They say if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. That may even be true for getting married.

A do-it-yourself marriage is one way for a couple to eliminate some pesky problems like accommodating families with dueling religious beliefs, blended families who don’t get along, the long wait for the venue for the ceremony, or the couple’s wish to have their ceremony sooner rather than later.

The beauty of a self-uniting marriage is it allows a couple the freedom to create a unique and meaningful event with only those elements that are important to them. The couple may perform their self-uniting ceremony in any setting, with any number of guests, as long as there are two witnesses to the vows.

Self-uniting marriage is an option in Pennsylvania, one that’s authorized by state law.