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Megan
Curious April 2022 Ontario

Officiant for ceremony

Megan, on August 31, 2021 at 14:01 Posted in Wedding ceremony 0 6
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Hi everyone!


So my partner and I got legally married last year (no ceremony or anything special) due to requirements for our destination wedding we had planned. Well obviously the pandemic interfered with that plan and we never had our wedding. After multiple postponements, we decided to replan our wedding and have it in our hometown but we have run into the issue of who will marry us. I know we are technically married but since we didn’t do anything special when we did tie the knot legally, we still want to have a ceremony so we can say our vows and what not. We thought about hiring the same officiant that married us before but we would be charged more than the first amount due to the number of people attending and it being more of an official wedding instead of a simple quick notes version which is completely understandable however it just isn’t in our budget and we don’t really need someone with a title to marry us since we have already signed all the paperwork necessary to be married. I was wondering if anyone had any advice or knew of any officiants that are marrying people for a symbolic ceremony instead of a legal ceremony? Would this be more consider a vow renewal? I have asked a few friends to see if they would just read something similar to what an officiant might read but I’d rather them attend as guests. I was even suggested to hire an actor but I don’t even know where to start to search for one…. Any help would be appreciated! Smiley smile

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Latest activity by Michal, on September 2, 2021 at 08:01
  • M
    Newbie December 2021 Ontario
    Michal ·
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    Yes. Right. I too have the same opinion.

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  • Megan
    Curious April 2022 Ontario
    Megan ·
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    Oh thank you! I will for sure research celebrants Smiley smile
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  • Carmel
    Featured December 2020 Ontario
    Carmel ·
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    I would look up a "celebrant". That's what ours was! She performed our legal ceremony but also did our full ceremony when we could finally have our day. We are an interfaith couple so we wanted some non-denomenational but still able to include the traditions we wanted.
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  • H
    Newbie July 2021 Ontario
    Heather ·
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    We got legally married last summer and this July had our big ceremony and reception. We had my uncle perform the ceremony and I put together the ceremony myself (though I could have used what our officiant last year gave us...I just wanted something different). The first time we went with the legal choice and the 2nd the sentimental.

    At the end of the day, do what feels right

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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
    Hank ·
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    No need for an officiant since any of legal things they do won't be valid anyway since you're already married. Just get someone close to you to perform the ceremony. Or hire an actor.

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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
    Vinod ·
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    Yes this would be considered a vow renewal if you choose to take it that way as your legally married and not paying twice for the same officiant. You can have someone just to say the same wording or similar to the original as it would not cost you anything. None of your guests will know besides you two and the family. There are many legal weddings that have been taken as small or private and larger celebrations are being held for a later time as Reception, Vow Renewal or a second wedding for the brides to wear their dresses again for the proper occasion.
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