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Before Getting Married

Getting Married

If you just got engaged, you are probably on your way to planning one of the biggest moments of your entire life. There is no doubt, this is an exciting adventure. We are sharing a few things to think about before getting married.

Think About Changing Your Name

Changing your name is not a requirement, and getting married does not automatically change your name. In fact, some brides keep their last names. Some brides choose to hyphenate their last names. In Western tradition, it is usually considered an honor for a bride to take their husband’s name. Your decision will be a personal one. If you are getting married and intend to change your name, you might want to consider the different pathways to accomplish this goal. If you are getting legally married, you will need to take a copy of your filed marriage license to the Social Security office and Department of Motor Vehicles to request a name change. If you are considering a commitment ceremony without a license, you will need to file a petition with the court and pay filing fees. It is important to understand the difference in a legal marriage and a commitment ceremony.

Think About a Marriage License

Not every wedding will involve a marriage license. Commitment ceremonies are a popular trend. This type of wedding ceremony is all about rituals and symbols, rather than paperwork. For those that want to get married with legal status, you will need to obtain a marriage license. For example, the state of Florida does not recognize domestic partnerships or common law marriages. Some counties within the state will recognize a domestic partnership, but it is not recognized at the state or federal level. The type of marriage you choose will not change your love, your wedding day or your relationship, but it will affect legal matters and the way you change your name after marriage.

Getting Married

Obtain a License Before Getting Married

If you want to make your ceremony legal, you will need to obtain a marriage license. In most counties in Florida, you can start the application process online before arriving at the courthouse; however, the process usually involves an unavoidable trip to court. If you decide to go through the steps in-person, make a date out of the experience. Some officiants are designated as a coordinator with permission to obtain a license by mail. If you are interested in this simplified process, take the time to find a qualified officiant that meets your needs.

Consider Getting Married at a Venue

The wedding venue is the very first detail to plan. Touring your wedding venue in person provides an immersive experience to truly envision your wedding day. Never miss the opportunity to step behind the scenes and meet with professional wedding designers and planners, view mock table settings and samples of décor, gain inspiration, and begin the planning process. Experience the interior and exterior aesthetic of your wedding venue before making a decision. As you tour the venue, take notice of the backdrop you are choosing for your wedding day. Consider the atmosphere and places for photography. The location should be significant and meaningful.

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Crystal Ballroom at Veranda

Plan your ceremony and reception with Crystal Ballroom at Veranda. Forego expensive wedding planners, designers and rentals. Instead, bring imagination to the professional wedding designers and planners at Crystal Ballroom. This all-inclusive venue includes all of the furnishings, décor and services to bring your dream wedding to life. Meet with event advisors for a complimentary VIP tour and customization consultation. Step inside of the design studio and design your wedding day with the wedding professionals. Contact Crystal Ballroom to begin planning.


We invite you to discover the
Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.

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