What happens during the legal courthouse ceremony?
Posted 30 December 2008 - 09:36 AM
We are planning on getting legally married at the courthouse a couple days before we leave for our symbolic ceremony in front of family and friends in Mexico. We won't actually think of ourselves as being married until our wedding day ~ but what happens during the legal ceremony? Do you have to exchange rings? What's the process? And is it a quick and dirty, bang bang, you're outta there type of deal??
Posted 30 December 2008 - 09:45 AM
Posted 30 December 2008 - 10:25 AM
We did exchange rings, and wore them to our celebratory lunch after and then took them off until our DW. We each brought a friend to serve as witness.
Other places, especially in larger towns and cities, can be a lot less personal. Call your local officiant (town clerk, judge, etc.) and see what their usual protocol is.
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 12:04 PM
You do not have to exchange rings at the legal ceremony, it is a personal choice. We are NOT going to exchange rings - we're saving that for the ceremony in Mexico with all our friends and family.
The JOP said our ceremony is only 5-10 minutes and basically a declaration of intentions and generic vows, then signing of the papers.
Posted 30 December 2008 - 01:03 PM
Posted 30 December 2008 - 01:05 PM
Posted 30 December 2008 - 03:25 PM
| Originally Posted by KLC77 |
I think it depends on your state and what they require. I'm working on this now and it looks like FI and I really just have to say 'yes, we want to marry each other' and then we can go. lol We want to do as little as possible so it doesn't take away from what we do in Mexico.
We are considering our REAL wedding to be the one in Dominican Republic.
That being said, we are having my sister and FI's grandmother as our witnesses as they cannot make it to the real wedding; and we are doing a picnic/bbq party at our house after for all of our friends and whatever family is in town (most of both of our families do not live near us).
I think whatever you want to do should be fine, but def check with your local town clerk for their regulations.
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