Want to know one of the biggest mistakes engaged couples make when planning their destination wedding? Not taking the time to research the legal side of getting married.
I’ve heard so many stories of couples who were so frustrated because they didn’t realize how many steps were needed to get married. And other couples who found out after the wedding that they’re not actually legally married.
This especially applies to couples having an international wedding, but I’ve even heard of some issues here in the US.
And if you’re planning on having a family member or friend marry you, there are some rules they need to follow. If they don’t take the time to know what those are and follow them, you may be in trouble.
So, here’s our big destination wedding tip:
Do your research ahead of time and take care of it early
You want to do your homework ahead of time.
If you’re getting married in the US, check with your county as they will have the information you’re looking for. If you’re getting married internationally, check the embassy or tourist information bureau of the country where you want to get married for the most accurate information.
Then once you have the information, you want to actually plan ahead for it. Make sure you set aside time for that and take care of it early. You don’t want any surprises. And then arrive early to your location before your guests do, so you have time to take care of any necessary paperwork.
One way to help you with this is to hire a professional ceremony officiant. They can walk you through the process and help you with it. But, make sure that the person you hire is the right officiant for you. As our vendor friend, Kimberly from A Beautiful Ceremony Napa Valley says,
“This is the most intimate part of the day, you need to make sure that your connection to your officiant is right.”
It’s super important that you choose an officiant who you feel connected to. Not only will that help with the creation of your wedding ceremony, but taking care of the legal side as well.
Now one last tip about getting legally married:
Instead of getting legally married at your destination location, get married in your home town.
This an option consider. This option can eliminate much of the stress particularly for an international destination wedding. So, think about how much you want to get legally married in your location before you go through all the necessary steps.
(Photo credit: Kate Webber)
If you want to check out more of Kim’s unique ceremonies and work, you can check her out here.
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