Anyone here a wedding officiant/marriage commissioner?

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
15019 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am as is my husband and my dad. I’ve done a wedding for some friends, my husband has done a few family weddings, and my dad has done a dozen or so including ours. We also went through the universal church but we found out later that you don’t actually need it here in our state. I did married two male friends in Iowa so I did need the certification. 

Post # 4
771 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@sienna76:  both fiancé and I literally did this 2 days ago. we haven’t ordered the documentation yet but it seems legit ( depending on state laws). We just gave our information and were ordained:)

Post # 6
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @sienna76:  I just want to say I think that this is a FABULOUS idea for you… as I followed your Wedding Journey from its early days.

I’ve considered it too as maybe a Retirement thing for myself (what a WONDERFUL thing it would be to bring two people in LOVE together)…

BUT alas I live in Canada, and getting legally registered to do this is not nearly as easy as it is in the USA… at least in Ontario, you have to be a fully ordained “recognized” Minister, and that is a complicated process.

Frown *Frowny Face*


Post # 7
771 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@sienna76:  yes. We did universal life church and if you google it has a facts page etc. it even provides state links to see if you have to do anything further.

Post # 9
293 posts
Helper bee

Yes, I am one. I went through it just to see how difficult the process is— it isn’t at all. I want to have a friend officiate my wedding since I’m an atheist and I would probably punch someone for sneaking in a Bible verse or an anti-gay comment.


That link provides specific info for CA, but a lot is relevent to other states, too. And the ministry that I joined is also linked there. It’s called the American Marriage Ministries, so its name makes it pretty obvious you’re only a minister for wedding purposes.

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