Florida Marriage License Fee Decrease

Florida Marriage License Fee Decrease

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Florida Marriage License Fee Decrease!!

Getting married in Florida is simple, and now it just got a little less expensive! This week, Governor Scott signed House Bill 1-A.This bill eliminates the “Displaced Homemaker Trust Fund,” of which $7.50 was allocated from the $93.50 marriage license fee.  The bill is effective July 1, 2017.

Therefore, effective July 1, 2017, the marriage license application fee will be $86.00.  Please note that the application fee for couples who complete premarital counseling will remain at $61.00 as the $7.50 “Displaced Homemaker Trust Fund” fee was already waived for completion of counseling.

FEES EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017

Item Fee Amount
Marriage application and license (includes one certified copy of license) $86.00
If pre-marital class certification filed (3-day waiting period waived) $61.00
Providing a certified copy $3.00

We notarize a lot of Florida Marriage Licenses. Whether you want to have a big fancy wedding or simply have a notary sign your marriage license, we can do it. Many Florida courts do not offer civil wedding ceremonies anymore so if you’re looking for an affordable way to get married please contact us.

Palm Harbor-   727-641-3374 

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Tallahassee-  850-322-0911

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Florida Marriage License Fee Decrease= less expensive to get marriage in Florida!

 

Festive Holiday Wedding Ceremony in Tallahassee

Festive Holiday Wedding Ceremony in Tallahassee

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December is a great time to get married in Florida. The weather is cooling down, hopefully, and everything is decorated for the Holidays. I recently officiated Beverly and Tim’s festive holiday wedding ceremony in Tallahassee. The wedding was sweet and simple, and so beautiful. About 30 of their closest family and friends gathered for the celebration which was held at the community center in their neighborhood. Red roses and red table clothes made for a beautiful decor; perfect for a holiday wedding. It was no too much holiday decorations, just the right touch of holiday cheer in for their wedding ceremony and reception. Beverly and Tim met on Match.com and were so delightfully suited for one another. A simple white arch and white chairs were setup on the clubhouse pool deck then the reception was held inside. Beverly walked down the aisle with her closest friend then I officiated a sweet and simple ceremony. It was a truly lovely wedding and an honor to be a part of it.

Officiant: Amanda Reeves- A Beautiful Wedding in Florida Tallahassee
Photographer: Lance Oliver
Ceremony and Reception: Mission San Miguel, Tallahassee

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Beverly and Tim’s festive holiday wedding ceremony in Tallahassee.

 

Sweet & Simple Tallahassee Wedding In Lieu of Court House

Sweet & Simple Tallahassee Wedding In Lieu of Court House

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Getting married doesn’t have to be a big expensive ordeal. And if you don’t want a big wedding you don’t have to get married at the court house. Florida is a fairly simple state to get hitched in 🙂 You and your partner go to any Florida Clerk of Court, apply for a Marriage License, and then you can getting married! If both people are non-Florida residents you can actually be married on the same day that you get the License! Florida residents that have not taken an approved pre-martial course have a 3 day waiting period before the Marriage License is effective.

If you’re not going to have a fancy big wedding and loath the idea of a court house wedding where are you going to have it? Your house, my house, a park, or someplace special to you is always a great option.

It was a rainy Sunday afternoon but the gazebo made for a great Tallahassee wedding ceremony.

It was a rainy Sunday afternoon but the gazebo made for a great Tallahassee wedding ceremony.

In Tallahassee we recently started offering a special for sweet & simple wedding in lieu of court house at the pretty Waverly Pond gazebo.  It’s a beautiful city park in midtown Tallahassee. The gazebo makes for the perfect little wedding ceremony spot. In our opinion this is much better than getting married at the court house 🙂

Waverly Pond wedding special

Waverly Pond Tallahassee wedding special

The gazebo overlooks this pretty pond.

The gazebo overlooks this pretty pond.

Types of Wedding Ceremonies

Types of Wedding Ceremonies

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Your wedding ceremony is personal! It’s the time where you stand in front of your family and friends and vow to be with someone for the rest of your life– a very special and personal moment. So why wouldn’t there be different types of wedding ceremonies?

Kelly and Daniel had fun with their wedding....and we did too! Photo by Black and Hue Photography.

Ring exchange during a Cape San Blas wedding ceremony. Photo by Black & Hue Photography.

When we started officiating weddings in 2001 our goal was to provide all couples with a way to celebrate their love. We when we say, “Let us celebrate your love with the wedding ceremony of your dreams!” and we mean it. Whether you simply want a Notary Public to legalize your marriage license, have recently been divorced, are an interfaith couple, same-sex, young, or old we are more than happy to work with you on your wedding ceremony.

These are the most common types of wedding ceremonies:

  • Civil or secular– there will be no mention of God in any form and no blessing will be given. Added readings can range from humorous to romantic to philosophical. Ceremony will include wording about family, love, commitment, and values shared by the couple.
  • Spiritual- this is broad because spiritual can mean different things for different people. Some people are spiritual in nature, in leaders or teachers, or ancestors. Some couples chose to have a spiritual ceremony  to share variations of their faiths like Christian and Jewish.  A spiritual ceremony would typically be for those who follow Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Shinto, Zoroastrianism or Sikhism. Spiritual ceremonies are neat because they can be written to fit your spiritual following. Some couples will have mentions of God and blessings included in their spiritual ceremony and other’s do not.
  • Interfaith or intercultural- this is when a couple from two difference religious gets married. One time I officiated a wedding that included Christian bible readings, a reading from the Velveteen Rabbit, and a Jewish glass breaking at the end of the ceremony. Interfaith weddings can sometimes take a little bit of research to figure out the best way to blend the traditions, but end up wonderful because both families are happy.
  • Religious- you can have a religious wedding and not be married in a church. Religious wedding ceremonies can be performed anywhere that makes you happy- a park, beach, venue, garden, or one’s home. Although we are not affiliated with a church we are happy to officiate a religious wedding ceremonies. Only a Catholic priest can perform a Catholic mass and discuss Catholic married life wedding ceremony.
  • Vow renewal- the couple is already married and is having a celebratory vow renewal. We love vow renewals. Vow renewals can be planned, a anniversary surprised, or super of the moment.
  • Commitment ceremony-this is not a legally binding marriage. Sometimes couples request to commitment ceremony as a way to pledge their love to one another.

