Frequently Asked Questions
Our most frequent questions...answered
What do I need to do to get legally married in Maine?
Getting Married in Maine is relatively simple. There is no waiting period after you receive your marriage license and no blood tests are required. Marriage licenses are valid for 90 days after being issued.
Residents of Maine: Mainers are required to file for a license at the town office/city hall where one or both residents reside.
Visitors: Those “from away” wishing to get married in Maine, may file for a license with any town office.
We suggest that you check with the municipal office where you are filing beforehand to find out what that specific municipality’s policies and hours are.
To obtain a marriage license in Maine:
- Applicants must be over 18 years old. Written parental consent is required for an applicant under 18. Written parental consent and written consent of a judge are required for an applicant under 16.
- Photo ID such as a driver’s license or State issued ID.
- If for either of you this is not the first marriage, you will need to prove you can legally marry by presenting a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate from the prior spouse.
Visit the State of Maine’s website for complete information.
What is the difference between a Wedding Planner, Coordinator, and Designer?
Wedding planners are hired typically at the start of the planning process to help coordinate design details, troubleshoot logistics, negotiate contracts, and keep things on a budget. They are event professionals with actual event planning experience, and day-of coordination is often included.
Wedding coordinators generally do not start managing details of the event and meeting with clients until about a month in advance. They assist in logistics, vendor management, and are primarily responsible for the day before and day-of management.
Wedding designers focus on the overall look and style of the event. They assist in narrowing down the vision of the celebration and highlight technical and theme components such as layout designs, color palettes, printed designs, etc.
While companies may only offer some of these services, Getting Married in Maine is uniquely qualified to work on all aspects of wedding event orchestration, including officiating the actual ceremony.
For additional information about the differences, check out this great article from Brides.
My venue has a wedding coordinator, should I hire my own?
This is a question that we get asked often, so it’s perfectly ok that you are asking yourself it! Venue wedding coordinators are experts at knowing how to coordinate weddings at their particular venue. Their responsibility is to primarily focus on the management of the venue’s responsibilities for the wedding to be considered a success. They may assist in setup and tear down, make menu recommendations, coordinate room blocks, and other accommodations. Venue coordinators typically do not become intimately involved in outside vendor management, manage the wedding rehearsal, or focus on ensuring your wedding is unlike the wedding that took place there last week or even that day.
Independent planners and coordinators work closely with venue coordinators and appreciate that there is someone onsite to assist in the venue’s coordinated efforts and ensure things happen seamlessly
When should we hire an officiant for our ceremony?
Good officiants are hard to find and book far in advance. They should be the perfect blend of a movie director and a fly on the wall.
We have three officiants on our team, and they are not only great public speakers, they also enjoy crafting ceremonies to reflect the couple and how they wish to remember their day.