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Rhode Island Outline

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Rhode Island. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Rhode Island. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Rhode Island.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: No
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 90 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: Within 72 hours of the ceremony
Regional Information

For more specific information about performing a wedding in certain parts of Rhode Island, choose a location below. If your area isn't listed, don't worry - just continue scrolling to review the helpful general information on this page.

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Rhode Island

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 Officiating a Wedding in Rhode Island

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

Select your City or Town Clerk to quickly generate the contact information for your local marriage authority.

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3 Rhode Island Officiant Requirements

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in Rhode Island to get an Ordination Package. Although minister registration is not required in Rhode Island you may be asked to display proof of your ordination to the county clerks before they will accept the marriage as having been legally solemnized. Having this proof of your ordination can also provide a great deal of peace-of-mind to any couple that you intend to marry. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

Please note that weddings in Rhode Island require the presence of 2 witnesses in addition to the presence of the ordained minister.

4 How to get Married in Rhode Island

Rhode Island's Top Wedding Spot

Rhode Island's Top Wedding Spot

Centrally located in the downtown harbor, the Newport Yachting Center

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Rhode Island marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 90 days, and there is no mandatory waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in Rhode Island and when the ceremony may be legally performed Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office before its expiry.

At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Rhode Island, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Rhode Island wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.

5 Rhode Island Wedding Tips

Congratulations on officiating a wedding in Rhode Island. Here are a few tips to keep in mind: The most popular time to hold a wedding in Rhode Island is the summer, and the Ocean State’s summers are wonderfully temperate. Highs average in the mid-seventies, and lows typically fall in the mid-fifties. Dress warmly if you’re someone who is always cold—otherwise, enjoy officiating in a climate that allows you to wear whatever you find most comfortable. Rhode Island boasts wedding destinations rich in colonial history and luxurious mansions constructed for the Gilded Age. Narragansett, Warwick, and Providence all make popular wedding locations, but Newport, with its collection of Castle Hill, Aldrich Mansion, Belle Mer, and more, is the crown jewel of Rhode Island’s wedding scene. Expect ocean views wherever your wedding ceremony leads you. Now that you know a little about Rhode Island, it’s time to answer the most important question. How much should I charge? Your fee should account for your experience, time commitment, and travel. The average cost for a pastor or minister in Rhode Island is $263, according to the Bridal Association of America.

Rhode Island Marriage Code

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Rhode Island Marriage Code

Marriage in Rhode Island is governed by Chapter 3 of Title 15 of Rhode Island's Statutes (the RI general laws). Ministers who got ordained online with the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code.

15 R.I. Gen. Laws § 15-3-8. Witnesses to ceremony. The solemnization of marriage shall be in the presence of at least two (2) witnesses besides the minister, elder, justice, or warden officiating. View the Rhode Island Statutes on the official state site.

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283 County Road
Barrington, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 247-1900 ext. 1
Fax: (401) 247-3765
Barrington website »


10 Court Street
Bristol, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 253-7000
Fax: (401) 253-3080
Bristol website »


105 Harrisville Main Street
Burrillville, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 568-4300
Fax: (401) 568-0490
Burrillville website »

Central falls

580 Broad Street
Central falls, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 727-7400
Fax: (401) 727-7406
Central falls website »


4540 South County Trail
Charlestown, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 364-1200
Fax: (401) 364-1238
Charlestown website »


1670 Flat River Road
Coventry, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 821-6400
Fax: (401) 822-9132
Coventry website »


869 Park Avenue
Cranston, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 461-1000
Fax: (401) 780-3165
Cranston website »


45 Broad Street 1st floor
Cumberland, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 728-2400
Fax: (401) 724-1103
Cumberland website »

East Greenwich

125 Main Street
East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 886-8665
Fax: (401) 886-8625
East Greenwich website »

East Providence

145 Taunton Avenue 1st Floor
East Providence, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 435-7500 x11030
Fax: (401) 438-1719
East Providence website »


675 Ten Rod Road
Exeter, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 294-3891
Fax: (401) 295-1248
Exeter website »


181 Howard Hill
Foster, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 392-9200
Fax: (401) 392-9201
Foster website »


1145 Putnam Pike
Glocester, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 568-6206
Fax: (401) 568-5850
Glocester website »


1 Town House Road
Hopkinton, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 377-7777
Fax: (401) 377-7788
Hopkinton website »


93 Narragansett Avenue
Jamestown, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 423-9801
Fax: (401) 423-7230
Jamestown website »


1385 Hartford Avenue
Johnston, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 351-6618
Fax: (401) 331-4271
Johnston website »


100 Old River Road
Lincoln, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 333-1100
Fax: (401) 333-3648
Lincoln website »

Little Compton

40 Commons
Little Compton, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 635-4400
Fax: (401) 635-2470
Little Compton website »


350 Main Road
Middletown, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 849-5540
Fax: (401) 845-0400
Middletown website »


25 Fifth Avenue
Narragansett, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 789-1044
Fax: (401) 783-9637
Narragansett website »

New Shoreham

16 Old Town Rd
New Shoreham, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 466-3200
Fax: (401) 466-3219
New Shoreham website »


43 Broadway
Newport, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 845-5340
Newport website »

North Kingstown

100 Fairway Drive
North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 268-1556
Fax: (401) 885-7373
North Kingstown website »

North Providence

2000 Smith Street
North Providence, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 232-0900 ext 1216
Fax: (401) 231-3434
North Providence website »

North Smithfield

575 Smithfield Road
North Smithfield, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 767-2200
Fax: (401) 766-0016
North Smithfield website »


137 Roosevelt Avenue
Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 728-0500
Fax: (401) 728-8932
Pawtucket website »


2200 East Main Road
Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 683-3255
Fax: (401) 683-6804
Portsmouth website »


25 Dorrance Street
Providence, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 680-5213
Providence website »


5 Richmond Townhouse
Richmond, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 539-9000
Fax: (401) 539-1089
Richmond website »


195 Danielson Pike
Scituate, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 647-2822
Fax: (401) 647-7220
Scituate website »


64 Farnum Pike
Smithfield, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 233-1000
Fax: (401) 232-7244
Smithfield website »

South Kingstown

180 High Street
South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 789-9331
Fax: (401) 789-5280
South Kingstown website »


343 Highland Road
Tiverton, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 625-6703
Fax: (401) 625-6705
Tiverton website »


514 Main Street, 1st Floor
Warren, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 245-7340
Fax: (401) 245-7421
Warren website »


3275 Post Road
Warwick, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 738-2000
Fax: (401) 738-6639
Warwick website »

West Greenwich

280 Victory Highway
West Greenwich, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 392-3800
Fax: (401) 392-3805
West Greenwich website »

West Warwick

1170 Main Street
West Warwick, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 822-9200
Fax: (401) 822-9266
West Warwick website »


45 Broad St
Westerly, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 348-2500
Fax: (401) 348-2571
Westerly website »


169 Main Street
Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 762-6400
Fax: (401) 765-0022
Woonsocket website »