Non-religious ceremonies…

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2915 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I would think that most officiants you find will personalize your ceremony to be the way you want, whether that be religious or not.


Post # 4
3202 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We’re having a friend perform our ceremony! He was ordained online.

Post # 5
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My venue had a list of officiants that work with them, most were ministers but there was also a secular officiant (I think she is a county clerk or notory or something?) and we will be using her.

Post # 6
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I just googled officiants in our area and read their websites. Most of them were open to any sort of ceremony we wanted. The person we chose is not religious at all and helped us write a beautiful secular ceremony.

Post # 7
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Dr_dazzle:  I believe we Googled “Ourcity wedding officiants.” Not many in the area, but the couple we hired were wonderful, and had a large packet of different choices for each section.

Post # 8
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Google also proved useful for us when we were planning our Elopement to a Destination…. looking under – Wedding Officiant – as suggested by @vorpalette:  

We also just did – Getting Married in   cityname   – and found a whole bunch of general stuff (some Cities & States have Websites soley dedicated to getting married)

Different States (even Counties / Cities within them) will have different Legal Requirements so make sure you do your research & reading for where you plan to marry

Most Officiants are listed on those types of above Websites that I found via Google

Many Officiants have their own Websites… that is a good place to read up on what kinds of services each Officiant offers.  Some offer Non-Religious – Non-Denominational – as well as being affiliated with a particular church (or several)

And the prices will be all over the map… depending on what else comes into play.

Example, the Officiant we used in Florida… offered in addition to the Service itself, help with “the location” (we had our Wedding on a Beach) – Bouquet & Bouts – Photographer. 

There were additional items also available (but we didn’t sign up for any of those)… things like… Music Options – Guest Chairs – Decor Items – Transportation – even help with Accommodations if we needed them.

So when looking at websites, make sure you are comparing apples to apples when it comes to cost and not apples to oranges

In our case… All in… License – Location – Ceremony – Copy of Vows – Decorative License – Bouquet & Bouts – Photographer and a half hour of Photos (about 50) came to under $ 500

We thought this was an excellent deal for a very popular US Vacation Destination & Wedding Location.

Hope this helps,

PS… If you want more info, just ask.  Our Service more Spiritual than Religious… so uplifting and embracing of the time in our lives, & place we were marrying in.



Post # 9
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Dr_dazzle:  I found mine through a business card posted in a health food store!  Haha.  And turned out she wasn’t available, but she suggested a couple others.  I also searched online, but the internet is still (surprisingly!) a somewhat foreign concept to people in my area so I didn’t have much luck with that.

Post # 10
6788 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@Dr_dazzle:  It’s super easy to become an officiant! Literally anyone can do it. We were thinking of having a bunch of our friends marry us… one of our close friends married our other friends already 🙂

Post # 11
2355 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If you call the courthouse, they will supply you with a list of people authorized to do weddings. You can also look online like other posters have stated. Talk to them and see how you feel.

Post # 12
5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Dr_dazzle:  we looked up our state’s marriage requirements and found out the mayor could do it, so he was our officiant.

Post # 13
1108 posts
Bumble bee

We are asking our mutual best friend from college to be our officiant. FI and I wanted someone to officiate to be someone who we knew that could make the ceremony special and heartfelt. I would not feel comfortable with a stranger doing all that.

Post # 14
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Searched online, and read a good review of him from another bee. 

Post # 15
560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I found ours, she was a non-denominational reverand, BTW, at a bridal expo. has a section where you can search for vendors by area code.  Just search in the officiant section. 

Post # 16
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I wrote our whole ceremony myself. Non religious. My son, who was drained online several years ago married us.  It was perfect.

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