebrations of 2013, the seasoned pro found herself dealing with the dream dilemma: The celeb couple was so easygoing that they looked to Vorce to help them build everything from the ground up.

“To design their wedding, I first got to know and understand them (amazing!), then I took a look at the venue (Lake Como – also amazing!),” Vorce says. “From there, I created a ‘mood board’ that was a reflection of the colors, architecture, and topography of Lake Como, along with the vibe of John and Chrissy. John and Chrissy then chose what most resonated with them, and the rest is history.” Continue reading

15 Dead Giveaways You’re about to Get a Marriage Proposal

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Julia Malacoff 8/25/2017

 

15 DEAD GIVEAWAYS YOU’RE ABOUT TO GET A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL

There are two types of marriage proposal: the total shocker, and the one you can see coming from miles away, as if it’s traveling on a Goodyear blimp. Depending on how long you’ve been dating—and how much you’ve talked about marriage with your partner—you can probably guess which type of proposal awaits you.

Regardless, even if you can sense that the big question is imminent, it’s not always easy to pinpoint exactly when it’s going down. So unless your fiancé-to-be is a total master at the art of surprise, here are all of the surefire signs you’re about to get a view of him on one knee—so you can prepare accordingly.  Continue reading

Destination Wedding Countdown Calendar

Planning a destination wedding requires a whole separate timeline. Here, learn how to get everything done for your wedding with time to spare.

Stay on track with this month-by-month guide:

 

12-10 MONTHS

  • Set a budget. Factor in the number of guests and determine how much you can afford to spend.
  • Decide on a place. Consider your wedding style and choose a first, second and third choice. Consider travel time and distance.
  • Research resorts in your country/location of choice and compare what each offers. Shop for packages and consider all-inclusive packages. Compare prices and inclusiveness as well as recommendations, ratings and references.
  • Research airfare and each resort’s room rates.
  • Look into the marriage legalitiesin the locations you’re considering.
  • Notify family and friends of decision to marry away; select a date.
  • Decide on your wedding attendants.
  • After selecting a resort, make travel arrangements for a visit.
  • Have the location’s on-site wedding coordinator give you a list of preferred local vendors such as the photographer, florist and band.

9 MONTHS

  • Visit the resort and meet with the on-site wedding coordinator and local vendors. Look into a group discounton room rates.
  • Begin your search for your honeymoon locationif you will not be honeymooning at your wedding destination. If you’re getting married during a peak holiday season such as Christmas, you may need to book your honeymoon 9 months in advance.
  • Start gown shoppingand begin registering for gifts.
  • Put together your guest list.
  • Set up your wedding website. Start with your wedding date and location, adding travel info and other relevant logistics as you go.

6 MONTHS

  • Send out save-the-datesto give your guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements.
  • Get a rough head count; reserve a block of rooms.
  • Contact your officiant. For most religious ceremonies, you may be required to attend pre-wedding counseling. Civil ceremonies may require permission to be married in the location.
  • Review and finalize pros’ contracts.
  • Buy travel and wedding insurance.
  • Reserve a block of rooms at two hotels in different price ranges and direct your invitees to your wedding website for the details.
  • If your wedding will take place in another country contact a travel agent to see if you can reserve a block of seats with an airline. Many carriers offer discounts to passengers with groups over ten.
  • Book your own honeymoon/travel
  • Select and order your gown and bridesmaid dresses.
  • Make final selections for your flowers, decor, menu and cake.
  • Select musicfor the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
  • Make arrangements for any transportationat the location such as a shuttle for guests to and from the airport.

4 MONTHS

3 MONTHS

  • Make sure website is updated with most recent information.
  • Write welcome letterto guests and itinerary of events to include in gift bag. Have both printed and ready to take with you or ship to resort.
  • Order brochures of local activities along with area maps to include in the gift bag.
  • Review documentation for a legal ceremony with your coordinator.

2 MONTHS

  • Set up a seating chart, get all RSVPs from guests.
  • Test a spray tan if you plan on gettiing one for the wedding.

3-6 WEEKS

  • Confirm travel reservations; release any rooms not needed.
  • Finalize detailswith wedding coordinator and local vendors.
  • Determine an order of events schedule with your coordinator.
  • Finalize ceremony details: write vows, finalize music.
  • Ask guests to RSVP for group activities via e-mail.
  • Ship gift bag items, printed materials (programs etc.) to site.

2 WEEKS

  • Finalize guest headcount and confirm group activities.
  • Ensure all paperwork is in order (passports, documents needed for marriage license, wedding and travel insurancepolicies).
  • Print your wedding programsto take with you.
  • Confirm your honeymoonreservation and any speacial requests.
  • Address any wedding announcements, stamp and arrange for mailing on your wedding day.
    • WEEK
  • Finalize the seating plan; give catereryour final guest list count.
  • Pack what you need for the wedding and honeymoon; pick up tuxes.
  • Put together an emergency kit(spot remover, band-aids, asprin, etc).
  • Determine photo schedule and shot listfor your photographer.
  • Confirm final meeting with vendors for when you arrive.

Day Before Departure

  • Go over final details with coordinator; update website.
  • Contact the wedding party and make sure they know how to reach you.

3-4 days

  • Arrive at location and meet with on-site coordinator, officiant, and vendors to review final details.