(Closed) Secular ceremony?

posted 9 years ago in Secular
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

there are a lot of people out there for hire who aren’t necessarily affiliated with a church but are ordained and able to perform a ceremony.  If you look for people who do interfaith weddings, you will likely find at least a few people willing to officiate a non-religious ceremony as well.  We had an interfaith wedding outside, found a couple great ppl by searching online to do it – and I know at least one of them also does non-religious ceremonies as well.

Post # 5
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2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Yeah, I live in NYC, so its easy to find ANYTHINg here.  BTW, I just learned my officiant (a Rabbi) was ordained at this interfaith Seminary in NYC and if in fact technically a "reverand" (His name is Rabbi Ross and apparently is on the front page of this place’s website right now!).  You might be able to find someone from there in your area.  In a random concindence, the rabbi who officiated my grandmothers funeral also went to this seminary.  ]

http://www.newseminary.org/

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My fiance and I are in the same position, and we’re debating whether or not we want to have a ceremony.  I’ve done some research around my area, and there are quite a few people who perform non-religious ceremonies.  To make it more personal, you may want a close family friend to perform your ceremony (think Joey from Friends at Phoebe’s wedding).  If you google "how to be ordained online," you can find a link to the Universal Life Church where anyone can be a legally ordained minister.

 "Every person has the natural right (and the responsibility) to peacefully determine what is right. We are advocates of religious freedom.

The Universal Life Church wants you to pursue your spiritual beliefs without interference from any outside agency, including government or church authority.

You may become a legally ordained minister for life, without cost, and without question of faith."

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We really struggled with this and ended up hiring an officiant off of the internet who performs any kind of ceremony you want; she even lets you pre-approve everything she says beforehand. We’ve heard too many horror stories about people hiring pastors who swear to keep things light and end up giving a sermon. Our officiant is an ordained Christian minister, but her emphasis is more on ritual, and she’s an expert on wedding rituals from other cultures that you can incorporate so you still have a sense of ceremony with religion. We dig it.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Just make sure whatever you do is "legal" in your state. I know there are a lot (but I dont know what they are) of rules in Massachusetts so whatever we end up doing will defintely have to be legal. Good luck.

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