Performing an upcoming wedding in New Haven County? Congratulations! Presiding over a wedding ceremony is one of life's great memorable experiences. However, this important role also brings with it considerable responsibility. In this guide, we'll dive into the process in detail to make sure you’re aware of what exactly will be required of you. We'll cover details like how to prepare for a wedding ceremony, how to check the officiant requirements in your area, and how to make sure the marriage is legally recorded in New Haven County.
1 How to Get Ordained as a Minister in New Haven County
If you haven't already, you'll first need to get ordained as a minister of the Universal Life Church. This might sound a bit intimidating on its face, but we promise the process is simple. ULC ordination can be completed online, free of charge, and will provide you the power to perform legal wedding ceremonies! Best of all, getting ordained takes only a few minutes. You can get started by tapping the button below!
Key Info for Ministers in New Haven County
- ULC Ordination Accepted:
- Minister Registration Required:
- Documents Required:
- Minister's Residency:
- Minister's Minimum Age:
2 How to Officiate a Wedding in New Haven County
The next step is an important one. Once ordained, you'll want to get in touch with the government office in charge of handling marriages in New Haven County. Explain to the office that you’re an ordained minister wishing to know what documentation or information they need to see prior to you performing a wedding in their district.
If you scroll down to the next section, you'll find contact information for the relevant office in New Haven County listed.
3 What You'll Need to Officiate in New Haven County
After learning what you'll need to officiate, you can visit our online catalog to order any documents or supplies for the ceremony. For New Haven County we typically advise ministers get an Ordination Package, but your conversation with local officials will give you a more specific idea of what to include in your order.
4 How New Haven County Marriage Licenses Work
Now you’re ready to officiate the wedding! If it’s your first time officiating (or even if it’s not) be sure to check out our wedding training center for helpful tips and tools.
After the ceremony is over, the last important box to check is filling out the marriage license. In New Haven County, this license is valid for 65 days, there is no mandatory waiting period, and the completed license must be returned before its listed expiration date. If you're unfamiliar with the process of filling out this document, please visit our marriage license training guide.
- Marriage License Waiting Period:
- 0 Days
- Marriage License Valid For:
- 65 Days
- Return Within:
- By first week of month following ceremony
5 What to Know About New Haven County Weddings
New Haven County, named for the eponymous city, is located in the southwestern part of Connecticut. The city's elms make for lovely wedding photos, and the city isn't called the "Cultural Capital of Connecticut" for no reason. There's lots for you and your wedding guests to do while in town -- there are plenty of theaters, museums, and music venues, and if you're willing to make a short drive, you can find yourself on the picturesque northeastern shore.