Steps required to get married

So you want to get married? Congratulations! Now, how do you start? What are the first steps? Here are the requirements to be married legally.

Be at least 18 years old or be the minimum required age with parental consent from both parents of both children.

Do your research. How much will the marriage licence cost? Where do you need to go to apply for it? What is the delay between the application and the response? When would you recieve the marriage licence? How long is your marriage licence valid for?

Order your birth certificates and proof of no marriage. Have the required funds to order them. If this is your second wedding, provide your divorce certificate or decree of divorce. If you are widowed, bring your wedding certificate as well as your late spouse’s death certificate. If you are annulled, bring your proof of annullment. This is to prove that your marriage would not be commiting bigamy. Have these documents ready before going to the courthouse.

You will need to both take your photo ID cards, preferrably driver’s license since it doubles as proof of residence. You will both need to go to your county of residence’s courthouse or city hall with your IDs and the fees for a marriage licence. Be sure to know your social security number by heart or to have your social security card with you.

Ask for a marriage licence application and both fill out the forms honestly. Submit the forms together. Depending on your state or country, you can obtain your marriage licence in a few hours or a few months.

Be sure to check the mail or p.o. box often so you are sure to recieve your marriage licence. Check the expiration date so you know by which date you have to marry. Will it expire before your wedding date? Either move the wedding date up sooner, get married legally before and just have a reception after, or just get a new marriage licence after the expiration date.

Find someone to marry you. Check their credentials to make sure that they’re allowed to preform legal marriage ceremonies in your state or country. To be sure they can, you can always get a judge or a justice of the peace, or a practicing religious minister to marry you. Check how much their fee is, and have the money ready to pay them in advance to reserve them for your wedding day.

Choose two witnesses that are willing to be present during the ceremony and sign as witnesses. Usually they re the maid of honor and the best man, but they can be any gender. Make sure they will be available on your wedding day. You need hese two witnesses to get married. If you are eloping, make sure the wo witnesses are included in the package.

Vows can be either written by you or provided by the person marrying you in a standard ceremony. If you are a non-romantic couple and are unreligious, you can simply state that you agree to take each other as spouses. This is the whole point of the ceremony, to allow surity that the couple indeed wishes to be wed, that no one was threatened, bribed or inebriated; and that no one has justifiable objections to the union. If you think anyone will object, it’s best to elope so no one will know where to go to stop you.

After the ceremony and vows, sign the marriage licence and certificate. Have the person who married you sign the papers as well as the two witnesses. Don’t forget to date the papers as well.

Turn in the signed licence and certificate to be officially declared as married. If possible, bring the person that married you and have them bring their birth certificate, driver’s licence and credentials. You can also bring your two witnesses with their birth certificates and driver’s licences to prove that no fraud was committed and everyone consents.

Literally everything else is optional! Congratulations, you’re married! Unable to afford a lavish wedding of your dreams? Relax, you are just as married as the couple who spent $50k on their wedding. Your wedding is just as meaningful and you sign the same papers.

In the case of marriage of immigrants, such as a natural born citizen and a tourist, you will need to take photos of your wedding and honeymoon. If the tourist wants to immigrate into the citizen’s country, an immigration lawyer will want lots of pictures to prove the authenticity of your marriage and relationship.

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Have a Green Earth Day Wedding

Are you all about being green? Are you very eco-friendly? Do you recycle and compost regularly? Then why not have your wedding on Earth Day?

Use recycled items. This is a bit if a no-brainer. Do you have someone in your entourage that got married recently? Ask to borrow or buy their leftover decor and more. This way you save the items from getting in the trash and you save yourself lots of time and effort looking for similar things in stores.

Throw birdseed instead of rice. Rice is incredibly bad for birds, who will eat it unknowingly. Throw bird seed instead of rice and let the birds feast!

Offer plants or seeds as favors. This encourages planting, the nurturing of plant life as well as helping the environment. Plants filter out the toxins in the air and purifies oxygen. You are helping your loved ones breathe better by offering them their very own plant!

