(Closed) Who's performing your wedding ceremony???

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1894 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Darling Husband and I met on our university’s cross country team… Neither of us are religious (though our families are), and I wanted a very personal, outdoor ceremony so I asked our college coach to perform it. I got to write the ceremony from scratch which was super meaningful, it was very personalized since our coach knew us from the beginning of our relationship both separately and together, and we got tons of compliments on his officiating!! Looking back it was absolutely perfect for us. (Plus our coach doesn’t have any kids of his own, so I know he was honored and giddy to do that for us). 

Post # 4
3420 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center

My friend is already certified with the state clerk so she offered to be our officiant. WOHOOO

Post # 5
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ctina85:  We arent religious either so we hired an officiant. I startled googling and checking out reviews and 2 weeks later I had hired someone we both liked.

Post # 6
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

A colleague/friend who is an excellent public speaker/writer and has 15+ years of marriage under her belt and gives great advice. She cried when I asked her.

She got “ordained” through Universal Life online church, which I verified through the county clerk’s office (in writing!) is acceptable in our state & county for someone to be able to legally marry us.


Post # 7
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Our friend got ordained online (Church of the Latter Day Dude, no less!) to perform our ceremony. He did a great job. If you are interested in this option, just check with the clerk’s office in the county where you are getting married to verify that an internet ordination is sufficient.

Post # 8
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We hired an officiant who wrote a ceremony specially for us.  We loved her and it was well worth the money.

Post # 9
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

My brother married us. It was awesome! We wrote the ceremony, and it was super special. We got legally married at the Clerk of the Court’s office the same week, to make there were questions surrounding our marriage. (I was just being weird… getting ordained online is totally legal. I just didn’t want to like, forget to mail the certificate back or something. At the Clerk’s office, we walked out with our license.)

Post # 10
13295 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My godfather performed a civil wedding for us.  It was meaningful because it was someone who has been a hgue supporter in my life, and welcoming to my Darling Husband as soon as he met my family.

Post # 11
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

One of my college friends offered to do it and I am SO excited to have him perform the ceremony…I’m just hoping he’s available when we choose our new date! My OTHER friend who is also ordained is moving out of the country this summer, so we don’t have a backup anymore! 

Post # 13
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ctina85:  my FIs father…he’s a minister 

Post # 14
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My brother passed away a few years ago and his best friend is now a pastor!  We are going to have him marry us.  I think whoever marries you should be someone who knows you well and are special in your life.  It could be anyone you would like… an Uncle, family friend, or a mentor!

Post # 15
3774 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ctina85:  The best man’s uncle is performing our ceremony. He is shorter than I am (and I’m 5’2″), looks exactly like the Big Boy except with a ponytail, owns 2 bars and a motorcycle shop, and just happens to be an ordained minister. He is perfect for us!

Post # 16
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ctina85:  Originally we were going to have the mayor of the city I grew up in marry us, but he fell through.. I searched online & found several people, but was shocked @ the $400-$600 price tags!! For a 20 minute ceremony.. and then extra to come to the rehearsal?! No thank you. So I reached out on Facebook & asked around. A friend of mine was getting married & had somehow found a guy, who lives near us, that is legally allowed to marry people & just does it on the side, he works a regular full time job. So we met him, hit it off right away & booked him. He’s charging us $200, will be coming to the rehearsal, will be arriving an hour early the day of the wedding to make sure everything is the way we want it.. and we had a pre-rehearsal with him a few weeks ago so the 3 of us could go over everything without the bridal party & parents being there. We really lucked out finding this guy!

And NE Ohio brides need someone to marry them, let me know! I recommend him big time!

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