(Closed) Officiant for Ceremony?

posted 8 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We used Charlie Cooper (http://humblemanweddings.com/) and loved him.  He gave us a “sample” ceremony that we were able to tailor to something perfect for us.


good luck!

Post # 4
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

you could always go the route of having a friend or family member officiate – it seems to be growing in popularity these days!

Post # 5
1566 posts
Bumble bee

We’re having a friend officiate, but before that we were looking at Journeys of the Heart – we heard great things about them. Officiants tend to be expensive, though, especially the good ones, so you can save a good bit of money by asking someone you know. 

Post # 6
27 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

Dana Lawson!  She performed our ceremony and it was beautiful.  She is so easy to work with, very professional, and completely customizes the ceremony to you as a couple (she not only meets with you as many times as you want but asks you to fill out a questionaire as long as your arm so she can get to know you both individually and as a couple).  Her website is http://www.weddingweaver.net

Post # 7
2788 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I hope I’m not sabotaging your thread, but I too am in a similar situation: looking for a secular officiant for our wedding.

Do you know of any completly secular officiants?  I liked Charles Cooper’s website, but he is an ordainded minister and that won’t work for me, personally.

Any suggestions of JOPs, or how to contact one?  A friend mentioned looking through the phonebook, but I thought that seemed a little awkward.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

Post # 8
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

rachaelrobin, check out Celebrants in your area – http://www.CelebrantInstitute.org.  Some Celebrants (like me) are ordained ministers simply because it is the easiest route to legally solemnize marriages, but we write and create completely secular ceremonies (or, basically, whatever kind of ceremony our couples want!).  You can check out places like TheKnot or WeddingWire to find listings of officiants, too – don’t just discount non-JoP or Judge officiants as religious! Many of my couples are atheist or agnostic or non-religious, and, even if they are religious or spiritual, almost all of my ceremonies don’t include God.

Post # 9
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Something else to keep in mind is that in PA you can get a Self-Uniting Licence. That is what we are going to do and then customize our ceremony. We are going to have our mothers sign as our witnesses

Post # 10
30 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

We met with Charlie Cooper (http://humblemanweddings.com/) and he is just a really wonderful man who makes you feel so comfortable, right away. 

Post # 11
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Reverend Kent Foster (ceremonyheaven.com) was recommended to us, we are also looking to have a non religious wedding. Another one recommeneded was Journeysoftheheart.org

Post # 12
340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Check out Journeys of the Heart. They are a group of non-denominational officiants. I love the fact that they are majority women with a focus on spirituality/love as opposed to religion. We are getting married by one of them and she is so far fantastic.


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