Wondering about getting a friend or family member officiated

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

damarajade:  Ugh!  I’m so sorry you’re having such a tough time with this.  I don’t have any advice, but we went through a similar experience that I can share.

Our friend from Oklahoma got ordained online to officiate our wedding in Maryland.  I started to get really worried about our county and state laws about this but from what I had researched, our state is pretty relaxed about performing marriages.  We got our marriage license and all our friend was required to do was fill out his info (name, address, and affiliation) and sign on a certain marriage license copy to mail back to the courthouse after the wedding.  

I went to the courthouse a few weeks later to get a certified copy of our license to do my name change, and everything was fine so it was a really easy process.  

I hope this works out for you! 

Post # 4
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2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We did the same as PP. Our friend got ordained online through http://www.themonastery.org/ordination I believe, and he just had to fill in his name on the marriage certificate and sign it. I contacted both my county’s clerk and the county that we got married in to double check that it would be valid and they said it was fine. I don’t think they do any type of verification, it’s just basically on us if he’s legit or not. This is in California.

Post # 6
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2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

damarajade:  You’re welcome! I was actually able to email both offices and have it in writing, just in case. I was surprised they responded!

Post # 7
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2151 posts
Buzzing bee

damarajade:  My dad did this- he’ll be marrying us this summer. He did the whole thing online.

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