The Lone Star MansionMarriage License Basics: Everything You Need to Know

It may come as a surprise, but a marriage license is required to get before your big day. The license will have the specifics of your wedding, like the day of your wedding and where you and your partner are getting married. If you are tying the knot soon, be sure to research the specifics of your area, as this is an essential part of the planning process. It will ensure that you and your partner are legally married! Read on to learn more about marriage license basics. 

The Basics

Once you decide on the official location of your wedding, you will have to do a little research to figure out where you will need to get your marriage license. For most cities and towns, it is usually the town hall, clerks office, or marriage license bureau. Be sure to research the details a few months before your wedding to ensure you file everything within the correct timeframe.

Some states have different waiting periods that could consist of several days before awarding the license and your wedding day, so it’s important that you apply roughly a month before your wedding date. Both you and your partner will have to be present when applying. Keep in mind; most states have a specific time window where you will have to have the ceremony, sign the license, and file for a certified license and marriage certificate. 

Marriage licenses are usually valid for 30-60 days after they are issued to you, meaning you have a short window of time to get married. If you don’t get married within that window, it will expire, and you will have to apply for another license. 

Once you have your license, you will need an officiant who is authorized to perform your ceremony. Some use official officiants while some couples ask a friend or relative to perform their wedding ceremony. Before having them act as your officiant, check your state and county laws to ensure they are officially allowed to help you tie the knot. 

After your wedding day, it’s the officiant’s responsibility to make sure the license is recorded with the county that you had your wedding in. Within a few short weeks, you will receive your marriage certificate in the mail. 

Paperwork Requirements

The requirements vary by state and county. Be sure to confirm the exact requirements before filing for a marriage license. This will ensure that the process is easy and stress-free! 

A basic checklist to follow for requirements is listed below.

  • Birth certificate
  • If under 18, parental consent 
  • Photo identification (driver’s license, state ID card, passport, or birth certificate)
  • Social Security number
  • Proof of citizenship and/or residence
  • Divorce decree (if divorced)
  • Death certificate (if widowed)

Most states will require a form of identification, whether that be through your license, social security card, or passport. If you have been married before, they will require you to show how the marriage ended. If you are a widow, they will require a death certificate, or if divorced, they will need a divorce decree. If you are divorced, some states have waiting periods before getting married, so it’s essential to know the requirements ahead of time. 


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Burleson Mansion VenueWedding Rules You Can Ignore 

Wedding etiquette has changed over the years.  Brides and grooms tying the knot these days have much more freedom when planning their big day, and they are certainly getting creative! Whether you want to keep the traditions alive and showcase old traditional ways or do something new to switch it up, your big day will be as unique as ever. Here are some wedding planner rules that you can undoubtedly break. (Remember, rules were meant to be broken!)

Matching Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids are known for wearing the same dress in the same color. While some love this traditional look, in today’s world, bridesmaids certainly don’t have to wear the same dress anymore. Some brides opt for a mix and match look, while others are ditching the idea of dresses altogether and opting for skirts or jumpsuits. Letting your bridesmaids wear different styles helps ensure your bridesmaids feel good on your wedding day, and they may even wear the dress again. 

Honeymoon Right Away

Nowadays, it’s rare that couples leave the wedding reception and head straight to the airport. More couples are waiting weeks or months after their wedding for their honeymoon. With demanding work schedules and tighter budgets, it can be hard to take the time or book your dream honeymoon. It’s better to go when both of you can take time off and relax together. 

Bride’s Family Pays for the Wedding

While it was once traditional for the bride’s family to pay for the majority of the wedding, this isn’t the case anymore. When it comes to paying the bill, there is usually a mix of funds from the bride’s family, the groom’s family, and the couple tying the knot. Some couples are even paying for the wedding entirely on their own. Being able to spread out the expenses helps reduce stress during the planning process on the couple and on both families. 

Inviting Everyone 

It’s tradition for parents and even grandparents to make suggestions for your guest list, and it can be hard to please everyone on your big day. As more couples are getting involved financially, they realize that you don’t have to invite everyone – especially if it doesn’t fit your budget. Invite friends and family who know and love you, the people that you want to include, and celebrate with on your big day. 

Start Time

While it’s been a tradition to list your ceremony time on the invitation, couples are starting to realize that their actual start time doesn’t have to be listed on the invite. Some couples encourage their guests to arrive 30 minutes earlier, especially if they are afraid of guests arriving late. Worried that guests will get bored arriving early? Include our next tip to give wedding goers a fun reason to mingle. 

Cocktail Hour

A cocktail hour doesn’t have to happen after the ceremony; you can hold it before! Start the day off with a pre-ceremony cocktail hour full of your favorite cocktails and mocktails for guests to enjoy as they mingle. This also gives any tardy guests a bit of wiggle room to join before heading to the ceremony. 

Ceremony Music

Classical music has been the go-to for many years when it comes to the ceremony music. More couples are starting to branch out from traditional music and opting for live jazz or bands to play more upbeat music or cover their favorite songs. It brings a fun atmosphere to walk down the aisle to and helps to liven up the ceremony. 


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2021 wedding planning

One important step in your 2021 Wedding Planning process is selecting the best wedding music.

