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Hey there, lovebirds! 🕊️ So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and get hitched in the beautiful city of Atlanta. Whether you’re planning a grand celebration or a sweet, intimate elopement, we’ve got your back. Here’s a handy guide to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch. And remember, at Simple Marriages, we’re here to help every step of the way!

The Essentials: What to Bring 📜

First things first, both of you need to be at least 18 years young. Now, let’s talk paperwork. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Proof of Age: This could be your birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, or even your baptismal certificate. There’s a whole list of documents you can use, so you’ve got options!
  • Been Married Before? If either of you has been down the aisle before, you’ll need to know the date of your divorce. And if it’s been less than 30 days since the divorce was granted, bring along a copy of the decree.
  • Remembering a Lost Spouse: If you’re a widow or widower, you’ll need to provide the date of your late spouse’s passing.

Once you’ve said your “I dos”, your officiant (like one of our seasoned pros at Simple Marriages) will complete the marriage license. Make sure to return it to the Probate Court within 30 days of your ceremony.

Where to Head in Atlanta 🏛️

  • Georgia Peaches: If either of you is a Georgia resident, you can apply in any county.
  • Out-of-Towners: If you’re both from out of state, you’ll need to apply in the county where you’ll be saying your vows.

Here’s a quick list of some popular counties and their contact details:

Elopement: Why It’s a Beautiful Choice 💞

Eloping isn’t just about avoiding the fuss of a big wedding. It’s about focusing on the two of you, the love you share, and the commitment you’re making. In the hustle and bustle of grand ceremonies, it’s easy to lose sight of the real reason behind the day. Eloping brings the focus back to where it should be: on your love story.

I remember when a couple approached us at Simple Marriages, wanting a ceremony under the stars, with just the city lights of Atlanta as their backdrop. It was magical, intimate, and oh-so-romantic!

Atlanta’s Hidden Gems for Your Special Day 🌆

Atlanta is brimming with beautiful spots that are perfect for an intimate “I do.” Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Piedmont Park: With its sprawling greenery and the Atlanta skyline in the background, it’s a picturesque spot for a sunset ceremony.

  • Atlanta Botanical Garden: Imagine saying your vows surrounded by blooming flowers and the gentle sound of water features. Pure bliss!

  • Historic Inns: Atlanta is home to several historic inns that offer a blend of Southern charm and modern luxury, perfect for an intimate gathering.

Making It Official: The Legalities 🖋️

While the romance of the day is essential, ensuring your union is legally recognized is equally crucial. After your ceremony, ensure your officiant, whether it’s one of our experts at Simple Marriages or someone else, signs and completes the marriage license. It’s a simple step but a vital one.

Why Choose Simple Marriages? 💐

At Simple Marriages, we believe in crafting ceremonies that are as unique as your love story. Our team of seasoned professionals understands the nuances of elopement ceremonies. We’re here to guide, support, and ensure your day is everything you’ve dreamed of and more.

Final Thoughts 💭

Your wedding day, whether it’s a grand affair or an intimate elopement, is a reflection of your journey together. It’s a day of love, commitment, and the promise of many tomorrows. And while the process might seem daunting, with the right guidance (and perhaps a little help from us at Simple Marriages), it can be a breeze.

Remember, love is the reason for the day. Everything else is just the cherry on top!