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Who Can Perform My Handfasting?

By January 12, 2014

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Reader Doctore says, "My fiancee and I are planning a handfasting ceremony for this summer. We want it to be a legal marriage as well, recognized by our state. We're confused about who we can have perform our ceremony - I've read that just because someone is clergy doesn't mean they can legally sign off on our marriage license. We'd like to ask a local High Priest, but I've heard his licensing is from an online service and I don't know if that's going to count. Help!

Well, the answer to the question "Who can perform my handfasting?" is a little more complicated than you'd expect. If a couple like Doctore and his fiancee want a marriage that's legally recognized by the state, that's slightly different than a handfasting which is strictly ceremonial. Read on to find out why this is a complex issue, and what Doctore should look out for: Who Can Perform a Handfasting?
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January 13, 2014 at 7:52 pm
(1) Keekee Smith says:

My father in law performed my handfasting, and he is also a man of the cloth. So your handfasting could be spiritual, and legal in the eyes of the state.

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