TELLING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
You have decided to spend the rest of your lives together. Telling your friends and family will be your next joy. If either of you have children, they should be told before anyone else. Then, the order of informal announcements is the bride’s parents, groom’s parents, then the rest of your family and friends.
TELLING THE WORLD
You can also formally declare your commitment through a newspaper announcement or engagement party. Do not advertise your wedding date unless the ceremony site and hall have been confirmed, or you may become embarrassed as your plans change. Also, be cautious of advertising that you will not be home on that special day.
OBTAINING AN IDAHO MARRIAGE LICENSE
You may apply for a marriage license at any county clerk’s office in Idaho. Both of you must appear together in person to obtain the license. There is no waiting period to receive the license, and the fee is $30, which needs to be paid in cash. There is also no waiting period before using the license.
You are required to present valid identification (including proof of identity and age), and recently, the legislation passed a law that says you must also submit your social security number on your application. You will not be required to take a blood test or meet a residency requirement. In addition, all applicants receive a Premarital AIDS Educational Pamphlet to read. After you read and understand the pamphlet, you will sign a certificate that will be attached to your marriage license affidavit.
CHOOSING THE DATE
There are many things to consider before choosing your wedding date. Do you want a summer wedding accented in pastel colors with light and airy bridesmaid gowns, or a rich winter wedding with candlelight and dark velvet gowns? What is your budget? Where are you planning to honeymoon? When is the best time of year to visit that destination? Does your family already have reunions or other functions planned? When are they? For a good guest turnout, it is usually best to avoid the major holidays. Three-day weekends can be great for friends and family traveling in. However, your local guests may want to use the weekend as a mini-vacation. You will not be able to accommodate everyone, nor do you need to. Just choose the date that is best for you.
AN OUTDOOR EVENT
If you are planning an outdoor event or have several friends and relatives that will be traveling in. weather is a key consideration. On the next page are average temperatures, average days without rain, and sunrise/sunset times to help you choose the best days for your event.