(Closed) Non-Ordained “Officiant”

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Does the officiant have to be ordained to be called officiant?

A friend of ours did an ordination (is that the right word?) online – the certificate or whatever was free, and a marriage performed by him is recognized by the state of MD. So I was planning on calling him “officiant”.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@atalante: THis is totally legal,and yes they are ordained. We did the same thing, btw.

OP, even if they aren’t ordained, I think you can still put them down as officiant. Are you really going to announce that you are doing a self united license? Probably not. There is no harm in putting down they are an officiant

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@atalante: THis is totally legal,and yes they are ordained. We did the same thing, btw.

OP, even if they aren’t ordained, I think you can still put them down as officiant. Are you really going to announce that you are doing a self united license? Probably not. There is no harm in putting down they are an officiant

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Celebrant is an alternative term you could use if you are not happy with officiant.

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