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List of Metafilter members who are ordained to perform wedding ceremonies
Feel free to click a member's name and then contact them directly through the "send MeFi Mail" link on their profile page.
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|Mefite||Location||Licensed In||Ordained By (where applicable)||Willing to Travel?||Notes|
|anastasiav||Portland, ME||ME||N/A||Yes, any location south of Bangor.||"I'm a Notary, which means I can perform your wedding anywhere in Maine"|
|bedhead||New York, NY||(See Notes)||Universal Life Church||Yes, (within NY state)||"I'm not licensed by the state, but they accept ULC-ordained ministers."|
|bitter-girl.com||Cleveland, OH||OH||Universal Life Church||Yes|
|chicobangs||New York, NY||Licensed everywhere accepting ULC ordination||Universal Life Church||NY/NJ||"I don't mind travel, but the closer to NYC, the better your chances of getting me available. Also happy to set up trivia-themed receptions if that's your thing."|
|churl||Portland, OR, USA||Licensed everywhere accepting ULC ordination||Universal Life Church||Yes|
|Cincinnati, OH||OH||Universal Life Monastery
|Yes (see notes)||"Approved by the Secretary of State of Ohio to perform marriages.
Willing to travel depending on schedule and distance. I will include or not include religiosity as the couple prefers. I can put together the entire ceremony, the couple can write the whole thing, or we can collaborate."
|CrystalDave||Seattle, WA||Everywhere accepting ULC ordination (I have the card)||Universal Life Monastery||Yes (see notes)||"Willing to travel anywhere within ORCA card range."|
|DirtyOldTown||Schaumburg, IL||Everywhere accepting ULC ordination (I have the card)||Universal Life Monastery||Greater Chicagoland area, mostly, though if there's a party...||"This is my second year doing this on a sort of semi-pro basis. My better half, MeFi's own Comrade Doll is also an event planner who can occasionally offer advice. I've also been known to write tailored wedding scripts: gamer-centric, punk rock, whatever you like."|
|Faint of Butt||Baltimore, MD||MD, DE, PA||Universal Life Church||Yes||"I can perform your ceremony in character as the dread pirate Black Dog Nate, and by arrangement can bring a whole crew of pirates (http://www.piratesforsail.com) to sing for your entertainment."|
|Greg Nog||Louisville, KY||Everywhere ULC is accepted; also registered in New York City||Universal Life Monastery||Yes. (See notes)||"Travel: Within a couple hours of Louisville, or I guess beyond that if you feel like paying for airfare
Ceremony-wise, I'm happy to be as religious or secular as the couple prefers; pagan and raised Unitarian Universalist, but can pretend to be a member of any denomination's clergy if needed as part of a Wacky Caper or Plan So Crazy It Just Might Work"
|item||Asheville, NC||Everywhere accepting ULC ordination. (I have the card)||Universal Life Church||Yes||Have performed several non-religious ceremonies and am most comfortable sticking with such.|
|jessamyn||Randolph, VT||VT||elected Justice of the Peace||Yes!||Can perform your wedding anywhere in VT|
(or Reverend Mother Lynsey if you have a sense of Dune-like humor.)
|CA: In the 707||CA||Universal Life Church||Yes||"Mostly geographic limitations. Willing to travel from Mendocino to San Francisco and inland as far as Napa. No Solano county, sorry! I have an experienced wedding photographer and beach venue, including lodging available, if desired. Love wins!"|
|Major Matt Mason Dixon (William Mize)||St. Petersburg, FL||FL, and Everywhere ULC is accepted||Licensed Notary Public in Florida. Also ordained by the Universal Life Church||Yes||"I prefer to stick to the West Coast of Florida, but hey! Everything in life is negotiable!"|
|NoraReed||Albuquerque, NM||Everywhere ULC is accepted||Universal Life Church||Yes||"Will travel within Rail Runner distance of Albuquerque or further if you can transport me."|
|stynxno||Woodcliff Lake, NJ||Everywhere||Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)||Yes||"As an ordained clergyperson serving an active congregation,I can easily register as an officiant anywhere. I'm a Christian and can be Jesus-y."|
- Greg Nog notes that some US states (such as New Hampshire and Missouri) do not require an officiant to be previously registered/licensed in that state. Prospective officiants may obtain a per-marriage license. See U.S. Marriage License Laws by State to learn how marriage licensing works in your US locality.
- Related Ask MetaFilter thread: Getting married in Georgia in two weeks. Friend is officiating. Legal?
US States That Don't Require An Officiant
- Colorado allows "self-solemnization" without requiring a special form of application or witnesses.
- Washington DC
- Pennsylvania. Ask MetaFilter thread: Help finding wedding officiant
- Wisconsin (According to wikipedia: "a form must be signed that states that the government issuing the marriage license cannot guarantee that the marriage will be recognized in all contexts.")