This year I will be performing a ceremony in Pennsylvania. Maybe I will peform a ceremony in Texas too….Is this possible? Yes, my ordination allows this, but each state is different and each state has its own way of doing business. I will have to deal with this when I get to it. But in the mean time, I think it is important to understand the law.
Some states require witnesses. Some states, like Maryland don’t. Some states require witnessess to sign the marriage document. Some don’t. Some states require the officiant register at each county clerks office, some don’t. In a few days I’m going to Virginia to register, as I just found out I can officiate there. In December, I’m moving to San Antonio, TX, where I will also officiate ceremonies over the winter months. As I did in Pennsylvania and in Maryland, I contacted the state and the county offices to see what steps I needed to take. I will do the same in Virginia and in Texas.
Each state manages its civil ceremonies differently. So, I just need to pay attention and do the right thing.