Weddings

I can perform weddings as Jackson County Justice of the Peace either at in the conference room at my office in Medford ($100) or in Lithia Park, Ashland ($150). I am willing to perform weddings during evenings and weekends, depending on my schedule. The bride and groom need to first obtain a marriage license from any county clerk in Oregon.

There is normally a three day waiting period, but the clerk can waive that period. A license is valid for sixty days. The bride and groom need to have two witnesses for the ceremony, and the witnesses need to be at least 18 years of age. Feel free to bring your family, friends, camera and flowers.

Vows

I perform a simple civil ceremony that usually lasts around 15 minutes, including signing of the marriage certificate and wedding license paperwork. The vows I generally use are as follows:

Families and friends, we are assembled here in the presence of these witnesses to uphold (Bride) and (Groom) as they make their vows of marriage. We celebrate with them the love they have discovered in each other, and we support their decision to commit themselves to each other for life.

(Bride) and (Groom), your marriage is intended to join you for life in a relationship so intimate and personal that it can change your whole being. It offers you the hope and the promise of a love that is true and mature. To attain such love, you will have to commit yourself to each other freely and gladly for the sake of a richer and deeper life together.

(Optional) The Apostle Paul said in his first letter to the Corinthians: Love is patient and kind; Love is not jealous or boastful; Love is not arrogant or rude; Love does not insist on its own way; It does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right; Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

Do you, (Groom), take this woman to be your wedded wife, to love and respect her, honor and cherish her, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others, pledge to be faithful to her so long as you both shall live?

(I do!)

Do you, (Bride), in like manner solemnly agree to take this man as your wedded husband, to love and respect him; comfort, honor and keep him, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others, pledge to be faithful to him so long as you both shall live? (I do!)

Do you have the ring(s)? May these rings symbolize the purity and never-ending love you have for your chosen companion in life.

Repeat after me: This ring I give to you, in token and pledge, of our constant faith and abiding love.

(Repeat for second ring)

Now that (Bride) and (Groom) have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, and have given and received rings, under the authority of the laws of the State of Oregon , I pronounce that you are now husband and wife.

You may kiss the bride.

A blessing can then be said, such as: “May you see your children’s children. May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings. May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.”

Other readings or poems can be used in the place of the Corinthians quote.  Additional vows can be found online, such as: Elegant Vows or  Documents and Designs.


Please feel free to call me during normal business hours (Monday through Friday: 9 am to 5 pm, Pacific Standard Time) to set up an appointment: (541) 200-6300.

If you’d like more detailed information, please email my office: joe@joecharterlawoffice.com and I will send a PDF document with more detail as an attachment in an email. When you contact me, please make sure to include your name and the area of my legal services that interest you the most.

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