|Posted on June 16, 2017 at 1:25 PM|
Important Notice to Prospective Couples getting Married in Virginia
Every religious and civil marriage celebrant in Virginia must have obtained authorization from a Virginia Circuit Court to perform wedding ceremonies.
THREE (3) Questions You Should Ask Your Celebrant Before You Get Married:
1. Has your celebrant (either religious or civil) been authorized by a Circuit Court in Virginia to perform wedding ceremonies?
2. Does your celebrant know the location (county or city) of the Circuit Court that gave him/her the authority to perform wedding ceremonies?
3. Does your celebrant know the year the Circuit Court gave him/her the authority to perform wedding ceremonies?
If your celebrant answers YES to all of these questions, then your celebrant has been authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in Virginia.
If your celebrant answers NO to any of these questions, DO NOT GET MARRIED until either:
(i) your celebrant obtains a court order from a Circuit Court in Virginia authorizing him/her to perform wedding ceremonies; OR
(ii) you select another celebrant who is authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in Virginia.
Bryce Hall, Marriage Officiant, has been a court-appointed Marriage Commissioner since 2009.
Commonwealth of Virginia - Listing of Circuit Courts
Q. I promised my best friend that he could officiate my marriage ceremony. What should I do?
In Virginia, obtaining a one-time, court order to officiate can be challenging and time consuming.
Bryce Hall, Marriage Officiant, will be happy to meet with you prior to your big day and perform your official and legal civil marriage ceremony. Your favorite family member or friend can then officiate on your big day and no one will know but YOU!
Q. My Celebrant was not authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in Virginia and we are already married. What should we do?
If you already had your wedding performed by a non-authorized celebrant, you may need to have your marriage affirmed by the Circuit Court of Virginia that issued the license. Contact your Courthouse to discuss your options. You may need to hire an attorney to assist you with this process.
Special Note: One local couple discovered that their celebrant was not authorized to perform their marriage ceremony.......after two years of being married. They asked me to officiate right way to make it "legal".
Bryce Hall - Marriage Officiant
Categories: Make it Legal