When it comes to getting the paperwork done on your big day there are a few things that are worth thinking about.
Take a Moment
This will most likely be the first time you haven't been slightly overwhelmed and emotional since you laid eyes on each other in the ceremony space. Take a deep breath, squeeze each others hand and get ready to sign on that dotted line. Stuff just got real.
Legally anyone can be a witness including children as long as they understand the importance of the role and can demonstrate an understanding in court if later required to do so. Traditionally, the role has been given to the chief bridesmaid and the best man, but you can pick whoever you want. Mums often don't get an official role at weddings these days, so it can be nice to ask both of your mothers to witness. It's also a great way to include a friend or relative who you are really close to, who didn't make the cut to be a part of the bridal party.
Whatever you do, don't set the signing table behind your guests. The signing is meant to happen as a part of the ceremony, and if you have to walk back past your guests to sign the register they'll all want to congratulate you and it can be hard to get the signing done. Most often the best place to set up the table is off to one side.
Styling the Signing Table
This is totally up to you, but seeing as there will definitely be photos taken of you signing the register styling the table at which you will sign it can be worth having a think about even if its just having your bouquet resting on the table. Also, I have an addiction to pens so I can provide you with something that will work and look good, but if you want something more festive, or a pen with special meaning bring it along - just make sure it works.
Whether you have a live musician or are playing music from a play list, consider having some music play while you sign the marriage licence as people will be milling around, taking pictures of you, and it gets awkward if there is silence.
Sign Your Own Name
If you are planning on changing your name, you must still sign the marriage register and certificates with your maiden name.
Take a Seat
It's totally ok to sign standing up, or leaning on a wine barrel but if you have a signing table and chairs, take a seat. Especially girls if you are wearing a low cut dress or top.