Yes, you can still get married – Marriage Licenses are available! 03/30/2020

So I took this morning to make phone calls. I called around to several of the probate courts to find out what the status is regarding marriage licenses. Much to my surprise, it was a lot better of an experience than I anticipated. It would appear just about every court is still issuing marriage licenses. Some have instituted restrictions but most of them are business is usual. Please see my list below with notes regarding the appropriate County. I write this today March 30th, 2020, and can say I have verified all of this information as of 10:00 AM this morning.  In most cases, first responders and  those with immediate needs and special circumstances will be the first to get their licenses.

Cuyahoga County can get their marriage license online. They would like you to start by pre-registering online via http://probate.cuyahogacounty.us/ml/ . Once everything is ready, they will need you to use Skype to do the face to face portion, and you will need a printer to print your documents.

It is by appointment only, and a case by case basis. Couples that can show proof they were originally getting married during this time, can do so with a letter from your officiant, and/or supplying proof on invitations or some other method. They are asking that you wait till a week or so out from your date to help make everything manageable.

Lake County –  Is issuing marriage licenses on a case by case basis. They are asking that you wait until closer to your wedding date to apply, more or less a week out.
Email them at probatenotify@lakecountyohio.gov

Trumbull County – Temporarily Closed due to possible COVID-19 exposure. If you need anything you are to email them. The emails are being monitored – This was a message via voicemail.

Ashtabula County – Business as usual.

Geauga County – Business as usual.

Summit County – Wait closer to your date. They may ask for officiant information. If you get a license during this time and it expires, they will not be free for a reissue.

They are all adjusting the way they do things due to current events. So just be nice, have a little patience and do what you can to make things happen. They have all said pretty much the same thing it is not the end of the world, if you did not already have a wedding scheduled, be patient, and get married when it’s over. If you happen to have one already scheduled during this time, call your local probate court, and they will make things happen. If it is urgent, medical related, or you are a first responder, be sure to let em know!

 

Jerry Sabol, Owner
J Sabol Entertianment, LLC

Related Post: Planning or Re-Planning a wedding for the rest of 2020 into 2021…Click here.

 

About the writer: My name is Jerry. I am in the “J” in J Sabol Entertainment. I have been in this industry for well over 24 years. I am not a professional writer by any means. This is why most of these articles are more like I am talking to you, then being all prim and proper. The one thing I will never do intentionally mislead you. My name is on my company. The last thing I want is my name to be looked at in a negative light.

My disclaimer: Most of the things written in this blog are my opinion. Sometimes lessons learned from my experience. If there is anything that is need of a reference, I will also provide them. Especially in times of crisis. My crew and I do this with one concept in mind. We make it happen, and we make good memories.

Planning or Re-Planning a wedding for the rest of 2020 into 2021…

Planning or re-planning a wedding for the rest of 2020 into 2021…

As we are only a month or so into this mess, I am already seeing that the fallout from this on weddings is going to exponential. Booking your wedding date this fall and next year is going to be a bit complicated. Especially the longer these mandates continue. Courtesy of the COVID-19, thousands of weddings have been canceled, postponed or rescheduled. This means everyone is trying to do this while competing for the dates that you and your special someone are looking for as well.  Scheduling a wedding is not always an easy process as is, now add the fact many people now competing for the same dates, many vendors are going to be already booked, or possibly booked for a pending client. 2020 was a big year for weddings. The repeating numbers are always attractive for people when selecting dates. 2020 (before COV-19), has been a record booking year for many vendors. Many vendors were booked with very few available Saturdays before 2019 ended. So here, we say, take a moment, take action, do not just react.

Even if this all blows over in the next 30 days, there is a real possibility that it will not be business as usual once the bans begin to lift. They are not going to remove everything at one time. Think about that, if they remove everything at one time any existing infections that are still out there will just continue to spread and start the process all over again. So, there is no way that they’re going to be able to just open everything back up again without consequences.

That means, even if some aspect of normal returns by the end of April, then in May you’re still going to be very hit and miss and what events can occur. I know for the most part everybody is on a “Let’s wait and see” mentality. I would like to tell you to do yourself a favor, and not to have that mentality. I would like to tell you to think ahead and take action. I think for now, if your wedding is in April, May, or early June, just postpone it. You will appreciate the heartache that you’re saving yourself by doing it now instead of later.

There are things you can do to help make things easier, for yourself and others. In all reality, so many people, events, and industries were displaced by this world epidemic.  Thousands of engaged couples and even more vendors are scrambling to accommodate the changes we have all been forced to make.

