Post # 1
Hi all- Planning a Mystic/Stonington, CT wedding for fall 2014/winter 2015. A few questions.. first, we want to have a family friend get ordained and marry us- it’s something my fiance and I have talked about long before we were even engaged. But I have been reading that CT is one of the few states that will not recognize the marriage officially unless the officiant is continually practicing. Anyone know if this is true? Are there any ways around this?
Next, if so, we are considering having our ceremony just over the border in RI- it’s less than 20 minutes to Westerly and we plan to have an earlier ceremony to allow us time for photos and our guests time to freshen up and get ready to party. Any thoughts on ceremony sites? We aren’t all that religious so churches are for the most part out. I’d love to find a non-denomination chapel, park, garden or other naturally beautiful spot- would prefer to focus on natural surroundings rather than spend $$ on decorating the place to look like a wedding. The wedding will be in fall/winter months also, so we would have it early to preserve daylight (2-3PM with 5-6PM reception).
We just started planning so I’m a bit lost at the moment- If this becomes too much of a fiasco, we might need to consider alternate venues, though we really really love mystic!! Any help greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
@MSbride2Bee: I’m not an expert or anything, but I have a friend who got married a couple of years ago and was married by a friend who’d gotten ordained online through the Universal Life Church. She did my friend’s wedding, and that’s the only thing she’s done with it since being ordained. As far as I know, everything with my friend’s wedding is legit!
Can’t help you with ceremony sites though, as I’m in the wrong part of the state for you 🙂
Post # 4
This is what I’ve found… The first straight from the CT judicial branch. The second was an article from 2007 so it may or may not be relevant any more. According to the article, it is technically NOT legal in CT..
Post # 5
TTReverie is correct: Connecticut is one of the states in which you cannot have a friend ordained online marry you. It’s actually risky in most states, but will definitely invalidate the marriage in Connecticut.
Post # 6
Thanks for the help! I am going to look into Westerly, RI sites, or at least having that person be a special part of our day if he can’t marry us. If anyone knows of ceremony sites just over the CT border in RI, your help is appreciated!