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joyfully request the pleasure of your company
as we speak our vows and join in marriage
in the presence of family and friends.
What is a self-uniting Marriage?
A self-uniting marriage is one in which the couple are married without the presence of a third-party officiant. Currently eight states and the District of Columbia legally recognize self-uniting marriages, with requirements and restrictions that vary by state. In Pennsylvania, self-uniting marriages have been legally recognized since 1681 due to the large presence and influence of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), who do not appoint or recognize clergy. In a Quaker marriage the bride and groom rise and speak their vows during a meeting for worship. All those present at the meeting serve as witnesses and sign the marriage certificate.