Last Updated: October 5th, 2023
5 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in Kentucky
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 Kentucky.
Who Can Officiate Weddings in Kentucky?
This is the relevant exerpt from the Kentucky Revised Statutes § 402.050.
" (1) Marriage shall be solemnized only by:
(a) Ministers of the gospel or priests of any denomination in regular communion with any religious society; "
Basically, this means that as long as you are ordained through any church, you can officiate weddings.
Are Online Ordinations Recognized in Kentucky?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Kentucky.
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Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in Kentucky?
The Kentucky Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in Kentucky to officiate a wedding.
What Office Do I Register with Before Officiating a Wedding in Kentucky?
The Kentucky Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.
What is the Minimum Legal Age to Officiate a Wedding in Kentucky?
All Wedding Officiants in Kentucky must be at least 18 years old.
Preparing to Officiate a Wedding in Kentucky
As there is no officiant registration required in Kentucky, 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 Kentucky Officiant Ceremony Preparation page.
PREPARE FOR THE KENTUCKY WEDDING CEREMONY