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 Fairfax County. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Fairfax 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 Fairfax County, Virginia.
- ULC Ordination Accepted: Not Generally
- Does Ordination Expire: No
- Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
- Minister's Minimum Age: 18
1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Fairfax County
Getting ordained online via the Universal Life Church Ministries is the first step anyone seeking to officiate a ceremony should take. The ULC ordination process is free and the application only takes a couple minutes. Best of all? ULC ordinations are good for life! Get authorized to perform legal wedding ceremonies by following the link below:
2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Fairfax County
After getting ordained, next you’ll contact the circuit clerk’s office (the authority that handles marriages in Virginia). Explain that you’re an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church, and that you need to know what is required to preside over legal marriage ceremonies in their jurisdiction. Unfortunately, we are aware that many Virginia circuit courts will not recognize marriages performed by Universal Life Church ministers.
Choose your Circuit Clerk below to see contact info for their offices.
3 License to Marry in Fairfax 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 Fairfax County office.
4 How to Perform a Wedding in Fairfax 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 Fairfax 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 Fairfax 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 Fairfax 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.