Most people don’t know what a wedding officiant is. Simply, it is any person who is authorized to solemnize a couple’s marriage. In other words, a wedding officiant is any person with the legal authority to perform a valid marriage ceremony for a couple who has acquired a valid marriage license.
What is a wedding officiant? Section 400 of the California Family Code provides that marriages may be solemnized by any of the following who is 18 years of age or older:
* A minister, priest, rabbi or other authorized person of any religious denomination
* An active or retired judge, an active or retired commissioner of civil marriages, or an active or retired commissioner or assistant commissioner of a California court of record
* A judge or magistrate who has resigned from office
* Any active or retired judge or magistrate of the United States Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, District Court, Bankruptcy Court, Tax Court
* A legislator of constitutional officer of California or an member of Congress who represents a district with California.
Either way, you are married after you’ve gone through the paperwork and the ceremony. And that is what a wedding officiant is.