Life: Wedding Celebrant

Not only are the june through october months littered with weddings at every pretty venue around, it is also a popular time for engagements. For me, my friends Salamanda, Maurel, the Wrigglesworths, and Jelli have all gotten engaged this summer with the intent on marrying next year.

btw: I combine the names of couples to make one simpler, easier-to-say name: ie sol + amanda = salamanda

So in looking to help some friends with their wedding, I was asked to look into what it would take to be a one-time officiant for the wedding. At first I thought it was a “justice of the peace” that would oversee wedding ceremonies, but in virginia, we dont’ have those. we have “wedding celebrants” (religious or civil) who preside over weddings. After some more checking in, I found there were several pre-requisites:

1. resident of fairfax county — Check

2. Must never have been convicted of a felony — Check

3. Must post a $500.00 cash bond — bride and groom want to jump in here?

4. Notarized petition — Notarized what?

5. Check for $29 made out to the Clerk of Fairfax Circuit Courts

and then after the authorization process is done, then you can be a one-time wedding celebrant. awesome? YES. a little like the Friends episode where Joey presides over the wedding…. yes.

maybe I should become a notary public too….

here’s the link for wedding celebrant info.

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  1. Posted October 2, 2009 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Only if you wear a WWI ‘doughboy’ costume during the ceremony.

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