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Frequently Asked Questions

(and other videos to help you with your wedding ceremony)

Question: When should you apply for your Marriage License?

Answer: ASAP!!! In South Carolina, there is NO expiration date on your marriage license.

Question: Where do you go to apply for your marriage license?

If you are getting marriage in South Carolina, then you have two options in how to obtain your marriage license; online or in-person.

 

1. To apply online, please fill out the LOVE application with the Charleston Probate Court below: 

https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/probate/marriage-license.php#online-marriage-license-application

 

2. Go in person to a South Carolina Probate court in order to get married in South Carolina.

Let's say you are from Charlotte, NC, and you are getting married in Charleston County sometime next year, you can apply for your marriage license in Dorchester County, Berkeley County, York County, Horry County, Lancaster County, Beaufort County, Greenville County, Georgetown County, Florence County, Ridgeland County, and any other county in South Carolina. To find out the address to the County courthouse you would like to go to, click here.

The 3 counties in the greater Charleston, SC area are:

The Honorable Irvin G. Condon

Charleston County Judicial Center

100 Broad St Ste 469

Charleston, SC 29401-2273

OFFICE: (843) 958-5180

FAX: (843) 958-5191

County: Charleston


The Honorable Mary L. Blunt

5200 E Jim Bilton Blvd

St George, SC 29477-8020

OFFICE: (843) 832-0136

FAX: (843) 832-0222

County: Dorchester


The Honorable Keith W. Kornahrens, Sr.

300-B California Ave

Moncks Corner, SC 29461-4036

OFFICE: (843) 719-4519

FAX: (843) 719-4527

County: Berkeley

The 2 counties closest to Myrtle Beach are:

The Honorable Kathy G. Ward

P O Box 288

Conway, SC 29528-0288

OFFICE: (843) 915-5370

FAX: (843) 915-6371

County: Horry


The Honorable Leigh Powers Boan

P O Box 421270

Georgetown, SC 29442-1270

OFFICE: (843) 545-3274

FAX: (843) 545-3512

County: Georgetown

Question: How do you apply for your marriage license?

Answer: To apply for your marriage license, the two of you will need to:

1. Apply online. To apply online, please fill out the LOVE application with the Charleston Probate Court below: 

https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/probate/marriage-license.php#online-marriage-license-application

Or

 

1. Go to the office of a South Carolina County Probate Judge. Hours are typically 9:30am-4:oopm, Monday-Friday (keep in mind that if you're going to apply for your marriage license on a "holiday" because you are off of work, then you better call ahead to see if their county office is open).

2. Go together. The two of you must apply in person, together.

3. Bring a valid ID. They say that if you look 26 years of age and older, then don't worry about bringing an ID, but definitely bring it with you anyways.

4. Bring cash. Each county is different, but they are mostly around $70. The highest county fee that I know of is Horry County (Myrtle Beach) is $100, and that is just for non residents of Horry County.

5. Be prepared to wait 24 hours. You can come back the very next working day, exactly 24 hours later, to pick up your marriage license. Not 23 1/2 hours...they'll make you wait 30 minutes. You can also ask them to mail it to you, ask a friend to pick it up for you, or you can pick it up at a later date.

MY TYPICAL WEDDING CEREMONY

This is a video of that briefly describes the typical wedding ceremony that I like to perform. As you will see, only the Declaration of Intent is REQUIRED. Everything else is optional.

Kasey's 15 part wedding ceremony (approx. 18-20 minutes)

1. Welcome Statement

2. Family Blessing

3. Your story

4. Remembrance

5. Prayer

6. Reading (typically an excerpt from "The Art of a Good Marriage")

7. Blessing of Hands

8. Vows

9. Bible Reading (typically Corinthians- "love is patient, love is kind...")

10. Declaration of Intent (REQUIRED. This is when you two say "I DO")

11.Ring Exchange

12. Closing Remarks

13. Pronouncement

14. Kiss

15. Presentation

16. Marriage License signing after ceremony

MARRIAGE LICENSE

This video briefly describes how to obtain your marriage license in the state of South Carolina.

VOWS

This video briefly describes the two options of vows during your ceremony. You can either:

1. Write your own, or...

2. Allow me to provide them for you and do a quick "repeat after me".

FAMILY BLESSING

This video below briefly describes a newer version of the Family Blessing that I like to say in the ceremonies that I perform.

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