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The Cost of Ordination: Becoming Ordained Online

How much does ordination cost? Here is our regularly-updated overview of several of the most popular Wedding Officiant ordination services, showing their fees and ordination terms:

CHURCH/RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION
LENGTH OF TERM
FEE
American Marriage Ministries Lifetime? $40
Christian Harvest Church Lifetime $78
First Nation Ministry  Two Years¹ $32
Open Ministry Not Stated $20.99²
United National Ministry Not Stated $89.99³
ULC Monastery  Lifetime? $39.994
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Wedding Vows … Disney Style!

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Alan Katz of Great Officiants

We’re unashamed to admit that we love Alan Katz of Great Officiants in Southern California — he’s built an outstanding life celebration organization that can provide its clients with a solemn ceremony one hour … and a zany Star Wars-style wedding the next!

(What happens the hour after that? We can’t wait to find out!)

In a recent blog post on his team’s website, Alan provided the recipe for an amazing themed ceremony that fits the Disney movie fanboy-and/or-girl couple to perfection: a reading that alludes to a plethora of memorable characters from Disney features, and how their traits add to the couple’s relationship.

Alan explains, “I have a lot of couples who are huge Disney fans, so I wrote this story on how to live like your favorite Disney character.”

Here are a few quick examples from Alan…

Like Carl and Ellie Fredricksen, your love can be epic. It can only go UP from here!

Like Jack Sparrow, seek your adventure to find what you treasure most — gold, pearls, and lots of rum!

Like Aladdin, even a lowly street urchin can find his princess by rubbing the magic lamp. Just don’t rub it the wrong way!

Alan’s Disney-flavored vows conclude delightfully: “Not everything is a fairytale in life, but when you devote your life to the one you love, you can live a complete life!”

Read Alan’s complete “Disney vow” article here.

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Are You Sure Your Ordination Is Legal?

In a recent article by church-growing expert Raul Rivera on the StartChurch blog, he asks a very relevant question: are you sure your ordination is legal? While the situation described in the article — whether the ordination of a minister by his former pastor is still valid — may be unique, the question of whether or not your ordination is legal, valid and acceptable in various jurisdictions is actually very common.

Pennsylvania Disclaimer of Liability (Excerpt)

In Pennsylvania, your online ordination credentials could be called into question. (Click to enlarge.)

Back to the blog cited above, which lays out the scenario:

Pastor Charles felt honored when he was asked to perform a wedding, especially since the bride and groom were his longtime childhood friends. They had all grown up together in the same Michigan town and attended the same church there. Later on, the engaged couple moved from Michigan to Ohio. They asked Pastor Charles to sign their marriage license and officiate their wedding in Ohio.

While your ordination may be legal, valid and acceptable in Michigan, using our example here, do you know if you can legally perform a ceremony in Ohio … or any other state outside your primary licensed area?

The simple answer is yes, but — unlike Michigan, which does not require Officiants to register prior to performing a ceremony — the State of Ohio does require you to register with the Secretary of State’s office in Columbus before the ceremony takes place, without exception.

Most ordaining organizations will provide you with the required forms to register with jurisdictions outside your primary licensed area (such as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Minnesota, Louisiana, West Virginia, Maine and New Hampshire) for no additional fee. However, many organizations, including First Nation, will charge a small additional fee for the special documents and forms required to register in Hawaii, Nevada and New York City.

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How To Become A Wedding Officiant

Let’s say that you’ve been asked to perform the marriage ceremony for your best friend or, perhaps, your favorite cousin. What’s the process you must go through to become a wedding officiant or ordained minister?

Photo of a wedding officiant performing a marriage ceremony

You don’t have to be a priest or minister to become a wedding officiant!

Basically, the person performing a marriage ceremony must be legally ordained by a church or religious organization. Becoming ordained means that you are licensed to serve as an officiant (or celebrant, or ceremonial minister) and may perform weddings and other rites, such as funerals, baby blessings, and vow renewals.

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You’re probably wondering how complicated the ordination process is, and how many years of education and on-the-job training you’ll have to undergo.

We’ll get those two questions out of the way immediately: the ordination process is actually quite simple, and there is no educational or training requirement — except one, which we’ll get to shortly.

Ordination simply means that the organization has confirmed who you are, made sure that you are of legal age to perform a marriage ceremony (in most states, it’s either 16 or 18 years old) and that you are capable of witnessing the bridal couple’s signatures on their marriage license, which you are generally required to return to the issuing agency (usually the County Clerk’s office) following the ceremony.

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