My fiance and I are planning to get married next year, and we would like to ask a dear family friend to officiate the wedding. I want to know if there are any drawbacks/difficulties that we may not have thought of.
The wedding will take place in Minnesota, and I have looked up the general process. I know that Family Friend (FF) will need to be ordained, and have located several online sites that seem innocuous* and assert that they will be sufficient for a Minnesota wedding. However, I have some concerns before we go ahead and ask FF to do this. If you are (or are close with) a wedding officiant who was ordained online, I would really appreciate your feedback!
1. FF is a professional in a somewhat public role, where people might google his/her name (think doctor, lawyer, accountant, etc). Is there any sort of official record (online or off) of being ordained through one of these sites?
2. *Re: "innocuous" -- this has two parts:
2.a. We definitely want to be sure that any of these online sites are consistent with our values, and don't involve any wacky anti-gay agenda (we are a heterosexual couple). The few sites we've found seem to be okay (see here
, last question on the page), but anything we should look out for in this regard?
2.b. FF is Catholic, although not a conservative one. We want to be sure that we are not asking him/her to do anything that would conflict with his/her beliefs. Again, the sites we have found are fairly bland in terms of their religious ideology -- can you think of anything we might be missing here, or other concerns FF might have about this that we could try to assuage?
Thanks in advance for your help!