Post # 1
- Wedding: December 2014 - Columbia, SC
I am having the hardest time finding someone to marry us. We go to church but are not committed to any specific one at the moment. We have been searching for a new church home for a couple of months but sometimes work schedules and other things keep us from going at all and we have been reluctant to dedicate ourselves to one specific one because of a pending, possible move several states away. I have checked the vendors on the site and either they are too far away, booked or just flat out never reply. I do think I finally found one today, but we will have to pay travel fees and provide lodging for him since we plan to have a rehearsal now.
I was just hoping that any bees who may have had similar issues would have some input on where else to look.
Post # 2
We literally just google-searching officiants in our area. There was a website with about 10 different officiant profiles, detailing their age, experience, denomination, etc. We already had in mind that we wanted an older male officient with a Catholic background (my husband’s family is Roman Catholic) and since there was a perfect fit listed, we hired him. I’d definitely recommend utilizing any officiant services in your area and interviewing the candidiates.
Post # 3
Tanleggedjuliet: We found ours online! Let me tell you, we lucked out big time. We were just looking for an elopement ceremony preceding our destination wedding, so I made an appointment with the one that was the cheapest/most convenient. She was absolutely LOVELY. I think my favourite officiant ever, much better than the one at our more public ceremony.
I just found a list of official ones on our government website. Most of the officiants had either websites or phone numbers. It was easy to see their religious affiliations or lack thereof, which is obviously important whatever your beliefs are.
A friend of ours was looking for one on short notice because they had a problem with the one they had planned for and used the university chaplain instead. He was very good too. Maybe something to look into!
Post # 4
Tanleggedjuliet: We googled and looked but they were all pretty expensive so we are going to have a friend do it. It only cost $13 to get the certificate and I wrote the ceremony.
Post # 5
Since it shows Columbia as your place, I would suggest the Columbia Bridal Association website. You can search vendors, like officiants from there that are in your area.
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Post # 7
Tanleggedjuliet: Ask around at the churches you visit. Even if the ministers there can’t help you out, they might be able to point you in the right direction. Our officiant was actually my college chaplain, so I know him pretty well. I know other people who have turned to college chaplains in their denomination because they’re less expensive than hiring the minister from a church.
Post # 8
DH and I attend a mega-church but my MOH suggested a pre-marital class at her church (community church). Knowing that our church tends to have a lot of red tape to sign up for anything, we went ahead with classes at the smaller church. We LOVED the minister who facilitated the class and we asked him to officiate our ceremony. Best decision we made!
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida
One of our Co-Workers is marring us. He is a Pastor and married 2 other employeees we work with. We were at their wedding and knew he would be perfect if we got married. Funny thing is right after that wedding he said Ok you two need to get engaged so i can marry y’all…little did he (and I) know my FI already had the ring just not proposed yet!!
Post # 10
I found mine googling (then eventually on the knot)
Post # 11
We had a friend do ours, free online ordination. My husband also did the online ordination and has done all the family weddings since.