Internet-ordained ministers: how to officiate your friend's wedding (LEGALLY!) #Sponsors#officiant Updated Sep 28 2019 (Posted Aug 6 2007) Offbeat Editors This business paid a fee to be listed on Offbeat Bride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. This is Offbeat Bride's Sr Editor Catherine at her wedding ceremeny, which was ordained by her AMM-ordained childhood friend Chad Corbley. Photo by Emma Mullins Photography So you've been asked to ordain a friend's wedding… That's awesome! Congratulations! If you're wondering what comes next in the life of an internet ordained minister, I'm here to talk you through some of the steps for how to make sure you're legally able to ordain a wedding. STEP 1: Make sure you're legally ordained by a solid organization Related Post Become a minister the Stephen Colbert way (on the toilet!?) If you're looking to become a minister in order to officiate a friend's wedding, or start a super-fulfilling career? Then meet our sponsor American Marriage... Read more Maybe you've heard of places like Universal Life Church, but here's why you should know about American Marriage Ministries, too – they might be just the right fit for you. American Marriage Ministries is a legit 501(c)3 non-profit church and a charitable organization. That matters because many online ordination services are for-profit businesses with questionable values (and questionable legal standings!) It's important to get ordained with a trustworthy, and ideally non-profit organization because you don't want to have to worry about whether the organization that ordained you is actually legal. If you're wondering "Is it legal to get ordained online?" the answer is YES… but just make sure you get ordained by a legitimate organization. Seriously, it's a bummer to marry your friends and then, after you file the paperwork with the state, learn that you're not actually qualified to preside over the legal marriage. Who can legally marry people? If you're ordained with a legit org like AMM, YOU CAN. (To answer your question: Yes, if you get ordained with American Marriage Ministries, the weddings you preside over are legal in all 50 US states!) Plus, you want to align yourself with an organization that shares your values — stuff like being inclusive, and hardcore allies of the LGBTQ community. American Marriage Ministries believe that love should not be conformed to political, social, or financial standards. These things matter to us here at Offbeat Bride, and we're betting they matter to you too. STEP 2: Get support Another things we love about American Marriage Ministries is that they have a whole team of researchers and lawyers to help guide you, making them excellent knowledge base for marriage-related laws and providing information to couples. This means AMM isn't just a one-and-done ordination service… they have a community that will see you the whole way through the process, celebrating you and the people you're marrying. Plus, they make it easy to figure out how to write a wedding ceremony, guides like this: How to Write a Wedding Ceremony Script Learn about the invocation, declaration of intent, proclamation, and all the parts that go into making a wedding ceremony. Once you gain an understanding of the structure of a wedding ceremony, you will be better equipped to write your own! ‣ The Parts of a Wedding Ceremony ‣ 9 Steps To Writing The Perfect Wedding Ceremony Script ‣ Tips for Personalizing a Wedding Ceremony So what are you waiting for? It only takes about 5 minutes to get ordained online. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS I'll be your rock, paper, AND scissors NEXT Naked grooms Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.