All of these ceremonies can be adjusted to fit your personal wedding ceremony preferences. For example adding a unity sand ceremony, include a hand fasting, or have your favorite poem read. Your wedding ceremony should be exactly as you want. When planning your wedding ceremony you’ll get a lot of feedback from others. Some will be helpful and others not. Remember it’s your wedding ceremony so do what makes you happy.

When we begin working with a new couple, we encourage them to have a wedding ceremony will reflect reflects their personalities, family traditions, spiritual, religious, or non-religious beliefs. We guide them through the different types of wedding ceremonies and are always open to new ideas.

Celtic Hand Fasting ceremony picture by Megan Pitts

Celtic Hand Fasting ceremony picture by Megan Pitts

St. Marks Lighthouse Wedding Elopement

St. Marks Lighthouse Wedding Elopement

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There are a lot of beautiful hidden gems around the Tallahassee area and St. Marks is definitely one of them! Mike and Jana have been together a little over 6 years and wanted to be married. They are going to do a formal wedding with family and friends in the future but for now they wanted an intimate St. Marks Lighthouse Wedding Elopement.

It was a rainy weekend, but we had planned to meet at St. Marks Lighthouse to their ceremony. They had asked a friend to join to take pictures after the ceremony. Fortunately it was not raining at the time of the ceremony! We walked up a small porch that overlooked the lighthouse and ocean and had a quick ceremony. The ceremony included two readings of beautiful poems.

I truly enjoyed being a part of this wedding. I hope more people looking to elope in Florida consider Tallahassee area and St. Marks Lighthouse because it is gorgeous.

I received an email from Mike, “Thank you. You made it very easy for us.”. This is always nice to hear 🙂

As I waited for Mike and Jana to arrive I looked out onto the beautiful ocean.

As I waited for Mike and Jana to arrive I looked out onto the beautiful ocean.

View from the ceremony. We went up on a small porch for the ceremony which overlooked the lighthouse.

View from the ceremony. We went up on a small porch for the ceremony which overlooked the lighthouse.

After the ceremony we walked out to the beach so they could take pictures. It was so picturesque.

After the ceremony we walked out to the beach so they could take pictures. It was so picturesque.

Lafayette Heritage Trail Park Tallahassee Wedding Ceremony

Lafayette Heritage Trail Park Tallahassee Wedding Ceremony

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Jessica and Jonathon were married on December 11, 2014 at Lafayette Heritage Trail Park and I had the honor of being their wedding officiant.

Me with the newly married couple!

Me with the newly married couple!

Jonathon had contacted me a few months early about officiating their wedding in December. Then he broke his collarbone and they had to change some plans around to save some money. I suggested a Lafayette Heritage Trail Park Tallahassee Wedding Ceremony. They went to check it out and found it to be the perfect place for their small wedding.

Lafayette Heritage Trail park is located at the east end of Heritage Park Blvd. in the Piney Z Plantation subdivision. There you will find a small parking lot with 3 picnic shelters, a trailhead and bike wash, a small playground, and restroom. There is no cost to use the park for a wedding ceremony! You do need to contact the City of Tallahassee and apply for a permit: http://www.talgov.com/parks/parks-eventplanning.aspx. One of the fingerlakes with in the park make for a perfect wedding ceremony location. After the ceremony you and your guests can go to another location for a reception.

Trail down to the fingerlake where Jessica and Jonathon's wedding ceremony took place.

Trail down to the fingerlake where Jessica and Jonathon’s wedding ceremony took place.

Signs lead the way to the wedding ceremony

Signs lead the way to the wedding ceremony. Photo by E. Mika Photography

The weather on the day of Jessica and Jonathon’s wedding was PERFECT!! The sky was blue and clear and the sun was shinning. I had worked with Jessica to incorporate a sand ceremony and a place for them to say their own special vows to one and other.

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Sand ceremony

They were a very loving couple and their vows to one and other were so touching. Jessica’s Dad walked her down the isle. She was very pretty wearing a white dress, veil, and Converse shoes (great idea so she could walk down the long path!). Everyone was joyful and happy to be a part of their special day. After the ceremony they took pictures, did their 1st dance, and cut their cake. Then there were going to Olive Garden for dinner (that’s their favorite restaurant so they were excited to have their wedding recption there).

Me officiating Jessica and Jonathon's Lafayette Heritage Trail Park Tallahassee Wedding Ceremony

Me officiating Jessica and Jonathon’s Lafayette Heritage Trail Park Tallahassee Wedding Ceremony. Photo by E. Mika Photography

I was so happy to work with Jessica and Jonathon and help them create their beautiful Lafayette Heritage Trail Park Tallahassee Wedding ceremony.

Photographer: E. Mika Photography

Jessica and Jonathon exchanged beautiful words to one and other during their Lafayette Heritage Trail Park Tallahassee Wedding Ceremony

Jessica and Jonathon exchanged beautiful words to one and other during their Lafayette Heritage Trail Park Tallahassee Wedding Ceremony