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Everything you Need to Know about Having a Miami Beach Wedding

March 30th, 2021 Miami Events
Everything you Need to Know about Having a Miami Beach Wedding

Saying ‘I do’ in Miami Beach? You have reason to celebrate. Miami Beach is one of the most scenic destinations in the country and its weddings are known for being just as special. Here’s everything you need to know about having a Miami Beach wedding.

Pick Your Wedding Date

Choose a wedding date that’s perfect for you so you can begin planning. The peak wedding season in Miami is typically June. Keep in mind that late spring to early fall in Miami is often humid and afternoon showers are likely. Make sure your venue has a backup plan in case the weather decides not to cooperate.

Make it Legal

There are a few important hoops to jump through before being considered a legally married couple. All the paperwork can be overwhelming, so make sure your affairs are in order before the big day. Here are a few common questions about getting legally married in Miami Beach.

Where can I get my marriage license in Miami Beach?

Couples need to apply for a marriage license together through the Marriage License Bureau of Miami-Dade County. Visit the Miami Beach District Court at 1130 Washington Ave. #200 (only a half-mile from The Sagamore) to apply.

What do I need to get my marriage license in Miami Beach?

Each person needs to present a valid photo ID, social security number (non-U.S. citizens may present an Alien Registration Card, or Passport number), and funds to cover the cost of the license.

How much does a marriage license cost in Miami Beach?

Costs typically run around $94. If you and your partner have attended and completed an approved premarital course, the cost is reduced to $61.

How long does it take to get a marriage license in Miami Beach?

You will be issued the license the day you apply in person.

Can I get married the same day I obtain a license in Miami Beach?

Not if you’re a Florida resident. Residents have a mandatory 3-day waiting period before the marriage license becomes valid (non-residents are exempt from this).

Who can perform a marriage ceremony?

Ceremonies must be performed by either an ordained minister, priest, rabbi, or other ordained clergy, any judge of the state of Florida, Clerks of the Circuit Court and their deputies of the state of Florida (while performing their duties), or a public notary of the state of Florida.

How can I find a registered wedding officiant in Miami Beach?

If you don’t have a particular religious officiant in mind or your ceremony isn’t in a house of worship, contact Miami Beach City Hall and ask about judges or wedding officiants that are available. The Knot can also help connect you with the right fit.

Where does the wedding officiant return the certificate?

Make sure your officiant returns the certificate to the Miami-Dade County Marriage License Bureau within 10 days. Visit the Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts for more information.

Where do I find name change information?

If you’re changing your name post-nuptials, bring a copy of your marriage license to your local Social Security office to update your Social Security card first. Wedding Wire has a comprehensive checklist of how to change your last name, including what identification to bring and which agencies you need to alert to make it official.


Find the Perfect Miami Beach Wedding Venue and Trusted Vendors

Celebrate in an environment where you can feel the good vibes of Miami Beach in every corner. With The Sagamore serving as your backdrop, make your vision come to life with over 18,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space. Our beachfront property has unique spaces ideal for small, intimate ceremonies or grand receptions of up to 450 guests. Looking to throw a beach or ‘Havana Nights’ themed wedding? The Sagamore’s dedicated team of planners are at your service. Find out more about Miami Beach’s best wedding venue, here.

With your venue and wedding team booked, it’s time to mail out invitations and design the perfect wedding reception. Create a wedding checklist with items like attire, rings, hair and makeup professionals, photographer and videographer, caterer, cake baker, florist, and DJ. We found a handy checklist for you, here.

The Sagamore’s in-house caterer will help you create the perfect menu depending on your budget, preferences, timeline, and wedding theme and feel. Check out our Sample Wedding Menu for tasty dishes your guests will love.

Create a Memorable Guest Experience

As a good host, you’ll want to take care of your guests. Although you’ll likely be tied up with last-minute prep in the days leading up to the wedding, be sure to put together a welcome package for your guests ahead of time. This can be as simple as putting up relevant information on your wedding website! Be sure to include information about hotel reservations, transportation, fun things to do, and the area’s best known restaurants. Send your guests home from Miami Beach with local gifts and favors.

Visit our comprehensive Wedding Brochure to view our wedding packages, menus, and gorgeous event spaces (including a wedding tent and our large outdoor garden deck). Fill out our Request for Proposal form to find out how The Sagamore Hotel can make your event shine. Check out our Photo Gallery for more pictures of our event space and call 305-535-8088 or email The Sagamore at to begin planning your wedding today.

Take advantage of our rates and special offers when you book direct with The Sagamore, an iconic Miami Beach destination known for its unique collection of contemporary art, spacious suites, and prime location only steps from the white sands of South Beach.

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