(Closed) The Official Decision

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Official or Unofficial?
    Legalized Ceremony - put the work in ahead of time : (15 votes)
    83 %
    Unofficial Ceremony - make it legal later : (3 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1566 posts
    Bumble bee

    Why not just get certified through the universal life church? It’s free and takes literally 5 minutes. 

    Post # 4
    Hostess
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I think it is so sweet having his brother as the officiant.  I wouldn’t want to spend a ton of money to ordain him though (some states this isn’t even required so I’m not sure about VT).  I would just go to the courthouse for the official marriage (maybe on the same day so you don’t have different anniversaries).

    Post # 5
    Member
    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    The universal life church is usually the easiest one to do, and works in the vast majority of states.  I know PA has caused some fuss lately about it, but I haven’t heard of any other state having issues.  Why not call up the county clerk’s office, or wherever you go to get your license, and ask them what the requirements are.

    Post # 6
    Member
    202 posts
    Helper bee

    After the wedding, you will just want to relax and bask in your newly-marriedness!  You won’t want to deal with making it official later.  I would suggest putting the work in now.  Check out the universal life church (perGirlWithARing & greenleafmountain) and then call your clerk’s office just to make sure that is sufficient where you are.  Sounds that avenue wouldn’t take up too much time or effort.

    Post # 7
    Member
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I agree with the other poster. Make it legal. I don’t think you will feel much like going to the court house after you have already had your wedding.

    Post # 8
    Member
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I voted for the second option, because I’m pretty religious, and we’re having a friend perform our ceremony. We looked into online ordination and Universal Life Church DOES seem like the easiest and most legal option – but for us, their theology and dogma made us REALLY uncomfortable religiously. It just didn’t jive with our own beliefs, and we weren’t comfortable asking a close (and very religious) friend to go that route.

    We ended up asking a pastor who will be attending the wedding (uh, it’s my dad) to sign the paperwork and make it legal (he may also have to pronounce us – he’s looking into it) but our friend will speak and lead us through our vows.

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