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Are you planning to perform a wedding in Lake County? If you’ve been asked to officiate, congratulations! Presiding over a wedding ceremony is an incredible honor, though one that also comes with considerable responsibility. Let’s explore the process in detail to make sure you’re up to speed on everything that will be required of you. Below, we’ll cover how to prepare for a wedding ceremony, how to get in touch with the relevant office in charge of marriages, and how to ensure the union is legally recognized in Lake County.

1 How to Get Ordained as a Minister in Lake County

Your first move will be to get ordained as a ULC minister (if you haven’t already). ULC ordination is provided online, free of charge, and gives you the power to perform legal wedding ceremonies! Best of all, the process takes just minutes to complete. Get started by clicking the button below!

Key Info for Ministers in Lake County

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

2 How to Officiate a Wedding in Lake County

Next, you should get in touch with the authorities that handle marriages in Lake County. Explain that you’re an ordained minister and wish to know what documents or information they might need from you before you perform a wedding in their district.

Contact information for the office in Lake County is listed below.

Office Address:
2293 Main Street, Courts Bldg
Crown Point, IN 46307
Office Phone Number:
(219) 755-3460
Office Website:
Lake County Office Website

3 What You'll Need to Officiate in Lake County

With that step done, you can proceed to our online catalog to order any documentation required to officiate in your area. We typically advise ministers in Lake County to get an Ordination Package, though ultimately your decision will depend on the specific information you receive when speaking with local officials.

4 How Lake 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 Lake County, this license is valid for 60 days, there is no mandatory waiting period, and the completed license must be returned before its listed expiration date. To learn more about how to fill out this document, please visit our marriage license training guide.

Marriage License Waiting Period:
0 Days
Marriage License Valid For:
60 Days
Return Within:
By Expiration

5 What to Know About Lake County Weddings

While Lake County is part of Indiana, it shares part of the Chicago metropolitan area, but remains distinctly different from its neighbor to the north. It's a beautiful place to get married, and the the numerous historic buildings in Hammond are particularly gorgeous. Lake County is a gem of the rust belt that can't be ignored.