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Have you been asked to perform a wedding in Norfolk? 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 Norfolk.

1 How to Get Ordained as a Minister in Norfolk

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 Norfolk

ULC Ordination Accepted:
No
Minister Registration Required:
Yes
Documents Required:
N/A
Minister's Residency:
Irrelevant
Minister's Minimum Age:
18

2 How to Officiate a Wedding in Norfolk

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 Norfolk.

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:
150 St. Pauls Boulevard, 7th Floor
Norfolk, VA 23510
Office Phone Number:
(757) 664-4580
Office Website:
Norfolk Office Website

3 What You'll Need to Officiate in Norfolk

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 Norfolk, 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 Norfolk 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 Norfolk, a marriage license is valid for 60 days, there is no mandatory 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:
0 Days
Marriage License Valid For:
60 Days
Return Within:
5 Days

5 What to Know About Norfolk Weddings

Virginia is for lovers as the saying goes, and few places are better to celebrate that love than Norfolk. While there are a number of indoor venues to host your ceremony, the natural beauty surrounding Norfolk in Chesterfield County makes it ideal for outdoor celebrations, too. Keep in mind that summers can be hot and muggy and winters tend to bring snow, so spring and fall are likely your best bets for ideal weather.