East Baton Rouge Parish seal

Performing an upcoming wedding in East Baton Rouge Parish? 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 East Baton Rouge Parish.

1 Become an Ordained Minister in East Baton Rouge Parish

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 East Baton Rouge Parish

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

2 Confirm Wedding Officiant Requirements in East Baton Rouge Parish

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 East Baton Rouge Parish. 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 East Baton Rouge Parish listed.

Office Address:
222 St. Louis Street, Room B115
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Office Phone Number:
(225) 389-3950

3 Order Necessary Documentation to Officiate in East Baton Rouge Parish

After learning what you'll need to officiate, you can visit our online catalog to order any documents or supplies for the ceremony. For East Baton Rouge Parish 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 East Baton Rouge Parish 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 East Baton Rouge Parish, this license is valid for 30 days, there is a mandatory 24-hour 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:
24 Hours
Marriage License Valid For:
30 Days
Return Within:
By Expiration

5 How to Write a Wedding Officiant Script in East Baton Rouge Parish

Pretty regularly, we receive calls from wedding officiants in East Baton Rouge Parish 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 East Baton Rouge Parish 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 East Baton Rouge Parish Wedding Ceremonies

Located along the Mississippi River, East Baton Rouge Parish is a beautiful wedding destination for couples looking to add some cajun flavor to their wedding. When looking for venues there are many different choices, but be sure to keep in mind the long hot summer months and humidity if considering an outdoor ceremony.