There are timelines and checklists to planning the perfect wedding day, and paperwork to make it all legal. Paperwork has work in the name, but doesn’t need to feel like work. We are sharing some tips for obtaining your Florida marriage license and doing the paperwork.
Obtaining a Florida Marriage License
If you want to make your ceremony legal, you will need to obtain a Florida marriage license. In most counties, 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. Your wedding venue will probably have a preferred officiant to make the search easier.
Changing Your Name with a Florida Marriage License
Culture and personal preference will influence your decision to change or keep your name. If you decide to change your name, there will be a little paperwork involved in the process. You must be married and have a copy of your Florida marriage license in hand when you visit the Social Security office and Department of Motor Vehicles. As soon as you change your name, you will discover many other places that need to get the memo. This can become overwhelming and frustrating, if not organized properly. You will need to update your passport information, car registration, car insurance, titles, deeds and banking information. The best advice is to take time, do things in order, and go through the process together. Make it a fun experience that includes lunch dates and selfies.
There are many reasons why couples choose to create more paperwork, but it is always about coming together to make agreements about everything you decide together as a couple before you enter the marriage. Since marriage can be a legal arrangement, it makes sense that couples would want to make decisions about that arrangement as partners. Depending on your culture and religion, prenuptial agreements might already be part of your customs. In colonial times, prenuptial agreements protected widows and their property when getting married again. Islamic marriage contracts include everything from a dowry to all the rules that apply after marriage. It is recommended that you always consult with an attorney about all legal decisions, before you make them, and never rely upon the advice of others. Most couples do not put all their agreements on paper before getting married, so if you decide to forego the paperwork, you are not alone.
Insuring Important Things
Getting married usually involves some insurance. This additional paperwork is definitely recommended. As soon as you get engaged, you should consider insuring your ring. When you book your venue, you should insure your wedding day with event insurance. Your wedding venue will probably recommend the best event insurance and assist you with process to make it easier. After getting married, you might want to purchase life insurance as an investment for the future.
Crystal Ballroom at Veranda
Before you obtain your Florida marriage license and start the paperwork, begin your wedding planning journey with Crystal Ballroom at Veranda. Booking your venue is always the first step to planning your wedding day. Meet with professional wedding designers to create a wedding from fantasy. This all-inclusive wedding venue includes the furnishings, décor and staff services for your wedding ceremony and reception. Bring imagination to this luxurious ballroom and create a romantic adventure you will never forget.