(Closed) Confused about ordained ministers..help?

posted 8 years ago in Secular
Post # 3
1778 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Check out this site, it has a LOT of good references. 


Your brother can do it online and can be ordained through a non dominational church or even through a church that has no believe in higher powers (aka personal spirituality vs. religion).


Good luck, hope this helps!

Post # 5
1778 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The person who marries you will have to fill out and usually send in your marriage license for it to be legal. My fiance and I are not religious either and our DJ is an ordained minister, so we figured hey… why not have HIM marry us as well.

Getting ordained online is simple and easy.  As long as your brother is ordained with some organization, it will be fine.

Post # 7
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If Pennsylvania does not recognize an ordained person that does not have a congregation, then someone ordained online cannot be your official “officiant.”  However, Pennsylvania has what they call a “self-uniting” ceremony, which means that the two of you can agree to be married without an officiant at all.  Even if you chose to have your brother conducting a ceremony, you wouldn’t have to worry about his credentials if you went through the self-uniting procedures.

Post # 8
1135 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

The online church that we used to ordain our BIL (and the one we used when Darling Husband got ordained to perform his sisters’ weddings) has two principles:

1) Do good.

2) Religious freedom for everyone.

It’s the Universal Life Church–I don’t think it’s hypocritical to use because, while we are not religious, we believe in both the tenets of this particular organization.  It’s not like Darling Husband and BIL got ordained in an online Christian church.  I wouldn’t worry about that part.  

Before we made the decision, I was a little confused about what Tennessee would allow, because the wording of their marriage laws seemed to preclude this type of thing.  So I just called the office that issues marriage licenses (in our case, the Office of the County Clerk) and asked.  They were really helpful and we determined that a marriage performed under these circumstances would be totally legal.  I suggest you do the same thing so that you get the answer straight from the horse’s mouth and you’ll know for sure that your plans will work!

Good luck!

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