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Can Santa Claus Officiate Your Christmas Wedding? 3 Steps to a Very Merry Ceremony

Published Tuesday, Nov. 28th, 2023

Photo: Jesson Mata / Unsplash

A Christmas themed wedding isn’t complete without Santa or Mrs. Claus as officiant… and maybe an elven ring bearer or two. 


‘Tis the season to be marry! Christmas themed weddings are a bright spot in the winter wedding season. With strings of lights, mistletoe, and eggnog toasts, these cozy ceremonies can be customized with everything you love about the holidays…


Including St. Nick himself, as the jolly old elf behind the altar! 


Yes, Santa Claus (or Mrs. Claus!) can officiate your wedding ceremony, you’ll just need a couple special helpers to make it happen. 


Follow this simple three step guide to having Santa officiate your ceremony, just make sure you check your list twice to avoid unexpected lumps of coal in your stocking on the wedding day.


A happy couple hold hands on their wedding day between two christmas trees decorated with strings of lights, and behind them is a doorway decorated with garland and lights

Photo: TriggerPhoto / iStock

A very marry Christmas to you and yours!

3 simple steps to have Santa officiate your Christmas wedding


1. Choose a friend or family member to serve as your wedding Santa


Ok, we may have misled you a little, but stick with us… St. Nick himself might be a little busy in the days leading up to Christmas, but a reliable friend or family member can step in for him, just like helpful elves do.


Ask a friend or family member to get ordained online to officiate your ceremony. Ordination with American Marriage Ministries is quick, easy, and free. Click the link below to get started: 



Some states will require your friend to file their ordination documents with the local clerk’s office before they perform your ceremony, but this isn’t required in every state. Check Weddings by State to see if this additional step is required in the state where you’re getting married.




Santa Claus gets ordained online with American Marriage Ministries using a laptop in his holiday workshop, he's wearing a short sleeve tshirt and his Santa hat

Photo: visualspace / iStock

Hey, St Nick! It's easy to get ordained online to officiate a wedding...

Just click this link to start the application: GET ORDAINED


2. Don we now our gay apparel… 


Can you guess what’s next? It’s time to find a stylish Santa suit and beard! You’ll need to reserve a Santa costume early if you plan to rent one, as they tend to go quickly this time of year. Or purchase a custom Santa or Mrs. Claus costume to keep for celebrations (and anniversary vow renewal ceremonies) to come. 



3. Choose a cozy location & custom ceremony script 


Next, choose a cozy Christmas location and a wedding ceremony script that’s suited to the season. Perhaps a sweet elopement by the fireplace or in front of the Christmas tree, at a local park surrounded by fresh snow and twinkly lights, or surrounded by friends and family at a glammed-up, over-the-top Christmas cocktail party.


A custom Christmas wedding ceremony script is the tinsel on the tree, so to speak – the special touch that will ensure your holiday wedding is unforgettable. We’ve included a few options below to help you get started, or your chosen Santa can write a custom ceremony from scratch.



Newlyweds pose on the wedding day beside their christmas tree and decorations

Photo: Andrii Medvediuk / iStock

Get married at home next to your Christmas tree or fireplace, or another cozy holiday destination. 



Christian couples will love this religious Christmas ceremony script: 



Non-religious and spiritual couples can personalize this Winter Solstice ceremony script: 


Or use a simple wedding ceremony script spruced up with seasonal touches like these:



And for more help officiating the perfect seasonal ceremony, check out: 



Then, commemorate your Christmas wedding with a festive marriage certificate! AMM offers certificate designs with cute kissing gnomes, elegant winter wreaths, or a sprig of mistletoe: 



Photo of the AMM marriage certificates designed for winter and holiday Christmas weddings and elopements

Deck the halls with winter wedding certificates!


Happy holidays, and wishing you a very married New Year!  



Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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