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    In a register office it will be the registrar.

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    In a civil ceromony, the officiant is sometimes a "justice of the peace".

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    In a civil ceremony, the officiant is sometimes a "justice of the peace".
    At a humanist wedding, it's a "celebrant" although I have heard the phrase "humanist minister" used once at a funeral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susiedq View Post
    bishop, vicar, priest, deacon, minister, pastor, reverend . . .

    Yes, it depends upon the denomination.

    For sure it will be a "church official" who will perform the ceremony.
    The ceremony in the US can also be performed by a justice of the peace, a judge or any other civil official licensed to perform a marriage ceremony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    At a humanist wedding, it's a "celebrant" although I have heard the phrase "humanist minister" used once at a funeral.
    In the wedding ceremonies in which I have officiated, we have used 'celebrant'.

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    #16

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    And if you live in Pennsylvania or Maryland, which have strong Quaker populations, in which there is no "minister" you can join yourselves in marriage, as long as you have two witnesses.

    I did that. Our friends witnessed us "unite ourselves in marriage." Pretty cool, huh?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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