For years now, I have been hearing so many brides-to-be asking about marriage licenses and certificates, and what to do after the vows have been said. So here are the steps you need, as directed from Vital Statistics. . . And just over half-way down are really great Tips on who to notify for any of you that have decided to Change Your Name.
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Let's begin by defining what you're looking for. A Marriage License ( Registration ) Of Marriage is the one that will eventually become the legal document to remain on file at Vital Statistics. A Marriage Certificate is the paper you must apply for to Vital Statistics once your Marriage License has been submitted and recorded in provincial records. The Certificate is a personal keepsake and signifies your marriage took place on a date and place, and contains any change of name you've already specified. Both items will cost you money to obtain. Valid identification will satisfy a great deal below, but be prepared with the following documents to prove you are who you say you are!
Conditions for your current status:
Your new Marriage License ( Registration ) Of Marriage will become a permanent legal document. The issuer will fill out the form using your identification and other information you provide to them. You absolutely need to read through the Form completely before signing the 'Oath' (your pledge). Be sure all relevant fields are very legible, accurate and fully completed. If there are any errors or omissions you missed on the Marriage License, getting them corrected may become your latest nightmare. To quote directly from their website: "Manitoba Law determines how, or even if, changes can be made to a permanent legal record and requires payment of fees to do so." At the very least, it will definitely inconvenience you in some ill-pleasing manner.
So, understand that:
An officiant can be a member of a church clergy who will have their own fee setup accordingly. You can also use a registered marriage commissioner, many of whom may reside within your municipality. Their fee schedule will depend on what agreement is reached between you, but Manitoba guidelines recommend starting at $50 dollars plus reasonable fees for travel and other expenses they might incur. A tip for having them work for you would also be appropriate. Most will have great suggestions on what you can say during your vows to each other, and how the decor, the seating, the order of bridal party approach, and more will benefit you as you embark on your special journey together. Even microphone use and communication with your wedding planner and DJ or musicians will all come into play with arranging to be married by an officiant.
Just be sure you get your ceremony itinerary, and completed License ( Registration ) to your officiant ahead of time, so everything flows smoothly, and you can finally, sign the Register during your ceremony. You will of course know of a local clergy from your favorite church or religious group that you might want, but if you prefer a non-clergyman, and are on the fence about who to ask, you can check out the lists provided by Vital Statistics below . .
If you still need more information on who might be the best fit for you, I encourage you to reach out to me at Medallion Sound, and ask for some great referrals. I have worked with some really terrific officiants who, like me; are totally dedicated to providing the perfect wedding ceremony experience for their couples.
Should you have any questions about Marriage License Requirements, call Vital Statistics at 1-204-945-3701 or 1-866-949-9296 seven days a week from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let's use the most common example: You are now married and have decided to adopt your spouse's last name ( surname ) for your new life together. Okay, here's some brief info before we get to the Tips. Manitoba has guidelines specifying how you may legally approach this scenario within our Province.
Options for choosing a surname after marriage or ( entry into a common-law relationship ):
All 4 options apply equally to men and women. If you were born in Manitoba, your birth certificate name will NOT change to your married name or common-law partner's name. In other words, Vital Stats itself is not concerned whether or not you change your name using one of the above options. However, if you have decided to completely change your full ( ie: first and last ) names, then you will have to apply for a change of name document. Just remember that the marriage Certificate you will need to present to all the services below, will come back with your name exactly as it appears on the marriage License / Registration that was submitted after your ceremony.
So with Vital Statistics procedures out of the way and your new Marriage Certificate in-hand, just who do you notify about your name change? The following list may not be complete depending on your particular lifestyle, but it covers just about everything I can think of. They are listed in the order I think are the most important, from the top ( urgently required ) to the bottom ( a little ways down the road ).
I certainly hope this incredibly useful guide helps you out in many ways. Please accept my Congratulations on your engagement and subsequent marriage. Reach out if you would like to know more about our services, or continue to browse our informative web site. Wishing you all a great week ahead.
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