Week 16: Licenses, logistics and lettering

Do these things this week
Research transportation options for guests
Select and book transportation company
Add transportation to your website
Research marriage license requirements in your county
Compile documents for marriage license
Sign calligrapher contract

Things may feel a little scattered this week. We’re checking off a lot of little things so you can keep things moving.


If only getting married were as easy as saying “I do.” Unfortunately to make a marriage legal and binding, you’ll need to be issued a marriage license by the county in which you’re marrying. Usually that means a visit to the County Clerk several weeks before your wedding date in order to prove that neither of you are currently married and that you’re eligible to be legally married.

Visit the County Clerk’s website to review the guidelines for applying for and receiving a marriage license. While you’re reviewing the website, make sure you find answers to the following questions:

  • When should you apply for a marriage license?
  • What is the cost of applying for a marriage license?
  • What is the time frame after receiving your license in which you can get married?
  • Is there a wait to receive your license once you’ve applied?
  • Will you need to bring witnesses in order to apply for a license?
  • What documents must you bring to apply for a license?
  • What, if any, medical records are required?

Once you have the information you need, start collecting all of your relevant documents into a file folder so that the two of you will be ready to apply for your marriage license before the wedding day. A lot of counties will only issue the license a couple weeks before your wedding, so make a note in your calendar as to when you should apply.


When you’ve found a calligrapher or handwriting artist that you like, move forward with the contract. While it might vary, the contract should include the information below:

  • Who: name and contact info (your’s and their’s)
  • What: everything they’ll be providing (inner and outer envelopes, additional paper goods)
  • When: date items must be delivered to calligrapher and date they will be returned
  • How much: cost per item
  • Receipt: total cost

Some calligraphers will require you to order a proof before moving ahead with the final order, so check with yours to find out if that’s the case. Mistakes are easy to make when you’re handwriting a hundred addresses, so drop off a few extra envelopes just in case.

We’ll aim to give the wedding invitations to your calligrapher next week, and we’ll remind you again at that time.