Post # 1
FI and I would really love to ask my cousin to get ordained to marry us but we’re not sure if it would be legal in NY. I’ve tried contacting the county clerk but they are pretty much the hardest people to get ahold of (bastards never return a damn phone call). I’ve been looking into the marriage laws for NY state and it says that “a member of the clergy or minister who has been officially ordained and granted authority to perform marriage ceremonies from a governing church body in accordance with the rules and regulations of the church body” could legally marry us.
Is the Universal Life Church considered a governing church body? Does anyone have experience with this, specifically in NY state?
Post # 3
@UpstateCait: That was essentially what GA county law said and we were married by our friend who got ordained online through the Universal Life church! I think its fine – you could always ask when you go to get your marriage license!
Post # 4
@PitBulLover: NY state likes to make everything difficult for their residents so I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t consider ULC an actual church. Hopefully someone from the damn town will return my call. I’ve always wanted to be married by someone close to us. It must have been awesome to have your friend marry you!
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I used ULC and did my friends wedding in Ithaca, and also registered with NYC, so it’s no problem.
Post # 6
@hermitcrab: Awesome! Is it really just as easy as signing up online and printing some stuff out? Is there a fee?
Post # 7
@UpstateCait: It is really just that easy! Our friend was “ordained” in a matter of minutes and he is now a card carrying Reverend! It was awesome to have him marry us! He had never performed a wedding ceremony before (or anything for that matter) but he did awesome. EVeryone thought that was his full time job!
Post # 8
hey! I’m in NY State and I had a friend of ours get ordained online to marry us.
It really is that easy. Since you’re not in NYC s/he can file for the generic online version that is free. They don’t even have to request for the paper in the mail. Your friend will get an email certificate that states they are a minister/reverend/etc. My friend printed it out and brought it with her on the day of but she didn’t need it. We didn’t have to send it in with our marriage license application or anything.
The one thing I would do is to call the local town clerk where you are filing your marriage license and make sure they do not have any extra stipulations.
It’s really that easy!
Both I and my friend did this for our wedding. Completely legit!
Post # 9
This makes me so happy! I really didn’t want to have to pick some random dude out of the phone book to marry us. I’m planning on asking my cousin if she’ll do it this weekend! Thanks guys! =)
Post # 10
go down to the town hall and personally ask