Questions about Weddings in the Florida Keys
What if it Rains?
At almost all beach locations, there are tiki huts that serve twofold: to get out of the sun and to get of of the rain in Florida. Just wait 10 minutes or so and it will be gone. This is a very tropical climate, and on the rare occasion it persists, we will ask the Bride and Groom what their desire is. Keep in mind in the past 100 Weddings we have performed, we have not been rained out once.
How do we lock in the Date Location and Time?
Contact us at 1-305-896-0280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Once arrangements are finalized, we email you a letter of agreement to be returned with half of the deposit to lock in your ceremony.
How do we get our marriage license?
In Monroe County, the Clerk’s Office is the issuing agent of Marriage License for the State of Florida. The Clerk’s Office provides this service at the following locations:
Applicants must be eighteen (18) years old to obtain a marriage license. Sixteen (16) and Seventeen (17) year olds must have both parent’s consent. If you are younger, parent’s consent/consent of a County Judge, and proven pregnancy may apply, depending on the age and situation. Both applicants must appear in person at the time of application.
Applicant’s must provide a valid picture-type ID, with date of birth shown. (Driver’s License, passport, student ID Card, Military ID, or Alien Registration Card.) There is no residence or citizenship requirement.
If either applicant has been previously married, the exact date of the divorce, annulment or death of the previous partner must be provided. You should bring a copy of your divorce decree with you at the time of application.
The license must be used within sixty (60) days from the “effective date”. Below is the effective date criteria:
If both parties are Florida residents they must both attend a premarital class and present certification of the attendance to the clerk at the time of application. This class must be taken thru an authorized provider listed in Monroe County. List of providers is available upon request. Original certificate of completion is required at time of application. In that case there is no waiting period. If only one of the couples is a Florida resident and the Florida resident takes the course, there is no waiting period.
If no class is attended, there is a three (3) day waiting period (from the date of issue), before the marriage ceremony may take place.
If both parties are out of state residents, there is no waiting period.
A marriage may be performed by regularly ordained clergy, judiciary, State of Florida notaries, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Deputy Clerks.
A marriage license cost $95. The exception is if both parties are Florida residents and have both provided proof of a premarital class. Cost is then $61.00.
RECORDING OF LICENSE:
After the marriage, the person who performed the ceremony must return the license, within ten (10) days, to the marriage license section, where it will then be recorded in the Official Records. Until that license is received, there is no record of the marriage. After recordation, a certified copy will be returned to the newlyweds, by mail. The original license is sent to the OFFICE OF VITAL STATISTICS in Jacksonville. The process takes approximately 3 weeks.
Can I obtain a marriage license without being in Florida?
Yes. Contact Bernadette at 1-305-896-0280 or email email@example.com for details.
What is the most affordable package you offer?
If you just want to get married without any frills, a certified officiate will come to your location and perform the ceremony for a fee of $375.