Whew—We’re Ready to Get Married!


First of all, thank you so much for all of the encouraging words and messages regarding my Grandma- I was completely engulfed in a cloud of upset and, even though I don’t actually know you guys, just having all of your support really improved my outlook Monday afternoon. So, thanks!

Secondly, the weight of the world was lifted yesterday when two things occurred- McGlovin and I stuffed, stamped and mailed our wedding invitations and then, on a complete roll, went downtown and applied for our marriage license! Yess!


Bam—licensed to be wed!

True story—it took us longer to find the Office of Marriage Licensing than it took for us to get it (15 minutes to find, two minutes in the office to apply). We had filled out the application online, so when we got to the office (where there was absolutely no line) all we had to do was provide our IDs and Social Security numbers, and promise that we weren’t cousins or already married. Somewhat awkward, though—the girl started out her spiel, “Please raise your right hand. Do you swear or affirm, blah blah blah”¦second cousins”¦blah blah blah”¦previous marriages”¦blah blah blah”¦please swear or affirm.” And we both looked at her for a second, looked at each other, and managed a confused, “I…swear?” We were completely not prepared for that formality.

Anyway, so with our license in hand and our invitations being filtered through the Postal Service, McGlovin and I are feeling hugely relieved. There is still plenty to do, of course, but it’s mostly decorations, organization, providing direction, etc. In my eyes, even if we don’t do anything else, we’re still getting married with everything that we need. Anything more that we do will just enhance the day

So, what part of planning was your huge relief? Or were you pushing forward until the day of? And—was anyone else particularly surprised by any part of getting your license? I’ve heard that some people actually have to get a physical or give blood—crazy!


Mrs. Gloves

Columbus, Ohio
Wedding Date:
January 2013
We Do(e): I've Got So Much Honey...
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  1. buffalo Bee
    buffalo 178 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:36 pm

    Online and when I called they told me I absolutely HAD to have an appointment. So we had to wait 2 weeks til our appointment to go in, and yea, the place was DESERTED and they never even asked us about having an appointment. Good thing we made, one, right? At least you have it out of the way now!

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    debeachgirl 543 posts, Busy bee @ 12:47 pm

    I put my invitations in the mail on Saturday. I have no idea why but for me that was a huge relief.

    Now if only I could finish removing labels from wine bottles and get to spray painting them.

  3. msarmadillo Bee
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 12:49 pm

    I am so looking forward to this part of the planning process! We’re still a bit far off yet but I’m starting to catch a glimpse of the finish line! Four months to go, woot!

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    jkaitlin 167 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:49 pm

    That is a formality I wouldn’t have expected, either. Our marriage license place was our local courthouse. They asked us to just say yes or no to each of the questions, without having to raise our hands or swear or affirm anything. We also didn’t have to provide our socials (just needed to write them down on the form provided). Glad it all worked out though! That part was the hugest “moment” for me during the whole up-to-wedding planning.

  5. mstoadstool Bee
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:17 pm

    We actually need to provide a certificate where a doctor state’s we’re not crazy, they say that you’re in “within your mental faculties”. I still have no idea where I’m going to get that.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:22 pm

    Such a big step! I was so relieved to get our marriage license, since we only had one day to get it once Mr. P was in town. It definitely makes things so much more real, in a good way 🙂

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:10 pm

    The marriage license was definitely a big sigh of relief for me as well for some reason. Maybe because it was an affirmation that this thing was happening, and that no matter what things I let fall off my to-do list or what things may go wrong, at the end of our wedding day, we would still be married.

    And our probate court was also incredibly difficult to find! I never realized how much of a maze our local courthouse is–it’s full of long, narrow passageways and hairpin turns. I felt like I was in a game of clue trying to find it. I don’t remember having to swear to anything, but the actual process of obtaining the marriage license once we found the office was a rushed blur.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:53 am

    Whoo yay! You are ready to get married with that bad boy!

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