Save on paper and save trees by forgoing menus, invitations, thank you cards, save the dates and table name tags and numbers. Create a wedding website, do email invites, or even just by phone. You will save tons of paper and in turn, save plenty of trees! Tell guests that they can sit wherever since they are all family now!

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Donate leftover food to local soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food banks. The homeless and less fortunate will be able to eat quality food thanks to you! What a way to celebrate love; by giving it back to the community!

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Donate leftover items to second-hand stores, or sell hem to make your money back. Either way, you give your items a second life and encourage reusing. This minimizes waste and filling the dumpsters and landfills.

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If you use real blooms, use the bouquets as the centerpieces for the reception. Less flowers will be cut and uprooted in the process and you save tons of money!

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Bite size meals for your wedding reception

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Not a fan of huge meals or the prices that come with them? Is your family more of the grazer type? Is your wedding in between meals? Is your budget incredibly tight? If you said yes to any of these questions, these bite-sized meals will be perfect for you. These delicious meals also avoid mess, dishes and extra charges for cleaning. They pack all the flavor that a normal meal would have! Here are some great ideas for tiny edible delights.

Meatloaf Lollipops

Meatloaf Lollipops. With many different recipes to make these into the one that you want, meatloaf lollipops are a delicious blend of meat, sauce, and vegetables. Pack in protein-packed mini-meals to keep your guests full, longer. No one will go hungry with these delicious lollipops.

I like salad finger food.

Salad on a stick. For those who love salad, this will be fantastic. Egg salad and potato salad are the cheapest salads to make, so having them on a stick makes them even cheaper. Pick your ingredients and make sure they can be held well on a stick. Hard-boiled eggs, baby tomatoes and tater tots are some great options.

caprese salad skewers: 1/2 cherry tomato, basil leaf, small fresh mozzarella ball on a toothpick, drizzle w/ balsamic vinegar.  Can't get much easier than that!

Crepe Salad Skewers. These are another type of salad on a skewer and they are delicious! You can even do skewers like this for a fruit salad. You can add strawberries, kiwis, pineapples, grapes and more! Add toppings and syrups of your choice and you have the perfect brunch brochette.

Fresh Figs with Blue Cheese and Honey

Figs with blue cheese and honey. These tasty treats are a mouthful of flavor for you and for your guests! Prepare them how you want, and add ingredients as you go if you want to make it your own. Feel free to get creative and make a unique edible appetizer.

Good Ideas For You | Grape Poppers - so easy to make and great for any party

Grape Poppers. These can be time-consuming to make since you have to dip each grape, but they will be a huge hit. Sweet and crunchy at the same time will set an explosion of flavor in your mouth! These go great at a dessert wedding where sweets are mostly or exclusively served.

Enjoy these mini sized Caprese Bites with Pesto appetizers at your next party.  Extra special by making your own pesto!

Vegetarian Skewers. Here is a nice breaded hors do’oeuvres that is friendly for vegetarian guests. These can go along great at a vegetarian wedding. These can also be considered the side dish skewers to go along with the meat lollipops.

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Martin Luther King Jr Day Wedding

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What a beautiful holiday this day is. It represents culture, history and equality. It also celebrates the life of a moving activist. Why not get married on this day?

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Booking a venue will be cheaper on holidays, since that’s when venues have the hardest time getting booked. Find a venue that is already low-cost and you may even get a discount for not only getting married on a holiday, but on a Monday too.

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Find tasteful ways to honor MLK. Make chalkboard signs or prop up posters with some of his famous quotes. Incorporate the day into the decor. Browse stores around the day the year before and you may find heavily discounted decor.

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Offer a toast to MLK during the wedding toasts. It’s a nice way to salute the man for all he has accomplished. Some sort of ode to him in the wedding is required as a sign of politeness. Otherwise, people may have moral qualms about you hosting your wedding on this day. You can also have a moment of silence in his honor. Here is an idea for a toast, quoting MLK:

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.– Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Give you guests plenty of notice so they have time to properly arrange for time off, to get ready and to know not to make plans on that day. Lots of guests may be unable to attend due to work or other obligations. This will save you thousands of dollars by shaving down your guest list.

