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

If you were planning to be married in 2021, you know that these realities will almost certainly force you to postpone your wedding celebration.

But you can still get married now.

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 than ever. And isn’t being married the reason for the whole event in the first place?

Though the pandemic is forcing everyone to rethink their plans, getting legally married before a public ceremony takes place isn’t unusual. I often perform public wedding ceremonies for couples who were legally married before the big day in front of their family and friends.

Tying the knot

Here’s 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? Contact your wedding venue and other vendors immediately to discuss rescheduling options. If you need an officiant, let us know.

Wedding is later this year? Contact your venue and other vendors and reconfirm their ability to honor your contract. Don’t make the mistake of assuming your plans are secure. The coronavirus pandemic has forced every wedding vendor to make significant changes including lay off staff and reduce the services and amenities they can offer. Even if your wedding is six month away, you’ll want to be sure that your vendors are still available to provide the services you contracted. Being proactive by reaching out to them now will save you from disappointment.

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 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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