(Closed) Family Member Marrying You??

posted 8 years ago in Family
Post # 3
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1813 posts
Buzzing bee

It definitely varies by state.  Not even all pastors can do a marriage in another state (well, the legal side of the marriage).  Can you ask a local pastor or research on a .gov site?

Post # 4
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264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Yes, you should Google marriage requirements for your state.

Technically, we married ourselves (legal in Colorado), but my stepfather served as master of ceremonies. I think it would be a lovely touch to have your grandfather marry you.

Post # 5
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3576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My 2nd cousin who is a judge is marrying us in our outdoor ceremony.  We just love her.

Post # 7
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705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

My brother is marrying us.  He got ordained through Rose Ministries (I think) in NY and we are getting married in FL…but I do know it varies by state.

Post # 9
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705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

No problem. Check out this link from their website with rules for different states:

http://openordination.org/state_faq.php

I always remember what the name of the ministry is because he got a large rose tattoo done to commemorate it!

Post # 10
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576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We plan on having my FI 91 yr old grandpa marry us! I really hope he could by next Oct. However he get sick from time to time. If not then were thinking maybe his uncle. Hes a good speaker. πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

We had my uncle marry us. In Texas, he would have had to become ordained, or be elected to a certain public office (which he almost was, unrelated though!). Instead of asking him to do that, we had a “paperwork” wedding at the justice of the peace before our rehearsal, and then had him do our real wedding the next day with our friends and family.

Sometimes we have a hard time doing things the easy way. Tongue out

Post # 13
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606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My grandfather will be performing our ceremony but he’s been a Methodist Minister since way before I was born. He, along with a Catholic Priest officiated my uncle & aunt’s wedding too.

As for seeing if a family/friend can officate for you, there are a couple of different ways:

You should talk to your local marriage bureau or probate court and see if someone can get ordained through Universal Life Church or get a ‘one day only’ type of officiant’s license. To see more about the ULC and becoming ordained, or to find out more go to: http://www.ulc.net/index.php?page=ordain 

In which states can Universal Life Church ministers perform marriages? See the link below:

http://ulc.net/wedding_laws_by_state.htm

Please keep in mind I do not know anything more about this church (nor am I affiliated with them in any way). I just have heard others talk about having friends/family ordained through them so I thought I’d post it as an option.

Bon Chance,

Bella

 

Post # 14
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3285 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

A good friend is marrying us. He was ordained online.

Post # 15
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687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

In my city, they will allow anyone to be licensed to perform one ceremony in their life. I would love to have a family member or close friend marry us.

Post # 16
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188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m in Colorado where you don’t need an officiant to make the marriage legal. You can self solemnize (sounds dirty!) We want my FFIL to perform the ceremony and then he will sign as a witness on our marriage certificate. Under officiant on our marriage license, we will right self.  Google your State law to find the specifics for your State as each is different. 

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