If you were considering having a friend or family member, or someone who is ordained online perform the ceremony and getting a single-event officiant permit for them is too much of a hassle, we’re here to help.
There have been 5 bills before our state legislature since 2015 trying to expand on who has authority to sign a marriage license. None of them have passed. Online-ordained officiants and lay individuals do not have authority to perform marriage ceremonies in New York State that cannot later be deemed invalid without a special single-use permit.
You can find out much more about this by clicking here and here.
But don’t worry! If your heart is set on having your friend or family member perform your ceremony, The Officiants at Church of Ancient Ways can provide a 100% legally ordained wedding officiant to sign your marriage license any time up to and including the day of your wedding!
Here are a few ways it can work: