(Closed) Has anyone had a friend be the officiant?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We had a good friend officiate for us, and it was lovely. It meant so much more, having a dead friend up there, guiding is through the ceremony. 

Post # 3
6292 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

That’s what I’ll be doing!  It will be an intimate wedding, so the fewer strangers there the better!

Post # 4
782 posts
Busy bee

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AddieNicole:  DH was the officiant for our friends.  He did the online certification thing.  They gave him a script.  It was really nice ๐Ÿ™‚  He didn’t charge them anything, they just got him a small gift as they did for everyone involved in the wedding.

Post # 5
19 posts

I plan on having my best friend marry us. Not only is it less expensive, it’s even more personal as she’s my best friend and his cousin. We met through her so it’s the perfect way to include he in it all.

You can also get certified online, just make sure the state of Arizona recognizes it. I believe it was through the United Life Church.

Post # 6
677 posts
Busy bee

I had my priest marry us. He is a friend to us and he happens to also be my boss. Haha so I do know him very well.


However, some of our best friends, had a friend get ordained online and he married them. It was also a short ceremony and he fit it around him. Once their other friends found out he actually married another couple before them so he got some “practice.”  He also joined us on the party bus and was completely hammered like the wedding party- you don’t see that often.:)

Post # 7
656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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AddieNicole:  yes!! My husbands best friend was our officiant and he was amazing.

Then last weekend his best friend married my best friend and my husband was their officiant!

I wouldn’t have had it any other way 

Post # 8
2127 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

My uncle got ordained to marry us!  It was so perfect!!

Post # 9
192 posts
Blushing bee

My fiance best friend will marry us.  He is a youth pastor so it came to be naturally in our case.

Post # 10
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I was thinking of doing the same for my wedding, I had no idea how much money it would save us though! He’s just an amazing guy (spiritual/sweet/outgoing), so I figure he would make an amazing officiant. I may tell him again, but way more earnestly haha.

Post # 11
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

Our dads married us. They got “ordained” through American Marriage Ministries, I think. Mother-In-Law did a reading, my mom did a hand fasting, and SMIL did the ring warming. It was fantastic having all of them play a part ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
2361 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My pastor is a great friend of mine & my parents. . .but was my friend first (and closer in age to me than them). He married my husband & I and it meant so much to me & my family. It made it really personal & special. I couldn’t suggest it more, having someone you know marry you. It’s just a whole different experience,  for the better! He didn’t charge us anything, so we made a nice donation to the church. 

Post # 14
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

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AddieNicole:  It’s pretty common here to have friends be the officiant. Except in California, it costs $127 to file for a day-of-officiant license.. $32 is a steal ๐Ÿ˜›

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