As an ordained officiant through American Marriage Ministries, I can help create a memorable occasion for you and your life partner. Whether you both wish to elope, make it official at City Hall, have an affordable backyard wedding or something more lavish, I will be happy to assist with any steps that may seem daunting, including solemnization of your wedding!
In order to make marriage official in New York City, both spouses-to-be must first apply for a marriage license. This will involve completing and signing the license application, along with providing proper identification. The fee for applying is $35, by either credit card or money order made payable to the City Clerk. Additionally, all pertinent information relating to either spouse having been either divorced or widowed must be disclosed on the application. Since New York does not allow marriage by proxy, I cannot complete this application process on your behalf.
Once you have received your license, there is a 24-hour waiting period before you can go through with the ceremony; a workaround for this is by obtaining a judicial waiver. The license will be valid for 60 days (180 if either one of you are active military personnel), giving you a significant amount of time for your exchange of vows to take place.
As your officiant during the ceremony, I can sign your marriage license. If the ceremony takes place at the Clerk’s office, you would receive your certificate of marriage registration at its conclusion. If the wedding takes place outside the Clerk’s office, I can mail it back to their address within five business days following the ceremony. Your witness(es) will have to bring proper ID so they can sign as well. I do not provide witnesses at this time. Within 20 days from receipt of the license, the Clerk will then send you a certificate of marriage!
In addition to signing your marriage license, I can notarize any documents related to marriage, including pre- and post-nuptial agreements.
Feel free to contact me so we can discuss your needs further. A useful link for more information about marriage in New York may be found here: https://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/content/marriage-bureau