Post # 1
has anyone ever done this? heck I don’t even know if ordained is the right word. Any family members or friends who officiated? how do you do this? we’re in michigan by the way if that makes a difference. Thinking of possibly doing this as it’ll save us money and we’re just repeating our vows in front of everyone. thanks !
Post # 3
@mrsrichardson12: yes! I had my mom officiate my wedding and she got ordained online. After she did the online thing which took all of 5 minutes she has to send some paperwork to Louisiana (where we got married) and then that was it. You should look up the laws for Michigan to see what the process is because every state is different.
Post # 4
My MOH for her wedding had one our friends officate her wedding, she got ordained over the internet. She just needed to send some paper work in with I believe where she got ordained.
Post # 5
We are doing this. It varies by state. In some states a person can be deputized to perform marriages for like a 24 hour period and they don’t even need to be ordained; in others you only need to be ordained (getting ordained online literally entails typing in your name and email address and clicking enter – go to the Universal Life Church website); in others you need to be ordained and file paperwork with the county clerk where the wedding will take place; and my understanding is that a few states do not recognize online ordination. So it depends! We’re getting married out of state and I didn’t want to just hire some stranger, seemed really weird. So FI’s best friend will marry us.
Post # 6
DH and I had our college coach officiate our wedding and he got ordained online. He didn’t even have to send in paperwork- I guess the county we got married in just trusts us to have a true officiant? It was super easy and free and took no time according to Coach!
Post # 7
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
We’re having a friend marry us. She got ordained by the Universal Life Church. SUper easy, and for free they give you a certificate. AND you can pick your title (FI is a Jedi Knight, officiant is a Reverend) For like $18 you can get a notarized letter certifying that you are ordained and can perform marriages. I recommend calling the county that issues your marriage license and asking someone, don’t rely on the websites because at least for MD they aren’t very detailed. You should be be fine having a friend do it, just check early to see what documentation they need.
Post # 8
Our Best Man got ordained so he could sign our licence. We went through the Universal Life Church, as PP mentioned. It was super easy and free 🙂 Make sure you look up the laws in the City/County/State you are getting married in so you don’t find out down the road that the ceremony wasnt legal!
Post # 9
My FIL got ordained from the Universal Life Church and we had no issues. They didn’t even ask to see his paperwork.
Post # 10
As some other posters, we had someone ordained by ULC. It was very easy. However, make sure you check with the laws of your state- you may need to take further steps to make sure the person is allowed to legalize your marriage. We had to send in a form & a certificate from ULC (got married in Ohio), and had to be “approved” (which I’m told everyone pretty much is).
Post # 11
My brother is doing ours. He didn’t become ordained for ours specifically, but rather for his friend’s wedding a few years ago. But it is the perfect way to make sure that EVERYONE at the wedding is someone close to us (or close to someone close to us, in the case of +1s — or +2s, in my brother’s case (going for the threesome, typical guy)).
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
I was going to have my uncle get ordained and officiate but then found out that my friends husband is already ordained so we are having him officiate instead. Since I never asked my uncle if he would do it or not.
Post # 13
I haven’t gotten this done for my own wedding, but I’m ordained and have done this for others. It really isn’t that hard, you just have to make sure you have the ordination certificate to give to the people at the county courthouse to put you on file as being legal to perform the ceremony (or at least that’s how it is in OK).