An Ohio caterer saved a wedding, and it wasn’t with the potato bar.

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Inside the Law: Who Can Officiate at a Wedding?

November 02, 2018 - 4:30 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  An Ohio caterer saved a wedding, and it wasn't with the potato bar. 

The officiant at an Ohio wedding fell during the rehearsal the night before a wedding and broke her ankle, requiring surgery. But then the catering manager stepped in and performed the ceremony, saving the wedding. 

So any random guy can wipe off his hands, throw off his apron and perform a wedding? 

Under the law, it's not quite that easy. It turns out that the caterer was, in fact, coincidentally, an ordained minister. 

You don't need a religious officiant. In all states, you can be married by a judge or magistrate. But in most states, you do need to get documentation to show you've gotten a temporary officiant designation. 

The laws on who can get that paperwork vary by state and even by county. Some counties don't allow officiants to be ordained over the internet, so look up the laws in your county.

And you might also want to look up a good salmon cake recipe in case your caterer becomes otherwise occupied.