*** I wasn't available to marry Jessi and Alex, so I trained their friend to conduct the symbolic ceremony. I arrived after the ceremony and we gathered in a private room with their witnesses for my simple, yet sweet ceremony and final paperwork!
Friend Conducting Ceremony
Yes - A friend can conduct your wedding ceremony!
Some people believe these ceremonies will cost less, but they require the same amount of time and costs for the Officiant in terms of communications and processing paper work. In some cases, they take more time because another party is now involved and must be trained on ensuring clarity on the elements of the ceremony that is symbolic and the parts of the Officiant to keep it legal. (See blog post on things to consider for this option, and the checklist for the Friend prior to the ceremony.)
The Marrying Lady would still conduct the ceremonious and legal aspects the paperwork. However, this can be completed after or before the family ceremony itself as long as the couple and the witnesses are present - consider an elopement/ paper signing as an option if you do not wish to interrupt the flow of the symbolic ceremony.