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What do we need to do to be legally married? What parts do you take care of as the officiant?

 In Georgia, you must obtain a valid marriage license on your own prior to the ceremony by applying together at the courthouse with your government ID, and if you have been married before, a certified copy of your divorce decree. In Georgia, and specifically our county, Chatham, this is relatively easy. You can get your marriage license the same day as your ceremony, or years in advance as they never expire.



After the ceremony, I will sign your marriage license. In Georgia, only the officiant signs the marriage license and there are no witnesses required.



If you are using a Chatham County license, filing your marriage license with the courthouse after the ceremony is free, but you may not receive your certified copy for 3-6 weeks after your ceremony through their mail service. If you need your certified marriage certificate sooner, and cannot file it in person, you can elect to have me file it for you at the courthouse and then express ship the certified copy of your marriage certificate within one week for an additional fee of $40.



If you are a permanent resident of the state you can use a marriage license from another county in Georgia. If you choose that route, I will return the marriage license back to you after the ceremony for you to file on your own.