Who was your officiant?

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Who was your officiant?
    Priest/Minister : (10 votes)
    22 %
    Justice of the Peace : (4 votes)
    9 %
    Family Member/Friend : (21 votes)
    47 %
    Other : (10 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 2
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    4145 posts
    Honey bee

    sarfin914 :  We are gonna have 2 ceremonies. Here is the US first , it will be by a judge (civil). Later on for a religious second ceremony at my SO’s country, it will be his parish priest.

    Post # 3
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    704 posts
    Busy bee

    Mine is a family friend. He used to be a priest but now he’s a child psychologist. I’m having a secular ceremony though with no mention of God or anything religious 

    Post # 4
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    6638 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    sarfin914 :  We asked my husband’s dad to marry us.  It was very meaningful and husband nearly cried, which is atypical for sure.  He was not a legal officiant so we had a quick courthouse thing a couple of days before to get the paperwork out of the way – the guy we hired for that was…. interesting.  And very kind.  But mostly interesting.  It definitely didn’t suit us to be married by a stranger though.

    Post # 5
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    165 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2017 - the garden house, seattle

    we asked a dear friend who is very good with words. she was perfect, and together we wrote a ceremony we were really really happy with.

    Post # 6
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    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2019

    sarfin914 :  We’re having my mother who we both love marry us. She is getting legally ordained online. 

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Originally my uncle, who is a pastor, was going to marry us but at the last minute had a family emergency and couldn’t so I found a pastor online and he was great.

    Post # 8
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    1202 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    We asked my Dad and he got ordained.

    Post # 9
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    7905 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Pastor of the church in our neighborhood. 

    Post # 10
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    593 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    My uncle, who is a minister (he baptized me as a baby too, so there was a nice full circle feel to it).

    I do find the trend for online “ordinations” of friends/family a weird thing. I get that these people mean a lot to the couples and it’s nice to involve them like that, but I wish there was more of an emphasis on it being a legal endorsement than an “ordination.” Having watched my mom spend years earning her masters degree in divinity and putting so much work and time and self into her path to being ordained – while juggling a young family at the same time – it’s always rubbed me the wrong way to use the same term for someone who just submitted a bit of paperwork. /soapbox

    Post # 11
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    1944 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

    Our parish priest married us but we have attended mass together since we were 14, our priest also attended our wedding reception 

    Post # 12
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    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    sarfin914 :  My FH’s grandfather is marrying us. He is also a pastor. 

    Post # 13
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    531 posts
    Busy bee

    kooshball5 :  Yeah, I know what you mean. It sounds weird and rubs me the wrong way too.

    OP, we were married by an imam.

    Post # 14
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    657 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    I am having my best friends dad, who I am very close with to officiate the wedding. 

    My father is amazing, and I asked him first (mostly to be polite) because I knew he’d say no. He just wants to be the “father of the bride” and then asked him if he would be comfortable with me asking my best friends Dad and he loved the idea. 

    It was important to me to include him in the wedding in some way. And we are having a very small wedding. 

    Post # 15
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    1060 posts
    Bumble bee

    In our state we did a self-uniting marriage so we married ourselves. 🙂 

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