(Closed) Pennsylvania brides…non-religious officiant??

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Where in PA will you be getting married?  If it’s Philadelphia or the metro area, I have a cousin who is a judge.  She married us in October and it was perfect.  PM me if you’re interested.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Check out Journeys of the Heart. We used Maria Odilia-Ramou. She gave us the option of a sacred or secular ceremony. You actually write everything yourselves with her (she has plenty of options to choose from – you can mix and match, or write sections yourself). She is a non-denominational officient.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@eupenmalmody: The officiants of Journeys of the Hearts are ordainded ministers.  I don’t know if that matters to you , FutureMrsBPB: but it mattered to us.  We were married by a Pennsylvania magisterial district judge – we called around to a bunch of different courts and found a judge who would marry us on a Sunday.  We absolutely loved our judge, let me know if you want his contact information.

ETA – Don’t feel weird calling the courts.  The clerks are there to help you no matter what and are almost always very nice and helpful.  They will know if the judge does ceremonys out of the court (I am assuming that is what you want) or if they will only officiate during the week, between cases.  A lot of people call up and ask, so they’ll know what you are asking for.  Also, don’t get discouraged! You will find someone!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@rachaelrobin: That may be true, but you can have a completely secular wedding through them. They don’t wear a robe (normal wedding guest clothing) and there is no obligation to have anything religious included in your ceremony. We had no biblical readings, prayers or anything like that. My husband is an athiest and was very happy with the result. Hope that helps.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Pennsylvania has provisions for a “self-uniting” ceremony, which doesn’t require an officiant at all.  If you used those procedures, you could have a friend acting as MC for the ceremony, without having to worry about the friend’s credentials.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

I got married in PA (Bucks county) by http://sheilagay.com/about/ – she was unbelievable. Seriously – everyone laughed and cried and then all of our family and friends pronounced us husband and wife together. It was amazing.

Post # 10
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2788 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011


Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I called a judge’s office to inquire. The judge personally called me back in 30 min., and has been awesome to deal with! Don’t feel ridiculous!

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