Wedding Officiants Paterson NJ

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Bari Braun
(201) 693-2156
PO Box 133
Paramus, NJ
Specialty
Officiants & Clergy

Eclectic Unions by Celebrant Jessie Blum
(201) 218-1915
All Over New Jersey and New York
Rutherford, NJ
Specialty
Officiants & Clergy

Rev. Jimmy Smith
(201) 805-5118
465 Lafayette Avenue
Westwood, NJ
Specialty
Officiants & Clergy

Rev. BD Nielson
(201) 401-4876
54 Tenafly Road
Tenafly, NJ
Specialty
Officiants & Clergy

A Ceremony for You
(917) 318-8943
619 West 142 Street
New York, NY
Specialty
Officiants & Clergy

Amazing Ceremonies!
(973) 907-0200
41 Van Dyke St.
Wallington, NJ
Specialty
Officiants & Clergy

Loving Heart Ceremonies by Risa Marlen
(201) 741-6056
Private Residence
Teaneck, NJ
Specialty
Officiants & Clergy

Min. Nija Dixon
(201) 304-3900
285 Franklin Road
Englewood, NJ
Specialty
Officiants & Clergy

All Faiths Ceremonies
(201) 886-3007
104 Panorama Drive
Edgewater, NJ
Specialty
Officiants & Clergy

Center of Female Empowerment, Inc
(646) 209-9089
408 West 128th Street
New York, NY
Specialty
Officiants & Clergy

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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NJ Wedding Laws

37:1-13 Authorization To Solemnize Marriages 37:1-13. Each Judge Of The United States Court Of Appeals For The Third Circuit, Each Judge Of A Federal District Court, United States Magistrate, Judge Of A Municipal Court, Judge Of The Superior Court, Judge Of A Tax Court, Retired Judge Of The Superior Court Or Tax Court, Or Judge Of The Superior Court Or Tax Court, The Former County Court, The Former County Juvenile And Domestic Relations Court, Or The Former County District Court Who Has Resigned In Good Standing, Surrogate Of Any County, County Clerk And Any Mayor Or The Deputy Mayor When Authorized By The Mayor, Or Chairman Of Any Township Committee Or Village President Of This State, And Every Minister Of Every Religion, Are Hereby Authorized To Solemnize Marriage Between Such Persons As May Lawfully Enter Into The Matrimonial Relation; And Every Religious Society, Institution Or Organization In This State May Join Together In Marriage Such Persons According To The Rules And Customs Of The Society, Institution Or Organization. New Jersey Marriage Laws Are Governed By New Jersey Permanent Statute 31. Many Of The Requirements Of New Jerseys Wedding Laws Are Similar To Other States. In Order To Obtain A Marriage License, You Must Have Appropriate Identification Such As Certified Copies Of Birth Certificates, Passports Or Drivers' Licenses. United States Citizens Will Also Need To Furnish Their Social Security Numbers. If You Are Under The Age Of Eighteen, You Must Have Your Parents Consent To The Marriage In Front Of Two Witnesses. If You Are Under The Age Of Sixteen, Judicial Consent Is Necessary. The Fee For A Marriage License Is $28. If You Have Been Previously Married, You Must Supply The County Clerk With A Copy Of Your Divorce Decree If It Has Been Finalized In The Last Thirty Days, Or A Copy Of The Death Certificate Of Your Former Spouse If Your Spouse Passed Away In The Last Thirty Days. The Wedding Officiant Will Be Required To Furnish His Or Her Ordination Papers To The County Clerk As Well As His Or Her Current Contact Information. Covenant Marriages And Proxy Marriages Are Not Permitted According To New Jersey Wedding Laws Though Marriages Between First Cousins Are Permitted. The Ulc Monastery Strongly Advises That Its Ministers Check With The Local County Clerk Where You Intend To Perform A Marriage Ceremony For Any County-Specific Requirements. There Is No Residency Requirement To Marry In New Jersey For The Bride, Groom Or An Online Ordained Minister; Ulc Monastery Ministers From Outside New Jersey Are Thus Free To Perform Ceremonies There. However, If Either The Bride Or Groom Are Residents Of New Jersey, The Couple Should Obtain A Marriage License In The County Where The Bride Lives. If The Bride Is Not A Resident, According To New Jersey Wedding Laws The Couple Must Apply For A Marriage License In The County Where The Groom Lives. If Neither Are Residents Of The State, Obtaining A Marriage License From The County Clerk Where The Ceremony Will Be Held Is Acceptable. Military Personnel Are Considered To Be Residents In The County Where They Are Posted. After The Wedding License Is Issued, There Is A Three Day Waiting Period. Re-Marriages Or Renewal Of Vows Are Exempt From The Three Day Waiting Period. New Jersey Permanent Statutes 37:1-13 Governs The Legal Authorization To Solemnize Marriages And Civil Unions. The Following Is An A Partial Rendition Of This Statute As It Pertains To Wedding Officiants: "Judges Of A Federal District Court, United States Magistrates, Judges Of A Municipal Court, Judges Of The Superior Court, Judges Of A Tax Court, Retired Judges Of The Superior Court, Judge Or The Superior Or Tax Court Who Has Resigned In Good Standing, Any Mayor/Deputy Mayor Or Chairman Of Any Township Committee, Village President Of New Jersey, County Clerks, And Every Minister Of Every Religion." Notice That Any Ordained Minister Of "Every" Religion May Officiate Weddings According To New Jersey Laws; The Universal Life Church Is Thus Shoe-Horned Into Being Legally Recognized In New Jersey As A Result. Wedding Officiants Must Send Marriage Certificates To The New Jersey Department For Public Health In Trenton, New Jersey Within Thirty Days Of The Ceremony. New Jersey Was One Of The First States To Legalize Gay Marriage In The Form Of Domestic Partnerships. Domestic Partnerships Give Same-Sex Couples Many Of The Same Rites As Heterosexual Couples. The Domestic Partnership Act Was Enacted In January Of 2004 By The New Jersey Legislature. It Provides Inheritance, Property Rites And Limited Healthcare Benefits Between Same-Sex Couples Or Couples Who Are Sixty-Two Years Old Or Older And Living Together As Domestic Partners. The Two Partners Must Document Shared Financial Obligations By Furnishing Proof Of A Joint Deed, Mortgage, Bank Account Or Life Insurance Policy To The County Clerk. Same Sex Wedding Law: Allows Gay Civil Unions ( View Ruling ) To Perform A Marriage In New Jersey 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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