How to Officiate Weddings in Atlanta
American Marriage Ministries Guide for Performing Marriage in Hotlanta
Atlanta is one of the fastest growing cities in the US, and that means lots of young people falling in love and starting new families. Hot ‘Lanta was ranked among the top cities in the US to tie the knot in WalletHub’s 2018 list of best places to get married in America. There’s no shortage of great venues, skilled wedding planners, and much more to make your day a memorable experience. That most certainly includes having a friend or family member get ordained online to perform the wedding ceremony. AMM has thousands of ordained ministers in the Atlanta area, and we are excited to have you join our movement.
But, you are reading this because there are important facts you need to get straight before you can perform a legally-binding wedding ceremony in Atlanta. You want to make sure the wedding is legal! Here’s what you need to know:
It is the couple’s responsibility to request a copy of their marriage license at their local county probate court. Click here to find the court closest to you. Marriage licenses are issued on the same day as they are applied for. While some counties in Georgia allow partners to marry at 16 years of age, you must be at least 18 years old to get married without parental consent.
You will need to visit the nearest county probate court in order to obtain a copy of your marriage license. Make sure you have your driver's license, passport, or birth certificate as evidence of your identity. If your identifying documents are printed in a language other than English, Georgia courts require a notarized and certified translation.
If either partner has been divorced, you'll will be required to present to the court with a copy of your divorce decree.
Marriage license fees vary by county, and some counties only accept cash payment. We advise that you call ahead, and check the fees and payment options at your county probate court.
Georgia courts allow couples to bypass the license fees if they earn a premarital education program certificate. This requires sitting for a 6-hour class that reviews basic marriage lessons such as budgeting and conflict resolution.
Below is important information pertaining to marriage licenses issued in Atlanta. For clarification on what this information means you can check out our Marriage License Laws Explained page.
Please see our Georgia State page for more details about planning a wedding ceremony in Atlanta, GA.▲ TOP