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Published Monday, Aug. 1st, 2022
Whether you’ve been asked to officiate a ceremony in a big city or a small destination town, AMM’s City Pages give you all the information you need to get started. Simply visit Weddings By State, select your state, and click the link for your city.
Available City Pages are listed to the right of the main state page, like in the example below.
Each 'Weddings by State' page contains valuable resources for officiants in that state,
with city-specific resources listed on the right
When we relaunched our website a few years ago, our goal was to create the most user-friendly and detailed wedding ceremony planning website for ministers and couples on the internet. (Well… that and the best place online to get ordained of course!)
To deliver on this promise, we created officiant-focused City Pages.
Clicking on any City Page will take you to useful step-by-step instructions for officiating a marriage ceremony in that city, including instructions about how to get registered as an ordained minister, how to sign the marriage license, and how to complete all your other responsibilities with the skill of an experienced pro officiant.
Check out the example below, designed for officiants performing services in Chicago, Illinois.
The Chicago City Page starts with the first step to officiating, online ordination, followed by any relevant instructions on minister registration (not required in Illinois), tips on returning the marriage license, and more.
The Chicago City Page provides step by step instructions for officiants performing a wedding for the first time in the city, plus resources for engaged couples on how to get married there
We’ve also included helpful information for engaged couples.
For engaged couples, City Pages also explain how to apply for a marriage license, how to get it processed, how to record and file a license after it’s been signed, and what sort of deadlines there are to return it. Plus tips on wedding planning, transportation, weather, and everything else couples will need to know to get started.
(For detailed information on how to get married in your state visit How To Get Married By State.)
Our current goal is to publish detailed instructions for every major city and town in the country, but we need your help if we’re going to make this happen!
We want to hear your tips about how to officiate weddings in your hometown or city.
Is your local Court or County Clerk’s office hard to find? Does it take longer than advertised for the office to issue the marriage license? Do your local clerks ask ministers for additional credentials or proof of ordination? Is your town a popular destination for weddings that just shouldn’t be missed?
In the meantime, we’ve added hundreds of cities and towns to our officiant-focused state directories, and our researchers and writers are hard at work adding more every day.
See if your city's on the list!
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