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Yes! Some venues are shut down, and the courthouse is closed for weddings due to COVID-19. I am OPEN and so HAPPY to marry you! An Elopemepent is the perfect, intimate way to celebrate with your finance and the ones who matter most to you.
Check out the Services & Fees page for custom packages. There's something there for everyone in every price range--from just the legal bits to the couture love story.
Without a marriage license, then a legally binding wedding cannot take place. It is your responsibility to get a valid marriage license in the state where the marriage will take place and to have the marriage license at the wedding when the services are rendered. Failure to have a valid marriage license at the time of the event means that I cannot perform a legal ceremony (FS § 741.08). Without a marriage license, I will perform a symbolic ceremony, which will have no legal merit.
Contact your local Clerk of Court to obtain your marriage license. Both parties need to be present in person (FS§ 741.03) with proper identification to get the license. There is a fee to pay ($86.00), which may be reduced if the Parties take a state approved premarital counseling course ($61.00). See the Alachua County Clerk's FAQ, below, for more information.
Alachua County Clerk of Court
201 East University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
Marriage License Clerk: 352-374-3623
Yes, there is a 3-day waiting period for Florida residents from the date that you get the marriage license. However, there are some exceptions. The effective date for marriage will be printed on the marriage license issued by the Clerk.
It is recommended to have two (2) witnesses present when you marry to sign your marriage license. However, Florida does not require any witness sign the license for the license to be valid.
Yes, a Florida marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date of issue (FS §741.041), and then it must be returned to the clerk’s office within 10 days after the marriage is performed (FS §741.08).
That would be great! First, we will check availability. Then, please let me know which ceremony package you like. Check out the Services & Fees page. Then, I will email you a quote. Once we agree to work together, I will send you a Paypal invoice for the initial deposit (or entire amount if we are within 3 weeks of your ceremony date) and contract for e-signing.
Once payment and the contract are squared away, then I can get started helping you and will hold your date. You can complete the Wedding Questionnaire, located below on this page--for all packages except Just the Legal Bits Signing Ceremony. Then, we can schedule consultation time by phone, Zoom, FaceTime, or in person to discuss your customized ceremony and write your love story. We will create a script that will reflect you as couple.
Then, 3 weeks before the ceremony, the remainder of the payment is due. Then, it's your special day. I'm so excited, aren't you?!
Yes, I carry liability insurance through Performing Entertainers & Event Professionals, Inc. (PEEP).
Yes! As an ordained wedding minister and a notary public, I am authorized to perform legal marriages in Florida (FS § 741.07). I am ordained by the American Marriage Ministries (AMM) Church, a non-denominational constitutional church, located in Washington State, founded July 4, 2009. As an ordained wedding minister and celebrant, I am permitted to perform both civil weddings and religious ceremonies.
Yes! The AMM wedding minister ordination is valid in all U.S. states and territories, except for Virginia. There may be local registration requirements outside of Florida. Fees may apply.
A wedding officiant performs legal marriages, elopements, and other ceremonies. It's sometimes called a wedding celebrant. To become an officiant, one needs to be deputized by the local state's authority to perform civil ceremonies, become a notary public, or be ordained as a minister to perform religious and spiritual weddings. An officiant is necessary to legalize a marriage and may provide guidance regarding the ceremony, rituals, and the marriage license.
I am open to theme weddings. If costume rental or special attire is required, fees may apply. Pets hold a special place in our hearts, and I am happy to help them be a part of your wedding day. Sounds like fun!