How to Officiate a Wedding in Pennsylvania

photo of two wedding ring boxes sitting open with a gold diamond ring in one and a black ring in the other over paper print outs of vows

More and more couples are opting to have a close friend or family member perform the wedding ceremony these days. There are many benefits to asking someone you know to marry you. Wedding officiants that you know can add a personal authentic touch to your wedding day that will create lifelong memories. Having an officiant that you know makes for great photo ops too.

Being an officiant is a huge honor and comes with the most important duty of the day! To ensure that everything runs smoothly on the big day, be sure to plan ahead well in advance and follow all the necessary steps to legally marrying a couple in the state of Pennsylvania. 

How to Officiate a Wedding in Pennsylvania

Looking to learn how to officiate a wedding in Pennsylvania? It’s a very simple process. 

Get Ordained Online

Getting ordained is fairly simple through the American Marriage Ministries. It’s a free process that can be done online. There is an application online where you’ll need to fill out some basic information, and that’s it!

In the state of Pennsylvania, officiants are not required to register in order to officiate a wedding. While there is a law that specifies who can solemnize marriage, which includes all online ordained ministers of the American Marriage Ministries, it’s not required to register with the Pennsylvania government. Wedding officiants in the state of Pennsylvania must be at least 18 years old. 

Prepare for the Ceremony

American Marriage Ministries has resources to help officiants plan for the wedding ceremony. You’ll learn the details of the format of a ceremony, names of each part of the ceremony, how to write a wedding ceremony, and more. It’s helpful to discuss with the couple how they would like the ceremony to go, including any personal touches. 

That’s it! Officiating a wedding in Pennsylvania is very simple and can be done through the American Marriage Ministries. 

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