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How to Sign a Marriage Certificate After the Wedding

Making a mistake in this process could nullify your marriage. Read below to find out how to avoid an accidental annulment.

Sign your marriage certificate correctly after the ceremony to validate your marriage.

You must apply for a Florida marriage license in the county where you intend to get married prior to the wedding.

Once you have your marriage license, you can have your wedding ceremony within that county after the required waiting period has been met and as long as the marriage license is still valid. After your wedding ceremony, the marriage certificate must be signed to validate your marriage. Making a mistake in this process could nullify your marriage.


  • Meet with your officiating person and at least two witnesses -- typically the maid of honor and best man -- directly after the ceremony to sign the marriage certificate. Arrange this in advance so all parties are present.
  • Sign the marriage certificate using the name that appears on the marriage license, not your new married name. The bride and groom both have to sign the document.
  • Have the officiating person and your witnesses sign the certificate. Once all signatures are in place and the signed certificate is filed with the county clerk's office, your marriage is legal and valid.

Download the Florida Marriage License Checklist & Forms Packet to assist you with the Florida marriage license process, as well as help you research additional information on various marriage topics.