How to Obtain a Florida Marriage License

The basics for obtaining a Florida marriage license

Photo By the Robinsons

While not nearly as entertaining as pretty floral and wedding gowns, today’s post is all about the ever-essential MARRIAGE LICENSE required to be legally married in the state of Florida. This is a box you absolutely must check off your planning list by the time the wedding day rolls around!  From time to time we receive questions on how and where exactly one gets the license so I figured it may be time for a quick post to help our clients out. 

  • A marriage license can be obtained at a Florida courthouse or clerk of court office.
  • Florida law requires that couples read the Family Law Handbook prior to receiving a license. Those can be found in English or Spanish
  • The fee for the marriage license is $93.50.
  • You are not required to take premarital counseling before marrying. If you do choose premarital counseling, there is a reduced licensing fee of $61.00, and you will avoid the 3-day waiting period. This can be through your church, with a licensed officiant, or a marriage and family therapist. That person can provide a letter stating that you have finished premarital counseling to use as proof when you apply for your license.
  • Both parties must be present to apply for the license. For Florida residents who do not have proof of premarital counseling, there will be a 3-day waiting period for the license. This means you may not actually marry until 3 days after you have applied. There is no waiting period for non-Florida residents.
  • For Florida weddings, you can receive a license from any county in Florida, which is good for use at a ceremony taking place anywhere in Florida. 
  • The license is valid for 60 days from the date issued.
  • Blood test and witnesses are not required. You will need to provide documentation including two forms of identification and a Social Security number.
  • If either party has been previously married, you must provide proof of date of divorce, annulment, or death.
  • The person performing the ceremony is responsible for returning the signed license within 10 day of the marriage to the Clerk’s office.
  • Same sex marriage is legal and recognized in Florida.

For more information and to save time by filling out the eMarriage Application before heading to the courthouse, visit the My Orange Clerk website. 

Five Ideas for Wedding Lounge Seating

Five Ideas for Wedding Lounge Seating

In our opinion, every wedding can use a little extra seating when budget and space allows, giving guests a comfy place for conversation (and photo ops!) during cocktail hour and after dinner. Here are five styles of lounge seating to work with various wedding styles. And while you’re at it, get creative! Add big floor cushions around a coffee table, a standing mirror against the wall, and don’t forget a little extra floral or conversation-piece decor for the lounge area. Guests will appreciate the added touch and we assure you people will use the space! 

A neutral or all-white palette in upholstered fabric ups the elegance while still working well outdoors. via Pinterest

Eclectic Boho-style seating keeps things warm and casual. via Green Wedding Shoes

And we can’t talk Boho without throwing in a teepee, am I right? Put up a teepee in your reception and watch your Instagram wedding hashtag blow right up. You’re welcome 😉 Photos by Katie Pritchard and onelove photography

What says “rustic” more than hay bales topped with mismatched blankets? This plan works for ceremony seating or as benches near the dance floor at a rustic barn wedding. Check thrift stores for soft blankets in gingham, floral prints, or quilted as shown above. Photo via Southern Weddings 

White leather, low profile furniture is modern and sleek. Modular sections that can be placed together give you the ability to create a large lounge area that seats many people at once. This event is in Bali but vendors like Chic and Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals will have what you need in Central Florida.  

Are you adding lounge seating at your event? Which style best fits your wedding?

Vintage Garden Wedding | Ashley + Frankie | Atlantic Center for the Arts

Vintage Garden Wedding at Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach

Frankie + Ashley tied the knot in February at New Smyrna’s Atlantic Center for the Arts. This venue was a new one for Tickled Pink, and we always love getting to know new spaces and especially working with amazing vendors. ACA is an artist’s retreat complete with galleries, studio space, dance studios, and writer’s rooms. They often host surf film festivals in the outdoor pavilion, which is the space Ashley and Frankie chose for their ceremony, which we later flipped to transform it into the dance floor. This wedding was unique in many ways, one of which because Ashley’s best friend and bridesmaid is Kayla Huston, who outdid herself putting together such a beautiful event. When it was time for coordinating the logistics and running the wedding day, that’s where I stepped in. Ashley’s vision of a whimsical, vintage styled wedding came to life with a hanging greenery backdrop for the ceremony, vintage doors and a chandelier over the aisle. Inside the gallery, rows of farm tables filled with vintage china place settings, lush garlands, and various types of candelabras and low candlelight set the scene for an intimate dinner, even among 200 guests. One of the highlights of the reception decor was the hanging wedding cake! Simply Roses provided and dressed the wooden cake swing, with a buttercream cake sitting atop a bed of moss.

