One of most important parts of a wedding isn’t the dress or the flowers. It’s the marriage license. After all, the whole point of the party is to get officially married!
What is it: A marriage license is basically a document that says you and your fiancé are allowed to get married.
Where to get it: You can get it from places like the county clerk’s office or city hall.
How to get it: You should apply for your license about a month before the wedding so that you can pick it up about a week or two before. Make note that you and your fiancé may both need to be present to pick it up.
When applying, there are several things you should find out and prepare for. Do you meet the requirements? What documentation does the office need? Do you need to bring a witness? Is there a waiting period? What is the marriage license fee? You may also want to ask if they require blood tests or vaccination record (seemingly random, but important) and how long the license is valid.
What to do with it: Once you’ve gotten through the marriage ceremony, you and your honey will sign the license (along with your witnesses, typically) and hand it off to your officiant. He or she will take it to the office you received it from. In a few weeks, you’ll have a bright, shiny and official marriage certificate!
Bonus tip: Request a few copies of your certificate; you will probably be showing that sucker off all over town when changing your name or doing other married things!
So there you go! Now you know how to go about making your big day official, so you can focus on how to make it awesome!