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Until the fully executed license is returned to the county for registration the state has no record of your marriage and it does not legally exist. Sort of like the proverbial tree falling the forest with no one to hear it.
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The wedding ceremony and reception are strictly social events with no legal significance to a valid marriage. For that, there must be a fully executed license returned to the county clerk for registration. Otherwise, the requirements to have a valid marriage have not been met and the parties are, from a legal standpoint, cohabitants.