Alabama will become an “Affidavit Marriage” state, in September 2019. The traditional marriage license is about to be replaced by an affidavit document system, which means a couple will need to report to an Alabama county courthouse to register themselves as legally married.
A marriage ceremony will no longer be a requirement in order for a marriage to be recognized as legally binding. However, I will still be offering a wedding ceremony, which I will refer to as a “Religious Wedding Ceremony.”
Traditionally, with a required Marriage License, an ordained minister like myself provides both the “Religious Wedding Ceremony” and the “Civil Wedding Ceremony” at the same time.