Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone in the Philly area is using a judge or justice of the peace as their officiant. It’s either impossible to find information on completely secular officiants, or my research skills need serious improvement. FI and I are not religious in any way, and all the secular officiants I can find are the "fake minister" kind, like Journeys of the Heart, where they’re ordained in some church but will do any kind of ceremony. FI and I really don’t want that — we’re of the opinion that legal unions should be sanctioned by the state and not by religious leaders of any kind. But there don’t appear to be ANY websites that give info about government officials as officiants! Any help that other Philly brides can give would be wonderful and much appreciated!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Hmmm…I don’t know where to go to find out about government officials as officiants. But did find this — hope it helps! http://partyspace.com/philadelphia%5Fweddings/ceremony%5Fofficiants/
Post # 4
Can you do a self-uniting marriage license? It can be a secular as you like.
Post # 5
Bruschetta, the officiants listed there are the kind we don’t want, since they’re technically ministers and that’s how they sign off on the licenses. But thanks for the link anyway 🙂
Meggles, we’d love to have a self-uniting marriage, but my FI isn’t American — he has a work visa here and will be converting it to a green card after we get married. Even though the self-uniting licenses are 100% legal, we’re just don’t want to do anything that would look less than "normal" to the federal government. It’s seen as a much safer choice to have an officiant sign off on the license, so we’re going that route just to be safe and not risk jeopordizing his status for a silly reason. But it’s really annoying because that kind of license would definitely solve all our problems if we could use it!
Post # 6
I am getting married by William Carpenter, he’s a judge in the Norristown, Oreland area. I believe the way PA works is that any judge in the state can marry you. So, grab a list at your local DJ or JOP office or give them a call!