(Closed) Witnesses – what did you do for elopement?

posted 5 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@cmdeibler:  Sometimes the photographer can bring an apprentice or someone that is mentoring. 

 

 

 

If you are getting married on the grounds of some place (hotel, park, restaurant), someone that works at the place can be a witness.  If that doesn’t work, I”m sure the officiant who is marrying you can bring a witnesses (maybe their own spouse).  Sometimes I have seen witness fees of $25-50 on occasion.

 

For us it would have been the photographer and the wedding planner guy that came with the lodge, but my H’s parents decided to drive 800 miles to be our witnesses.

 

 

 

Do you know for sure that the county you’re marrying in requires witnesses?

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@cmdeibler:  If you are marrying in Seiver county as I am (Smoky Mountains) I believe witnesses are optional under TN law. ๐Ÿ™‚ in the marriage licenses I have seen there is just a space for one optional witness, so unless this has changed somehow you should be fine. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@cmdeibler:  Aww sorry to hear that :/ it’s so sad when they make elopements difficult! I’m sure a practiced officiant with have some experience and can help you out ๐Ÿ˜€ I seem to keep bumping into your threads all over the place, as I just realized I think I have commented on some things before :] best of luck with your day! 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

First, make sure how many witnesses and any special requirements (age 18+, etc). Then I’d ask the photographer and officiant if they would have a helper who would witness for you.  Will you be going into town earlier that day?  Maybe to pick up food, a bouquet or get breakfast?  I’d arrange to do that and ask someone to deliver your food/flowers for a fee and also sign as witness.  Most people are very honored with such a request. 

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My mom and dad had the officiant’s wife be their witness…now I am not sure of the second one since we require two…I’ll have to ask. This was probably easier since they were in his living room. lol

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My officiant is bring two witnesses for a fee of $15 each. We’re not having a photographer, we’ll just use our own camera on a tripod.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@cmdeibler:  Yes, they need to witness the ceremony.  I meant in my earlier post, can you make contact with someone earlier in the day (in town) ??maybe a florist or someone at a cafe?? and pay them a fee to come up to your ceremony site.

Post # 15
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Worker bee

Eloping 2 weeks from now in SF City Hall – luckily we have the choice of a ‘private’ marriage licence which means we don’t need witnesses. Maybe you have that option too?

Post # 16
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3369 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We are having our photographer sign and our baker who is a friend who is in the area will be there as well, but that’s it. Our officiant is bringing her hubby with her (the wedding is on the central Coast) for a weekend trip, so she said he’ll happily be a witness if for some reason the baker is unable to attend. 

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