Licensed wedding officiant for both traditional and non-traditional weddings. Ohio-based planning, consulting as well as the ceremony. Will travel.
Marriage is a solemn and exalted state, sanctified by the church, respected by society, and licensed by the State. Marriage is basically a contract between two parties: "The couple that is to be Wed" However, there is a third party to all contracts of marriage - the State. It is the State that, by law, provides conditions to and limitations of the marriage contract. A marriage license, issued by the State of Ohio, must be obtained before the Wedding Ceremony. Application must be made in person, at an Ohio County Courthouse by both parties. Please contact the local courthouse for more details. The License is good for 60 days. As of 1/1/2014 the fee when applying at the local courthouse is $50.00 for the license. (look close, they are spelling "OHIO") To be married within the state of Ohio, the license MUST be obtained in the county in which the marriage will be preformed. If both of the couple are residents of Ohio, you may obtain your license from a Town Clerk of your residence. If only one of you is a resident of Ohio go to the Town Clerk of that resident. In either circumstance, your license will be valid statewide. If neither partner are residents of Ohio you must apply for your license in the county where the marriage will take place. In other words, a couple who both reside in New Jersey ARE allowed to be married in Ohio if they obtain the license from an Ohio courthouse in the county the marriage will take place. One of the questions on your Marriage License Application will be "Who is expected to perform your marriage ceremony?" so be sure to bring my legal name, which is Kelly Gene Hess Do NOT bring a marriage license from your home state (outside of Ohio), I will NOT be allowed to sign it. It is customary for the Best Man to bring the Marriage License to the Minister immediately after the wedding ceremony has taken place. It is also customary immediately before the Wedding for the Best Man to give the Minister a sealed envelope with a donation of $200. This amount includes the amount of time that was spent in both emails and telephone calls refining your customized ceremony, the rehearsal as well as the actual ceremony. If the ceremony is out of the greater Akron/Canton/Cleveland area travel and hotel expenses should be included in the donation.
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