Who Will Marry You?
Your master of ceremony is a personal choice for your wedding day. Who should you use for your I do’s?
Justice of the Peace is a layperson licensed to perform marriage ceremonies. You can find one at www.findaajp.com. The fee varies but $75 to $200 is typical. It is best to meet your JP in advance. This will allow you time to talk about how you can personalize your wedding ceremony. If you go to City Hall you can personalize your ceremony by writing your own vows. Some City Halls will allow other personal touches for your wedding ceremony. You will need to check out your local rules. This is a great way to go if you are having a wedding out of the country. By doing it this way you will be 100% certain your marriage is valid.
A Clergy Member is a religious official that will perform your wedding ceremony. A clergy member is recognized by the state to perform your wedding ceremony, so there will be little danger of invalid paperwork. Most religions will allow clergy to marry nonmembers, but some may require additional premarital counseling. They may also require to hold the wedding ceremony in a house of worship. You maybe able to customize some parts of the ceremony but they do have rules to follow as well. If you have a multi faith wedding ceremony in mind you will need to discuss with both clergy members to see what can be done. The donation range should be $200 to $1500.
A Special Friend or Relative – they must be ordained as a minister to perform your wedding ceremony. This option by far would be the best choice if you want to have a more personal wedding ceremony. You must also check your state rules as they do vary in each state. The key to this is to make sure the person you wish to perform your wedding ceremony can handle the pressure and take it seriously. So choose wisely! To be ordained is free, but you can offer to pay for the printed certificate.
So many options to say I do. Research them all and choose what is best for you and your future hubby.
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