Your wedding day is the most important day of your life as a couple. There are only a few occasions in life that are truly momentous. Your wedding is one of those very special times that deserve a ceremony as unique and extraordinary as the people involved. Your wedding ceremony should reflect you and your beliefs. Together we will create a special wedding ceremony that honors and focuses on the union and love between the two of you. You will have the opportunity to add as many personal versus, poems or readings as you wish. Family members can be involved by asking them to participate in any of the ceremonies listed below.
Typically, a ceremony format includes Opening Words, Reading, Expression of Vows, Blessing and Exchange of Rings, and the Pronouncement of Marriage. I honor all ceremonial traditions, non-denominational, spiritual, religious, interfaith or civil and can incorporate any family customs into your wedding ceremony.
Optional Ceremonies that can be included:
|Blessing of the Rings||The wedding ring is the visible sign of an inward bond which unites two loyal hearts in endless love. It is a seal of the vows made to one another. It symbolizes living together in unity, love and happiness for the rest of their lives.|
|Breaking of the Glass||The breaking of the glass at the end of a wedding ceremony usually is reserved for Jewish ceremonies. However, it is a beautiful ending to any wedding. The breaking of this glass serves as a reminder of the sanctity of marriage, and that the love of the bride and groom should last for as long as it would take to make the glass perfectly whole again. It also signifies the last time (the groom) gets to "put his foot down".|
|Love Letter &
Wine Box Ceremony
|Bride & Groom have chosen to perform a Love Letter & Wine Box ceremony. For those of you who have never seen this before, this box contains a bottle of wine and a love letter from each to the other. The letters describe the good qualities they find in one another, the reasons they fell in love, and their hopes for their future together. The letters are sealed in individual envelopes and they have not seen what the other has written. Should the bride & groom find their marriage facing hardships, they will open this box, sit and drink the wine together, then read the letters they wrote to one another to be reminded of the reasons why they are together. The hope is, however, that the bride & groom will never have a reason to open this box. And if this is the case, they are to open this box to share and enjoy on their 5th year wedding anniversary, replenish and open on their 10th anniversary, and so on.|
|Rose Ceremony||The Bride and Groom give each other a red rose bud. The Rose Ceremony is performed at the end of the ceremony just "after" being pronounced husband and wife. The rose is considered a symbol of love and a single rose always means only one thing "I love you." So it is appropriate that for your first gift - as wife and husband - that gift would be a single rose bud.|
|Sand Ceremony||Two separate bottles of sand symbolize the separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. They represent all that you are and all that you'll ever be as an individual. As the two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be."|
|Tying of the Knot||Hand Fasting is a betrothal or wedding ritual in which the couple’s clasped hands are tied together by a cord or ribbon, hence the phrase “tying the knot”. The tying of the hands may be done by the officiant of the ceremony, or by the wedding guests.|
|Unity Candle Ceremony||Two candles symbolize the separate friends, families and lives. The bride and groom each light a candle and together light a third candle. Lighting a third candle represents two lives joining together as one light, which represents the joining of families, friends and their lives as one.|
|PRE-Cruise Weddings||Some couples have asked to be married before their honeymoon cruise, since there are only two cruise lines that you can legally get married onboard the ship by the Captain. It is important to note that time is limited onboard to marry prior to the ship departing. The ceremony may also be performed just before you board or in one of the scenic wedding locations of your choice in South Florida.|
|Renewal of Vows||A vow renewal is of the same importance, if not more, and is just as wonderful as the initial ceremony. This is a great way to remind a couple why they continue the journey of life together.|
If either party was married before, the manner in which the marriage ended, and the exact date, month and year the marriage ended, is required. A copy of a death certificate or Final Decree of Divorce, Dissolution or Annulment is not required.
Both parties must be present when applying. Each party will need one of the following forms of identification:
Birth certificate or green cards are NOT acceptable. A blood test is not required.
The cost of a license if $93.50. Florida residents who have completed a four hour marriage preparation course, and provide a Certificate of Completion from the provider of the course, will receive a reduced fee of $61.00.
There will be a three (3) day delay in the effective date of the marriage license for Florida residents who fail to present a completion certificate. There is no waiting period for non-residents of Florida. However, non-Florida residents may receive the same reduction if they provide proof of course completion.
A license is valid in any County in the State of Florida. It is valid for sixty (60) days and no extensions may be made.
You may obtain a marriage license at the following locations:
|CENTRAL office in Downtown West Palm Beach|
|Location:||Main Courthouse, 205 N. Dixie Highway.|
|Directions:||From I-95 take Okeechobee Boulevard East to Australian Go North on Australian to Banyan. Turn right or East on Banyan to Dixie Highway. Paid parking is available on the street, in nearby private lots and in the County parking garages.|
|SOUTH COUNTY office in Delray Beach|
|Location:||South County Courthouse, 200 W. Atlantic Avenue.|
|Phone:||(561) 274-1530 Criminal Division; (561) 274-1588 Civil Division.|
|Directions:||From I-95 exit East on West Atlantic Avenue. Free parking available behind the Courthouse.|
|NORTH COUNTY office in Palm Beach Gardens|
|Location:||North County Courthouse, 3188 PGA Boulevard.|
|Phone:||(561) 624-6608 Criminal Division; (561) 624-6650, Civil Division|
|Directions:||From I-95 exit east on PGA Boulevard, head east to Campus Drive, turn right and it is on the right hand side. Free parking available behind the Courthouse.|