Despite some evening rain, this was a magical night to be remembered that surely fit the bill, and the style, for Ashley’s dream wedding. Enjoy today’s featured real wedding!  

Venue // Atlantic Center for the Arts

Photographer // Patrick Ruddy

Videographer // Ocean Videography

Floral // Simply Roses

Vintage China and Glassware // Dishie Rentals

Vintage Rentals and Farm Tables // Mimosas and Moonshine

Iron Chair Rentals // Atlas

DJ // Our DJ Rocks

Photo Booth // Photobooth Rocks

Cake // Cakery Creation

Catering and Bar // Outriggers

Hair and Makeup // Biata Glionna

Design // Kayla Huston Events

Coordination // Tickled Pink Weddings + Events, Brittany Sobering

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

How to Tackle the Challenge of Selecting a Wedding Cake

Wedding planning is no easy task. Some people spend years and thousands of dollars hashing out every detail of their big day. There are so many elements of a wedding day to get right – including the wedding cake.

For your guests, the food will be one of the most memorable things. You’ll want to ensure you and your partner cut into a cake that’s both delicious and beautiful. Here are some great tips to bear in mind when you’re deciding on a wedding cake:

  1. Enjoy the tastings

First and foremost, don’t think about it as a challenge. When you’re planning a wedding, the amount you’ve got to do can feel overwhelming. You should try and enjoy as much possible. Cake tastings should be fun and they’re a part of planning you and your fiancée can do together.

Book in appointments you can both make, and try different flavors. After all, you’re not restricted to one. You can have a different flavor for each tier – something that’s especially useful if you each have a favorite.

  1. Know your budget

Weddings are expensive events. That’s why it’s so important to have an ideal budget for each area – otherwise it would be easy to overspend. Wedding cakes range in price enormously and it’s worth shopping around to see what different bakers charge for their time and level of detail.

Amongst the great expert wedding cake tips is the suggestion to ask the cake designer to make the cake with the bottom tier real, and the rest of the tiers in decorated foam. No one will know and your guests will be served delicious and easy to serve sheet cakes from the kitchen.

  1. Think about the whole experience

Of course, the taste of your cake is hugely important. But it’s also about the experience. How will it look? Where will you position it? Will it be served when people are seated or will it be at a self-serve station? Cake cutting is one of the mini-events of the day. Make sure your cake fits with the style of your day, and will look great in all the photos.

  1. Think about alternative cakes

Just as with the rest of your day, you can think outside the box with your cake. Some great money-saving suggestions include mini cupcakes, ice cream, doughnut towers, cheese, and dessert shots.

One of the best – and most memorable – things you can do is to create an interactive experience. Don’t just serve up a slice of any old cake. Make a dessert station and let guests create the combination of flavors they love. This works fantastically for things like ice cream or cheese and crackers.

  1. Check your venue’s charges

Many hotels and event centers offer cakes as part of a package. It’s worth checking out the standard of cake they produce as it can make your life easier.

Things you should be asking your venue, according to Earlene’s Cakes, is whether the cake-cutting service is included and if so how much the fee will be for the service. Also ask if the caterer provides the cake serving knives. The last thing you want are unexpected charges.

What type of wedding cake did you or will you have? Share your experiences with us!

This collaborative post is meant to be informative and helpful as you embark on your own planning journey. Accompanying photos are from past Tickled Pink events. 

Holiday Parties and Why You Need a Planner

Let Us Handle Your Holiday Party Planning

August is here, which means Halloween decorations are in stores already, which means the holidays are around the corner! I won’t go into a rant about how somehow we skip right from Halloween to Christmas every year or how it’s too hot for fall outfits and boots in Orlando anyway. 😉 Instead, let’s talk about your Christmas or holiday party planning needs. 

Photo via Sugar and Cloth

Now is the time of year your very own company might be starting to consider holiday party ideas. Your boss/office manager/committee is likely brainstorming themes and setting a date. Tickled Pink can make holiday party planning for your home or business easier and more enjoyable for everyone! Allow us to help select the perfect venue, come up with the decor, entertainment and menu to ensure that your party is a success. Last year we had the pleasure of coordinating a well-known paper company’s 400+ person holiday party and let me tell you, it was a total blast for their team. The party featured a live band, photo booth, delicious menu and specialty drinks, and intimate lounge areas for friends to gather and catch up. Let’s work together to make your next holiday party anything but typical, no matter the size or budget. We also work in private homes for those of you wanting to throw the neighborhood’s best get-together. 

Have something special in mind and need to talk it out to see what’s possible? We have limited dates left for 2017 events so be sure to schedule a complimentary consultation today and let’s get planning!