There are a lot of things that the bride and groom must cross of their wedding day to-do list before they can officially tie the knot. Yet, the chaos of choosing the perfect venue, dress and centerpieces often leave couples forgetting that there are a lot of legal requirements that come along with getting married. These tasks must be completed in order for a couple to become officially married so be sure to cross these items off your list so you can walk down the aisle with a stress-free mind.
Obtain A Marriage License:
Couples have the common misconception that the ring and dress are the most important aspect of marriage, but this legal document trumps those items. A marriage license is used by the state for bride and groom to officially legalize their marriage. Apply for a marriage license as soon as possible because many states have a waiting period between the approved license and the time of the ceremony. Without this document signed and completed, you are not considered to be wed to your loved one.
Proof of Termination:
Proof of the termination of any prior marriages whether they were caused by death, divorce, or annulment are needed to proceed with any new marriages.
Many states require a blood test and health history screening before a couple becomes married. Be sure to check with your state’s guidelines to see if this is a requirement. If so, be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor to take care of any necessary blood work and obtain any health records.
Collect Important Documents:
When applying for a marriage license or collecting health documents, chances are the bride and groom are going to need a variety of important documents such as birth certificates, passports, and forms of proof of residency. Be sure to have all of these documents prepared to prevent scrambling around last minute to find them.
Pay Your Fees:
Your budget may be tight but it is important to pay all of your fees for your wedding license, health records and other documents. Because after all, without these documents nothing is official.
Believe it or not, many brides and grooms to be tend to forget about these legal requirements or overlook their importance. If you want your wedding to go smoothly, do not forget about these legal requirements.