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The Question Was Popped & YOU Said YES!

First things first, figure out how you are going to pay for your wedding. If you are the lucky girl whose parents are going to foot the entire bill, good for you! For most, the cost is distributed between parents and the wedding couple. You'll want to determine your wedding budget BEFORE you pick the date and the venue, because both of these factors can seriously impect the cost.

So, let's get real. What's the average cost of a Fort Lauderdale wedding?

Believe it or not, the average Fort Lauderdale bride plans for about 145 guests and estimates a $20,000 budget for her wedding when she starts planning. However, the ACTUAL amount she ends up spending for her wedding in Fort Lauderdale can run upward of $45,000. If that figure shocks you, it should. If you run $25,000 over budget on a project in the workplace, there's a good chance you'd be fired. The idea is be organized and have a detailed budget that you stick to.

TIP: Here's cool free tool available that enables you to estimate the cost of your wedding based on your zip code, expected number of guests, and wedding style. Check it out at Cost of Wedding.

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Select the Season Before You Select the Date

There are many considerations when choosing your wedding date, including work schedule, holidays, major sporting events in your area, available vacation time, and more. The time of year is equially important if you are planning for guests to travel or having any of your events outdoors. Be sure to factor in weather and temperature patterns for your area.

TIP: offers a free tool for brides to see typical weather patterns by time year for their wedding city.

According to the, in Fort Lauderdale, on average:

  • July is the warmest month.
  • January is the coolest month.
  • June is the wettest month.
  • December is the driest month.
  • April has the most clear days.
  • December has the most cloudy days.

Where to Publish Your Wedding Announcement in Fort Lauderdale

Wedding, engagement, and anniversary announcements are published every Sunday in the SunSentinel's Lifestyle section and on their website at Wedding and engagement announcements start at $50.

TIP: You can purchase your announcement online here.


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Florida Marriage License Requirements

Both parties must be present when applying for a marriage license and each must present one of the following forms of identification:

  • Driver's license issued in the United States;
  • Federal or state identification card; or
  • Passport showing your name and date of birth (birth certificates or green cards are not accepted).

If either person was married before, the manner in which the last marriage ended and the exact date the marriage ended are needed. Copies of the death certificate, final decree of divorce, annulment or blood test are not required. You do not have to be a resident of Florida to apply.

Both parties must read the Family Law Handbook (available below) prior to obtaining a marriage license.

Requirements for Minors 16 to 17 years old (one or both applicants)

All of the following are required:

  • One of the forms of identification listed above;
  • Minor's birth certificate showing parent's name; and
  • A parental consent form may be obtained at the time of the application. Both parents must be present with their own identification on hand. The exception will be if the parents are divorced and one parent has full custody of the minor. In this case, proof of custody must be presented and only the consent of the custodial parent will be required in writing.


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