Ask H&T: After I Get Married, When Do I Receive My Certified Marriage License?

I got married a couple months ago and haven't received a marriage certificate yet. Typically, how long this take? -Diana

This is actually a really good question because against all common sense, the county won't send you a certified copy of your marriage license. We know, it's silly. You actually have to apply to receive one and it's a bit of a tedious process!

Here are the instructions if you'd like to obtain a confidential license, and here are the instructions for a public license (how can I get a copy of my marriage certificate?).

Since it does require some effort, we always suggest ordering at least 3 copies for your files. It's good to have them on hand - you never know when you'll need them!

Ask H&T: How Long Does It Take To Get A Marriage License?

Our client Leeland asked: 
How long does it typically take to apply for and get a marriage license at the county registrar?  Debating how much time we need to set aside for this (and also how soon we need to do it - i.e., if we leave it to the week before the wedding, what chance this could go wrong)?

Hannah's answer:
When I got my marriage license at the San Mateo county registrar, we went as soon as it opened at 8 am and it only took 15 mins. The Santa Clara county registrar's office can generally be a little busier. Suggest avoiding the lunch time rush hour, but things move quite quickly in the mornings.

I would recommend getting it done as soon as possible or at least 2.5 weeks before the ceremony in case you run into issues. 


Ask H&T: How Long Does It Take To Plan A Wedding?

Happy Thursday Honeys!

Our lovely reader Mingmui asked:

"Of course each couple is different, but what is the ideal time period to allow for wedding planning? And the shortest possible (for those procrastinators out there)? Is a month doable?"

Well Ming, we are believers that anything is possible! The typical length of an engagement in the U.S. is between 14 and 18 months. While some couples begin to plan as soon as the bride-to-be says "yes!", many couples wait a few months and just enjoy being engaged first.

The amount of time you should spend planning your wedding really depends on what kind of wedding and planning experience you envision. If there are certain venues and vendors that you have your eye on and want to obtain before their popularity takes them off the market, it's best to start securing those at least a year in advance. Similarly, if you're the type who likes to research every aspect, you'll need to allow plenty of time for this. 

If however you enjoy making quick, informed decisions, a shorter planning timeline is certainly possible! We've done full planning in as little as 3 months, and had such a great time doing it! We love helping our clients with the challenge of a shorter timeline. Even if any of you out there would like to try a month, we're up for it :)

We do recommend though that if you're going to attempt a short planning timeline, have either a planner or a team of willing loved ones to help you out. Don't wear yourself out before the big day!

Ask Us Your Wedding Questions

Hello Honeys!

We'd like to announce "Ask H&T Thursdays", where every Thursday we'll address a question from our clients or readers. Wondering what to look for in a DJ, how to tactfully tell that wedding guest that there are no plus ones, or what colors are popular right now? Ask us anything! Whether it's about planning, budget, style, or etiquette, we'd love to help satisfy your curiosities. You can send questions to us via facebook messages or wall posts, and you'll see answers start to pop up every Thursday. 

Stay sweet~