- 4 years ago
My FI has asked her uncle to deliver our ceremony in a couple months. He is not a certified officiant or anything of the sort; she said she would rather have someone she knew play that role over a random officiant we found online. And I support this, even though it is becoming a little tricky.
I guess I’m looking for general advice from anyone out there who has done this before. Originally our inspiration was another friend’s wedding who had a non-officiant friend deliver the ceremony, and simply had an officiant sitting in the audience to observe it for legal purposes.
But we are now leaning towards getting the paperwork signed the day prior to the wedding, so we have less to deal with on the day of. This will also take the pressure off her uncle, who has never done this before, and give him more freedom to say whatever he wants.
However, we are not sure what he should say at the end, when the officiant would normally say “By the power invested in me by the State/Province of _____, I now pronounce you husband and wife.” Any thoughts on alternate ways to say this? Perhaps just leaving off the first bit up to the comma?
Thanks in advance for your help!