Links to a selection of ceremonies can be found below. However, it is recommended that you read the following material first.
Marriage is unique in that in most jurisdictions, a marriage conducted by an approved ordained minister has legal ramifications. A marriage is a union recognized, not just by the religious organization, but also by the State. That means, that for a marriage to be valid, the requirements of the State must be met.
It is your responsibility to determine and follow the laws governing marriage in your particular jurisdiction. Generally there are two elements to be aware of. First there are the laws governing the two individuals being married, and these laws cover issues such as (but not necessarily limited to) age, relationship, blood tests, licensing etc. And secondly, most jurisdictions require some form of registration of the ministry with the civil authority.
In some jurisdictions, it is sufficient to be ordained and authorized to perform marriages by the governing body of your Church which means no further action is required by our clergy in these areas. In some other jurisdictions, individual ministers have to register with local authorities such as the County Clerk. In others, registration is required by the Church at the State / Province / National level. This is something we expect Patriarchs / Matriarchs to work on. In the absence of a Patriarch, a Bishop in the jurisdiction should take on the responsibility. Or do it yourself.
If you find yourself having to resolve the registration situation yourself, we suggest the following to research the issue:
If you find your local regulations too restrictive [for example, some jurisdictions require proof of a minimum size congregation meeting weekly] then there may be alternative means of obtaining authority to perform civil marriages, such as becoming a marriage commissioner, justice of the peace etc.
Note: Some jurisdictions limit clerical marriage authority to "Ministers of the Gospel." In countries which claim separation of Church and State, it is not logical that this is intended to limit such authority to Christian clergy. Accordingly, we believe such laws refer to the broad definition rather than the narrow. Within the Church of the Apathetic Agnostic, the Gospel is made up of the following sections of the main web site: Discussion of the Articles of Faith; the Ethics section; and Meditations. These sections constitute Church Doctrine and the examples and parables which serve to teach the message of the Church. We consider all clergy ordained by the Church to be Ministers of the Gospel.
Marriage AuthorityThe resources below provide regulations for Marriage Authority in various US States. This is for information only; it does not alleviate you from the responsibility of determining and following current laws and regulations in your jurisdiction. Laws and regulations do change.
The Marriage Ceremony
An alternate option will be found at About.com which provides a Secular Wedding Ceremony written by Nina Callaway
And this wedding site offers several Non-Religious Ceremonies .
broken link fixed 31 August 2009