My fiance and I decided to have a small private wedding in New Orleans (our parents and two others will be present). I had a few questions regarding marrying in New Orleans:
- The fiance and I live in Ohio. One of the items on The Knot's checklist says, "Get married! No seriously, if you want your marriage to be legal in your home state, you'll want to do this ahead of time." Can anyone explain how/why our marrying in New Orleans wouldn't be legal in Ohio? Is this separate from doing marriage licenses in New Orleans? This task item really confused me about the whole thing.
- I've read there is a 72-hour waiting period to get your marriage license, but it can be waived. I've seen a handful of sites say different things about having this waived; can anyone shed some light on this?
- How does the "marrying" in the Algiers Courthouse go? Are you alone in the courtroom or are other couples in there? Do they just have you sign paperwork and it's done, or is there some kind of ceremonial readings or words exchanged?
I feel like I'm asking a lot, but I feel like I don't understand a lot of the process. Any clarification would be appreciated.