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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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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.

Need to become ordained to perform marriage ceremonies? It’s fast and easy!

Click here to find out how…

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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