Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Cook County. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Cook County. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in Cook County, Illinois.
- ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
- Does Ordination Expire: No
- Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
- Minister's Minimum Age: 18
1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Cook County
If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!
2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Cook County
Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.
3 License to Marry in Cook County
After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. This could vary widely county-by-county, so be sure you pay careful attention to the requirements given to you by the department that grants marriage license in the Cook County office.
4 How to Perform a Wedding in Cook County
Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Cook County marriage license from the appropriate office. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office before its expiry.
At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Cook County, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Cook County wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.