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Sun drenched beaches, cool ocean breezes, and numerous romantic hideaways make Florida an excellent spot for newlyweds to spend their honeymoon. 

Out-of-state couples wishing to say "I do" simply need to visit any county courthouse in Florida to obtain a marriage license. The ceremony can be performed the same day a license is obtained. 

For Florida residents, there is a premarital preparation course if you wish to avoid the 3-day wait. I am approved in Manatee and Sarasota Counties to provide that course.

Both applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply without parental consent. If either applicant is under the age of 18 years but at least 16 years of age, a birth certificate and proof of identification is required along with a notarized written consent of the parents or guardian. Consent forms are available at the Marriage License Department. Applicants under 16 years of age must obtain a determination from a county court judge. A blood test is not required.

Sarasota County has more than 140 parks and beaches. Each county-owned facility is responsible for their own reservations. Park pavilions and open spaces are available for public use. Park space and picnic shelters are on a first come, first served basis with reservations available if preferred. Reservations require a nominal fee. No reservations are needed for picnic tables. Not all park space, however, requires a fee, call for fee and reservation information. Additionally, wheelchair accessible picnic tables are available at all parks. Call Sarasota County Parks Department (941) 861-9830 if you wish to marry in that county. 

For information on renting any of the gazebos on Siesta Key beach call (941) 316-1172.