Now is a good time. 🙂
Once you set your wedding date and have a venue confirmed, go ahead and hire your wedding officiant. Flowers are beautiful, food is yummy, music gets you swaying. But if you don’t have an officiant to write and conduct your ceremony, or sign your marriage license, you’re, well, not married. (Ok, in PA, you could self-unite, but you could still use someone to conduct your ceremony.)
It’s best to start considering who you want to hire as a wedding officiant 6 – 12 months before your wedding date.
Now that you are married, you might want to change your last name to your spouse’s, or both of you might want to change your last names.
You are not required to change your name after marriage; it’s a personal preference. Whatever last name you choose to use, recognize that changing your name is a process; everyone will need some time to get used to your new last name. Including you!
If you do want to change your name, be consistent. Keep reading…
Here are the most commonly asked questions, and the answers, regarding obtaining a marriage license in Pennsylvania.
- Where do we go to obtain a PA marriage license?
You can obtain your license from the Marriage License Bureau (part of the Register of Wills) in any Pennsylvania County, regardless of where in PA your wedding will be held.
- When do we need to get our marriage license?
A PA marriage license is valid for 60 days from the issue date, and must be acquired at least 3 days prior to the wedding date.
- Do we both need to be present to get the license? What do we need to bring with us to obtain the license?
- You do both need to be present to get the license.
- Bring a photo ID and your social security numbers
- If either applicant has had a name change or a previous marriage, bring documentation of these circumstances.
- The county’s fee
- Where are the marriage bureaus near me? When are they open? Do any of them have evening hours?
See marriage bureau info