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Performing an upcoming wedding in Kent 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 Kent County.

1 Become an Ordained Minister in Kent 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 Kent County

ULC Ordination Accepted:
Yes
Minister Registration Required:
No
Documents Required:
N/A
Minister's Residency:
Irrelevant
Minister's Minimum Age:
18

2 Confirm Wedding Officiant Requirements in Kent 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 Kent 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 Kent County listed.

Office Address:
555 Bay Rd
Dover, DE 19901
Office Phone Number:
(302) 744-2346
Office Website:
Kent County Office Website

3 Order Necessary Documentation to Officiate in Kent 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 Kent County we typically advise ministers get a Classic Wedding Package, but your conversation with local officials will give you a more specific idea of what to include in your order.

4 Officiate a Wedding and Fill Out the Kent County Marriage License

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 Kent County, this license is valid for 30 days, there is a mandatory one-day 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:
1 Day
Marriage License Valid For:
30 Days
Return Within:
By Expiration

5 How to Write a Wedding Officiant Script in Kent County

Pretty regularly, we receive calls from wedding officiants in Kent County who are looking for some help on what to say while they are officiating a wedding ceremony after they've become ordained online.

Once all the legal formalities are settled, the truly exciting part egins – planning and executing the ceremony itself! We totally understand that this whole process might be a bit overwhelming, especially for first-time wedding officiants - so we built a whole collection of online tools to help.

For Kent County wedding officiants, we highly recommend turning to our previously mentioned helpful wedding guides. Additionally, we advise that they take advantage of the various free resources on our website, like our wedding ceremony script generator. This innovative tool enables you to sit down with the couple and input specific details about the planned ceremony and their preferences, resulting in a fully customized wedding script just for their big day!

Take a moment to peruse some of our online sample wedding scripts as well. These pre-written ceremony scripts can be printed and used as-is, or simply serve as additional inspiration while you craft your own script from scratch. In either case, they are extremely helpful resources for any wedding ceremony you're asked to officiate. And remember, for wedding officiant clothing or other necessities for the big day, our wedding catalog is exclusively available to those ordained by the ULC!

6 What to Know About Kent County Wedding Ceremonies

Kent County is the home of Dover, the state capital and second-largest city in Delaware. Boasting a warm temperate climate, this area is quite popular for weddings for a reason. If architecture interests your guests, make sure they check out the romantic Victorian Dover Historic District. It is comprised of 482 buildings of different zoning delegations built in the 100 years starting in the first quarter of the 1800's. Delaware was one of the original British colonies, and this rich history is evident throughout Kent County.