(Closed) Looks like we have to have a JOP ceremony, after all… *vent*

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Why don’t you hire a Justice of the Peace to come officiate at your wedding ceremony?  It doesn’t have to be at a courthouse.  That’s what we’re doing.

Post # 6
3522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Getting married at the courthouse really isn’t the worst possible thing. We went this route, had a nice get-together with immediate family following our ceremony, and had a slightly larger reception the next day. It’s not like we just signed a piece of paper and went home and watched T.V. You can still celebrate, and it will still be meaningful and special. Have a nice reception you can afford, and get a hotel room the night of your wedding. 

Post # 7
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think that you should call the SOS’s office for some clarification, I read it differently than you did.

Post # 8
4485 posts
Honey bee

Nearly every town has officiants who make a living doing so and are not associated with a church, nor are they a generic judge/JOP. They will perform whatever ceremony you want without objection. Look in the phone book or on your local board for suggestions.

There’s no reason you should have to settle for something you don’t want when you might have other options.

Post # 9
2408 posts
Buzzing bee

I agree with @tksjewelry. Wouldn’t the Universal Life Church be considered a “religious society?” I’d check with the SOS on that. But the other ladies have all offered other great options for you to try as well. Don’t fret, you’ll be able to figure this out!

Post # 11
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

We’re eloping.  Screw this wedding planning non-sense and stress.

Post # 12
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I live and got married in Toledo, OH and we just had an officiant perform the wedding. I think she *may* have been a reverend or something, be we had no religious talk at our wedding whatsoever.  Just do some internet stalking, you’ll find someone who will do what you want.

Post # 13
266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

A friend of mine had a mutual friend ordained, we are in the state of ohio and it is legal. don’t panic and def make some phone calls first

Post # 14
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You could also check out any of these Humanist officiants. Humanism is secular, so you wouldn’t have to worry about any mention of a deity or religion. 


My officiant is a Humanist and she’s great! She costs $290, which seemed quite reasonable to me. 

Post # 15
568 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012


Thats what we’re doing too, mind you she is charging us an extra £200  for travelling to our venue.  

In UK,  if you opt for a civil ceremony,  you are not allowed to have anything that resembles religion included in the service.  not a religious poem, or vows,  or even religious music.  nothing.  but for us that absolutely fine,  for some it may not be.  

Post # 16
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

hip hip hooray @ ms pumpkin pie.

eloping-such a grand idea.

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