Post # 1
I have googled it and my uncle can be ordained to officiate our wedding and checked with our local laws and whatnot but there seems to be a ton of websites to become ordained on and it is becoming one more overwhelming thing on my list to do even though it really shouldn’t be that hard to jsut pick one.
So which one did you use? How long does it take to do? Did you run into any weird obstacles?
Post # 2
This is what I will ask my family member or friend to use: https://theamm.org/
Post # 3
I think it will vary greatly depending on where you live.
Post # 4
I didn’t realize you live in Istanbul. Maybe call the local government office for this sort of information?
Post # 5
or where you are getting married? Most governments recognize any marriage that is legal where it took place. If you are not getting married in Istanbul, you should check the requirements of the jurisdiction where the weddding will take place.
Post # 6
ALSWM: This is the one I’ve heard of most http://www.themonastery.org/ordination?gclid=Cj0KEQjwtvihBRCd8fyrtfHRlJEBEiQAQcubtC-4KWr5t6mIaTECksBZQuSRd2WjbHM3TKq8OcsRD-saAki-8P8HAQ
But be careful and check with your state laws. I know in VA you have to prove you are a minister with a congregation. So you can’t use the online minister route. But my county allows county residents a one day “officiant” license to marry someone in that county.
Post # 7
We will have a non-religious wedding ceremony… you do not have to be part of a religious group to be an ordained officiant do you?? I am so confused about all of this stuff. It especially does not help that all I can do is email back and forth to get this information from various people since I am not in the US to do the actual planning.
We are getting married in Louisiana, where I am from. We will have “pretend” ceremony in Istanbul a few months after the real thing so we can celebrate with everyone who wanted to be there but couldn’t make it.
Post # 8
ALSWM: It’s fairly easy to find the requirements of officiants online for any state.
Any ordained or licensed clergymen who have registered with the clerk of the district court of the parish or with the health department if in New Orleans, and justices of the peace.
It appears that they must also show they are in regular contact with a religious society.
Louisiana <br /> Ministers of the gospel or priests of any denomination in regular communion with any religious society may perform marriages. — Ministers must register with the clerk of the district court of the parish or with the health department if in New Orleans. — After performing a marriage, the minister must complete a marriage certificate and return it to the clerk of the district court. — For questions see the clerk of the district court.
I suggest you contact the district court with your questions.
Post # 9
ALSWM: We asked our friend to officiate our wedding and he got ordained at http://www.open-ministry.org. He lives in Oklahoma, and we live and got married in Maryland. From what he told us, it was a straight forward process and simple to do.
I do not believe you have to be part of a religious group to become ordained, since our now officiant is not. We had a non-religious ceremony as well and afterwards, all he had to do was sign the marriage license and send it back to our county court. Obviously, this was based off our specific county and state laws/rules, so yours may be different.
Post # 10
My best friend flew in from GA to CA to perform our cerimony. It was super simple he just submitted a one-time application to our recorder’s office and they made an appointment with him the week before our wedding. He was officially ordained for one day and the process was a piece of cake!