Frequently Asked Questions About Getting Married in Florida

Getting married in Florida is pretty easy! There are some steps to take but for the most part there’s not much to it. We work with a lot of couples, both in-state residents and out-of-state residents, and get asked a few of the same questions over and over again. So here it is!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Getting Married in Florida

Is there a waiting period?

  • Florida residents have a three day waiting period. Which means after you get your Florida marriage license you must wait THREE days before you can be married. Note: If both parties are Florida residents and both attend a premarital class and present completion certification of the class to the clerk at the time of application the waiting period us waived.
  • If both parties are out of state residents, there is NO waiting period. Which means you can get your marriage license and be married on the same day.

We don’t want to see each other before the wedding ceremony, can we sign the marriage license after the ceremony?

This is so confusing! You and your partner don’t sign the marriage license on the day of your marriage. When you go to get your Florida Marriage License you and your partner will sign the marriage license at the Clerk’s Office. This is the ONLY time you will sign your marriage license. On the day of your marriage, we will sign and notarize your marriage license. So you don’t have to see each other before the wedding ceremony. Some couples like to pretend to sign the marriage license so they can get a couple pictures, but that’s totally up to you and your partner 🙂

Do we need witnesses?

No! On the Florida Marriage License there is a spot for two witnesses which lead a lot of couples to think they have to have two witnesses present at their marriage ceremony but you don’t. Witnesses are OPTIONAL!

What Is This Going to Cost?

This is the question no one wants to ask.  How much is my Florida Wedding Ceremony going to cost?  It really depends on what type of Florida wedding ceremony you want to have. We want you to have exactly what is right for your ceremony, so we customize all of our wedding ceremony packages to met your needs and budget. We are happy to work with you on a small intimate elopement ceremony, notarizing your Florida marriage license, planning the entire ceremony with chairs, arbor, photographer, and more…Contact Us so we can help you plan your perfect wedding ceremony.

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