The couple must obtain a valid Florida marriage license from a county court judge or clerk of the circuit court and present it to the notary public before the marriage ceremony.  Florida is one of only three states (the other two are South Carolina and Maine) who authorize their notaries public to “solemnize the rites of matrimony.”

A marriage license is valid for 60 days after issuance.  You must perform the ceremony of marriage before this 60 days has expired.  Blood Tests are not required.  There is a 3-day waiting period after issuance of the license before you can get married, unless you have completed the Florida pre-marital course, in which case the waiting period is waived.  For non-Florida residents a marriage license is effective immediately upon issuance.

See sample of a simple, civil ceremony.  It may be personalized, and the bride and groom may even exchange their own vows.  But, the couple’s vows must reflect their intentions to make a legally binding commitment to each other.


See Samples of Florida Wedding Vows

Florida Wedding Ceremony Sample (English)

Florida Wedding Ceremony Sample (Spanish)