(Closed) Officiant canceling last minute!

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
678 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB

Here’s what I’d do. I’d look for someone else. Google is great tool. Also I don’t know if the office of the officiant that canceled offered anything in the way replacements or had any numbers. If all else fails,  talk to one the preacher’s in your family who isn’t a blabber mouth and just explain the situation.  

Post # 3
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

One of my friends got married 6 months before her wedding. They didn’t offer the info, but didn’t hold back if someone asked. In order to avoid any weirdness, another of our friends became ordained online. This way, he felt comfortable performing the ceremony, and no one questioned his validity to actually perform it.

Any other close friends that can do that for you? You’d have a “real” officiant, and hopefully it vouldf be someone who won’t blab.

Post # 4
46331 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


futuremrsdavis1118:   I can’t really determine from what’s available online, if you are allowed to officiate your own marriage in Ohio.  Can you call your local county office and ask? That way you can perform your own ceremony with no one being any the wiser.

Phone numbers for clerk’s offices


Post # 5
3765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Can you have a close friend officiate for you? Maybe one that has or can quickly get the online certification (or not get it since you don’t need it).

Post # 6
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

What about getting your best man to also officiate?

Thats what Fiance and I did from the beginning – our Best man/Officiant will act as officiant during the ceremony (and carry the rings), then at the reception he will have traditional Bridesmaid or Best Man duties (speech, etc). 

Easy peasy, since you said he already knows you are married. It only takes a second to get ordained online if you want to, then he would have to ability to “officially” legally marry you (in the eyes of your guests).

EDIT: you would want to ask your best man asap if he would be ok with that because speaking in front of crowds is hard for a lot of people. If you do end up doing that, have your ceremony text finalized and send it to him so he can practice, and bring copies of the text to the wedding in a binder so he can read from it.

Post # 7
4883 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If this happened to us, I would get a friend/family member ordained and have them do the ceremony. Our officiant is letting us write how we want it to go, so we’d have all of that information already.

One of his uncles always joked that he’d get ordained to do our wedding, but never thought he was serious… but I bet he would if it was needed!

Post # 8
1503 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

futuremrsdavis1118:  Someone mentioned Ohio…  are you near Cincinnati?  I found our officiant online and he only charged $75.

Post # 9
5916 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

futuremrsdavis1118:  When is the best man’s dad have cataract surgery? You can see the day after, when they take the patch off. He might just need reading glasses. Just a thought. (I had them out when I was 30)

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