Apply for a marriage license at whatever county municipal building is most convenient for you. A marriage license can be applied for at any PA county office and then used anywhere in PA it can not be used for a ceremony in another state, nor can a license from another state be officiated in PA. This might be a helpful option if you are not having a ceremony with other guests. Once obtained, the license can not be used for 72 hours, and must be used within 60 days.
Waiver of waiting period: In special circumstances, the office that issues licenses can waive the waiting period so that the marriage can happen immediately. The officiant is someone designated by the state as having the legal authority to sign your marriage license, indicating that you have married one another. Here are some things to consider as you look for an officiant: Does the officiant have the proper legal authority?
Will the officiant create a custom ceremony? Is the officiant professional? Get a letter of agreement indicating the cost, date, time, and location for the officiation of your marriage — this way there is something in writing about your agreement. Bob Pileggi, working with the officiant team at Journeys of the Heart, has got all of these covered!
Custom ceremonies is what we do. Bob has officiated more than weddings. Send an Inquiry Here. Only you can decide what this once-in-a-lifetime moment is worth to you — as well as the trust and friendly connection you have with your officiant. Tipping the officiant is also completely your choice. As with any service, if you are really happy with how it went and you want to thank the officiant, go for it! You do this in the witness of an officiant.
It can also be more ceremonial, and a professional officiant will walk you through the steps to create a ceremony. Some people also exchange rings as a symbol of their commitment, but it is not required.
Give the officiant the license and any other paperwork from the county office intended for the officiant often a return envelope and instructions for the officiant come with the license. Another portion will come to you. Once the county receives documentation of your marriage from the officiant — and processes it — you can get marriage certificate from the county.
It usually requires another fee and you can often simply call or email to request the marriage certificate. You will usually need this official marriage certificate in order to change names, etc. Though some do choose to have the same last name so that your relationship becomes more public or obvious, or so that your family with children all has the same last name. When doing this, some folks might make their pre-married last name their middle name so that there continues to be continuity.
You can then use the new card to change your name in other areas, such as: