Getting Married in Florida
Are you excited about your wedding day in our lovely state?
We are happy that you have chosen to exchange your nuptials in Florida with us and hope that your wedding day turns out to be a beautiful event and provides fond memories for years to come. This may be your first time to Florida or perhaps you are a resident couple but not familiar with the county you are getting married in.
Below I am supplying you with links to wedding resources to help you as you plan for your Florida Wedding.
If you are planning on getting married in the state of Florida, in a legal ceremony, you must obtain a marriage license issued in the state of Florida.
Vow Renewals and Commitment Ceremonies are beautiful and meaningful but are not recognized as legal ceremonies in Florida and do not require a marriage license. Domestic Partnerships can be registered at the clerk’s office, prior to your commitment ceremony if you choose.
Same Sex weddings or Gay Weddings are legal in Florida and I will happily perform your ceremonies with the same amount of care and respect I DO Weddings by Sheri is known for.
Planning a Legal Marriage ceremony
If you are having a legal marriage you will need to obtain a marriage license. Currently marriage licenses in Florida cost about $93.50 USD. Make sure you add the cost to your wedding budget.
By taking a Pre-Marital Course with an approved course provider, you can save $32 off the cost of the marriage license.
To apply for a Florida marriage license please make sure you have the following
Marriage License Application, complete it and bring it with you to apply
If the parties applying for a license have children together that were born in Florida, they must fill out the Affirmation of Children Born in Florida form (DH743A). This form requires notarization, which can be done at the Clerk’s Office for a fee of $7.00
Both parties must apply together in person
Each party must show a valid driver’s license, a valid state identification card, a valid passport or valid military identification
Both parties must provide their Social Security numbers
If either party has been previously married, the party must provide the date his or her last marriage ended
Couples are required by law to read the Family Law Handbook supplied by the clerk and sign a statement acknowledging that they have done so before applying for the license
If at least one of you is a Florida resident, you will be subject to a mandatory three day waiting period before you can get married. That means , say you get your license on Tuesday June 3, 2014 Your license will be valid for you to use to get married on Friday, June 6, 2014. Marriage licenses are good for 60 days from the date they are issued. So that means that on midnight of the 60th day your license to get married in Florida expires. If your license expires, meaning you have not had an authorized official perform your ceremony, you will have to go back to the courts, redo all of the paperwork and repay the license fee of $93.50 to be issued a new license.
Non- Florida residents
If you are a non Florida resident, there is no waiting period before you can get married. That means, once you finish filling out the paperwork at the clerk’s office your marriage license is ready and valid for you to use immediately. The Marriage license is still only good for 60 days from the date they are issued. So that means that on midnight of the 60th day your license to get married in Florida expires. If your license expires, meaning you have not had an authorized official perform your ceremony, you will have to go back to the courts, redo all of the paperwork and repay the license fee of $93.50 to be issued a new license.
Who can perform legal weddings in the state of Florida?
The following officials are authorized by Florida law to perform marriage ceremonies:
Ordained clergy (became Ordained Minister of Marriage in Jan 2015)
Elders in communion with a church
All Florida judges
Clerks of Court and their deputized employees (this was formerly me)
Notaries Public of the State of Florida (this is me since 2006 ♥)
*The law provides that ceremonies also may be performed among Quakers or “Friends” in the manner and form used or practiced in their societies.
This is just the beginning-
For more helpful information please visit the Resources Page