Did you know that Florida Notaries can perform marriage ceremonies?
A notary public is authorized to solemnize the rites of matrimony. For solemnizing the rites of matrimony, the fee of a notary public cannot exceed the fee charged by the Clerk of the Circuit Courts.
Those persons who can perform (solemnize) matrimony are all regularly ordained ministers of the gospel or elders in communion with some church, or other ordained clergy, and all judicial officers, including retired judicial officers, clerks of the circuit courts, and notaries public of this state can solemnize the rights of matrimonial contract, under the regulations prescribed by law.
Before a notary can solemnize any marriage, the Notary Public must be given the marriage license that was issued to the marriage parties and within 10 days after solemnizing the marriage, the Notary Public will send the marriage license with the Notary Stamp on the license to the office of the county court judge or clerk of the circuit court from which it issued.
Many Notaries provide additional services related to the wedding, such as flowers, reception, photographer, etc., and have a right to be compensated for these services. If you charge for extras, we recommend that you provide your customers with an itemized list of charges before the wedding ceremony in order to prevent any misunderstanding about your fees.A marriage or wedding officiant is a person who officiates at a wedding ceremony. Some non-religious couples get married by a government official, such as a civil celebrant, judge, mayor, a Florida Notary Public or Justice of the peace. In the USA a marriage officiant is a civil officer such as a justice of the peace who performs acts of marriage or civil union. Their main responsibility is to witness the consent of the intended spouses for the wedding license and hence validate the marriage or civil union for legal purposes.
In the United States, Canada and several other countries around the world, a celebrant is a person who performs religious or secular celebrancy services for weddings, funerals, child namings, coming of age ceremonies, and other rituals.
Most celebrants are ordained clergy (such as a Christian pastor), while some are legal officials (usually (in some states) civil celebrants or judges). In Humanistweddings, a Humanist Officiantpresides.
Celebrants may perform alternative and nontraditional ceremonies in places, and under circumstances where mainstream religious clergy will not. Some celebrants perform same-sex weddings and commitment ceremonies. Celebrants, also called officiants, often perform ceremonies in parks, on beaches, on mountains, on boats, on hiking trails, in hotels, in banquet halls, in private homes, and many other places.
Laws in each state of the United States vary about who has the ability to perform wedding ceremonies, but celebrants or officiants are usually categorized as "clergy" and have the same rights and responsibilities as ordained clergy. There is some controversy over whether these laws promote religious privilege that is incompatible with the United States Constitution.
In the United States, celebrants are professional ceremony officiants who believe in the power and effectiveness of ceremony and ritual to serve basic needs of society and the individual. They collaborate with their clients to create and perform personalised ceremonies that reflect the client’s beliefs, philosophy of life, and personality, not the celebrant’s.
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Please be sure to FIRST obtain your official MARRIAGE LICENSE from either the Miami-Dade County Court or the Broward County Court
For the convenience of the citizens of Miami-Dade County, the Clerk's Office has six (6) full-service District Court locations and the Central Marriage License Bureau in Downtown Miami.
Broward County Court Information
Mott Marvin Kornicki, Florida Notary Public • Wedding Officiant • Apostille