Plan your wedding in Miami – on the beach, in a ballroom with a water view, an al fresco rooftop on a sleek high-rise or a classic space with chandeliers and a touch of history. Make the wedding of your dreams a reality in Miami. Whether you’re planning a wedding on a budget or have a blank check there are ways to make just what you’re dreaming of come true.
We’ll help you find the venue that speaks to your taste as a couple, the team to help you put it together and the logistical details you’ll need to know whether you imagine a wedding that's laid-back chic, beachy boho, traditional, black tie lux or a tailored blend just for you.
Before You Say “I Do”
Marriage Certificate Information
Before your ceremony can take place you’ll need to get the paperwork out of the way. You can’t have a ceremony without first obtaining a Marriage License, luckily, that’s easy enough. Marriage licenses are issued by county court judges of the circuit court under his or her hand and seal, that means you’ll need to go to the Courthouse in Downtown Miami at 140 West Flagler Street, Suite 1501 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and apply.
More important information to know: Both the bride and groom must be present to apply. The Marriage License is valid anywhere in the state, so if you’re visiting from within Florida, you can do this in your hometown. If you’re a U.S. citizen you’ll need a picture ID like a government issued driver’s license or Passport, Social Security number (but not Social Security Cards). If you’re a non-U.S. citizen you must provide one of the following: Alien Registration Card, U.S. State issued Driver’s License or Passport if you do not have a Social Security Number.
The cost of a Marriage License is $93.50, but it can be reduced by $32.50 if you take the four hour licensed Florida pre-marital course. The marriage is not effective until three days after the date the license is issued unless you’ve taken the pre-marital course; then it’s effective upon issue.
Marriage Ceremony Facts
Once the marriage license is obtained you have 60 days to perform the wedding ceremony. A brief civil ceremony can be performed by a Deputy Clerk at the Miami-Dade County Clerk’s office or at one of seven Miami-Dade County district court offices. You may bring family, friends, flowers and a photographer or camera with you to the private room where marriage ceremonies are held. The additional cost for a ceremony held at the courthouses or Marriage License Bureau is only $30.
Not planning on having your marriage ceremony performed at the courthouse? All regularly ordained ministers of the gospel or ordained clergy, judicial officers (including retired), clerks of circuit court judge and notaries public of this state may solemnize the rights of the matrimonial contract. If you have a loved one in mind to perform the ceremony, becoming a notary is easy. The service is available online, you can fill out the paperwork and your official notary documents and package will be mailed to you.
Before you get to all that technical talk, you’ll probably need the very first step in starting your wedding process – the ring. Find a beautiful ring that suits your taste and budget in Miami, whether you’re looking for an engagement ring or wedding bands.
Downtown Miami’s Shopping District is a hub for in-the-know diamond shoppers looking for the perfect ring for that special someone. The stores don’t always have the glitz and glam of boutiques or more traditional department stores, but you’re sure to find a good deal and very knowledgeable, often multi-generational diamond dealers who have helped hundreds of young couples before you. Try Kirk Jewelers, established in 1947, this store has perfected the art of finding you the right ring for your other half.
At The Village of Merrick Park, a lovely, high-end outdoor mall, you’ll find dozens of fashionable boutiques and department stores like Neiman Marcus, plus Tiffany & Co. and about ten more jewelry specialty stores.
Wedding Fashion: From Formal to Flip-Flops
Downtown Coral Gables, located just minutes away from Miami International Airport and fifteen minutes away from Miami Beach, draws brides-to-be from around the world to find their perfect dresses and all the details that go along with it. On Miracle Mile, Coral Gables’ Main Street, you’ll find everything you need from the right paper for your invitation to the socks for your ring bearer. This Mediterranean style promenade makes for the perfect day of store hopping and stocking up on the dreamiest of details and the big purchases like the dress.
With dozens of bridal stores to choose from the dress you’ve been waiting for is surely hung on one of the racks and waiting to be found. Start at Coral Gables Bridals, where “it’s all about you – the bride.” They’re best known for their collection of mantilla veils, headpieces and jewelry accessories but don’t skip over their stock of beautiful, gauzy wedding dresses.
More casual beach brides will find that all of Miami’s neighborhoods have great stores filled with the casual beachy favorites locals. All of Miami’s malls will have beach-ready outfits no matter the season.
Not done shopping yet? Don’t forget you have not only the dress to find, but the sharpest looking men’s outfit out there and probably a few other bridal party members to style. Try the small boutiques of Mary Brickell Village, the premier shopping at Aventura Mall a 2.7 million-square-foot mall, the mega-luxury brands of the Design District, all your mall favorites at The Falls, the exquisite designer names at Bal Harbour Shops, and the 185 stores at Dadeland Mall.
Miami Romance Month
February is Miami Romance Month. Take advantage of special offers at wedding venues, on transportation, hotel suites, special events for couples getting married and more.
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