Post # 1
I’m just curious – I read a lot of bees saying they wrote the wording of their ceremony themselves. Where I live in Canada, our officiant told us that there are certain parts that must be worded in a very specific way in order to ensure the ceremony is legal. For example, he said it must say “lawfully wedded wife” and “lawfulyl wedded husband”. There was also something about asking us a question of intent, and asking us if we knew of any reason why we couldn’t be legally wed.
So, where do you all live and what are the rules where you are getting married? I’d love to learn something 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
Our ceremony said nothing like that. The part that makes the marriage legal, at least to my knowledge in the US, is the signing of the marriage license (by the couple and the legal/ordained officiant). If you’ve got that, you’re married.
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@Mrs. Gremmlin: +1, we wrote our own ceremony with the same basic parts:
Definition of Marriage
Community’s Declaration of Intent
Declaration of Intent
Ceremony (we signed our marriage license)
OP, Your officiant should be able to explain these rules to you and help you put things together.
Post # 6
Here in Kentucky, US, what makes it legal is that it is performed by a minister and that we sign the marriage certificate. We can pretty much do whatever else we want.