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Book everything far in advance to make sure that they are available. This means florists, photographers and videographers, caterers, cooks, bakers and more. Be sure to have an officiant and venue available. It’s often preferable that you at least have a deposit on hand for each so you aren’t refused and lose your reservation or spot.

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Have a simple menu consisting of cheap foods so the bill doesn’t climb sky-high. Get potatoes, pasta, carrots and rice and the meat that is on sale or costs the least amount of money. You can also skip the meat and offer a vegetarian or even a vegan menu.

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Have a unique cake that will not only wow the guests, but that honor the holiday as well. MLK’s quotes, phrases, sayings, even his face can be on the cake. Any symbols of peace, unity, and equality will also celebrate the world we live in where everyone has equal rights.

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Have more tips and tricks to share about a Martin Luther King Jr. day wedding? Be sure to comment below to share your thoughts and help out hundreds of brides planning to get married on this day!

Frugal Veteran’s Day Wedding

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Do you want to get married on Veteran’s Day? Is one of you in the military? Do you know someone in the military that you want to honor on your wedding? Then a Veteran’s Day wedding is right for you! Here are tips and tricks to save money for a wonderful Veteran’s day wedding!Image result for veteran's day wedding

Ask for a military discount if one or both of you are in the military. If they offer military discounts, the venue, florists, etc will all be happy to give them to you. Often, vendors will be more than happy to knock off a few hundred dollars.

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Add a few lines to the ceremony that honor the vets. Not only is this an awesome way to appreciate what they have done for your freedom, it will surely appease military guests that are spending their veteran’s day at your wedding.

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Less is more, especially when it comes to the flowers. Too many flowers can be distracting and seem exaggerated. Opt for a few blooms not only for bouquets, but for centerpieces as well. An opaque vase is ideal and is available at most dollar stores.

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Skip the groomsmen and bridesmaid gifts. These aren’t traditional anyhow, and were marketed just for companies to make more money. If you’re buying the dresses and suits that they will be using, they can consider that gift enough.

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Display vendor cards for reduced rates. Grab a bunch of business cards from your bakery, cook, and more to get a discount. That way, guests will also know where you got your beautiful cake, delicious food, and gorgeous flowers!

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Buy a dress off the rack to save hundreds, even thousands of dollars. There are many gorgeous dresses in your size waiting for you to try on! Designers often make some to sell to bridal shops for brides to try on and buy. Don’t let anyone talk you into buying a custom designer dress if that’s not what you want. Don’t be afraid to find a beautiful dress and buy it if you love it!

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Not buying your suits? Rent them as a group and the shop may give you a group rate that would be cheaper if you rented them all individually. Bring the groomsmen to all try on their suits on the same day. The salesmen will be thrilled to have so many potential buyers.

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Having a church wedding? Ask the ladies’ auxiliary for help. They will be thrilled to help you with your wedding preparations for a small donation. This can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars!

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Got more advice to share? Have you had a Veteran’s Day wedding and you have tips and tricks, or more facts to add? Comment below!

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Save on a Father’s Day Wedding

Is your fiancé a proud father? Do you want to celebrate your lifetime commitment together on father’s day? Here are some tips and tricks to save money on your father’s day wedding.

Go to the dollar store and stock up on father’s day goodies. Be sure to bring a list so you know which items you will actually need.

Make the kids part of the day by having them as flower girls, ring bearers, bridesmaids, groomsmen, maids of honor or best men! Depending on their age, the kids can have any number of important roles in your wedding.

Have a father-child dance so the groom can dance with his kids, and have the bride dance with her father. This is a sweet and special moment where daddy can focus on his kids!

I’ll drink to that. Have a toast to the fathers in the guestlist. Depending on the beverage available, you can have alcohol, juice, even water. The moment of appreciation will be greatly valued, especially on this day.

Make special vows you can say to your new step children. You can write your own vows to love and cherish the children and be the best parent that you can be. The kids will love it and the guests will think it’s adorable.

Family photos can be used at the reception. Use a family photo as a centrepiece for each table. You can also take very special portraits with your family in the wedding photos.

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