Thursday, July 22, 2010

We're getting married, and the County Clerk agrees!

In Texas, you've got to get your Marriage License no more than 30 days before the wedding, and no less than 3 days before the wedding. Of course, that 27-day window is the busiest time of wedding planning, which is super-convenient (not!). And the County Clerk's office where you get it is only open 9:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday, which is even more convenient (not!).

I met Jeff at his office during lunch and we went to the nearest County Clerk's office. We were armed with our Driver's Licenses and a debit card (that's all you need to get a license!). 

We walked right in and sat right down (no lines!). We verified our addresses and names and all that. We said we weren't related. We said we weren't late on child support payments. We said we hadn't been divorced in the last 30 days. [Sidenote: How many people do you think actually answer "yes" to those questions? And if you were related, couldn't you just say "no" and get away with it?] 

We only ran into one little problem. My middle name is 9 letters long. Texas Drivers' Licenses only have room for 8 letters in the middle name slot, so on my license that last letter is missing. The lady at the County Clerk's tried to tell me that we had to put my incorrect middle name on the Marriage License. I tried to convince her to just add the last letter, please! She wanted a Birth Certificate or Passport or something to prove it was really my name. I was debating whether or not it was worth it to come back another day with my Passport (and leaning towards not worth it) when another employee came over and told the lady it was fine and typed in the last letter. Crisis averted. Middle name intact. 

The Texas "Twogether" program gives discounts to couples who do at least 8 hours of marriage-prep courses, and since we did one through the Church we got our license for $11 instead of $71. Score! So we repeated some sort of oath about the information we gave being true, and we left with our fancy new Marriage License!

We look pretty excited, right? We're so ready to just have the wedding already!