(Closed) Using a Justice of the Peace?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Lily — We’re still up in the air on this one. I think we will probably end up with one — I’ll let you know how we go about choosing ours when we do.

 

Maybe you could post in the NYC board to find out if anyone locally has one they can recommend! Good luck!

Post # 4
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626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Are you planning on getting married in a courthouse or are you having a ceremony else where?

If not at the courthouse and looking for someone who isn’t a clergy person you may think about having a friend or family member ordained. This may save you a buck and it makes it kind of fun.  It’s really personal this way!

My aunt used to own a small chapel (in conjuction with her formals shop).  My aunt, cousin and uncle were all ordained on the internet and performed various weddings both in her (no religious affiliation) chapel and elsewhere. 

When my brother was married in a small outdoor ceremony they had my aunt perform the ceremony. It made it that much more intimate.  They wrote thier own vows too so she actually had to do less work then normal. 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you are in NYC, I would look into the regulations on whether or not you can have a friend ordained and have it be a legit ceremony. Im a little unclear on NYS’s regulations, and more importantly, NYC’s, which may very well be different.

 

 

Post # 6
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85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My fiance and I were both raised Catholic, but do not want to be married in the church.  We are using a Justice of the Peace and he has been so helpful to us.  We want  our cermony to be personal and reflective of us as a couple, and he is making that happen.  Our Justice of the Peace has given us a packet of about 40 pages with different readings, rituals, poems, etc.  He is customizing our ceremony so it won’t feel impersonal.  Rates for JPs are set by the state you live in.  Good luck!

Post # 7
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1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We have also had a very good experience with our JOP, so far. At first we wanted to have a friend marry us but it fell through and I had worried all along about having someone who didn’t know us marry us.

The man we found, at the recommendation of our bed & breakfast venue, has been very friendly, interested in us, and is allowing us to create our own ceremony. I took the advice of the bee who suggested the Wedding Ceremony Planner book by Judith Johnson and have been using that to write my ceremony. The JOP has been impressed with my script and I know he’ll do a good job because he’s done a lot of weddings!

Post # 8
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635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Contact the registrar/town hall/courthouse in NYC – all wedding officiants in NYC need to register to be allowed to legally perform ceremonies.  There are a lot of Celebrants and Non-Denom officiants there who can perform a civil/JoP style ceremony for you – even if they are not technically a JoP.

You can’t go the ordained lay person route in NYC – it’s a little more complicated.

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