In the flurry of wedding plans - selecting THE GOWN, the flowers, the tuxedos, the menu, the reception site and stationery trousseau, there are legal obligations that must be met. This is a serious union that requires the "blessing" of society in the guise of your wedding license.
Consider these reminders:
- · Since states and even some counties may have slightly different rules, call or visit your city hall to make sure you know all the details of the legal requirements in your area.
- · Don't wait till the last minute to make that call or visit. Most states require that you have the license at least 72 hours prior to the wedding. Keep in mind that marriage licenses can and do have expiration dates. The usual range is from thirty to ninety days.
- · Know that the couple must apply together and in person. In some areas you may need a birth certificate, while in others you may need to show a valid photo ID like your driver's license and/or passport.
- · If you have been married before, you may need to show proof that your first marriage was legally ended. This can be done with a copy of the divorce degree or death certificate.
- · Be prepared to pay for the license on that day you apply.