Step 1 GET ORDAINED WITH AMERICAN MARRIAGE MINISTRIES
Getting Ordained with American Marriage Ministries is your first step towards performing marriage in Louisiana. American Marriage Ministries is the only IRS Certified 501c3 Non-Profit that offers online ordinations. Getting ordained with AMM is free, quick, and easy!
Beyond ordination we provide all the information and resources you need to learn how to prepare for and officiate weddings. Whether it is your minister registration requirements, learning how to write a wedding ceremony script, or making sure you understand your legal responsibilities when completing the marriage license, we have you covered!
We welcome people of all walks of life. As long as you have a sincere desire to bring communities together through marriage, it is not important to us if you are religious or non-religious, gay or straight, black or white, rich or poor. Ordination as an AMM minister is about celebrating our commonalities.
As a Minister of American Marriage Ministries we encourage you to officiate weddings that reflect the values and beliefs of you and the couple. With over 610,176 Ordained Ministers and hundreds of thousands of successful weddings, what are you waiting for?
Apply For Ordination!
Step 2 LOUISIANA MINISTER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
ALL MINISTERS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITH THE LOCAL PARISH CLERK
All ministers are required to register with the local Parish Clerk in the Parish where the wedding is taking place. A "Parish" is Louisiana's version of a "County".
The Louisiana Clerks Association website has contact information for all 64 Parish Clerks Offices in Louisiana.
HOW TO REGISTER WITH THE LOCAL PARISH CLERK
All Parish Clerks offices will require you to submit a completed Louisiana Marriage Officiant Affidavit. You will also be asked to submit some version of your Official Ministry Credentials. Depending on the Parish this will be a Letter of Good Standing, your Ordination Certificate or both. You should have all of the following documents to ensure your successful registration with the Parish Clerk:
● Your Completed Louisiana Marriage Officiant Registration Affidavit
● Your Ordination Certificate
● Your Letter of Good Standing
HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR LOUISIANA MARRIAGE OFFICIANT REGISTRATION AFFIDAVIT
The Louisiana Marriage Officiant Registration Affidavit is a simple one page form. A partially completed affidavit is included in your Louisiana Minister Ordination Package.
You can also download, print, and complete the application yourself. Just make sure not to sign the affidavit until you are in the presence of a notary.
You can find a notary by Googling "Notary Public". Another potential option is going to your local bank. Most banks have a notary on staff and may be able to notarize your affidavit for free.
HOW TO ORDER YOUR OFFICIAL MINISTRY CREDENTIALS
Order your Louisiana Minister Ordination Package to get your Official Ministry Credentials. Your package includes your official Ordination Certificate and Letter of Good Standing. Your Letter of Good Standing is signed by a church officer, dated, and notarized. Your Package also includes a partially completed Louisiana Marriage Officiant Registration Affidavit in addition to wedding training materials. Everything to successfully register with the Parish Clerk is included in your package.
SUBMITTING YOUR OFFICIANT APPLICATION TO THE PARISH CLERK
Once you have all your paperwork in order you are ready to register with the Parish Clerk. The Clerk may charge a nominal filing fee depending on the Parish.
Depending on the Parish the prefer that you submit your application either by mail or in person. We recommend that you communicate with the Parish Clerk's office to find out their preferred application method. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO APPLY!
If there are no complications to your application, you should be approved to perform marriage within a few days. By this point you will have probably communicated with someone at the Clerk’s office. So you should have a good idea of how long it will take for your application to be processed.
Once you have successfully registered with the Clerk's office you will have the authority to perform marriage in that Parish in Louisiana!
If you plan on performing a marriage in a different Parish in Louisiana, you will also have to register with the Parish Clerk.
Step 3 LEARN HOW TO OFFICIATE WEDDINGS
Chances are good this will be the first wedding you officiate. This undertaking may seem daunting and we are here to guide you through the process. The Wedding Training section of our site will teach you how to officiate weddings like a pro.
We break down the process of preparing for officiating a wedding into simple, easy-to-follow steps. We start with explaining the structure of a wedding ceremony and provide sample wedding ceremonies to help you get an idea of what other people have written.
Once you have the first draft of your wedding ceremony script written, you can follow our guide on officiant best practices for advice on how to polish and practice reading your ceremony script.
ASKED TO OFFICIATE | OFFICIANT TRAINING MANUAL
If you are interested in a thorough resource that covers everything you could ever possibly want to know about officiating a wedding ceremony, we recommend purchasing a copy of our book Asked To Officiate. Originally written by two career wedding officiants, Asked To Officiate draws on their decades of experience officiating hundreds of wedding ceremonies.
Asked To Officiate is also included in our Signature Wedding Officiant Package. This package covers all the bases, including your Ministry Credentials, a Wedding Stole, Asked To Officiate, and your Minister's Manual.
Step 4 OFFICIATE THE WEDDING!
By this point you should be fully prepared to officiate the wedding. Have a fun and memorable wedding ceremony! After you have conducted the wedding you have one last and very important job… to complete the marriage license for the couple.
COMPLETING THE MARRIAGE LICENSE
This is your one legal responsibility. Fortunately, it is also an easy task to fulfill. Completing the marriage license simply involves completing your portion of the license and signing it with the couple in the presence of any required witnesses. That's it!
We understand that you want to do everything correctly. That’s why you are the officiant! If you want to know more about what fields you may have to complete on the marriage license and what you should write, check out our Wedding Officiant Guidelines for Completing Marriage Licenses.
RETURNING THE MARRIAGE LICENSE
After the marriage license is completed it must be returned to its issuance office. This is usually the responsibility of the couple though some states require this to be done by the minister. When the couple receives their marriage license it should also come with instructions as to who must return it and how.
Different states have different deadlines that dictate when the completed marriage license must be returned, so make sure that this duty be done as soon as possible. In most states this is as easy as mailing the marriage license back to the county clerk. Below is more information about Louisiana marriage licenses.
LOUISIANA MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION
Prior to the wedding ceremony it is the couple’s responsibility to file for their marriage license. The marriage license issuance office is usually located at the county courthouse. Your job as the wedding officiant is to sign and complete your section of the license. Once the marriage license is completed and returned to the office where it was issued, the marriage is recorded and made legal.
Marriage License Issuance Office
Parish Clerk of Court
Marriage License Fee
Marriage License Waiting Period
3 Days Before Completing
Marriage License Expiration
Marriage License Return
What Does Marriage License Waiting Period, Expiration, and Return Mean?