How do we get a Marriage License?
Please see our section on Marriage Licenses.
We are a same-sex couple. Can we get married?
We are strong supporters of Marriage Equality. Marriage between a same sex couple is now legal in the State of Florida and we are happy to finally be able to offer our services to same sex couples.
Can we include rituals from our culture?
Yes, absolutely, it’s a wonderful special touch to your ceremony when you can include your traditions or rituals that have been passed down from generation to generation. Please look at our ceremony options page with the various rituals we perform. However, if you wish to do something that you do not see listed, please tell us and we will make it happen.
Where and when do you perform ceremonies?
Anywhere a ceremony can be performed and anytime based on availability. You can choose your own venue or have us help you with the selection. We can suggest times as well to make sure there are no conflicts or issues that may disturb or delay your ceremony.
Can we write our own vows?
Absolutely! Writing your own vows makes your ceremony even more personal. The vows are the heart of the ceremony. So you can write your own, have us help you, or you can stick with the traditional – or even include both. It’s just fine to have your vows written and to read them instead of memorizing, unless you are a whiz at memorizing. We will give you all the information you need regarding your vows and the various ways to handle this very special element.
Can we include our children in the ceremony?
Of course! If you feel that they will be able to stand up with you, then we encourage you to have the children participate.
Do you require premarital counseling?
No. We offer consulting for all aspects of your ceremony and as an add-on option we offer wedding consulting and concierge services. Fees depend on the type of service used.
Do you offer bilingual ceremonies?
Yes we do. Please specify language.
Will we know ahead of time what you will say during the ceremony?
That is completely up to you. If you wish to know word for word what will be said during the ceremony, we can accommodate you. However, we don’t recommend that as it’s wonderful for you to experience the ceremony as the guests do and being completely in the moment and not anticipating what’s next. You will of course know how the flow and order of things will go unless otherwise requested. You have the opportunity to be in the moment experiencing the joy and beauty of your marriage ceremony as it unfolds.
Do you do religious ceremonies?
We can arrange any type of ceremony for you. We make sure you have the appropriate Officiant for the ceremony you wish to have.
How long is a typical ceremony?
There is no typical ceremony but the average time can be anywhere from 15-35 minutes depending on what you have chosen to do and what’s included. If you have readings, rituals, and spend more time on longer vows, it will add time for your ceremony. Generally speaking, a beautiful ceremony encompassing all of the personalized elements takes just under 30 minutes. We will craft the ceremony of your dreams together or you can leave it all to us.
Will you facilitate our rehearsal?
If a rehearsal is not included in your package, we can facilitate one for an additional fee. A rehearsal helps the wedding party as well as family and friends get over any jitters or nervousness they may have about ceremony participation. We bring organization and direction to the rehearsal – as well as humor – to make it a good time. However, we do not typically do rehearsals for most ceremonies; at many venues, the catering manager, food and beverage manager or wedding planner will already be doing this for you when you come to their facility to rehearse. We also can guide you through the process without actually being at your rehearsal. Both are options.
What if we are running late or if we are coming from out of town and our flight is delayed or cancelled?
We don’t recommend arriving the day of the ceremony because it adds pressure and stress to the couple in the event of flight delays or any other unforeseen circumstances. See Terms and Conditions on the Event Agreement for fee schedule.
What is your payment policy? What forms of payment do you accept?
Fifty percent deposit due at the time of booking to hold and confirm date. Balance due 30 days prior to event.
What will the Officiant wear for the ceremony, can we choose?
Usually Officiants wear a black suit or more formal wear if called for or a minister’s robe if requested. We are always appropriate for the style of your wedding. You can make requests for us to wear something different than what we typically wear. If anything is based on a theme that you require, there may be an additional fee. Otherwise, we do everything possible to fit into your ceremony.
Can you make recommendations for other vendors?
Absolutely! We are here to help you with as much as possible to make your day stress free and fabulous.
Can you book other aspects of our wedding?
We can assist with many aspects of your wedding so please inquire with us. Consider us your wedding concierge. We have many packages and there is one that is just right for you. We can also customize your package and go ala carte.
Who will be the actual Officiant?
You will always know who your Officiant is and you always have an option of meeting your Officiant ahead of time in South Florida unless you are doing a civil ceremony. But you will always be able to speak to your Officiant and get to know them and make sure it’s the right fit for you.
Are you available to meet with us before the ceremony?
We offer free in person consultations for traditional and customized wedding ceremony packages if located in South Florida. We also do phone and email consulting.
What kind of ceremonies do you perform?
We offer all types of ceremonies. Civil, Traditional, Custom, non-denominational, interfaith, non-religious and religious, spiritual, and more. All ceremonies filled with your love. Please inquire about any ceremony you are interested in.
What do I need to do to change my name after we are married?
A certified copy of your marriage certificate is what you will need to make all of the necessary legal changes. Before you are married you are issued a marriage license. And once you are married and we certify and file the license you will receive back a marriage certificate within a certain amount of time and that will be your required legal document.
Do you have notaries, ministers and Rabbi’s?
Yes. We will also help if you need a priest or other clergy and if you wish to book a house of worship. We are notaries public, and non-denominational ministers. We have a reformed Rabbi and other Officiants that specialize in Jewish ceremonies. We do all faiths, interfaith, and non-religious ceremonies. And we serve all couples.
How far in advance do I need to book?
The average is 6-8 months but couples book a year in advance all the way to the week or day of the wedding. We recommend booking your ceremony as soon as you have a date for your wedding. We can be booked before you choose a location and help you with your selection as well.
Do we need witnesses?
The state of Florida does not require any witnesses to sign the marriage license. There is space for two witnesses available on the license in which you can ask two special people to sign for you so you have as a keepsake. And South Florida Gets Married requires at least one witness to sign the marriage license.
Are there additional fees?
We have add-on’s to enhance your ceremony and your wedding day. Please inquire if there is anything special you would like to have.
Do you stay for the reception?
Our Officiants generally do not stay for your reception, therefore they will need the marriage license taken care of after the ceremony and before your reception begins and then they will depart unless other arrangements made.
Is it appropriate to tip the Officiant?
Gratuity is at your discretion but certainly not mandatory.
What if I’m not a US citizen, can I still get married in the state of Florida?
Yes. Anyone can marry in the State of Florida with proper ID. Please look under how to obtain a marriage license for all of the details on what ID is required.