Help!! My wedding is Aug 29 and I can't find any one to marry us. We don't belong to a church so any pastor we have spoke to will not do it and PA dose not allow ordained pastors online. I don't know what to do. Can some one help me?
Try looking for wedding officiants in your area. As the PP said, you can find some under the vendor tab. You could also ask you venue, photographer, or any other vendors you've already booked if they have any recommendations.
Do you mean you can't have someone who got ordained through online? I got mine through universal life church. I live in NY though so they allow it. If you lived here I would do it for you for free. Stinks if they don't allow people to do it who went through it online.
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Yes I looked into it and PA won't allow an online ordained minister. To have a legal marriage in PA you have to go to the Justice of Peace Office or have a pastor marry you that has a congregation but we do not belong to a church and no Pastor will marry us unless we belong to their Church. Thank you. You are very kind.
Are any of your family members in PA? If so, why not reach out to their churches (if they attend). Often you can have a church marry you through family members belonging to a church versus you belonging.
Not sure where in Pennsylvania you are getting married, but my husband I got married in Pennsylvania. We are not members of a church and my husband doesn't believe in God so we didn't want to have a religious ceremony. I looked up celebrants in Pennsylvania. I spoke with several different ones. The one we went with was Mayor Dan McDavitt. As a former mayor, he was able to perform our ceremony. He is based out of Lewisburg, PA. He drove about 1.5 hours one way for our wedding. He was very nice. He made the ceremony very personal to us. I found him on here under vendors.
Are you trying to have a religious ceremony, or are you fine with a civil service? We had a friend become a Justice of the Peace to serve as our officiant in our wedding. The entire process in New Hampshire took maybe a few months - if you start now you probably have time.
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Wow I'm sorry to hear that. I'm religious but I don't belong to a church and my fiance is not religious as all. So I understand the issue with the church and not wanting to do JOTP.
My friends officiant had a family emergency the week before her wedding, and she and her now husband are atheist so didn’t want to consider a pastor. I posted on several local fb groups assuming it was a long shot, but by the next day I had messages from 2 people who were ordained and available...
You actually can have an online ordained minister marry you in PA - my fiance got "ordained" through Universal Life Church and married our friends at their wedding in Philly in March! He did call and confirm with the city before committing and was told it wasn't a problem at all.
Yes, it really depends on the county in PA in which you want to get married. For example, near me Philadelphia and Bucks County won't bat an eye at a Universal Life Church minister. Your best bet is to call your county clerk and see if they will accept it - they may also be more lenient right now because of COVID, some couples would probably prefer to have a family member or close friend due to health risk.
We are getting married in Bucks County and found a fantastic pastor named Chuck Blair. We don’t belong to a church either, and overall he’s been wonderful about everything. The only kind of ceremony he said he wouldn’t perform was one with costumes, haha.