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Looking for wedding "officiant"

Hi there,
Just wondering if anyone knows of anyone that could perform a non-religious wedding around Geneva.

My fiancé and I are getting married at the end of August and I am looking for someone to speak at the ceremony and "marry" us.
The civil ceremony will take place another day and we have chosen not to get married in a church. So, I don't know who could speak at the ceremony that we will have in front of our guests.

We will get married outside near Chamonix and it could be buddist, athiest, anything. I've already written the ceremony, and as a backup will ask different guests to say each part - but it's quite nice when one person talks for most of the ceremony.

Any help or stories on what you did would be great!
Isabelle
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Re: Looking for wedding "officiant"

In Switzerland you cannot marry in Church. You have to have a civil (registry) wedding first, then you can have whatever religious ceremony you like. But the one that counts is the one at the registry.

There's some info here. Take a look at the list of documents required and bring them along - they mean it!

BTW Chamonix is in France. Their rules are even stricter.
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Hi there,
Just wondering if anyone knows of anyone that could perform a non-religious wedding around Geneva.

My fiancé and I are getting married at the end of August and I am looking for someone to speak at the ceremony and "marry" us.
The civil ceremony will take place another day and we have chosen not to get married in a church. So, I don't know who could speak at the ceremony that we will have in front of our guests.

We will get married outside near Chamonix and it could be buddist, athiest, anything. I've already written the ceremony, and as a backup will ask different guests to say each part - but it's quite nice when one person talks for most of the ceremony.

Any help or stories on what you did would be great!
Isabelle

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Re: Looking for wedding "officiant"

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In Switzerland you cannot marry in Church. You have to have a civil (registry) wedding first, then you can have whatever religious ceremony you like. But the one that counts is the one at the registry.

There's some info here. Take a look at the list of documents required and bring them along - they mean it!

BTW Chamonix is in France. Their rules are even stricter.
I think that's why the OP put the word "Marry" in quotation marks. She also mentions the civil wedding.

If she wants to get friends and family together and for someone to say a few words - how is that against any law?
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Re: Looking for wedding "officiant"

thanks Tom.

yeah, we will be married at the Mairie in Switzerland. no issues there.

I am just looking for ideas of someone to talk at our non-religious ceremony in France - the ceremony where all our guests will be invited
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