(Closed) Non Religious bees, how did you pick your wedding officiant?

posted 8 years ago in Secular
Post # 62
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

our venue suggested someone and we interviewed her and loved her

Post # 63
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Our close friend is marrying us, in Mass there is a special one day marriage designation that he can apply for and then marry us. We’re really excited to have our wedding performed by someone that we love!

Post # 64
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My venue had a bridal open house and invited her “preferred” vendors (we aren’t obligated to use them).  My Fiance and I just clicked with the pastor.  He seemed like a veyr down to earth and fun guy, and we decided that we wanted him to be the one to marry us.  Neither of us are religious, so we aren’t look for the long, Catholic (or very religious) ceremony and this Pastor allows a lot of customization in the ceremony.  We can do pre-martial counseling if we’d like and he’s very big on getting to know us leading up to the wedding.

Post # 65
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My fiance’s cousin has performed a couple other ceremonies and is doing ours! It will be nice to have someone do it who knows us well. 

Post # 66
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We found ours online. I was Googling wedding officiants in our area or something and they came up on Wedding Wire with rave reviews from non-traditional brides. We met them in person and Fiance and I both loved them. They have a big ceremony packet they send you to choose your ceremony layout, but will also help you write your own vows if you want.

Post # 67
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We’re asking a friend, just haven’t decided who.  We have a couple people in mind so hopefully one of them agrees.  We basically didn’t want to spend a bunch of money for some random person we’ve never met to perform the ceremony. 

We’re on a super tight budget and in our area hiring someone would be at least $300.  It’s free to get ordained online, and ordering all the paperwork from them (they have certificates and letters of good standing and all that stuff on the site) is going to be less that $30.  In my area there aren’t any big legal issues that will prevent us for doing it this way.

Post # 68
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Shera2550:  It’s legally questionable, and frowned upon, which in North Carolina means “probably illegal”. NC is all about telling people who can and can’t get married.

 

I like the minister you linked to, and I’ve found a few more who look willing to do non-religious ceremonies.

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