|Death, taxes, and paperwork|
Photo by Joel Bez
For example, in the United States they've tried to limit ID theft with vital record cross-referencing. Since many identity thieves used to steal the identity of someone already dead (hey, they're not going to complain!), it was thought to be a good idea to join death certificates with birth certificates so that a re-issued birth certificate of a deceased person would, in fact, be marked deceased. This works well if the deceased died in the state they were born, but imagine what happens when a clerk in Montana gets a death certificate from a clerk in Vermont. They don't know each other, they don't know each other's paperwork and the pain of accidentally marking a living person as dead is just too great (I should know: my mother thought it hilarious when she received paperwork telling her that her very alive husband wasn't).
|Our wedding venue|
At a bare minimum, you need to have the following for everyone involved:
- Birth certificates
- Marriage certificates
- Death certificates
You're also going to have to learn what an apostille is. An apostille is akin to the stamp a notary public might issue but it's recognized by the countries which have signed on to the requisite Hague Convention. It really does make your life simpler and it's one case of international law making lives easier.
|The wedding paperwork|
was totally worth it.
And if you're curious about our Tower Bridge wedding, we have our wedding photos online.