Marriage is tricky business. The steps required for getting legally married from country to country can vary wildly. Even within in the United States, the process can be incredibly different from state-to-state and even from county-to-county within a state. Confusing, right? That's why we've done the hard work of compiling all these wide-ranging requirements from across the U.S. and its territories into a set of comprehensive guide for how to get legally married in your area.

If you plan on getting married or performing a wedding ceremony, use the below to find a step-by-step guide that explains the process in its entirety and to further understand the marriage laws in your area. Click on the state where the ceremony will be held for a detailed tutorial on the steps required for a successful wedding in that state.

If you are located outside of the United States, we may have additional information for your country below. Keep scrolling!

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How to Become an Ordained Minister

The specific requirements for wedding ministers, like the documents necessary to perform a marriage, also vary from one location to another. The first step in the process is to ensure that you have become a minister by getting ordained online with a valid religious organization like the Universal Life Church Monastery. Legal online ordinations from the Universal Life Church are accepted in almost every area of the United States, the only exceptions being Virginia and some parts of Pennsylvania.

Ordained Minister License

After becoming ordained, you should check the marriage laws of the state you'll be performing a wedding in and contact the office of the local marriage authority (usually the county clerk) to confirm what you need. Then, purchase the required minister certificate or ordained minister license to perform the wedding. Additionally, the Universal Life Church offers minister training to help new ministers prepare for weddings and other ceremonies.

How to Get Married Internationally

Ministers ordained online by the Universal Life Church have also found success in some international areas. You can view detailed explanations of international marriage laws for select countries below.

State Wedding Laws