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How do I find a wedding officiant near me? The secret to finding the perfect person to perform your marriage ceremony

Published Monday, Oct. 10th, 2022

Searching for the perfect marriage officiant? They might be closer than you think...



If you’re looking for the perfect marriage officiant, you may not need to look any further than your immediate family and friends!


Friends, roommates, and relatives make some of the BEST wedding officiants around. They can make an even better choice than a professional wedding officiant in many cases.


Related: 5 Great Reasons to Ask a Friend to Officiate Your Wedding


That’s because friends and relatives already know you and your partner well, and will probably have an easier time understanding your style, sense of humor, and values. 


Close friends may be more willing to go along with any unusual requests you might have for your ceremony, such as meeting at an unusual location, dressing up in costume (like this Star Wars theme wedding), or wearing nothing at all (like this nudist wedding ceremony). 


And they might have an easier time understanding any spiritual aspects you’d like to include in your ceremony, especially nontraditional or interfaith traditions such as a symbolic handfasting or a ceremonial fire (like this Beltane wedding ceremony). Or they may be more comfortable leaving religion out of the ceremony all together (like this simple nonreligious / atheist wedding ceremony). 



The best part? It’s easy for a friend or relative to officiate your wedding.


The best news of all is that friends and family members won’t need to jump through any crazy legal hoops to perform your ceremony. It’s easy for friends and relatives to get qualified to marry you. Because it’s increasingly common for couples to ask a loved one to officiate their marriage, all states provide a pathway for this meaningful opportunity. 


All your loved one needs to do is complete a couple straightforward steps: 



  • (Only if required by your state) Register in the state where the wedding will be held 

Check here to see if minister registration is required in your state. 





For more details on this simple process read: 


So if you’re looking for a nearby wedding officiant to perform a unique wedding ceremony that perfectly reflects you and your partner’s love for each other – you might not need to look any further than your inner circle of loved ones. 


The perfect wedding officiant might be closer than you think! 


Next: How to Ask Someone to Officiate Your Wedding



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Think you've found the right friend or family member to officiate your wedding ceremony?

Take this quiz to decide if they're the perfect officiant for your ceremony... or if you should keep looking. Each simple question is based on the characteristics and skills needed to be an exceptional wedding officiant. 

Answer YES, NO, or MAYBE to decide if your friend or relative is the best choice for the role!




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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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