During our time together, there will be questions you have. Sometimes, I will be available to help you on the spot. Sometimes, I will be sleeping. You can ALWAYS email me, and I will respond during business hours - but in the meantime - let's see if we can answer your questions here.
If your question is not immediately answered here - it is probably answered in your version of The Map (different types of clients have different Maps. Refer back to your email with the link to your Map.)
E-Check or Credit Card - If you need to pay by CC or electronic check, email me at email@example.com with the word INVOICE in the subject line and I will send you an electronic invoice with a secure portal to make credit card or check payments. There is a $5 service fee factored in if you use these methods.
How do I Get my Marriage License?
Marriage Licenses give you permission to get married. This is required BEFORE you have your ceremony. They are good for 60 days after issued, so you want to pick up your license sometime in the 4 weeks prior to your wedding day.
In the State of Ohio, the Probate Court is responsible for your marriage license issuance. If you are an Ohio resident, you must arrange to pick up your marriage license from the county (one or both of) you reside in. If you are not an Ohio resident, you must arrange to pick up your marriage license from the county you are getting married in.
Each Probate Court has its own unique process. Some allow in person visits, some don't. Some allow virtual appointments, some don't. Some have waitlists, and some you can walk-in and walk-out same day. Find the county you need below to see more about their process. Don't see yours listed? Google "Your County + Probate Court + Marriage License" and it should pop up.
If you are planning a wedding in Muskingum County or nearby, the Visitors Center has put together this wonderful Muskingum County Wedding Guide to assist local couples in finding the best vendors.
If you are planning a wedding closer to Columbus, Devoted Columbus is a great resource for vendors in the Columbus area and beyond.
If you are planning a wedding in the Hocking Hills,this resource may be helpful for finding vendors.
How Do I get my Proof of Marriage (Certificate/Abstracts)?
Each county has it's own system for ordering certified marriage certificates or sometimes called marriage abstracts. You will want to follow up with the county you obtained your marriage license from - but instead of the Probate Court, you will often be following up with the Records Department.
First - check your Marriage License Packet you got when you applied for your marriage license. Sometimes, they will include a form or instructions right in the packet for you to follow up with.
If you are creating a new last name together or have other changes to make to your name, you may need to petition the Probate Court to do - contact them for guidance. Once you go through their process you will have a document proving your name change. This is the document you will need with others in the following steps.
If you are simply switching your last name to that of your new spouse or hyphenating your name, your marriage certificate/abstract, will be your proof needed to change your name.
One by one, you will want to address the following major institutions who need to be notified of your name change.
Social Security Administration - This one is first, so you can then use your new card to make changes at the following institutions. Find a local office here or see how COVID-19 has impacted this service.
They will need an Application for Social Security Card, Your Certified Marriage Abstract/Certificate, Your Proof of Identity, and your Proof of Citizenship.
Passport - If you have a Passport, this one should be second so you can use your new passport for a proof when obtaining your Drivers License. See more here about changing your name on your Passport.
Bureau of Motor Vehicles - Once you have your SS Card, you can go change your Driver's License & Vehicle Registration.
If you want one of the federally Compliant License, you will also need to provide your Passport or another acceptable document. See more here or contact your local bureau for specific information.
You will also want to change your name on your vehicle registration.
These are the Major Institutions you HAVE to change with. After these are taken care of, you can move into the Minor Institutions. It may feel daunting at first, but take them one step at at time.
Employer Records United States Postal Service Voter Registration Bank Accounts & Credit Unions Credit Card Companies Doctor & Other Records Insurance Companies Professional Associations Email Accounts Social Media Accounts Kid's School Records
Where Do I Go to get married
If your contract includes travel to site, meet at predetermined site. If you are using the Ceremony Room go to:
36 N. 4th St. Zanesville, OH 43701 Masonic Temple Building (It will say this above the front doors)
Where do I park?
Free street parking: any spot labeled “2 HRS only for Shoppers” on 3rd, 4th,5th st, or Market St.
Free Public Lots: The public lots are located at the corner of 5th St. and Main St., (behind the courthouse) or Market St. between 4th St & 3rd St.
Paid Public Lots: There is a paid lot right across the street, next to Schimmel Fitness for $5.
What's Your cancellation Policy?
Express Elopements - All sales are final. No refunds for cancellations and reschedules must be made with at least 24 hours in advance.
Signature Weddings - See your contract for full terms and agreements.