Some states make it easy to get married; others make it more difficult.
I imagine that Colorado (the state Matt and I got married in) is among the easiest.
- A marriage license only cost 10 bucks
- No blood test was required
- You can marry your first cousin, if you really want to
- You can sign the certificate yourselves and officially be your own officiants if you want to
I have this idea--correct me if I'm wrong--that you can basically do whatever the heck you want during the ceremony, as long as you follow the official protocol for getting a marriage license, getting it signed by the right people, and mailing it in. Is that right?
In other words, if you live in a state that only allows real ministers or real court people to solemnize a marriage, couldn't you make a side trip to the court to get officially married and then proceed with the ceremony how you want? With whomever you want leading it?
It seems like an easy way to get around a lot of hassle.