The most important day of your life has been overshadowed by a worldwide pandemic. Nonessential businesses have closed, and travel is severely restricted. Several states have even ordered residents to stay home.

If you were planning to be married in the next 90 days, you know that these realities will almost certainly force you to postpone your wedding celebration.

But you can still get married.

In fact, this may be exactly the right time to tie the knot. Why? Because you know what’s really important. In the face of this crisis you’re drawn to each other more powerfully now than ever. And isn’t being married the reason for the whole event in the first place?

Nor is this unusual: I often perform wedding ceremonies for couples who are legally married before they host a public celebration with family and friends.

Tying the knot

Let’s look at what you need to be legally married in Florida.

  • Marriage license See our post Licensed to be Wed? or click HERE for contact information for every County Clerk of Court in Florida.
  • An officiant with the legal and spiritual authority to conduct your wedding.
  • Filing Return of the signed marriage license to the County Clerk of Court where the license was acquired.

Talk to us 

We know this is a difficult time. We’d be happy to discuss how we can help.

Have a marriage license? If you have a marriage license, it is valid for 60 days from the date of issue. Please contact us immediately for free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your options.

Wedding within 90 days? If you are scheduled to be married within the next 90 days, contact your wedding venue and other vendors immediately to discuss rescheduling yours. If you need an officiant, let us know.

Wedding is later this year? If your wedding is scheduled for June 2020 or later, contact your venue and other vendors and reconfirm their ability to honor your contract. Some vendors may be forced to lay off staff or reduce the services and amenities they can offer.

Just got engaged? If you’re recently engaged and want to be married now (or plan a future wedding), contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Lost your officiant (and/or other vendors)? Are you or is someone you know “stranded” because of the national emergency? Give us a call. We’ll try to put a plan in place to rescue your wedding.

Virtual wedding? Provide us with your physical marriage license. We”ll create and conduct your ceremony live online with you. We’ll sign and file your license with the Clerk of Court. Check out this link for more detailed information.



Use the form below to tell us about your current situation, or call us at 727.642.2090. We’ll be happy to discuss your options for getting married.


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