One of the most traditional and enjoyable duties of the Monmouth County Clerk is the performance of marriage ceremonies. Wedding ceremonies are performed by Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon in the Ceremony Room of the County Clerk’s Office, 33 Mechanic Street, Freehold, NJ 07728. Ceremonies are by appointment only; please call our office at (732) 431–7324.
A wedding ceremony appointment must be reserved in advance and prospective couples must apply for and receive a valid New Jersey Marriage License from the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the municipality where either spouse resides. If neither spouse is a resident of New Jersey, the couple should apply for the license in the municipality where the marriage will take place.
A marriage license will not be issued sooner than three (3) days after the application has been made. Once the marriage license is issued, it is valid for thirty (30) days from the issued date. A marriage license permits a wedding to be lawfully performed. On the day of the wedding ceremony, the two designated witnesses are required to appear with the couple to be married and must also bring identification.
We are unable to amend the marriage license once the witness information has been added, so please be sure that both witnesses are available to attend the scheduled wedding ceremony. If there is any change, the license will have to be reissued and the wedding must be rescheduled.
Q: Where do we apply for a marriage license?
A: Once the wedding has been scheduled in the Clerk’s office, the couple must apply for the marriage license with the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the municipality where either spouse resides. If neither spouse is a resident of New Jersey, then the couple should apply for the marriage license with the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the municipality where the wedding ceremony will take place.
Q: When should we apply for a marriage license?
A: In advance. The Registrar of Vital Statistics will not issue a marriage license sooner than three (3) days after the application for a marriage license has been made. Once the marriage license is issued, it is valid for thirty (30) days from the issued date.
Q: What should we bring?
A: If one or both of the applicants is divorced, bring a copy of the final decree for examination by the Registrar of Vital Statistics or a statement by the judge as to when the final decree was signed (not the date of the final hearing). A form of identification (ex. an original birth certificate, passport, or picture driver’s license) is required for both spouses. If you are under 18 years of age, you must have the permission of both parents. If under 16 years of age, both parental consents and judicial approval of such consents are necessary.
Q: Who can officiate?
A: Federal District Judges, U.S. magistrates, judge of a municipal court, judges of the Superior Court, judges of a tax court, County Clerks, any mayor/deputy mayor or chairman of any township committee, N.J. village presidents, and ministers of every religion.
To schedule a wedding date at the Clerk’s Office or if you have any additional questions, please contact our office at (732) 431 – 7324, option #5.
Wedding ceremonies take place in the Ceremony Room, which is a private room within the County Clerk’s Office. The room comfortably seats 21 people with additional standing room.
Couples have the options to say something special to each other before the wedding vows and/or for a family member, witness, or guest to give a special reading.