Same-Sex marriages begin New York City celebrate across five boroughs

Going to the Chapel and now we're all getting married!!

Weddings are always a happy occasion but today June 24, legalizing same-sex marriages in New York, unions are positively gay and joyous.  No pun intended.  There are so many events happening that NYC- the entire city will be having one big party.  While there are a lot of vendors who are reputable, yet I would offer a word of advice.

Just because you’ve waited a long time to marry – don’t rush.  I know many may say they’ve waited long enough, but honestly take a moment to create the wedding you’ve waited for, wanted and deserve.

While you are planning your big day, here are the answers to some basic questions:

Can I get married in New York City even if I don’t live there?
Absolutely. Couples who live in New York or in another state or country are all welcome to marry here.  The Big Apple is a friendly place so welcome!!

When can same-sex couples begin marrying in New York?
As of today, July 24, 2011 you can marry.  State law generally requires couples to wait 24 hours after receiving a license before they can be married, unless you have a judge give his permission for a same-day ceremony. This is exactly what a lot of couples are doing today. For more information, visit cityclerk.nyc.gov.

How do I get a marriage license in New York City?
To get a marriage license, apply for one from the New York City Clerk’s office. Once you obtain your license, it is valid for 60 days (or 180 days for active military personnel only).  That’s great information to have as you plan for your wedding if it’s the same day or 59 days later.

Can my spouse and I get married in New York City if we were already married in another state or country?
Yes. I know so many couples that have married in other states because they were waiting for the law in NYC to pass. Now that it is official, you and your spouse can get married (remarried) again in New York, whether you live here or not. Proxy marriage however is not permitted in New York, so no other party may apply for you or your prospective spouse.

Where can I learn more about getting to New York City and planning a wedding there?
For NYC ‘I Do’ special hotel packages, visit their Offers section. For help planning a trip to New York City, visit Basic Info section

What should we bring when we visit the City Clerk’s office to get our Marriage License?
You must bring valid, government-issued identification and the necessary fees. It is also a good idea to bring proof of any previously terminated marriage(s). The following types of identification are acceptable:

• Driver’s license, non-driver identification card, or learner’s permit, with photograph, from any state or United States territory
• Active United States Military Identification Card
• Valid passport
• United States Certificate of Naturalization (less than 10 years old)
• United States Alien Registration Card
• United States Employment Authorization Card

The City Clerk’s fee for a Marriage License is $35, with an extra fee of $25 for your civil marriage ceremony (see more below). Fees are payable with money order or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express). Cash and personal checks are not accepted.

If we are now domestic partners and now want to get married, do we first need to terminate our domestic partnership?
No. Getting married automatically terminates a domestic partnership, so no other act other than the marriage is required.

WHEW!!  That’s a lot of information, but really its pretty easy once you are there.  Here are the locations and times throughout NYC:

Manhattan Office

The Manhattan Marriage Bureau – 141 Worth Street

Regular Hours: 8:30am–3:45pm, Monday through Friday
Special Hours:
Sunday, July 24, 2011: 8:30am-4:30pm
Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29: 8:30am-6:30pm
(Please note you must be in the Office’s doors by 3:45pm on July 24 and 5:45pm on July 25 through July 29 to be guaranteed service.)

Bronx Office
Supreme Court Building – 851 Grand Concourse, Room B131
Regular Hours: 8:30am to 4pm, Monday through Friday
Special Hours:
Sunday, July 24, 2011: 8:30am-4:30pm
Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29: 8:30am-6:30pm
(Please note you must be in the Office’s doors by 3:45pm on July 24 and 5:45pm on July 25 through July 29 to be guaranteed service.)

Brooklyn Office
Brooklyn Municipal Building  – 210 Joralemon Street, Room 205
Regular Hours: 8:30am–4pm, Monday through Friday
Special Hours:
Sunday, July 24, 2011: 8:30am-4:30pm
Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29: 8:30am-6:30pm
(Please note you must be in the Office’s doors by 3:45pm on July 24 and 5:45pm on July 25 through July 29 to be guaranteed service.)

Queens Office
Borough Hall Building  – 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Ground Floor, Room X001 – – Kew Gardens, NY 11424
Regular Hours: 8:30 am–4pm, Monday through Friday
Special Hours:
Sunday, July 24, 2011: 8:30am-4:30pm
Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29: 8:30am-6:30pm
(Please note you must be in the Office’s doors by 3:45pm on July 24 and 5:45pm on July 25 through July 29 to be guaranteed service.)

Staten Island Office
Borough Hall Building  – 10 Richmond Terrace, Room 311
Regular Hours: 8:30 am–4pm, Monday through Friday
Special Hours: 
Sunday, July 24, 2011: 8:30am-4:30pm
Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29: 8:30am-6:30pm
(Please note you must be in the Office’s doors by 3:45pm on July 24 and 5:45pm on July 25 through July 29 to be guaranteed service.)

Finally, I want to wish you and your partner a wonderful future together.  Marriage is beyond the party and hoopla of the day, I know you know that. It’s what you as a couple bring to your union and future together.  So may this be the first day of many happily-ever-after for you both.  For more information on vendors, hotels etc check out this page.  As time goes on, I’ll be providing my list of vendors I know, have worked with and believe they will do a great job.  Not because you’re “gay” (and frankly want to jump on the bad wagon), but because you’re a couple and they want your wedding to be the best day of your life.  Cheers to you both!!

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