Post # 1
My fiance and I are christians but we don’t attend church often and don’t have a preacher that we BOTH know and would want to perform our ceremony. I have been a little stressed out about it because I want it to be personal. My mom heard that basically anyone can go online and get ordained and then can perform the ceremony. We would love my brother to do it since we’re both so close to him but I want us to be legally married. Does anyone know more about this? We live in and will be married in Louisiana. Thanl you!!
Post # 3
Yes getting ordained online is legit BUT it depends on what state you live in. Do a google search for ordained online or something similar and you should be able to find some info. One of the ministries that does online ordination also has a link for each state available if you need info about the law in your state. Sorry, I couldn’t be more specific. My FI and I are also considering have a friend marry us after an online ordination.
Post # 4
yes, you can get ordained online
Post # 5
As pp mentioned it depends on the state. My husband was ordained online when he was in collage and used to joke to his friends that he can marry them. Well, a few years back one of his friends got engaged and asked him to do the ceremony! He agreed and has now completed a total of 2 marriage ceremonies…one dressed as Mario (Halloween wedding). But we live in CA. Check your local laws.
Post # 6
My best friend (since pre-school), William was our officiant. He lives in California, and we got married in Wisconsin–he did it online and said it took about 6 minutes
Its free but for a few bucks they’ll send you an official laminated card.
Post # 7
DEFINITELY check your state laws…it depends on the state. I was told that you can’t do it in PA…
Post # 8
Check state and county laws. It is legit, but they differ depending on where you are.
Post # 9
In addition to what others have said about checking local laws, be aware that not many states have ruled on the validity of marriages performed by those ordained online. I’ve been told before that the states that have are pretty evenly split. If your state hasn’t made a ruling as of yet, there’s a small risk that sometime in the future a law will come to pass invalidating marriages performed by Internet-ordained clergy. I know it sounds like something out of a movie, but it’s a chance that you’re taking.
Post # 10
@Sweet Melissa: in a case like this, wouldn’t they grandfather you in though? Most websites I’ve come across through the state/county have a stance on it.
Post # 11
Some will say that it’s not and you might find out 50 years in the future that you are in fact not legally married according to the court.
But IMO it is legit. I called my local town clerk. Called the local town clerk of where I was getting married and both told me it was legit.
I have my marriage certificate that is a legal paper stating that I’m married.
So IMO it’s legit.
Definitely check with your local town clerk.
Post # 12
@tee22: Yeah, I would hope that they would grandfather you in even if they rescinded your officiant’s authority to marry. It’s just something I’ve been warned of, though.
Post # 13
It’s true that some state don’t recognize online ordaned ministers. However, if you’re in one of these states, but still feel really strongly about having your brother be your officiant, go for it, and just have a civil ceremony either before or after your wedding. I mean, technically in the eyes of the law, no one is REALLY married till their paper work is filed (which never ACTUALLY happens on ones wedding day), so WHEN you consider yourself married is really subjective. If you have a ceremony where your brother marries you, then that’s when you consider yourselves married. Just take care of the legal aspect in court when you get back from your honeymoon if your state requires it. I kind of even like the idea of a quiet personal little wedding ceremony after all the festivities have died out.
Post # 14
I recently became ordained for the wedding of my FBI and his new wife. I live in Indiana, and checked with the online information and our local county clerk and I am in fact – legal.
Heres a link you can look up all states and some different countries laws:
Post # 15
I was ordained in under 5 minutes using http://www.themonastery.org/?destination=ordination&gclid=CPfU0eTZ86wCFQVwhwod1AKBTg the entire process was 100% legit safe and fast! like i said it only took 5 minutes. now i can legally perform my own weddings regardless of what church or religion i belong to. i would HIGHLY recommend this to anybody interested
Post # 16
Yes, my dad was wed by his friend who was ordained online, however he made mistakes 3 times (misspellings, etc) and their marriage was not final until like 3 months after the wedding ceremony.