After the "I Dos," it is usually the wedding officiant or the planner that says - "let's go make this legal." There's a reason for that, because it is just a big party without it. Just kidding...but not really. What we are referring to is the signing of the marriage license.
In order to get married in SC, you must have a SC marriage license. Makes sense. But to get the license, you must apply for it together at the Court House. Remember to bring proper documentation - a valid driver's license, a passport, your original birth certificate, etc.
There is also a $70 CASH filing fee that is to be paid at the time of applying. A blood test is not required in SC but you do have to wait 24 hours after filing the application.
The 24 hour waiting period is very important to remember because many couples come to Charleston thinking they can just pick up the license on the same day. Every State is different so knowing this could save you a ton of frustration. I always encourage couples to apply for the license at least a month or two in advance. If you are a destination bride, plan on both you and your fiancé arriving on Thursday if your wedding is scheduled for Saturday. The Court House is NOT open on the weekends.
Once the 24 hours has passed, you are free to pick up the marriage license at the Court House and only one of you has to be present. While there, take a moment to review and make any changes/revisions necessary. They should be able to accommodate any requests.
On the day of the wedding, make certain to bring all three copies to the ceremony. Your wedding officiant will guide you through the signing process and make certain that all copies get to where they need to be.
Now go and enjoy the reception!
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