There’s nothing better than being engaged to the love of your life, knowing you get to spend forever together – and those of the LDS faith believe that forever is possible through a temple marriage.
A temple wedding doesn’t require all the decorations and money that go into ceremonies taking place in other venues, but planning a temple wedding still takes plenty of preparation.
So how do you ensure you’re prepared for your special day? Find out what you need to do and what you need to have for your temple wedding.
Call the temple to reserve your sealing date and time
Like you probably already know, you can’t just show up to the temple and expect to be married right then and there. As soon as you get engaged, you want to call the temple to reserve the day and time you want — and hopefully you call enough in advance to get both.
When you call to reserve the date, be sure to ask the temple worker you talk to if you have a choice of sealing rooms and what size each is. Make sure you know how many people can fit in the room you’re given so you know how many people to invite. The temple worker should tell you how soon in advance you and your fiancé need to arrive, as well as when your guests need to arrive and be seated in the sealing room.
Obtain a temple recommend
To enter the temple, you need a temple recommend. But in the case of being sealed, you and your fiancé actually need two recommends apiece that need to be signed by your bishop or branch president and the stake president: a temple recommend and a Recommend for Living Ordinances. Each of your guests attending the sealing need a current temple recommend as well.
Make your appointments to meet with your bishop or branch president and stake president enough in advance so you and your leaders aren’t feeling rushed or pressed for time to get your interviews done and recommends signed before your wedding date.
Get a marriage license
Before being sealed in the temple, you have to comply with local legal requirements, one of which is getting a marriage license. Call your local government offices to find out where you need to go, what documents you need to bring, how much it will cost, how long it takes to receive your marriage license and how long it’s valid.
To apply for a marriage license in Utah, you can go to any county clerk’s office with the necessary documents, and as soon as you receive your marriage license, you can get married. But take note, the marriage license is only valid for 30 days, so you need to get married within that time frame.
You and your fiancé will need to go together to obtain your marriage license, and don’t forget to take it with you to the temple on your wedding day!
Choose two witnesses
You also need two witnesses for your temple ceremony. They must be male witnesses who are worthy members of the LDS Church, hold the Melchizedek Priesthood and have a current temple recommend. If for any reason you don’t have two witnesses, tell the temple and they will provide two for you.
Buy a white temple dress
You can wear your wedding dress during the sealing, but it has to meet each of these standards:
- Long sleeved
- High neckline
- Not elaborately decorated
Most brides nowadays choose to wear a temple dress and then change into their wedding dress after being sealed. There are several stores where you can buy your temple dress, or you can buy one online. Some temples allow you to rent a temple dress. Check with your temple to see if that option is available if that’s the route you want to go.
Receive your endowment
Another to-do before getting married in the temple is to receive your endowment. You can receive your endowment on the day you get married before your sealing, you can do it before your wedding day, or if you went on a mission, you’ve already received your endowment.
Inform those who don’t have a temple recommend what they can do
Family and friends who don’t have a temple recommend can wait in the waiting room inside the temple or outside on the temple grounds.