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Who is the officant?

Here in Il. when you get married its by a judge, retired or a church clergy(any demoniation)....The fees are outrageous. $ 600 or more!!! Does anyone from the Chicago area known of a solution to this issue. This is  a DIY wedding, very very limited budget
....any suggestions?Yell

Re: Who is the officant?

  • We got married at DuPage Co. courthouse.  It was $60 total.  Fifty for the license and ten for the judge.  Check your counties fees.

    You ARE limited tho as to when the ceremonies are performed.  In DuPage it's Friday mornings at 11:00 AM upwards to 1 PM and its first come/first married
  • edited May 2011
    Wow. In MA it is much cheaper.

    <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.mjpa.org/">http://www.mjpa.org/</a>[QUOTE]
    <ul><li style="padding-bottom:10px;">A Justice of the Peace may charge a maximum fee of one hundred ($100) dollars to solemnize a marriage within their home community, or a maximum of one hundred and fifty ($150) dollars if the ceremony is performed in any other municipality in the commonwealth.</li><li style="padding-bottom:10px;">An additional fee may be charged for prenuptial counseling conferences, rehearsals, and other special requests by the couple whose marriage is being solemnized; provided, however, that the amount of these additional charges must be disclosed in writing to the couple whose marriage is being solemnized at least forty-eight hours before the rending of these services. G.L. c. 262, § 35[/QUOTE]</li></ul>In MA you can also get someone designated for a day to perform your service--like a friend or relative. I don't know if there would be anything in your state like that, but you might ask.
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  • I'm in Kane county - our license cost $27, and the JOP service is going to cost $10.

    But this is being done at the courthouse for the legal aspects only.  Our ceremony is actually in Mexico.

  • Have a friend or relative take the online courses, get ordained, and they can marry you. Not only does it save money, but it's nice to have a familiar face up there rather than a stranger.

    http://www.universalministries.com/doctrine.html
  • cshulercshuler member
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    I found one that is cheaper. Hope this helps.


    http://chicagoweddingjudge.com/index.html

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  • Make sure that's legal in your state first-it's not everywhere.
  • There was a rabbi who I wanted to marry us and he said he charges $800.  Needless to say we are not using him.
  • needle&threadneedle&thread member
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    edited May 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_40-plus-brides_officant?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special Topic Wedding BoardsForum:69dea60c-2319-4015-8380-4a5cc0f18476Discussion:a63c85d7-0247-4182-b782-5ec50fee42c6Post:83aa4bf8-681b-4c2a-a849-e8dbb120e507">Re: Who is the officant?</a>:
    [QUOTE]We got married at DuPage Co. courthouse.  It was $60 total.  Fifty for the license and ten for the judge.  Check your counties fees. You ARE limited tho as to when the ceremonies are performed.  In DuPage it's Friday mornings at 11:00 AM upwards to 1 PM and its first come/first married
    Posted by Marrin713[/QUOTE]

    THIS...I would do (if its the same state)...and then do the wedding when I wanted...so do the $60 thing first (Friday at 11-1) and no one has to know...and still have the (Saturday) wedding as if you aren't already married...

    OR THIS...even better...

    Kane county - our license cost $27, and the JOP service is going to cost $10.
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  • Come back OP.....come back.

    Needles - everyone knew that we were getting married on Fri. (had the reception on Sunday evening).  Some were able to come but most weren't due to the time.
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