Whether you were the proposer or the person who has been proposed to, the process of preparing for your marriage is full of excitement. But it is also brimming with tasks that you need to do. After you get married, you will have to change your name with the Social Security Administration, the DMV and a wide variety of other parties; you might have to move into a new house; and you may already begin preparing to have a child. But the real fun begins right after the proposal, because that is when the get your first taste of being a real couple. During this time is when you and your significant other get to come together and prepare for a wedding that will be unforgettable and a marriage that will last a lifetime. And while that’s all good and well, you may be wondering what you will have to do exactly in order to get to this point. You are probably asking what steps you need to take to make sure that you are ready to get married. Well, the good news is that you don’t have to look any further. A comprehensive checklist for your wedding can be found just below.
- Choose a location to hold the ceremony: There are plenty of nice locations to hold the wedding ceremony. Your spouse and you may decide to get married in a religious setting, at a local courthouse, on the beach, at the top of a mountain, etc. There really isn’t any shortage of possibilities. Just be sure to begin your search for a venue as soon as possible, and book your reservation months in advance.
- Find an officiator: If you are not getting married in a religious setting or a local courthouse, where the officiator is provided for your ceremony, it is your responsibility to find and choose an officiator for your wedding. Fortunately, you can simply run a search online for officiators in the area and meet with a few to make your choice. Additionally, you also have the option of having a friend or family member officiate the ceremony if he or she takes the necessary ordainment course online.
- Obtain the rings: The ring has been the symbol of marriage for centuries, and there hasn’t been any indication that this is going to change any time soon. So, long before the ceremony is set to begin, your future spouse and you will have to go shopping at a local jewelry store for wedding bands. Luckily, no matter what your taste, there is a wide variety of options available for both men and women.
- Apply for a marriage license: While not one of the most exciting steps in the process, applying for a marriage license is extremely important if you want to get married. This can be done at your local county clerk’s office. Most states typically require proof of identification (driver’s license), a birth certificate and proof citizenship or residency from both parties. Some states may also require a blood test, so be sure to ask in advance. In addition, remember that your wedding officiator must sign this license after you are married for the document to be valid.