From the walk down the aisle to your walk-out music at your reception, having the right music will help make your wedding day that much more memorable. Music helps set the mood and tone of your wedding day, so it’s essential to have a song that you and your partner love. We’ve put together a few basic steps to help make choosing wedding music easier and have even put in some popular song recommendations to get you started.

The Basics
When planning the music for your big day, it’s essential to know the basics. Think about your ceremony and how many songs you will need for it. For most ceremonies, there are three moments to choose from; both processionals and the recessional.

For the reception, think about the different moments that you will need a song for. The entrances into the reception, first dance, mother-son dance, and father-daughter dance, to name a few.

Consider What Feelings You Want to Create
Think about the specific feelings you want to create during each moment. The day is centered around you and your partner’s love but ask yourself if you want it to be calm, upbeat, fun, or even instrumental. Don’t be afraid to pick something out of the box. If you love rap or hard rock, consider an instrumental or acoustic version to incorporate your favorite song. Choose songs that represent how you feel about your partner.

Most Popular Wedding Music of the Year
If you are feeling stuck on finding the right songs for your wedding this year, don’t stress! We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular wedding songs that couples are incorporating into their wedding this year!

Walking Down The Aisle
Walking down the aisle deserves a song of its own. Here are some of the most popular songs of the year.

“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Haley Reinhart
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

Ceremony Songs
Some couples prefer to have light music in the background during their ceremony. Here are a few of their favorites.

“I Will” by The Beatles
“If Not For You” by George Harrison
“Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison
“I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles

Entrance Songs
After the ceremony is over, the guests (and the bridal party) are ready to celebrate the newlyweds. The entrance songs tend to be more upbeat and high energy to mark the beginning of a beautiful marriage and, of course, the reception. Here are some of the favorites.

“Marry You” by Bruno Mars
“Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon
“Can’t Stop The Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake

Cake Cutting Songs
Whether you choose to cut the cake after dinner or at the beginning of your reception, opt for a sweet song that will make the moment that much sweeter.

“Can’t Stop The Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake
“Sugar” by Maroon 5
“Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE

First Dance Song
The first dance is often at the start of the reception that kicks off the dinner. After the newlyweds are introduced, they usually have their first dance right then. It’s a sweet moment between the two, and they tend to choose a sentimental song. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box; there are no rules! Here are some favorites.

“All of Me” by John Legend
“The First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes
“Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris

Reception Songs
Feeling stuck on what reception songs to play? Start with your favorites! Here are a few popular songs to get your friends and family on the dance floor.

“Lover” by Taylor Swift
“XO” by Beyoncé
“How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding
“Sweet Creature” by Harry Styles

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How to Incorporate Heirlooms Into Your Wedding Day

Texas Staycation Honeymoon, heirlooms in your wedding day
From your wedding venue to the food, planning your wedding day is a memorable experience. One way to make your wedding day more special is to add family heirlooms and mementos into your ceremony and reception. Your wedding day is not only a big day for you and your partner, but it’s special for your family members as well. To see you tie the knot with your love while including family heirlooms will not only be meaningful for you, but it will be a sentimental gesture to your closest family members as well.

Family Photos
Family photos are an easy way to showcase moments or people that have impacted your life in a meaningful way. From family members’ wedding days to special moments between loved ones, scatter framed photos throughout your ceremony or reception for guests to look at. It adds a sentimental moment throughout and is an easy way to showcase the moments and people who have impacted your life.

Quilts or Blankets
Some families have sentimental blankets or quilts that have been around for years. If your reception is outdoors, place baskets and bins around the dance floor and seating areas for guests to use to stay warm. They can get cozy and cuddle up with blankets that have been hand-made by someone you love.

Antique Furniture
Antique furniture has so much character and can add a quirky aspect to the decor when incorporated into the reception. If your family has antique furniture that has been passed over, try incorporating it as decor in your wedding venue. From antique velvet chairs to accent tables, your family will love seeing their pieces that have been in the family for years.

Cake Toppers
Reuse your parent’s or grandparent’s cake toppers to use on top of your wedding cake. It’s an easy way to honor your parents or grandparents while keeping your cake custom to your wedding venue’s style and decor.

Champagne Glasses
Toast to your big day with champagne glasses that have been around for years. Whether they belong to your parents or grandparents, toast to your lifetime of happiness with vintage champagne glasses. While your guests will have classic glasses, it makes it a bit more meaningful for the bride and groom to have special glasses.

Jewelry can be passed down for years and years, making it the perfect family heirloom to incorporate into your wedding day. It’s an easy accessory that you can wear without having to worry if it will fit into your wedding venue. It will last for years to come, and you can pass it on to your children as you get older for their big day.

Using accessories, like a watch or rosary beads, to wrap your floral bouquet is a unique way to showcase your family heirlooms on your wedding day. While it may not take center stage, the sentimental value of it will give you peace of mind knowing that you have it while you are walking down the aisle. Not only will it bring comfort on the day of your wedding, but it makes for the perfect accessory during photographs.

Other accessories like shoes, shawls, or veils are accessories that not only make a fashion statement while honoring that family member during your big day. As you say I do, you will be able to say you borrowed something sentimental to tie the knot.

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