Wedding Officiants Harrisburg PA

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Wedding Dayz
(717) 574-5524
Mechanicsburg, PA

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Rev. Maurer
(717) 514-3238
119 Forge Rd.
Boiling Springs, PA
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Officiants & Clergy

A Soulful Commitment - Reverend Dina McGee
(412) 527-7982
15 Jamaica Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

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Rev. Donald Brislin
(412) 378-2104
5 Della Dr.
North Versailles, PA
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Officiants & Clergy

Rev. Maurer
(717) 514-3238
119 Forge Rd.
Boiling Springs, PA
Specialty
Officiants & Clergy

Inner Peace Ministries
(717) 412-7345
1802 Westfield Road
Harrisburg, PA
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Officiants & Clergy

Wedding Dayz
(717) 574-5524
Mechanicsburg, PA

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GiftsYouChoose.com
Pittsburgh, PA

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Rev. Louis Conselatore
(888) 886-6075
1308 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
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Officiants & Clergy

Your Wedding Vow
(717) 347-8457
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York, PA
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Officiants & Clergy

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Ten Questions to Ask When Selecting a Wedding Officiant

Happy couple flanked by wedding officiants

If you are looking for a wedding officiant to serve at your wedding ceremony , ask yourself these ten important questions to assist you in your wedding planning search:

  1. Will you hold a religious or secular ceremony?
    If your ceremony is more spiritually centered, you might want to go with ordained clergy person of your same faith or denomination. If you have no religious or spiritual preferences, you can always contact officials such as justices of the peace, or others who are legally able to marry you in your state.
  2. Have you budgeted for a wedding officiant?
    Depending on whom you choose to perform the wedding ceremony, fees may apply. Just like with other wedding vendors, you should ask what the fees include and if you’re required to pay a deposit.
  3. Is experience an important factor in selecting a wedding officiant?
    Will it matter to you if your officiant has only performed a handful of services, or do you desire someone a bit more seasoned?
  4. What are your expectations of the wedding officiant?
    What will your require of your selected officiant? If using a clergy person, will you want them to wear traditional vestments? Are there certain scriptures you would prefer read during the wedding ceremony You should discuss any expectations you have of your officiant prior to the wedding rehearsal.
  5. Will you follow a traditional order of service according to your faith or create your own ceremony service?
    Some members of clergy strictly follow traditional orders of service specific to their faith. Perhaps you want to write your own vows or perhaps you want both your mother and father to escort you down the aisle. These are things you and your groom should discuss with your officiant to gauge his or her comfort level with your wedding wishes.
  6. Will your wedding venue play a role in an officiant's availability?
    If your wedding reception and ceremony will take place at the same location (one where alcohol will be served) ask your officiant if he is comfortable performing your wedding ceremony in an environment of that kind.
  7. Will you be required to attend premarital counseling?
    With some faiths, couples are required to participate in premarital counseling. This may be something you will have to consider if your heart is set on an officiant who follows this tradition.
  8. What happens if the officiant cancels at the last minute?
    Will your officiant have a selected backup or would you need to find an alternate yourselves? Ask the vendor about his or her cancellation/rescheduling policy to protect you in case of an unforeseen emergency.

  9. Will the officiant perform your ceremony if you are not married in his/her church?
    Is it mandatory that you’re married at their home church? If so, are there any exceptions to this rule?

  10. Will your wedding day affect the availability of certain officiants?
    Some couples may choose to have thei...

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PA Wedding Laws

1503. Persons Qualified To Solemnize Marriages. (A) General Rule.--The Following Are Authorized To Solemnize Marriages Between Persons That Produce A Marriage License Issued Under This Part: 1. A Justice, Judge Or District Justice Of This Commonwealth. 2. A Former Or Retired Justice, Judge Or District Justice Of This Commonwealth Who Is Serving As A Senior Judge Or Senior District Justice As Provided Or Prescribed By Law. 3. An Active Or Senior Judge Or Full-Time Magistrate Of The District Courts Of The United States For The Eastern, Middle Or Western District Of Pennsylvania. 4. An Active Or Senior Judge Of The United States Court Of Appeals For The Third Circuit Who Is A Resident Of This Commonwealth. 5. A Mayor Of Any City Or Borough Of This Commonwealth. 6. A Minister, Priest Or Rabbi Of Any Regularly Established Church Or Congregation. (B) Religious Organizations.--Every Religious Society, Religious Institution Or Religious Organization In This Commonwealth May Join Persons Together In Marriage When At Least One Of The Persons Is A Member Of The Society, Institution Or Organization, According To The Rules And Customs Of The Society, Institution Or Organization. (C) Marriage License Needed To Officiate.--No Person Or Religious Organization Qualified To Perform Marriages Shall Officiate At A Marriage Ceremony Without The Parties Having Obtained A Marriage License Issued Under This Part. [Source Webmaster Note: Marriage Is A Civil Contract And Does Not Require A Particular Form Of Ceremony For Solemnization By A Government Or Religious Official. See Commonwealth Ex. Rel. Mcdermott V. Mcdermott, 236 Pa. Superior Ct. 541, 345 A.2D 914 (1975). However, Marriage Does Require Words Uttered To Establish At That Precise Time The Relationship Of Husband And Wife. Commonwealth V. Jones, 224 Pa. Superior Ct. 352, 307 A.2D 397 (1973). Same Sex Wedding Law: To Perform A Marriage In Pennsylvania You Need To Be Ordained And May Be Required To Provide Proof Of Ordination Such As An Ordination Credential , Wallet Credential , Or A Letter Of Good Standing From The Church.

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