What are the duties of a Marriage Officer?
Keep in mind that opinions of what constitutes Marriage Officer “duties” may well differ from person to person. But this does include the non-negotiables. This list is based on my 19 years as a Marriage Officer who has presided at over 1500 weddings.
The legal stuff
- Collect all required documentation from wedding couple: ID copies, ID photo, divorce decree and witness IDs.
- Verify that couples have fulfilled requirements to be married: Age, marital status, resident status if a foreigner, etc.
- Complete the register as required with all information and see to it that it is signed by the couple as well as their 2 witnesses and signing it himself.
- Complete the a Marriage Certificate and provide this to the couple immediately on signing of the register.
- Submit the register and all accompanying documentation to Home Affairs and verify that they have registered the marriage.
- If there is any issue with registering he or she is to complete what is necessary and it is registered.
- Advise couples on any delays or problems with registration and how they will be resolved.
- Meet with the couple and discuss their ceremony needs. Advise and guide until a suitable ceremony has been planned.
- Take calls and/or emails or meetings to be sure all questions are answered and the couple are comfortable with what will happen on the day.
- Dress appropriately for the occasion and any requirements stipulated by couples.
- Arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the ceremony. Check with with the venue and DJ and coordinate as needed.
- Deliver an outstanding ceremony according to a couples wishes and directions!
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