Can a couple be married without a marriage license?
The answer is the couple cannot be legally married without a marriage license present. If the Officiant performs the wedding ceremony without a valid marriage license they have committed a misdemeanor. We then perform the ceremony as a commitment ceremony and for the most part none of their guests know the difference.
What is it called when you get married without a marriage license?
The most important thing to understand about a commitment ceremony is that it does not involve laws or government agencies in any way; there's no license or certificate, and the participants' legal status does not change.
Can you marry without a ceremony?
Getting married without an officiant is possible in two different ways. You can have a civil wedding or have a self-uniting marriage. Civil weddings are typically held at the local city hall in front of a judge and do require at least two witnesses to be present.