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How to fill out a marriage certificate

Updated April 17, 2017

Marriage certificates are more than a piece of paper. Marriage certificates are a symbol of the connection and commitment you and your loved one made to each other. Commemorating your marriage day with a personalised certificate is one way to remember that special day. Customised marriage certificates are available online, or you can obtain a basic certificate from your local courthouse. Some marriage licenses, once signed by your officiant, become marriage certificates. You can choose the option that appeals to you, depending on how simple or fancy you want the certificate.

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  1. Write the groom's first and last name on the blank line of the certificate where indicated. Add the city and state of his birth on the appropriate line.

  2. Write the bride's first and last name, using her maiden name, on the blank line of the certificate where indicated. Add the city and state of her birth on the appropriate line.

  3. Add the marriage event information, to include time, date and location. The location should be the name of the church, as well as the city and state the church is located.

  4. Write the name and title of the officiant on the indicated line of the certificate. You can also have the officiant sign the certificate.

  5. Write the names of any witnesses to your marriage. You can have the witnesses sign the certificate as well.

  6. Tip

    A marriage license is a document giving you permission to get married. The marriage certificate is a record your marriage exists.

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Things You'll Need

  • Marriage license
  • Blank marriage certificate
  • Felt tip pen

About the Author

Michelle Blessing

Michelle Blessing has experience in child development, parenting, social relationships and mental health, enhanced by her work as a clinical therapist and parent educator. Blessing's work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and is pursuing her master's degree in psychology with a specialization in applied behavior analysis.

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