Need help finding someone to marry us?

posted 3 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
810 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@MrssRath:  when I first read your post I thought it said “I need help finding someone to marry” lol.

see if one of your friends would be willing to get ordained. Then they can do it! I am not sure if it works differently state to state, but I know a few people who had a sibling or parent marry them and the process of getting ordained didn’t seem that fussy.

Post # 5
40 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

you can get a self uniting license in PA for $10 more and then will just need a witness

Post # 7
3 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

My husband and I were unable to have a big traditional wedding when we originally got married due to his military commitments. We were married on a Monday and he went to South Korea on Friday. So we are doing a 10 year vow renewal on March 15th with a full traditional wedding. Anyway, since we are married and do not have a home church that we attend we do not have to have an ordained minister. After doing some more digging, my uncle who is a lawyer is qualified to do weddings in Indiana.  He’s going to perform our ceremony. I just felt weird having a pastor do our ceremony when we are not members at a church; however, we are using a family church. Anyway, the mayor married us originally so you can always try that. 

Post # 8
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@forscience:  Exactly! You don’t really need an officiant in PA. Luckily my brother’s a minister so I had this covered but you don’t need one. It’s just a litle more paperwork. 

Post # 9
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Golden Gate Bridge

@MrssRath:  I don’t know about PA but in CA a person can become licensed to ordain a marriage for a day. So you could pick anyone and they could get certified just for the day to perform the ceremony. 

I had a bit of trouble finding someone too because we wanted to get married on a Friday and City Hall only performs off site ceremonys on Saturday and Sunday. I just searched for marriage officiants and ended up finding a guy. A lot of them will cut a deal since it is just a ceremony for the two of you and not a big super involved wedding. 

Also I’m pretty sure any religious leader or ship captain can marry you.

Post # 10
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrssRath:  Hi neighbor (hubs and I live in West Conshohocken)! Mayors do have the power to marry, it’s a privilege that comes with the title.

And because someone mentioned getting a self-uniting license, we got one and all we needed was two witnesses (we did have a nice little ceremony). There is no price difference between a traditional license and a self-uniting.

Post # 12
3230 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

The ship captain thing is true. My sister was married on a paddleboat cruise with the captain officiating.

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