Note I say, “getting married”, not “having a wedding”. The fiance and I took Friday off so we could run errands related to the upcoming nuptials. Specifically, we wanted to get the marriage license done. I’d heard tales of Sitting For Hours In County Clerk Offices, so I was prepared to make sacrifices.
Turns out, that wasn’t necessary. I filled out the application online, and then we drove out to East L.A. to the nearest County Clerk office. After waiting in line for 15 minutes, in a queue of mothers with babies getting birth certificates, the clerk pulled up our application, printed it, had us sign it, and sent us on our way with an envelope full of paperwork. All we need to do now is get the form signed by an officiant and witnesses, and we’re married. Total time? Ten minutes at home, twenty minutes at the clerk’s office. The whole thing was done with time to spare for lunch at Oomasa in Little Tokyo. (No raw fish in my condition, unfortunately – I just really wanted a shrimp tempura roll.)
The moral of the story is: I have no idea how long it takes to get a marriage license without the online app process, but thanks to the power of the Internets, we didn’t have to find out. Thanks, L.A. County, for making it a little easier to get hitched. If only they could juggle my wedding vendors for me too.