(Closed) Finding a non-religious officiant

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Most justice of the peace are elected believe it or not. You can usually go to your local city website for a list. Most charge anywhere from $100-$250.  I suggest meeting with a couple and then figuring out which one you click with. Sometimes you can even find pictures and profiles of them on-line. 

Post # 4
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oooh, an old theater? I hope you get it! That sounds super cool. Have you considered having a friend marry you two? Anyone can get liscensed for free online. Then you can write your own secular ceremony! Otherwise, maybe look on your city/county government website for the justice of the peace. =) We gave our officiant a 100 dollar giftcard. He was not a government employee, though…

Post # 5
899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I second @chicken little’s suggestion of having a friend/family member marry you.

We want a non-religious ceremony and I don’t think I would feel comfortable have a “stranger” marry us.

If you do go the officiant route, google officiants in your area and then set up meetings with them to just talk to them and ask them questions. You can also google questions to ask officiants so you can be prepared. Meet with as many as necessary. Don’t feel obligated to book them beacuse you met with them.



Post # 6
3482 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Like mwitter80 said, try your city’s website first. Make a list of possible candidates and Google them to see if any have been mentioned; our officiant’s name popped up all over the place – she came highly recommended!

Most people who perform wedding ceremonies are prepared to travel a bit if necessary, but be aware that depending on the distance, you may need to reimburse them for transportation costs on top of their fee (which is usually very reasonable).

Definitely meet with them first. It’s important to click with the person who’s marrying you. Be sure to bring up anything you feel particularly strongly about at your first meeting so you all know where you stand before anything gets booked. I wouldn’t worry too much about encountering stuffy officiants. These people make practically nothing by performing weddings, the vast majority of them do it for the love of it.

Good luck on the search!

Post # 7
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Goggle professional officiant  Since I leave near a beach city it was easy.  But that’s how I did find my officiant. 

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