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If you’ve been asked to perform a wedding in Pittsburgh, congratulations! Officiating a wedding ceremony is a tremendous honor, though one that also comes with considerable responsibility. This guide will explain how to prepare for a wedding ceremony, how to get in touch with the relevant office in charge of marriages, how to ensure the union is legally recognized in Pittsburgh, and more. Buckle up, we're going to cover the process step-by-step to make sure you understand exactly how to approach this important task.

1 How to Get Ordained as a Minister in Pittsburgh

Step one is an easy one: get ordained as a ULC minister (if you have already done this, great!). ULC ordination is entirely free, available online, and provides the power to perform legal wedding ceremonies! Thanks to our unique online model, the whole ordination process takes just minutes to complete. Get started by clicking the button below!

Key Info for Ministers in Pittsburgh

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 Pittsburgh

Now that you're an ordained minister, your next move will be to get in touch with the office that handles marriages and marriage licenses in Pittsburgh. Explain that you’re a minister preparing for an upcoming wedding, and you're inquiring about what documents or information they'll need from you before you officiate the wedding in their jurisdiction.

You'll find contact information for the office in Pittsburgh listed below.

Office Address:
City-County Building 414 Grant Street, First Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Office Phone Number:
(412) 350-4230
Office Website:
Pittsburgh Office Website

3 What You'll Need to Officiate in Pittsburgh

Once you connect with those officials, you can head over to our online catalog, where you'll be able to order any documents or supplies they require of you. While ultimately this will depend on the specific guidance you receive when speaking with local officials, we typically advise ministers in Pittsburgh to get the Ordination Package.

4 How Pittsburgh Marriage Licenses Work

Finally, you're now ready to perform the wedding! If it’s your first time officiating, be sure to check out our wedding training center for more in-depth guides to everything related to weddings. And for those more experienced: take a look, too! There are lots of useful tools that could help make your job easier.

After the ceremony is over, don't forget to complete the final task: filling out the marriage license. In Pittsburgh, this 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. Please visit our marriage license training guide to learn more about how to fill out this document.

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

5 What to Know About Pittsburgh Weddings

Pittsburgh and surrounding Allegheny County offer a wide variety of wedding venues; couples can find historic farms, spacious event centers, quiet chapels, and even festive vineyards. As the second-most populous city in Pennsylvania, couples hosting their wedding in Pittsburgh will have their pick of vendors and caterers. And with cooperative weather spring through fall, it's almost always weather season here!