Shenae Grimes and Josh Beech exchanged “non-religious” vows at their “dedication of marriage” event, according to the May 27, 2013 edition of US Weekly magazine. The bride wore black. Can you proclaim yourselves married without a religious ceremony? In Louisiana, no religious ceremony is required for a legal marriage. However, a marriage must be performed by a person licensed to do so by the State. As long as that person performs a ceremony, there are no particular rules concerning what that ceremony must entail. Before or after, the happy couple can dedicate or declare themselves married in any way they see fit. However, in the eyes of the law they are still single until they comply with the formalities.