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Are you planning to perform a wedding in Cedar Rapids? 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 Cedar Rapids.

1 Become an Ordained Minister in Cedar Rapids

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 Cedar Rapids

ULC Ordination Accepted:
Yes
Minister Registration Required:
Sometimes
Documents Required:
N/A
Minister's Residency:
Irrelevant
Minister's Minimum Age:
18

2 Confirm Wedding Officiant Requirements in Cedar Rapids

Next, you should get in touch with the authorities that handle marriages in Cedar Rapids. 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 Cedar Rapids is listed below.

Office Address:
935 2nd St. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Office Phone Number:
(319) 892-5420
Office Website:
Cedar Rapids Office Website

3 Order Necessary Documentation to Officiate in Cedar Rapids

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 Cedar Rapids to get a Classic Wedding Package, though ultimately your decision will depend on the specific information you receive when speaking with local officials.

4 Officiate a Wedding and Fill Out the Cedar Rapids 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 Cedar Rapids, this license does not expire, there is a mandatory 3-day 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:
3 Days
Marriage License Valid For:
Never Expires
Return Within:
15 Days

5 How to Write a Wedding Officiant Script in Cedar Rapids

We regularly receive calls from wedding officiants in Cedar Rapids asking for guidance on what they should say during a wedding ceremony after they've become ordained online.

Once you have all of the legal items sorted out, it's time for the fun part – planning and performing the ceremony itself! We realize that this can be a bit daunting for some folks, particularly if it's their first time officiating a wedding.

We would urge all of our Cedar Rapids wedding officiants to lean on one of our helpful wedding guides mentioned earlier. We would further suggest that all officiants take advantage of the other free resources on our website, like our wedding ceremony script generator. This unique tool will allow you to input specific details about any planned wedding ceremony and the couple's preferences to generate a completely custom wedding script.

You might also enjoy reviewing some of our online sample wedding scripts. These pre-written wedding ceremony scripts can either be printed off and used as-is, or they may provide some additional inspiration as you draft your own script. Either way, they'll have you covered for just about any wedding ceremony you've been asked to officiate. And don't forget, if you need any wedding officiant clothing or other supplies for the big day, be sure to visit our wedding catalog, available exclusively to those who have been ordained by the ULC!

6 What to Know About Cedar Rapids Wedding Ceremonies

Cedar Rapids is bursting with arts and culture, some of which would make the perfect backdrop for your wedding. With a strong Czech community, Czech Village is a popular neighborhood to visit or even tie the knot in! But whether it's the great food or amazing waterfront vistas, any couple can find something to love in the City of Five Seasons.