Congratulations…you are now officially married!
Here are some details about the wedding license, photos and other details.
How long will it take to get my photos?
It will take anywhere from 21 days to 30 days to get your photos. We take our time to edit your photos and probably have other weddings to finish up also. You will receive a link to an online gallery to view the photos and send to family and friends. If your package includes a flash drive, that will be mailed out once we confirm your mailing address.
Can I download the photos?
Yes, the online link allows you to download the photos – all of them on them individually.
Can I order another flash drive?
Yes, you can. Just email us and we will provide you with the charges for a flash drive.
What happens to the marriage license?
On your wedding day, you gave us your unofficial wedding license. The officiant will take care of making the marriage legal by filling out the license paperwork and filing it with the county you got the license from. The officiant has 10 days to file the license. By law, the officiant has to file the license.
Do we need to do anything with the license the day of the wedding?
No, there isn’t anything the two of you need to do the day of the wedding.
When will my official license be ready?
It takes any where from 2 – 10 weeks for your official wedding license to be ready. Counties like Kern, Fresno, and Kings take around 2-3 weeks to process your license, while counties like LA or San Francisco take 10 weeks to process your license. I always suggest calling the County you got the license from to see if they received it. LA County will actually laugh at you if you call in before the 10 weeks.
How do I get the official license?
The official license will either be mailed to you (if you filled out additional paperwork when you filed for the license) or available to pick up in person at the County Clerk’s office where got it from.
It is always a good idea to get 2 copies of the official license.
Each County has their own request form. It’s called a Request for Vital Records. As an example, here is what the form looks like for San Luis Obispo County http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Assets/CR/PDFs/MarriageCopyApp.pdf . If you received your license in another County, please use their form.
What do I need to do to show proof of marriage or change my name?
Your official marriage license, provided to you by the County you got the initial paperwork from.
What are the steps to change your name?
- Get the official license from the County Clerk (it will have a stamp on it)
- Contact Social Security (some places require an appointment, while others just do a walk in) for a new card. Complete an Application for a Social Security Card (SS-5). Have your official license, driver’s license or passport, and birth certificate (might want to double check on the birth certificate)
- Once your card arrives, contact the DMV for an appointment to change your name (I think you might also need a new picture, so come dressed and ready!)
- Next, you will want to change your name with other places like your job, bank account, and credit cards. Below is a list of places that might want to know about your name change
- Most places will want a copy of the wedding license to make the change
Places to notify about name change
- Post office – maybe a change of address
- Credit card company
- Insurance – car and medical
- Cell phone company
- Utility bills – gas, water, electric
- Telephone and Utility Companies
- Passport office