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Old Oct 14th 2002, 2:30 am
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I know I shouldn't be thinking about this yet, but it keeps me from thinking about waiting! Does anyone know the rules/laws, etc about state marriage licenses and how it works with a foriegn citizen. I've been looking online and a lot of states require a US passport or BC, so just wondering if it will be a problem with Greg being British... which state is easiest to get married in (ie, no waits or blood tests or counselling and all that). Thanks in advance for your advice. Everyone has been so great here so far.

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Old Oct 14th 2002, 2:57 am
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Each state has its own laws about marriage licences, so you really have to look at the rules for the state/county in which you wish to get married.

Now, regarding the marrying a foreign citizen part, my understanding is that it does not matter. Even two foreign citizens can get married in the US! So, you just have to give the "foreign" documents asked for the foreign spouse (i.e. a foreign birth certificate instead of a US birth certificate and so on).

For the blood test/counseling part, I can only tell you about Michigan. There is no mandatory blood test or counselling (for a courthouse wedding). It takes 3 days (if I remember correctly) to get a marriage licence, and the marriage licence is valid for 30 days. For a religious wedding, it depends on the church but there is usually a preparation involved. N.B: between 2 churches in the same city, there might be tremendous differences in the length of the preparation needed. If you want details about any of the above, just email me.

The best is to visit the website of the office of vital records of your state (or other states as the "fast/easy" part seems to be inportant).

Hope that helps,
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Old Oct 14th 2002, 3:19 am
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[Thanks... I live in Indiana, but want to get married somewhere different, without the relatives arouns making me feel gulity for not having a wedding... my mom is going to be there and that's it! I'm looking into Kentucky and Tennesee, since they are close and seem pretty easy.
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Originally posted by beyness:
[Thanks... I live in Indiana, but want to get married somewhere different, without the relatives arouns making me feel gulity for not having a wedding... my mom is going to be there and that's it! I'm looking into Kentucky and Tennesee, since they are close and seem pretty easy.
how about las vegas beyness? I've heard they are very leniant on their rules for people getting married..and they dont require a blood test in nevada and no waiting period..Plus las vegas vacation and wedding packages are pretty cheap..and on top of that.. Vegas is lots of fun heck ya can probably get married by elvis!

check out this site for more: http://www.vegaswebworld.com/wedding/

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Old Oct 14th 2002, 4:17 am
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Your best bet is to call the city hall of a town in each of those states and
ask the question. I live near Niagara Falls and there are many out of
towners that have their weddings here. In NY once you buy your marriage
license, you can use it anywhere in NY. Have to wait 24 hours after you buy
it (buy it 2:00 on friday can not get married until 2:01 Saturday). But
some will buy the license in NYC before coming here. Also some states I
have heard require both parties to be there to get the license, while others
require just one. The best thing would be call a city hall and ask them
these questions.

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Old Oct 14th 2002, 4:48 am
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I am not sure whether you would like your relatives/friends to be with you for your wedding, or what they would consider a "wedding", but here is a thought that might be of interest to you.

We had a courthouse wedding in Michigan on a Friday, and after that we had a very casual party in our appartment with all our friends from the University. My mom and I did some baking, my parents had brought champagne from France, my parents-in-law got us a big cookie-cake which was "the wedding cake", and my mom had brought us a "0" candle to put on the cookie cake. I also made little packages with French wedding candies (it took me probably about 1 hour), and that was about the extend of wedding preparation/decoration. It may sound like a silly party, but everybody had a really great time! We did have a "real wedding" after that in France, but we still remember the Michigan wedding fondly.

Good luck to you!
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Old Oct 14th 2002, 2:10 pm
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Caro:

I am also marrying a french woman. I have some specific questions for
you, as our situation sounds very similar to yours. Could you please
drop me an email at [email protected]? (can't find yours!)

Thanks!!

Mark

Caro wrote in message news:...
    > I am not sure whether you would like your relatives/friends to be with
    > you for your wedding, or what they would consider a "wedding", but here
    > is a thought that might be of interest to you.
    > We had a courthouse wedding in Michigan on a Friday, and after that we
    > had a very casual party in our appartment with all our friends from the
    > University. My mom and I did some baking, my parents had brought
    > champagne from France, my parents-in-law got us a big cookie-cake which
    > was "the wedding cake", and my mom had brought us a "0" candle to put on
    > the cookie cake. I also made little packages with French wedding candies
    > (it took me probably about 1 hour), and that was about the extend of
    > wedding preparation/decoration. It may sound like a silly party, but
    > everybody had a really great time! We did have a "real wedding" after
    > that in France, but we still remember the Michigan wedding fondly.
    > Good luck to you!
    > Caroline
 
Old Oct 14th 2002, 4:24 pm
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No BC or US Passport is required to marry. Don't know what you have been
reading, but you are mistaken. At least in Florida, I know they don't
require such things.

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    > I know I shouldn't be thinking about this yet, but it keeps me from
    > thinking about waiting! Does anyone know the rules/laws, etc about
    > state marriage licenses and how it works with a foriegn citizen. I've
    > been looking online and a lot of states require a US passport or BC, so
    > just wondering if it will be a problem with Greg being British... which
    > state is easiest to get married in (ie, no waits or blood tests or
    > counselling and all that). Thanks in advance for your advice. Everyone
    > has been so great here so far.
    > tash
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Old Oct 14th 2002, 7:28 pm
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No BC or US Passport is required to marry. Don't know what you have been
reading, but you are mistaken.
The pieces of information that you have to submit depend on the state. In Michigan, for example, a BC is required.

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