Comments on: Signing the Papers: The Legal Part helping brides create beautiful weddings without breaking the bank Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:10:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Alexis Thu, 06 Jun 2013 16:03:28 +0000 My fiance and I are planning on doing something similar, though we are not having a destination wedding. We’re having a friend officiate – a non-minister/judge/whatever – and the legalities of having someone ordained online perform a wedding are tricky in Pennsylvania.

We also don’t want to get married before we get married but if it’s the only way to guarantee our marriage will be legal, well, what can we do? We’re planning on doing it much the way you and you fiance are and I think both ceremonies can still be special and meaningful without the first overshadowing the second.

By: Rachel Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:35:10 +0000 Sounds like a good plan to me!

This is actually quite common in other parts of the world — the only way to get married is with a civil ceremony (a religious officiant cannot make you married in the eyes of the law). So the couple has their civil ceremony one day and the wedding on another. For my friend in Uruguay, her civil ceremony actually ended up being several months after her wedding! There was a list and she just got assigned a date.

So never fear, tradition is different everywhere. So you choose the traditions / set up that works for you. Your wedding date/wedding is what/when you choose to make it!