What Do You Need For a Civil Wedding

A civil wedding is a convenient alternative to religious weddings for those who don’t want to be part of an institution. You can have your ceremony at the courthouse, or at a private room in a local restaurant, hotel or banquet facility — no one has to know you’re not getting married at church!

A licensed officiant (ask the court office for help in finding one)

If you want to get married at home, you’ll need some things. First, make sure that your home is legally visible from the street. This means it should be on a street or lot with access to power and water—not something in a basement or attic. You can also look for an outside location that’s visible from the road (and preferably has an unobstructed view), like an empty lot or park; if there’s no such thing as “a park,” then go ahead and make one!

If getting married outdoors sounds too risky because of mosquitoes or other bugs (or just because people will judge), try finding another place where everyone can see each other: like at someone else’s house after they’ve invited them over so they can all get dressed up together beforehand (this works best if both parties agree). Or simply invite everyone over again later during daylight hours once everything has been cleaned up after dinner service ends—that way no one needs to worry about spilling food on themselves while trying not fall asleep during speeches given by friends’ relatives who have come over expressly for this purpose.”


  • Identification: You will need to show identification at the wedding ceremony and reception. This can be anything from a state ID, driver’s license or passport. You should also bring any birth certificate and marriage license into your planning sessions with you so that you have it handy when needed. Other pieces of identification that may come in handy include divorce decrees and court orders issued by previous relationships. If there are children involved in the wedding ceremony or celebration then they should also have their own paperwork like birth certificates as well as social security cards/identification cards (SSN). If anyone has been diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives then they should bring this along too!

One or two witnesses

You can have one or two witnesses. If you choose to have two witnesses, they must be present at the ceremony and sign their names on the marriage certificate after it is signed by both parties. Witnesses are not required by law in all states, so it may be best to check with your local courthouse or city hall before making this decision.

If you are unable to find anyone willing to serve as a witness, consider contacting friends and family members who live nearby (this will help if any of them attend) or even calling in an old friend from back home who has been living abroad since college days (they might just want more time off after being away from home for so long).

Marriage license

A marriage license is a legal document issued by the city or county where you’re getting married. It’s intended to help ensure that both parties are taking part in their own respective ceremonies, and it’s usually valid for 60 days from when it was issued.

The marriage license itself is public record, which means anyone can see who has been married at any given time; however, this information doesn’t include your personal details like last name or address—only what year they got married and where they were married (city/county).

You don’t need to go to church to get married.

Civil weddings are legal and valid, which means that if you get married in a civil ceremony, it will be recognized by your state and federal governments. This is good for two reasons: first, because getting married in a church is expensive—you can spend upwards of $10k on an event that only lasts about 15 minutes! And second, second because it’s much easier to organize a civil wedding than an interfaith or same-sex wedding. A lot less paperwork needs to be filled out before the big day than at a religious service where everything has already been decided for you beforehand (and often by someone else).

Civil weddings also tend not to have as many rules about who gets invited—it’s usually just close friends and family members attending at any given time so there aren’t any guest lists involved either way! You may still want some sort of seating chart though because this allows people who didn’t know each other well enough before the big event start talking together more easily after dinner has ended.”

It’s a good idea to be aware of what you need for your wedding. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the court office or any other officiant that can help guide you through what needs to happen at your ceremony.

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