Post # 1
I think I want to do this! I’d use the online method for something like the Universal Life Church perhaps, or similar.
If I could find somewhere that doesn’t use the word “church” that would be ideal. Not completely sure of the options for a regular person.
While searching for marriage commissioners (aka officiants) up in Banff, BC for our elopement, I ran across the website of an older gentleman who was the only hiking/helicopter/skiing marriage commissioner. I thought how cool is that? What a great retirement gig! Take people to beatiful locations and marry them. Having done the elopement route, I think I would love to do this for more couples.
For a short period our wedding was here in our town, and none of the JOPs listed on the county website were up for a hike in the mountains to a beautiful spot.
My coworker has the Universal Life Church one and he’s married two friends so far.
Just looking for others who are certified to perform marriages. It would all depend on your county/state too where you’d perform the marriages.
Post # 3
I am as is my husband and my dad. I’ve done a wedding for some friends, my husband has done a few family weddings, and my dad has done a dozen or so including ours. We also went through the universal church but we found out later that you don’t actually need it here in our state. I did married two male friends in Iowa so I did need the certification.
Post # 4
@sienna76: both fiancé and I literally did this 2 days ago. we haven’t ordered the documentation yet but it seems legit ( depending on state laws). We just gave our information and were ordained:)
Post # 5
@soinlove79: Did you do Universal Church? Do you know of antyhing that doesn’t associate with church? Or do pretty much all the online options have some kind of church in their title?
I see JOP is like being an attorney so that’s not going to work!
Post # 6
Hi @sienna76: I just want to say I think that this is a FABULOUS idea for you… as I followed your Wedding Journey from its early days.
I’ve considered it too as maybe a Retirement thing for myself (what a WONDERFUL thing it would be to bring two people in LOVE together)…
BUT alas I live in Canada, and getting legally registered to do this is not nearly as easy as it is in the USA… at least in Ontario, you have to be a fully ordained “recognized” Minister, and that is a complicated process.
Post # 7
@sienna76: yes. We did universal life church and if you google it has a facts page etc. it even provides state links to see if you have to do anything further.
Post # 8
Hi @sienna76: I just posted another topic here on WBee… and I suddenly remembered this topic, and the fact that you live in Utah.
I am thinking that opportunities for this type of work might be on the increase… which is A GOOD THING
*BIG Simley Face*
Post # 9
Yes, I am one. I went through it just to see how difficult the process is— it isn’t at all. I want to have a friend officiate my wedding since I’m an atheist and I would probably punch someone for sneaking in a Bible verse or an anti-gay comment.
That link provides specific info for CA, but a lot is relevent to other states, too. And the ministry that I joined is also linked there. It’s called the American Marriage Ministries, so its name makes it pretty obvious you’re only a minister for wedding purposes.