Frequently Asked Questions

We know planning a wedding is not easy and you will have a lot of questions. Below are some of the more common questions we get about the ceremony and marriage license. Please feel free to call us or submit your own question.

How much does an average wedding cost?

An average wedding costs around $30,000.

It depends on where you live. In a recent survey conducted by The Knot, it was revealed that the average wedding is now about $31,213. However, bear in mind that weddings cost more in large urban areas. This figure also includes those lucky brides and grooms who get $40,000-and-up weddings thrown for them, so that does slightly bring up the average.

Venue/Catering $13,385
Reception band $ 3,469
Photographer $ 2,440
Flowers, decorations $ 2,069


How do we get a marriage license?

To get information on obtaining a marriage license, contact the Clerk's office in the county in which the marriage will take place. Visit this website for more information:

Persons applying for a marriage license need to have some form of identification and their Social Security numbers. If either person has been married previously, he or she needs to have the date when the divorce was final or proof of the divorce if it was granted recently.

As of January 1, 1999 persons wishing to be married must do one of the following:

1. complete a 4-hour premarital course given by a provider registered with the Clerk of Circuit Court (Florida license fee $61.00), or

2. have a 3-day waiting period apply to your license after submitting application to marry with the Clerk of Circuit Court (Florida license fee $93.50).

Can you help us write our vows?

Yes, we can help by providing suggestions and guidance.

How do I legally change my name?

Step 1: Wait for Marriage License to arrive
Step 2: Take Marriage license to Social Security Office
Step 3: Go to DMV to update your drivers license
Step 4: Use your updated drivers license to update any other records, like bank accounts, insurance, etc.

Florida Statutes Chapter 68.07 covers name changes. You can access the statutes online click here

Weddings Made Simple

Weddings Made Simple is a premier wedding officiate service, wedding notary, DISC Assessment services, as well as pre-marriage and post-marriage coaching in Florida.

Weddings Made Simple specializes in beach weddings, country club weddings and destination wedding planning.


Weddings Made Simple


Phone: 239-851-6954

Fax: 239-566-3762

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