Marriage officiant is a civil officer who performs acts of marriage or civil union. Their main responsibility is to receive and witness the consent of the intended spouses and to ensure the legal formalities, and hence the validity of the marriage or civil union, observed.
Officiant's duties and responsibilities, as well as who may be an officiant vary among jurisdictions
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