ADAMS Marriage Procedure
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Your decision to marry is a spiritual covenant that is rooted in a commitment for one another. A wedding is always a joyous event, and as such we are much honored that you’ve chosen us to share the occasion!
If you would like to be married at ADAMS Center or request an ADAMS Center Imam to officiate your wedding ceremony, you must complete the following steps:
Step 1: Submit online form “Scheduling for an Imam”. Please be sure to do this at least 2-3 weeks prior to the ceremony. Once your information is received the office of the Imam will work on securing an officiant as well as scheduling the mandatory premarital counseling session. Please click here to access the form.
Step 2: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your counseling session. Our premarital counseling requirement is designed for the couple to gain greater insight into a harmonious marriage that is guided by Islamic teachings and principles. We pray that this process prepares both of you for the journey ahead.
Step 3: Obtain Marriage License from your Local County Courthouse. Please remember our nikkahs are also legal marriages, therefore we must enforce this procedure. The following locations are for the VA and DC residents:
- Fairfax County Court House (703-691-7320)
- Arlington County Court House (703-228-4510)
- Loudoun County Court House (703-777-0270)
- Alexandria County Court House (703-838-5046)
The original marriage license and the provided return envelope need to be dropped off to the Wedding Administrator no later than 7 days prior to the nikkah.
Step 4: Submit documents and administrative fee.
- Marriage Licenses and provided return envelope
- ADAMS Marriage Application Form
- Premarital Contract
- Administrative fee:
- $200 for paid members of ADAMS Center (On-site)
- $250 for paid members of ADAMS Center (Off-site)
- $350 for non-paying members of the ADAMS Center community (On-site)
- $450 for non-paying members of the ADAMS Center community (Off-site)
Step 5: Provide Two Witnesses for the Nikkah Ceremony
The bride and groom must provide at least two witnesses for their nikkah ceremony. The masjid will not provide these witnesses, the couple must bring with them two witnesses for the ceremony.
Step 6: (optional) Reserving a room for the ceremony. If you are planning on having your nikkah here at the ADAMS Center, and only planning on doing the contract signing with no set up necessary, you will only need to inform the Marriage Services Administrator or how many guest you are planning on having and this accommodation will be included in the processing fee. However if you are planning on having a ceremony with setup and food being served, you will need to contact reservations at email@example.com for arrangements as well as fees associated with room rental.
Policy Regarding Imam to travel off-site for nikkah ceremony:
Please email the Marriage Coordinator.
Couples are encouraged to read:
“Beyond Tying the Knot” Imam Mohamed Magid and Salma Abugudairi
(available for purchase in our Marriage Services office)
“Engagement in Islam” Imam Magid and Younus Mirza, faq.qurtubainstitute.org/2011/11/
Contacting Marriage Services:
Wedding Administrator’s Office Hours:
Monday/Tuesday 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Friday 3:30 – 7:30pm
Tuesday/Thursday after 5pm or Saturday/Sunday: By appointment only
To make an appointment or for any further questions or concerns please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: 703-433-1325 x113
Best way to reach the administrator is by email or text 703-953-0365 (Be sure to include your name in all text messages). Please note that the wedding administrator will not be available to respond until after 3:30pm. We look forward to working with you!