A wedding with grace--Your graced wedding officiant
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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.
Yes, based on availability. Travel to a destination wedding in Florida or a neighboring state for a wedding or elopement can be arranged. See the Services & Fees page for applicable travel fees. Keep in mind that a Florida Marriage license can only be used in Florida. If the destination is outside of Florida, there may be additional requirements.
Sure! Be aware that Florida licenses can only be used in Florida. If you're traveling internationally, it may be simplest to fill out the marriage license in Florida and perform the legal bits before traveling to the destination ceremony to avoid complication. However, if you wish to marry in another country or state, then you will need to comply with that state or country's requirements. Some countries have waiting periods, medical exams, and blood testing requirements. Some states require wedding minister registration with the jurisdiction.
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 would 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).
Once I have received payment, then I will send you a contract for electronic signing to your email. 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 to square away details. Then, we can schedule 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.
Yes! There is a beautiful wooded area with forest trees and bird songs off my back deck. There is a trellis-arch with confederate jasmine. If this appeals to you, a micro wedding is available to a couple with less than 4-6 people in attendance. Weather permitting. Remember, summertime in Florida is hot! Photos available upon request.
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!
We can discuss options and you can decide what you prefer. Options range from a simple black dress, to a suit, to a traditional black or white robe with stole situation. If you prefer modern and trendy, I can do that too. Let me know your preferences.
Please fill out the Wedding Questionnaire to customize your ceremony. Let's write your love story! Please type or write legibly and email to: gracedofficiant@gmail