Life Events

Life events pose a unique challenge because each is a new or infrequent occurrence for which many people have little or no prior experience.

A wedding is no exception to this rule.

When planning your wedding, a little dose of commonsense advice can help
tremendously.

Here is our advice on this topic.
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Getting a Marriage License

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From the government's view, a marriage is a legal contract between two marrying individuals that needs its own official paperwork. Marriage is regulated by the state, every state has its own particular requirements, and these can vary a great deal.

It can take up to two or three weeks to get a marriage license in some places, so don't wait until the last minute to take care of this most important step. You should call City Hall or the County Building in the area where the ceremony will actually be held and find out what the qualifications are. Ask about the need for birth certificates, blood tests for diseases, health certificates, and counseling requirements. If you are under the age of consent, you may need parental consent forms. If either party is divorced or widowed, you may have to produce divorce decrees or death certificates. Those not born in the United States will probably have to produce proof of citizenship. Finally, find out how long the marriage license is valid -- generally, they are only valid for about sixty days, so don't get one too soon before your wedding.

If you want to be married in a foreign country, you may find that it is very difficult to obtain a legal marriage license there. You can often solve this problem by working with a representative of resorts that specialize in destination weddings. Another good alternative is to be quietly married in the United States before going abroad for the wedding celebration.
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