5 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in Mississippi
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 Mississippi.
Who Can Officiate Weddings in Mississippi?
This is the relevant exerpt from the Mississippi Code § 93-1-17.
" Any minister of the gospel ordained according to the rules of his church or society, in good standing; any Rabbi or other spiritual leader of any other religious body authorized under the rules of such religious body to solemnize rites of matrimony and being in good standing; any judge of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, circuit court, chancery court or county court may solemnize the rites of matrimony between any persons anywhere within this state who shall produce a license granted as herein directed. Justice court judges and members of the boards of supervisors may likewise solemnize the rites of matrimony within their respective counties. Any marriages performed by a mayor of a municipality prior to March 14, 1994 are valid provided such marriages satisfy the requirements of Section 93-1-18. "
Basically, this means that as long as you are ordained through any church, you can officiate weddings.
Are Online Ordinations Recognized in Mississippi?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Mississippi.
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Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in Mississippi?
The Mississippi Government does not license, register, or certify ministers or wedding officiants. Officiant registration is not required in Mississippi to officiate a wedding.
What Office Do I Register with Before Officiating a Wedding in Mississippi?
The Mississippi Government does not have any office that licenses, registers, or certifies wedding officiants.
What is the Minimum Legal Age to Officiate a Wedding in Mississippi?
All Wedding Officiants in Mississippi must be at least 18 years old.
Preparing to Officiate a Wedding in Mississippi
As there is no officiant registration required in Mississippi, 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 Mississippi Officiant Ceremony Preparation page.
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