Frequently Asked Questions about Ceremony + Officiants


  • Will you marry us if we are of different faiths? Yes

  • Will you marry us if one of us is not religious? Yes

  • Will you marry us if one or both of us have been previously divorced? Yes

  • Do you require pre-marital or religious counseling before getting married? No

  • Would you allow another officiant (possibly of a different religion or a relative) to take part in the ceremony? Yes.

  • Are we allowed to write our own wedding vows or to modify the ones from you? Yes

  • Are there any restrictions on the types of readings that can be used? No

  • Can we use contemporary readings or are they required to be religious or scripture readings? Yes: you may choose any readings or skip this altogether.

  • Do you officiate in prisons/correctional facilities? Yes, please contact us for additional information


  • Are there any restrictions on the type of music that can be played? No

  • Can we use contemporary songs? Yes

  • Can we bring our own musicians? Yes


  • Are there any restrictions on wedding attire? No

  • What will my officiant wear? Typically a suit; most anything decent on request.

  • When will my officiant arrive? Half an hour before the ceremony start time; papers are signed and the bridal party is organized about 5 minutes before the ceremony.


  • Will you take care of the legal documents? Yes, first you need to obtain the license from any county office, I will take care of the rest

  • How do I obtain the license? Go there, fill out their form, pay their fee, and wait for the document to arrive in the mail about a week later?

  • We're from out of town and cannot wait a week... can we expedite the license process? You can ask to see a judge and explain your reasons... most often they grant the request.

  • What about the timing and logistics of obtaining the marriage license? You and your future spouse must obtain a marriage license. This usually costs $110 from the county government office and it takes them around 5 business days to mail it to you. Please allow sufficient time for you to receive this. You apply for the license at least 2 weeks prior to the wedding date; licenses are valid for 6 months.

  • Shucks! We forgot to get the license... or can't find it... No worries, come to the ceremony, and we'll do the paperwork a day or two later.


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