Post # 1
We have someone close to us that we want to officate our wedding. She chose to get ordained online and we do have some time to get things in order. My county clerk has said that there are no local laws that I need to be aware of when having a friend officiate. I’m still trying to peruse the State Laws to make sure everything will go through smoothly. So far I know that she will not have to be licensed with the state.
I’m just paranoid that even with all this research the wedding will not be considered legal for some reason. So my question to you bees is this: have any Michigan bees used a friend or family member as an officiant recently? Did you hit any snags? Does anybody else worry about this?
If bees from any other regions want to share their experiences they are more than welcome too. I know laws are different in every state and county, but it’s interesting to see what other people have done.
Post # 3
The marriage license office will inform you what the laws are.
Post # 4
We’re from California, and we got our friend officiated through the “Deputy for a Day” program, and that made it all legal for us. It sounds like you should be fine too.
Post # 5
We’re doing this as well. I’m actually meeting with our officiant this week to discuss the ceremony and vows. Since she has never done a wedding before, and I’ve been to very few, I’m not sure what the ceremony should look like.
How did you decide the wording?
Post # 6
@MrsButthead: We haven’t quite decided on the wording yet. I know what traditions I want incorporated and what we want our vows to be, but that’s it. Our officiant has some books we are going to look through for ceremony wording ideas. I can post the names of the books after talking to her if they are helpful. Otherwise I would try and look up ideas online. You could probably find plenty of sample ceremonies that can be tweaked to your liking.