(Closed) Does anyone know what it takes to make someone an officiant?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Sure! Our friend was our officiant and he was ordained online! Just go to http://www.themonastery.org/, have them fill out the form, print it, and you’re done! It’s free! But – call the city and county where you’ll be married and make sure THEY recognize an online ordainment to be legit. It varies by city/county/state.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

It varies by state. You can probably find it somewhere on your state website.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Oh, and some states/cities/whatever have requirements that officiants say certain things for the vows to be legit – so ask about that, too. And when you get your marriage license, your officiant will sign it after the vows, and you’ll send it off and get your marriage certificate. It’s really easy.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Yep, as the others have said, it depends on the state. My husband has officiated a wedding, and is about to do another one in May – and all he had to do was get his notary license!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

That’s true, I forgot about notaries. In some states, that works. Heck, I can marry anyone in Georgia!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Aileen, I would still double-check with your state.  A lot of states say that the Universal Life Church doesn’t qualify because they don’t have an active ministry and the religious leaders’ only reposnsiblity is to perform weddings (as opposed to holding regular mass, etc.).  If you call your county clerk (where you get your marriage license from) they should be able to tell you if the ULC is okay or if you need a “real” minister.  (I say this because my state has similar wording in its law but specifically does NOT allow people ordaned by the ULC.)

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