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Have you been asked to perform a wedding in Philadelphia County? If you're planning to officiate a marriage ceremony, congratulations! Presiding over a wedding is a serious honor. That said, it's not one that comes without some considerable responsibility. With this in mind, we'll delve into the process in detail to make sure you’re up to speed on everything you need to know. Below, we’ll cover how to get in touch with the relevant officials before the ceremony, how to prepare for the wedding ceremony itself, and how to ensure the union is legally recognized in Philadelphia County.

1 How to Get Ordained as a Minister in Philadelphia County

Your first step will be to get ordained as a ULC minister (if you haven’t already). Ordination with the ULC is available online, free of charge, and provides the authority to perform legal wedding ceremonies! The process is simple and requires just a couple minutes to complete. To get started, click the button below!

Key Info for Ministers in Philadelphia County

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

2 How to Officiate a Wedding in Philadelphia County

With your ordination officially registered, you'll next need to get in touch with the authority in charge of marriages in your area. Please refer to the next section to find contact information for the office in Philadelphia County.

When reaching out, politely explain that you’re an ordained minister wanting to know what types of documentation you will need to show them in order to perform a wedding in their district.

Office Address:
Room 415 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Office Phone Number:
(215) 686-2233

3 What You'll Need to Officiate in Philadelphia County

With that information in hand, you can head over to our online catalog to order any documents or supplies required to officiate in your area. For Philadelphia County, we typically advise ministers pick up an Ordination Package, but what you end up ordering will ultimately depend on the guidance you receive from local officials.

4 How Philadelphia County Marriage Licenses Work

With all of that taken care of, it's time to focus on the fun part: the wedding! If this will be your first time stepping up to the altar (or even if you have some officiant experience under your belt) be sure to visit our wedding training center for some helpful tips and tools.

After the ceremony is over, your final key task it to ensure the marriage license gets filled out correctly and returned to the issuing office. In Philadelphia County, a marriage license is valid for 60 days, there is a mandatory 3-day waiting period, and the completed license must be returned before its listed expiration date. To read more about how to fill out the license, please visit our marriage license training guide.

Marriage License Waiting Period:
3 Days
Marriage License Valid For:
60 Days
Return Within:
10 Days

5 What to Know About Philadelphia County Weddings

It usually isn't a fraternal spirit you're looking for on your wedding day, but we still think that the "City of Brotherly Love" is a wonderful city to have your wedding. Philadelphia County is (maybe a little surprisingly) well-known for its garden and farmhouse weddings, but we also really recommend the city's historic mansions if you're looking for to get hitched in the Philadelphia area!