Getting married is obviously a huge moment in anyone’s life – and while it is definitely important to you that you plan the perfect wedding, it is even more important that you make sure everything is absolutely legal and your marriage will be recognized.
What are the top requirements to a legal marriage? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.
· You need a marriage license and a marriage certificate. The first can be obtained with no more than 30 days before the wedding – if more time passes, the license will be deemed invalid. The second, on the other hand, is obtained after the marriage and it requires the presence of your wedding officiant (depending on the state where you live, you might have to be present too).
· You need a legally-recognized officiant. County clerks, judges, justices of peace – they can all act as officiants (and so can religious officiants, such as ministers and rabbis).
· You need two witnesses. In general, these roles are played by the Maid of Honor and Best Man, but it is not mandatory to do the same. Together with the officiant, the witnesses will sign your marriage certificate to validate it.
· Remember, it is of the utmost importance that you check with your state’s legislation when it comes to marriages. Laws can vary greatly from one state to another and everything about your wedding can be affected by this, so make sure to run a proper research on this topic.
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