(Closed) How to find an officiant

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 4
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

go to the Iowa marriage license website, or call the office and find out who is legally allowed to perform ceremonies in Iowa, then start the search.  for example, in PA any PA mayor, judge, retired judge, or religious leader can perform a ceremony for a valid license.  i found a local mayor who was willing to do it for a “donation” (i think we gave him $40), he let us write whatever we wanted him to say for the ceremony and it was great.  i learned that judges tend to have no free time or inclination to wanting to do weddings, and that “professional officiants” are a bit skeevy in my area ($150 for 15 minutes are you kidding me??).

i was like you and didn’t want any religious stuff, so a mayor or judge is a great alternative to a priest, etc.  first though find out who is allowed to sign your license!  good luck!

Post # 5
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I found my sister’s officiant using the vendor section here. We met with him a couple of weeks ago and he is perfect.

Post # 6
2633 posts
Sugar bee

I found mine on Craigslist.  We’re having a non-religious ceremony as well.

Post # 7
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

Can anyone get a one day designation in Iowa?  We wanted a short and sweet and non religious ceremony as well.  In Massachusetts anybody can get a one day designation.  So, we had me uncle go through the application process and he performed our marriage for us.  It meant a lot to us to have someone who actually knows us perform the ceremony.  And the only cost was the $25 application fee which we obviously paid for.

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