How To Perform A Wedding Ceremony - Become Ordained with the Universal Life Church
Are you interested in learning how to perform a wedding ceremony? The Universal Life Church Monastery’s online ordination allows anyone from anywhere in the world to perform a wedding ceremony in 47 US states. Simply complete the following two steps after you become ordained online and the county clerk for the county in which your friend or family member’s wedding will be located will allow you to file for a marriage license.
First, contact the county clerk of the county where the wedding will be performed and ask them if they accept the Universal Life Church’s ordination. County clerks from every state in the US except for Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia should reply that they do; if a clerk from one of the 47 other states says otherwise, please let us know and we will do all in our power to correct the mistaken county official so that you can get the permission you need to perform a wedding. Move onto the second step only once you have acquired said permission from the clerk of the county in question.
Materials That Will Help You Perform A Wedding
- A Wedding Ceremony To Remember
- Certificate of Marriage
Classic Wedding Package
Letter of Good Standing
Second, inquire about what forms of credentials and ministerial documentation you will be required to present to the clerk in order to successfully file for a marriage license. It is possible that you will not be required to present anything to the clerk; for example, a minister who performs a wedding in our home state of Washington doesn’t need anything other than their word that they have been ordained to file for a marriage license. Most states do require Universal Life Church ministers to bring at least an ordination credential, and occasionally some other forms of documentation, to prove that they are in fact wedding officiants. If the county you hope to perform a wedding ceremony in has such a requirement in place, know that you can find all the requisite documentation and credentials in the Ministry Products section of this site.
Completing the above two steps will give you all that you need to be recognized as a wedding officiant for your friend or family member’s wedding. If you have additional questions about the wedding itself, from deciding what to wear or how to plan the ceremony, please visit the Perform A Wedding section of this site.