5 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in Connecticut
The facts below cover all the important aspects of what requirements you need to meet to be able to legally officiate a wedding ceremony in Connecticut.
Who Can Officiate Weddings in Connecticut?
This is the relevant exerpt from the General Statutes of Connecticut § 46b-22.
" (a) Persons authorized to solemnize marriages in this state include (1) all judges and retired judges, either elected or appointed, including federal judges and judges of other states who may legally join persons in marriage in their jurisdictions, (2) family support magistrates, family support referees, state referees and justices of the peace who are appointed in Connecticut, and (3) all ordained or licensed members of the clergy, belonging to this state or any other state. All marriages solemnized according to the forms and usages of any religious denomination in this state, including marriages witnessed by a duly constituted Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is, are valid. All marriages attempted to be celebrated by any other person are void. "
Basically, this means that as long as you are ordained through any church, you can officiate weddings.
Are Online Ordinations Recognized in Connecticut?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Connecticut.
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Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in Connecticut?
The Connecticut Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in Connecticut to officiate a wedding.
What Office Do I Register with Before Officiating a Wedding in Connecticut?
The Connecticut Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.
What is the Minimum Legal Age to Officiate a Wedding in Connecticut?
All Wedding Officiants in Connecticut must be at least 18 years old.
Preparing to Officiate a Wedding in Connecticut
As there is no officiant registration required in Connecticut, once ordained your next step is to start preparing to officiate the wedding. If you have not officiated a wedding before, or it has been a while, check out our Connecticut Officiant Ceremony Preparation page.
PREPARE FOR THE CONNECTICUT WEDDING CEREMONY