(Closed) Universal Life Church: Legit for NY marriages?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@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 # 5
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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 # 7
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@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
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010


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 # 10
374 posts
Helper bee

go down to the town hall and personally ask

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