So what can you do?
1. Check with all your vendors. Send them an email. Give them at least 24 hours to return your email. I would say give them 2 full days. Most vendors’ emails are full right now with panicking brides and grooms, and phones are ringing too. they want to ensure you are taken care of, it is just not as easy as you pick a date and we can make it happen. Especially considering current events.
2. Whether you are booking your wedding for the first time, or you were affected by the bans and mandates, shoot for a Friday or Sunday Wedding. As I mentioned before, many people are booked already on a Saturday this year. 2021 is going to also be a challenge.
3. Pick a later month. Most vendors in our area (Cleveland, Ohio), and in our area in the states have a seasonal span with weddings. Slow months typically range from November to April. This does not apply to all of them, but it applies to a very large majority.  Truth is that most vendors would be excited to fill in those slower months.
4. If you do not want a winter wedding, then if possible, push it out to next year. I would say however, there are many people with that same mindset. So, you do not want to wait to start booking your venue. If you have other preferred vendors, I will also suggest booking them ASAP. Many of those weddings scheduled for April, May, and June of 2020 will be pushed out until next year as well. In most cases, the same month it was supposed to be done this year. You will still be competing for dates.
5. If your planning for a 2021 wedding. Get it started. Do not wait to book your vendors!

Essentially, the wedding industry is going to be trying to put an extra season of weddings, inside another wedding season. It will get harder and harder the longer you wait. Don’t wait, get your deposits/retainers in.  Then you can sit back and relax as you plan your wedding.

Jerry Sabol, Owner
J Sabol Entertainment, LLC

SPECIAL NOTE:
WEDDINGS ARE STILL EXEMPT. That does include receptions. However, keep in mind, that most businesses have or will shut down. Truth is, they don’t want to be responsible for spreading this any further. They do have to think about their business. If they are still doing business as usual, and their facility becomes an outbreak center point, they would suffer major bad press for operating and not taking precautions. It would essentially put them out of business. I am sure you as a client are important to them, but at the end of the day, end of the year, end of the next 5 years, they must consider their livelihood and be able to continue operating.

https://www.ideastream.org/ohio-could-see-up-to-8000-covid-19-cases-per-day-at-peak-coronavirus-update-march-26-2020

At approx.: 10:10 in

See my findings on what courts are doing what for marriage licenses here.

 

About the writer: My name is Jerry. I am in the “J” in J Sabol Entertainment. I have been in this industry for well over 24 years. I am not a professional writer by any means. This is why most of these articles are more like I am talking to you, then being all prim and proper. The one thing I will never do intentionally mislead you. My name is on my company. The last thing I want is my name to be looked at in a negative light.

My disclaimer: Most of the things written in this blog are my opinion. Sometimes lessons learned from my experience. If there is anything that is need of a reference, I will also provide them. Especially in times of crisis. My crew and I do this with one concept in mind. We make it happen, and we make good memories.

Cuyahoga County Marriage Licences are back( and online)! Coronovirus/Weddings Ohio – 03/21/2020

You can still get Married! Ohio - 03/21/2020

YOU CAN STILL GET MARRIED! Not to mention have any date you want at this point. Cuyahoga county is going to start issuing online marriage license.  VERIFIED

Once again, I know that the current world situation has us all at witz end. However, for those of you who are still concerned about having the perfect date. You still can. Get married now, and party later after this all blows over.   Cuyahoga county is going to start issuing online marriage license. See link to their website below.

So now you can get married and keep it safe. Just use your head. Current mandates are 50 or less. Do you really need 50 people? No. Make this one of the most personal and positive moments you can have in this time.  You, your fiancé, the officiant, and a couple other people. Don’t forget a photographer (you can most likely get a deal right now; everyone I know is offering reduced rates on their services).

Pick a place where the backdrop is amazing, and bam!; You have made the best of these days. Got your amazing wedding date and sealed that date in for the rest of your lives together.  You can even hire someone to do the live stream (best option) or have someone close do it, so everyone who would want to watch, can watch.   

Things to know
-This is a new thing and will resume normal operations after this all blows over.
-If you are a resident of Ohio, you can use that marriage cert to get married anywhere in Ohio.
-When you do have the whole wedding/reception thing later, you do not need a registered officiant.
You can still keep all the safe recommendations suggested by the CDC and still save your date!

With that said, we have 3 registered officiants on our staff. So, we can make it all happen crazy quick just for you! Not to mention we are partnered with  Photographers and Techs to make the live stream happen!

