If you do not have an official officiant to preside over your wedding then you can get someone who is special to you! Yes, pretty much anyone can preside over your wedding.
I recently attended a wedding in California in which the bride had asked her older brother to preside over the wedding. At first everyone was surprised by this idea. Really … would this even be a legal marriage? Doesn’t this kind of stuff only happen in movies?
After everyone’s initial shock, the bride explained to everyone that this was her and her future husband’s big day. They were entering uncharted territory and wanted someone who has impacted their life to be part of this once in a life time ceremony. The wedding ceremony turned out to be beautiful and personal. It was a very emotional day and everyone took it back as a cherished memory.
One if the positive outlooks of having an adorned loved one marry you is the sentimental value. Choosing a close friend or family member might mean more to you then having a minister that you hardly know marry you.
If you are interested in having a friend or family member marry you, make sure to do your research! Every state law may be different, so you’ll want to make sure that you get all the information necessary before making your final decision.
In California, state law “… permits anyone to apply for permission to become a Deputy Commissioner of Marriages — the grant of authority is valid for one day — and thus officiate at the wedding of family or friends on that one day.” So, go ahead and pop the question to your loved ones …”Will You Marry Us?” Ask your friend who matched you two together … heck, ask your attorney. (Hmm, maybe not the attorney.)
Each state has different rules and regulations. Here is a great site for more information about each state.