Does anyone have past experience with their friend officiating a wedding in NH?

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

winewithwedding :  My husband did it to marry our friends – it was like $30 online to get ordained. Super easy! American Marriage Ministries was the one he used I believe. If the wedding was in Mass you just need the one day pass without an online ordainment (which is what we did for our wedding). 

Post # 3
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Busy bee

Yes you can do this no problem. We got married in New Husband by our friend in December. My Brother-In-Law also got married in New Husband by his friend in October. We live in CT and Brother-In-Law lives in NC- our friend was a New Husband resident though. 

The easiest way to be allowed to perform a wedding is to get ordained. Our friend got ordained online through the Universal Life Church no problem. If the officiant is not a resident of New Husband, they have to get permission from the Secretary of State to perform the wedding. Which, again, is no big deal. You just have to have your officiant fill out a form once they are ordained. Its easy to google I just can’t paste the link for some reason.

When you go to fill out your marriage license, you select ceremony type as religious and officiant title as minister. That’s it, you’re done! There is no waiting period for a marriage license in New Husband but you do have to get to the clerks office pretty early on a weekday (usually before 3) before the wedding to get the license.

One last thing that threw us off- once you get married you have to mail in your marriage application and wait about a week for your marriage certificate to be ready. You MUST pick up your marriage certificate in person and pay with a check. During the weird weekday office clerk hours. BUT you can have someone who is listed on the marriage certificate (eg a parent) pick it up for you. So we had his mom who lives in New Husband go get it for us and mail it to us.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

winewithwedding :  I definitely wouldn’t leave it to the last minute but New Husband is about as non-beurocratic as states come so you’ll be fine 🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

winewithwedding :  oh! yea listen to Elle she is right. I just realized that my husband technically married them in Maine, even though we were all staying in New Hampshire for the wedding (silly state borders). 

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