J Sabol, Owner
J Sabol Entertainment LLC

Directly from the Website :
http://probate.cuyahogacounty.us/news.aspx
Probate Court COVID-19 Information

Online Video Call Marriage License Issuance:

Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, all couples who can establish they have a wedding ceremony scheduled within the next 30 days and can verify they have an officiant able to perform the marriage, can pre-register for a marriage license online via our website. The pre-registration will direct them to contact the Marriage Department to set up their online appointment. One appointment will be scheduled per hour per day, with some time slots reserved for those applicants with an immediate need. It is important to note, however, that to have the marriage license issued immediately, applicants must have a valid email address and access to a computer and printer.

This procedure has been implemented in order to issue marriage licenses during the COVID-19 pandemic only. Once business operations resume as usual, licenses will again be issued in-person and not remotely.

In an effort to assist parties who have already obtained a marriage license but are unable to conduct their marriage ceremony due to COVID-19, Cuyahoga County Probate Court is enacting the following procedure until May 19, 2020:

 

As a marriage license is only effective for 60 days from the date of issuance, if parties are unable to conduct their marriage ceremony due to COVID-19, Probate Court will permit parties one additional Marriage License free of cost if parties pre-register for a new Marriage License within ten business days from the day the original Marriage License expires. Parties must complete all mandatory steps to obtain the additional Marriage License. If the parties fail to pre-register within ten business days from the expiration of the original Marriage License, the parties must pay the $60.00 fee to obtain a new license. The Probate Court will not issue a refund for a marriage license for any reason. 

About the writer: My name is Jerry. I am in the “J” in J Sabol Entertainment. I have been in this industry for well over 24 years. I am not a professional writer by any means. This is why most of these articles are more like I am talking to you, then being all prim and proper. The one thing I will never do intentionally mislead you. My name is on my company. The last thing I want is my name to be looked at in a negative light.
My disclaimer: Most of the things written in this blog are my opinion. Sometimes lessons learned from my experience. If there is anything that is need of a reference, I will also provide them. Especially in times of crisis. My crew and I do this with one concept in mind. We make it happen, and we make good memories.

Weddings/CoronoVirus Ohio 03/15/2020

To all our players, clients and friends. 

J Sabol Entertainment, LLC is obviously directed effected by the viral outbreak of COVID-19. As we are a public event-based company, we are obviously at the whim of the government and how it decides to respond to this. Regrettably we are all at the mercy of the same thing.

With that said, we are at this time forced to make some uncomfortable decisions. The latest press release has stated that all bars and restaurants are to be closed as of 9pm tonight, except for carry out and delivery. This means all our weekly shows are temporarily shut down until the passes over. We will keep you informed as we are informed.  We are working hard to stay on top of this and stay ahead of the curve. Should anything change, or some sort of exceptions be found, we will be sure to notify you. Look in the near future for some new options from JSE to bring you entertainment to your doorstep.

At this time, weddings and events under 100, are still exempted from the ban. This means there is a possibility of things still happening, in a private setting. We will be looking further into that. However, most places will be shutting down, to not have any issues, fines or lawsuits. There is still a real possibility that these things will eventually become banned as well.  It would be smart for any events in the next 60 days to probably have a backup plan. We are more than willing to help you figure out options, just send us an email! We will make plans to connect. 

For those of you who are worried about your big day, please do not panic. If you have under 100 guests or not, start with reaching out to your venue and find out what they are doing as a plan of action. If your venue has no plans of closing, then you should be in the good. For those of you who are concerned, or can’t hold your event where you wanted to, please remember, there are other options. Worst case scenario you can always do it at your house or reschedule. As of the time of writing this letter, The order does not apply to religious gatherings, gatherings for the purpose of First Amendment protected speech, weddings or funerals. 

With that said, we have decided to rework our cancellation/reschedule policy. Regrettably, all deposits are still as per the contract. They will remain nonrefundable. Those have already gone into operating costs for your event.  As stated in the consult this deposit doesn’t just disappear.  What we will be doing is allowing for people to reschedule to another date at your convenience. Since we have added more people to the wedding roster last year, I feel we can safely say we can accommodate all dates moving forward. For anyone who wants to postpone until 2021, we can currently accommodate ALL DATES. I would imagine, if you have an event date past the next 45 days, you will prob be fine. In our opinion, the next 45 days are gonna be there ones with the most unsuriety.

Again, we are monitoring the situation closely, should anything change, we will be in touch! If you reach out, please allow us up to 48 hours to respond, as opposed to our normal 24 hours. Things are a bit crazy right now, but we will make sure to connect with everyone who needs to connect with us! Please, know that our staff is dedicated to ensuring we can make your event happen. If you have an event scheduled with us we will be there unless the state mandates something to be unlawful.

As always, any questions, do not hesitate to reach out! Please do what you can to stay safe yourself. No matter your stance on this whole event, it is happening, and we all must work through it. We are here to help as best as we can.

Jerry Sabol
J Sabol Entertainment