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Question for anyone doing the legal part at home

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#21 karenk77

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    Posted 20 August 2009 - 05:59 PM

    We are doing the same thing. Go to cityhall to spare all the neccesary documents you'd need to bring with you if you were doing it legally at your destination spot.
    And for whoever asking if its vow renewal no..you're just going to ask for the symbolic ceremony..hope that helps :)

    #22 saltocoach

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      Posted 20 August 2009 - 07:37 PM

      We're going to do the legal part in our livingroom with just 2 people (Moh and BM). Afterwards we are taking our wedding party (-2 in another province) to a restaurant for a "happy going away party". We love to go to dinner with friends so this will seem like another Friday night to us. Just what we want!

      #23 eloping789

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        Posted 20 August 2009 - 09:23 PM

        Originally Posted by kimkrieger
        Does getting married at the court house right before affect passport documentation due to name change?
        It does not affect your passport at all. We had our legal ceremony a month before our DW and I just waited to do all the name change stuff until we returned from the honeymoon. You actually have to do quite a few things to legally change your name. The marriage license is just the document you need in order to get it done. However, do keep in mind that if you sign your new name on the marriage license with the new name eventually you will have to go through and get your name changed with all the relevant agencies (DMV, SSA, etc.). I've read on here some people have had trouble later when they didn't and I actually had a friend who had some problems filing taxes (as married) because the name associated with her SSN didn't match her married name on her tax form.

        Anyway, you won't have trouble on the honeymoon with your passport so dont worry about that.

        #24 jenlycus

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          Posted 24 August 2009 - 03:33 AM

          Glad I found this thread. I had envisioned doing all the legal stuff away in Mexico on the wedding day. Then I read up about all the blood tests & necessary documentation and it seems like a headache. I think you girls have convinced me that doing the legal stuff at home is the way to go. I'll probably keep it small and simple and just go to city hall.

          #25 shoyum

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            Posted 24 August 2009 - 04:58 PM

            Dido- Going to have a city hall ceremony with our parents a week or two before we leave. Much much easier!!

            #26 jerzygirl85

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              Posted 11 September 2009 - 11:33 AM

              we are having a church ceremony/legal part before leaving to Mexico. It only be the two of us plus the priest and a witness is necessary. We really aren't telling anyone about it since they would all want to attend. It may sound mean but the whole point of a dw is to have people watch you get married "away".

              Bride & Groom plus 36 booked!


              #27 NyBeachBride

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                Posted 11 September 2009 - 01:39 PM

                were doing it at home too, 1st thoght was in church with immediate fam, parents and grannys...but them the church is comign to about 500 with the classes u have to take...so not sure if we may just do city hall after all....how do u get it done in your own home?? i wish i could do it at midnight the night before the ceremony so it could be technically all the same date lol but that wouldnt work since im getting to the resort a couple days before

                #28 tammikins

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                  Posted 11 September 2009 - 04:11 PM

                  how about at the airport right before getting on the plane? just a thought.... :P

                  #29 t&kJanuary2010

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                    Posted 11 September 2009 - 04:23 PM

                    Originally Posted by KRama
                    We plan on heading down to City Hall here in Calgary with our MOH and best man and having a very un-romantic legal ceremony. We want it to have no significance to us since our "real" wedding will be the one we have in Mexico. This will just be about the paper work.
                    We were thinking on the same lines as you and your FI. We are not even going to give my MOH and BM only but a few days heads up...just so we know they won't tell anyone:) How far in advance should we consider going to City Hall??

                    #30 lily17bear

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                      Posted 11 September 2009 - 04:32 PM

                      I'm in the same boat as you ladies. After realizing that my fiance couldn't get a copy of his birth certificate (don't ask, too complicated) we figured it would be so much easier to have all the legalities done in the States. My concern with that is that our city hall is so blah, nothing nice about it at all. I was even thinking about having a tiny ceremony in our church with just our parents, just need to know if our priest would do that. I don't think there would be a problem with that. Has anyone else had it like that?

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