(Closed) Officiant Just to Sign Marriage Liscense??????????? HELP

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The person who officiates the wedding is the one who signs the license.  Anyone else would be a witness (we have to have two witnesses in Oregon).

Post # 4
9116 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Pretty sure they have to be the one to marry you. Here in Oklahoma this is the case, it may not be in your state. Go down to the courthouse and ask.

Post # 5
427 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Why don’t you just pay to have them ordained? You’ll have to pay an officient to be present anyway.

Post # 6
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

This. Our friend is marrying us by getting ordained online and then licensed in NYC. I think the whole thing is about $30 and she can do the entire thing start to finish. 


Post # 7
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @soon_to_be_Young:  first and foremost as this is your Debut Post on WBee… a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”

I agree with the other Bees, the person who OFFICIATES is the Officiant, and the one who must be licensed to make the whole thing legal

Otherwise, they are just a Witness (or a Guest)

You need to make arrangements to get the person from your Hubby’s Congregation legally capable of performing Weddings in the Jurisdiction where you are looking to get married.

GOOGLE can help you out with what is needed to make that happen (check the County Courthouse Website, or the one for the State of Georgia for info)

OR you need to find someone who is already Legally capable of marrying you to perform the Ceremony, and the Congregational Friend to take on some other role at the Wedding.

Hope this helps,


Post # 8
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Being a legal officiant and a ceremony officiant are two separate things. A legal officiant will sign the licence and ask you a few questions like “do you sign this of your own free will?” blah blah blah, if you like and you can have anyone officiate the actual ceremony. Check with your local laws,  but here all you need is an online ordainship and whalah your a legal officiant. 

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