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 map or dropdown 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!
Additional county information is unavailable at this time.
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
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