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Web Sites for Marriage Ceremonies


Dear Brother Ron

I will be performing a marriage in California in May. Do you know any good websites with marriage ceremonies?

Also, do you know the legal specifics of performing a marriage in California? I've checked with the county clerk, and it appears that I am legal to perform the ceremony. I just need to return the license within four days by mail. However, is there anything I am required to do during the ceremony?

Dave


Dear Dave

You can find good suggestions for marriage ceremonies at
http://dfwx.com/master.html#cere%20rel%20top
http://www.tgarmstrong.com/docs/CerHandoutWeb.pdf
You can also buy books with many different ceremonies at
http://www.universalministries.com/catalog/book_cat.html
http://www.weddingsweddings.com/

As you can see, a wedding ceremony can take many forms. There is no legally required verbiage or order of service. Many ministers encourage the bride and groom to write their own vows. They feel this makes it a more personal commitment and encourages the bride and groom to honor these vows.

The legal requirements for performing marriages in California are spelled out in the following California codes:

308.5. Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
400. Marriage may be solemnized by any of the following who is of the age of 18 years or older:
     (a) A priest, minister, or rabbi of any religious denomination.
420.
     (a) No particular form for the ceremony of marriage is required for solemnization of the marriage, but the parties shall declare, in the physical presence of the person solemnizing the marriage and necessary witnesses, that they take each other as husband and wife.
     (b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is stationed overseas and serving in a conflict or a war and is unable to appear for the licensure and solemnization of the marriage may enter into that marriage by the appearance of an attorney in fact, commissioned and empowered in writing for that purpose through a power of attorney. The attorney in fact must personally appear at the county clerk's office with the party who is not stationed overseas, and present the original power of attorney duly signed by the party stationed overseas and acknowledged by a notary or witnessed by two officers of the United States Armed Forces. Copies in any form, including by facsimile, are not acceptable. The power of attorney shall state the full given names at birth, or by court order, of the parties to be married, and that the power of attorney is solely for the purpose of authorizing the attorney in fact to obtain a marriage license on the person's behalf and participate in the solemnization of the marriage. The original power of attorney shall be a part of the marriage certificate upon registration.
     (c) No contract of marriage, if otherwise duly made, shall be invalidated for want of conformity to the requirements of any religious sect.
421. Before solemnizing a marriage, the person solemnizing the marriage shall require the presentation of the marriage license. If the person solemnizing the marriage has reason to doubt the correctness of the statement of facts in the marriage license, the person must be satisfied as to the correctness of the statement of facts before solemnizing the marriage. For this purpose, the person may administer oaths and examine the parties and witnesses in the same manner as the county clerk does before issuing the license.
422. The person solemnizing a marriage shall make, sign, and endorse upon or attach to the marriage license a statement, in the form prescribed by the State Department of Health Services, showing all of the following:
     (a) The fact, date (month, day, year), and place (city and county) of solemnization.
     (b) The names and places of residence of one or more witnesses to the ceremony.
     (c) The official position of the person solemnizing the marriage, or of the denomination of which that person is a priest, minister, rabbi, or member of the clergy.
     (d) The person solemnizing the marriage shall also type or print the person's name and address.
423. The person solemnizing the marriage shall return the marriage license, endorsed as required in Section 422, to the county recorder of the county in which the license was issued within 10 days after the ceremony.

You appear to meet the requirements of these codes so get the happy couple together and start planning the big day. My best wishes for all of you.

Best always
Brother Ron