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Ask AMM: "Can I Perform My Own Marriage Ceremony?"

Self uniting

 

“Hi AMM! I know I can perform marriage in any state for others, but can I perform my own ceremony?”

 

The quick answer is this: It might be possible to perform your own marriage, but it is not a common practice, and is generally not permitted.

Whether or not you can perform your own marriage ceremony depends entirely on the regulations in the state where you are getting married.

At present, these are the only states that offer self-uniting (also known as self-solemnizing) marriage licenses: 

 

•    The District of Columbia

•    Colorado

•    Illinois*

•    Kansas

•    Maine*

•    Nevada*

•    Pennsylvania

•    Wisconsin

* May require noting specific religious affiliations on your forms and/or marriage license.

 

However, it is very important to note that most states will require a third-party officiant to complete the marriage license.

If you are interested in performing a self-solemnizing ceremony, we recommend reading and understanding your state’s policies very carefully. You will also need to call or visit your local county clerk or marriage bureau where you plan to apply for a marriage license to verify your information. When speaking to your local marriage authorities, ask them, “I am a Minister; can I perform my own marriage?”

 

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