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Someone to officiate a wedding ceremony in English (Zürich)

Hey!

I've been googling like a mad person, but can't seem to find anyone who is willing to officiate a wedding ceremony in English in Zürich...

Fine, I can find that the Stadthaus has certain times where English can be chosen as the language. But, if you want to ceremonial ("party") ceremony to be in English, you have a hard time finding someone.

To the issue belongs, that we do not want a religious ceremony for this, just one to which we can invite family and friends, held at a place of our choice (so, not the official, legal Ziviltrauung).

Will be very happy for any ideas or hints... Someone must have had this problem before, surely...?

Thanks a bunch!
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Old 08.07.2011, 11:46
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Re: Someone to officiate a wedding ceremony in English (Zürich)

Maybe be somewhat dumb here, but if it's not the legal/official one, couldn't it be any body who happens to speak English? Like a good friend?
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Re: Someone to officiate a wedding ceremony in English (Zürich)

A couple of years ago my son acted as official translator at a wedding service (from french into english), he had to sign a statement swearing that he'd done this correctly as apparently if someone later tried to claim the wedding invalid due to miswording he was responsible!
Perhaps they would allow something similar in Zurich?
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Re: Someone to officiate a wedding ceremony in English (Zürich)

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Maybe be somewhat dumb here, but if it's not the legal/official one, couldn't it be any body who happens to speak English?
That's right! **paging Wollishoffener**
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Re: Someone to officiate a wedding ceremony in English (Zürich)

As long as you do the Ziviltrauung first (this is important, nobody is allowed to 'marry' you in Switzerland unless you are already married!) you can choose whatever kind of ceremony you want afterward. Since the private ceremony has no legal significance, the person officiating doesn't have to be registered, licensed, "deputized" or anything like that. You can literally ask anyone you want.

Having said that - you probably want someone who's done this before, or at least has some public speaking experience of some sort.

You might try looking for a freie Theologe (basically means someone who is not a minister but performs rituals traditionally associated with the clergy, such as weddings and christenings) or if you explicitly don't want someone with a theological background of any sort, a freie Redner. You can also google terms such as Ritualbegleiter, Ritualgestalter, Hochzeitsredner... the list goes on. (Or any of these suffixed with "-in" of course. )


How's your German? freie Trauung englisch site:ch and you'll find loads.
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Re: Someone to officiate a wedding ceremony in English (Zürich)

i know of someone. we had a bilingual service and the pastor did a wonderful job. PM me if you're still looking for someone. he's not in zurich city. however, he lives in canton zurich, so i'm guessing travel wouldn't be too much of a problem.
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