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Atlantic City Weddings – 10 Steps to Planning a Memorable Atlantic City Wedding!


Atlantic City Weddings

10 Steps to Planning a Wedding Ceremony In Atlantic City

Info provided courtesy of www.AtlanticCityWeddings.com 

Tips for Planning Your Memorable Atlantic City Wedding.  Atlantic City is not quite like Las Vegas when it comes to weddings, the main difference is that the state of New Jersey requires you to obtain a marriage license prior to getting married in Atlantic City.  Follow these 10 wedding tips and we guarantee that your wedding will be the memory you wish it to be!

1.    Choose your wedding date. 

2.    Find someone to perform the ceremony who is available on the date you choose to marry.  During the busy summer months, some couples have had a difficult time finding someone to perform the ceremony. While mayors do perform wedding ceremonies, because of the new civil union laws some mayors are no longer providing that service.  For that reason, many bridal consultants are becoming ordained ministers in order to perform marriage ceremonies for their clients.  Those who can perform a marriage ceremony include a member of the clergy or ordained minister, a mayor or municipal court judge.



>>        Photo I.D >>        Divorce papers are required if either party was married before.  >>       A death certificate is required if either party is widowed. 

Where to apply for a marriage license:If the bride and groom (or domestic partners*) live in New Jersey, you can apply for the license in the New Jersey municipality or town where either the bride or groom resides.  It is valid for a marriage ceremony anywhere within the state of New Jersey for 30 days.  (*Note domestic partners apply for a civil union license, not a marriage license)If both the bride and groom are from out-of-state, apply for the license in the town where you wish to be married.   


6.    When to apply for a license:Apply for your marriage license, in-person, within 30 days of your wedding date.  After applying for your license, there is a 3-day waiting period (72 hrs) before you can be married. (Ex. If you want to get married in Atlantic City next weekend and both parties are from out-of-state, apply for the license the weekend before. The bride and groom must both be present to apply for a license along with a witness who is 18 or older.  The License is only valid for 30 days.After the 72 hour waiting period you can either pick up your license in person OR if you wish to have the marriage license mailed to you, fill out that paperwork at the same time you apply for your license.  Ceremony officiants are not allowed to pick up the license for you in many municipalities.


4.    Health requirements – Blood tests and physical exams are not required in the state of New Jersey.


5.   

3.    Make sure you have the proper papers and documentation to file for your wedding license.  The bride and groom should both have:>>       Proof of Age – Birth certificates are required for proof or age OR
2 other forms of ID with your date of birth on them.
>>       Social Security Cards (unless from a foreign country)







7.   
Underage requirements
– anyone who wishes to marry or enter a civil union who is under age 18 needs parental consent and signed papers from both parents.  Call the local Town Clerk or registrar for papers or more information.


8.    Civil Union requirements – Same as for a married couple but you’re applying for a different license and some of the paperwork required differs (i.e. – if in a previous civil union, civil annulment documentation).  See also the State of New Jersey website for more info: http://www.state.nj.us/health/vital/civilunion_apply.shtml


9.   
 Marriage License Fees – The fee to apply for a marriage license is currently $28.  (Marriage license fee subject to change without notice).


10. File the wedding license – After the ceremony, the minister or person who performed your ceremony, should file the marriage license with the registrar in the municipality where the ceremony was performed within 5 days of the wedding. 
 
 

Of Additional Interest 


Beach Ceremonies: Every beach town has their own requirements.  In Atlantic City, permits are currently not required to hold a ceremony on the beach. However, if you plan to bring any equipment on the beach with you (other than possibly an acoustic instrument) you will need to get permission from the city and insure the city for $1 million dollars. (i.e. if you wanted to bring chairs or tents down on the beach you would need special permission and insurance).  For additional information contact the Atlantic County Division of Parks and Recreation.
 


6.    When to apply for a license:Apply for your marriage license, in-person, within 30 days of your wedding date.  After applying for your license, there is a 3-day waiting period (72 hrs) before you can be married. (Ex. If you want to get married in Atlantic City next weekend and both parties are from out-of-state, apply for the license the weekend before. The bride and groom must both be present to apply for a license along with a witness who is 18 or older.  The License is only valid for 30 days.After the 72 hour waiting period you can either pick up your license in person OR if you wish to have the marriage license mailed to you, fill out that paperwork at the same time you apply for your license.  Ceremony officiants are not allowed to pick up the license for you in many municipalities.

Wedding Chapels: There are no Vegas-style wedding chapels in Atlantic City where you can drive in and be married the same day.  While there has been much talk about a chapel in recent years, a drive-in chapel does not exist in Atlantic City.  Nevertheless, Atlantic City is a fabulous place for a wedding, civil union or vow renewal! 


Casino Weddings and Full Scale Wedding Receptions:
Some of the casinos, such as Trump Marina, host wedding receptions in a private room of the casino.  Trump Marina, for example, has a gorgeous ballroom perfect for an elegant wedding reception.  Again, though, the casinos (at this time) do not have chapels/rooms for just 2 people to be married. There are , however, many other wonderful and unique reception halls and wedding professionals throughout the Atlantic City area to help you plan the perfect event; whether it’s a wedding for 200 guests or an intimate 2nd marriage with close friends and family.   


Atlantic City Hotel and Casino Reservations: Choose from over 40 Atlantic City Hotels online or call a Hotel Expert Toll Free at 1-888-392-8288.  Book discounts online or contact the group department! 

For more information, including local reception halls and wedding professionals, please visit www.atlanticcityweddings.com

 Don’t forget to check out this site for planning your Atlantic City Bachelorette Party!  http://www.atlanticcity.net  

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