(Closed) Who performs a wedding ceremony if neither of you are religious?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

A celebrant or an officiant.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Depending on the laws of your state, you can hire an officiant or you could possi ly have a friend do it. My Darling Husband got a licence online and can legally Marry anyone in our state and the neighboring state and all ittook was an online registry, nothing else. So you could have someone special to you do it too.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We’re hiring an officiant. She’s an “interfaith minister” and officiates weddings of all kind, including non religious.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re also hiring a non-denominational officiant…but you could also hire a Justice of the Peace

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We are having a friend do it! Make sure you find out the laws in your county (i.e. where you will be getting married), but you can pretty much have anyone you want do it. 

 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I live in Alabama and its pretty much a Justice of the Peace or a minister. We ended up with a great lady who is a “humanist” minister. She would basically do whatever we wanted and it was perfect. She took time to get to know us so the ceremony was well personalized but completely non-religious.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We had an officiant. He was actually one of our DJs as well 🙂 I know it sounds strange, but they were a very professional husband and wife team.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Read up on what the county where you will marry allows. We had my Aunt become a “commissioner” ($80 and some forms) for our wedding day. I wrote the ceremony and she added some of her own bits and it was fabulous!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

We had a good friend, who was previously ordained online, and had married another couple, preform the ceremony.  He is a true entertainer so it went off with out a hitch…. including the begining …

Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam… (from the Princess Bride…. insert eye roll here, but all the guys knew what it was from .. scary)

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I’m Pagan and Fiance is agnostic. We hired a reverend from the Unitarian Universalist church. She does non-religous ceremonies too. Just google secular officiant and you should be able to find some.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you are getting married in PA you can get a self uniting marriage certificate and marry yourselves!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

A judge, Jutice of the Peace, an officiant, a marriage comissioner (Canada) some ministers, your uncle/cousin/sister (if they get certified for their state), yoursevles (if you’re in CO or PA, you can self officiate).

Lots of options!

 

Start with your county’s website and look for marriage licenses.  They should provide a list of officiants, or you can call them up.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@kerensa:  I was gonna bring that up! We’re gonna do that! 😀 😀

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